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L Bruzon 
January, 2005.
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
 
Lazaro Bruzon
Number of games in database: 608
Years covered: 1999 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2696 (2682 rapid, 2712 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2717
Overall record: +195 -94 =275 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      44 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (65) 
    B90 B30 B92 B42 B52
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C67 C92 C78 C77 C80
 French Defense (21) 
    C11 C19 C18 C00 C10
 English (18) 
    A15 A13 A16 A10
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B92 B91
 English, 1 c4 c5 (15) 
    A30 A33 A39 A36 A35
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (61) 
    B90 B40 B46 B52 B92
 Ruy Lopez (51) 
    C67 C99 C92 C91 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C99 C92 C91 C97 C95
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D37 D35 D31 D36
 Semi-Slav (22) 
    D45 D47 D43 D46 D48
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B90 B92 B96 B99 B95
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Bruzon vs Anand, 2006 1-0
   L Bruzon vs L Dominguez, 2004 1-0
   L Bruzon vs E Perelshteyn, 2000 1-0
   L Bruzon vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2012 1-0
   L Bruzon vs D Fridman, 2004 1-0
   L Bruzon vs A Ramirez, 2004 1-0
   Beliavsky vs L Bruzon, 2004 0-1
   L Bruzon vs B Macias Murillo, 2012 1-0
   L Bruzon vs Timman, 2012 1-0
   M Oratovsky vs L Bruzon, 2012 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   XVIII Carlos Torre Memorial KO (2005)
   8th Edmonton International (2013)
   Capablanca Memorial ELITE (2004)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2012)
   Cuernavaca Young Masters (2006)
   World Cup (2011)
   Corus Chess Tournament (2005)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Bruzon by Nicocobas
   Iberoamerican 2012 by Nicocobas
   2011 American Continental Championship by gauer
   The Latin American Super Grand Masters by Eduardo Bermudez
   kelcise83's favorite games by kelcise83

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LAZARO BRUZON
(born May-02-1982) Cuba

[what is this?]
IM (1999); GM (1999).

GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista was born in Cuba, and began to compete internationally during his teenage years, gaining his Grandmaster title in 1999, 32 days after gaining his IM title. (1) In 2001 he became World Junior Champion and won the Lausanne Young Masters event, ahead of future top-ten players Ruslan Ponomariov, Etienne Bacrot, and Levon Aronian, among others.

In 2004 Bruzon entered FIDE's top 100 by winning the B-group of the Corus Chess Tournament at Wijk aan Zee. He also became Cuban champion in 2004, and that fall he scored 8.5/11 on second board at the Calvia Olympiad, recording a 2771 performance rating.

Bruzon's steady rating gains continued into 2005, when he made an even score at the Corus Chess Tournament (2005) against an average opposition rated well over 2700. Other successes that year included a second consecutive Cuban Championship and the American Continental Championship (2005) at Buenos Aires 2005. First Ibero-American Champion at Ayamonte 2006 [brasilbase-1]. He won the Cuban Championship in 2009 also.
In 2011 Champion http://www.ajedrezenmadrid.com/torn... of the Americas Continental at Toluca, sharing 1st place with Mark Bluvshtein, Giovanni Vescovi and Yuniesky Quesada Perez. At the World Cup (2011), Bruzon defeated Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Francisco Vallejo-Pons and Le Quang Liem in the first three rounds, but lost to Ruslan Ponomariov during the blitz tiebreaker after drawing the classical games and both sets of rapid-play tiebreakers. His very successful participation (7.5/8 - +7 =1 against 6 GMs and 2 IMs*) in the Catalan team events in Spain launched him into the 2700 club for the first time. He competed in the 4th Ibero-American Championships held in Quito in Ecuador, winning his preliminary group and making the final, but came 3rd in the playoff for the top places. The Ecuadorian Chess Federation advised that it would not recognise the event for FIDE rating purposes, but it appears that it either changed its decision in this respect or FIDE took the matter into its own hands, and subsequently recognised the event in the October rating period. In July 2012, he played in the Quebec Invitational Open, and scored outright 2nd with 7/9, a half point behind Wesley So. He played second board for Cuba at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul scoring close to par at 8/11 and finished 2012 by winning the 3rd JAHV McGregor tournament in Bogota, Colombia and the Internacional Copa AES 2012 held in the Dominican Republic.

Bruzon started 2013 by playing 2nd board for Cuba at the 9th Panamerican Team Chess Championship held in Brazil, the winner of which would qualify to play in the World Team Championships to be held later in 2013. Unfortunately for Cuba, while Bruzon scored a reasonably solid 4.5/6 (+3 =3), his country placed 2nd behind the USA. Since then he has had a couple of poor tournaments, including 7/10 in the relatively weak Capablanca Open that was held at the same time as the annual round robin Capablanca Memorial elite event, and a mediocre =6th at the American Continental championship, insufficient for him to qualify for the 2013 World Cup - between these two tournaments he shed 20 rating points. He won the Zonal 2.3 tournament held in Costa Rica in June 2013 and therefore qualified for the 2013 World Cup. Soon afterwards he won the 8th Edmonton International (2013) with a round to spare ahead of Nigel Short with 8/9 (23/27 in the football scoring system used). A couple of weeks later, Bruzon was =1st (3rd on tiebreak behind Varuzhan Akobian and countryman Yuniesky Quesada Perez respectively) with 6.5/9 at the World Open 2013 held in Arlington, Virginia. In his final hit out before the World Cup, Bruzon won the 2013 Quebec Invitational outright with a score of 7/9 and placed =3rd at the 2013 Canadian Open. After the World Cup, he placed outright first in the 1st Azuqueca Chess Classic in Spain, but nevertheless lost 5 rating points. (2) He finished up 2013 by placing =1st in the Panama Open 2013, 7/9 in the IV Jahv Mc Gregor ITT, and =1st in the XXV GM Carlos Torre Repetto in Memoriam Magistral.

Bruzon started 2014 with =1st with 7/9 at the V Abierto Internacional de Alajuela 2014 in Costa Rica, and then followed up with outright 1st on 6/7 at the Campeonato Nacional de Ajedrez Valladolid 2014 in Mexico, 1st at the Villahermosa Open in Mexico in April 2014 and =1st with 7/9 at the LX Campeonato Nacional e Internacional Abierto Mexicano 2014. He placed outright 2nd at the category 19 49th Capablanca Memorial (2014) with 5.5/10, a point behind the winner Wesley So.

Bruzon qualified for the World Cup (2013) via Zonal 2.3, and defeated Evgeny Najer in the first round but was eliminated from the event when he lost to Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov in the tiebreaker to the second game.

Bruzon's rating as at 1 May 2014 was 2682, making him Cuba's #2 player, the #4 player in the Americas and #63 in the world. His rapid rating is 2682, while his blitz rating is 2712.

Videos: Aman Hambleton and Lazaro can be seen playing in the 2013 Canadian open at http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fknInQ...

[ (1) http://www.chess.com/article/view/c...; (2) http://chess-results.com/tnr108411.... Live ratings: http://www.2700chess.com/; Wikipedia article: L%C3%A1zaro Bruz%C3%B3n * http://ratings.fide.com/individual_...


 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 608  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Gonzalez vs L Bruzon  ½-½10 1999 Copa Union de Reyes 4thB01 Scandinavian
2. A Feijoeiro vs L Bruzon  0-126 2000 Lisbon Chess FestivalB50 Sicilian
3. L Bruzon vs G Vescovi  ½-½56 2000 34th OlympiadB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. Harikrishna vs L Bruzon  ½-½26 2000 World JuniorD72 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line
5. L Bruzon vs W Arencibia  ½-½21 2000 CUB-chB50 Sicilian
6. H Kallio vs L Bruzon  0-134 2000 34th OlympiadD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
7. H Kallio vs L Bruzon  0-139 2000 World JuniorB25 Sicilian, Closed
8. D Solak vs L Bruzon  ½-½39 2000 World JuniorB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. L Bruzon vs Aronian  ½-½25 2000 Wch U20C87 Ruy Lopez
10. L Bruzon vs I H Labib  1-038 2000 34th OlympiadC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Jakovenko vs L Bruzon  ½-½15 2000 World JuniorB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. M Quinn vs L Bruzon  ½-½18 2000 34th OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. L Bruzon vs N Kabanov  1-042 2000 World JuniorA10 English
14. L Bruzon vs Acs  1-062 2000 World JuniorB50 Sicilian
15. L Bruzon vs Pavasovic  1-049 2000 Istanbul ol (Men)A13 English
16. L Bruzon vs S Brynell  ½-½35 2000 34th OlympiadC12 French, McCutcheon
17. Oral vs L Bruzon  ½-½65 2000 Capablanca mem Elite 35thB06 Robatsch
18. L Bruzon vs K Asrian  ½-½33 2000 World JuniorB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. W Arencibia vs L Bruzon  ½-½9 2000 Capablanca mem Elite 35thC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
20. L Bruzon vs Sadvakasov  ½-½61 2000 Istanbul ol (Men)A22 English
21. L Bruzon vs J Pitterson  1-036 2000 34th OlympiadA16 English
22. A Kunte vs L Bruzon  1-039 2000 34th OlympiadA08 King's Indian Attack
23. Sasikiran vs L Bruzon  0-151 2000 World JuniorD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
24. Xu Jun vs L Bruzon  ½-½43 2000 34th OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. K Miton vs L Bruzon  ½-½39 2000 World JuniorE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
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May-27-13  Kain3: <What's this guy all repulsed by in the bio picture?>

He always looks this way, his stare is actually quite scary over the board. I beleive he's at least as talented as Dominguez, but his play is much more inconsistent.

Jun-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: He'll be playing several events in Canada this Summer. Will we see a change in national affiliation? Maybe he should wait until next Spring if he's thinking of that. I grew up right across Lake Erie from Canada and visited often as a youth. Like many other places I've been to (including where I grew up), I'd rather be there in August than February.
Jun-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: BTW he won the Zonal in San Jose, CR so he'll be playing in the next World Cup.
Jun-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nicocobas: <waustad> I can't find a link to the Zonal in San Jose. Do you know of one?
Jun-11-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Nicocobas>

http://chess-results.com/tnr102789..... The official site (accessed from that site) doesn't seem to yield anything useful.

Jun-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Thanks <twinlark> I thought I got it from the Spanish chessbase, but I didn't find it there looking again. i might have found it from the news of the day links they have under the birthday players. I don't know.
Jun-30-13  catlover: If Bruzón is the 2nd highest ranked player in Cuba, I wonder who Cuba's first ranked player is.
Jul-01-13  csmath: <If Bruzón is the 2nd highest ranked player in Cuba, I wonder who Cuba's first ranked player is.>

Wesley So, of course.

Jul-01-13  John Abraham: <catlover> This guy Leinier Dominguez Perez
Jul-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  juan31: Felicidades por su triunfo en Edmonton, Maestro L. Bruzon, le deseo muchos triunfos mas.
Jul-06-13  usuario x: <the fourth ranked player in the Americas, behind Hikaru Nakamura, Gata Kamsky and Leinier Dominguez Perez>

interesante que los dos cubanos sean los mejores jugadores nacidos en américa de la actualidad

Jul-06-13  Estoc: <usuario x> You're forgetting Fabio Caruana, who was born in Miami.
Sep-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Is there any way to get a list like "best 10 players in the Americas" on the FIDE ratings site? I know that for an individual player it will give the continental ranking, but there doesn't seem to be a way to see the entire list.
Oct-06-13  ChessVip: Richard Rapport from Hungary, Julio Granda from Peru,Ivan Cheparinov from Bulgaria,Lázaro Bruzón from Cuba and Iván Salgado from Spain are playing Entre Faros International Chess Tournament http://www.chessfaros.com/english/
May-12-14  SugarDom: Put down the bottle my friend.
May-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Caissanist>

<Is there any way to get a list like "best 10 players in the Americas" on the FIDE ratings site? I know that for an individual player it will give the continental ranking, but there doesn't seem to be a way to see the entire list.>

Do you still need this?

May-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: <twinlark> Thanks for the reply. I would still like to know how to do this, or even if it is possible, yes.
May-15-14  Howard: Caissanist, could you be more specific ? For example, what do you mean by the Americas ? North and South America, combined ?
May-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Howard>

FIDE treats North and South America as one continent - the Americas. Similarly Asia and Australia, New Zealand and Oceania are listed as part of the Asia region. The other two regions are more self explanatory, Africa and Europe (apart from Israel being counted as part of Europe but that's another story).

May-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Caissanist>

I did it the hard way.

Here is a list of the top 20 in the Americas for the month of May:

1. Nakamura
2. Dominguez
3. Kamsky
4. Bruzon
5. Granda Zuniga, Julio E
6. Onischuk, Alexander
7. Gareev, Timur
8. Iturrizaga, Eduardo
9. Leitao, Rafael
10. Akobian, Varuzhan
11. Quesada Perez, Yuniesky
12. Kovalyov, Anton
13. Shankland, Samuel L
14. Erenburg, Sergey
15. Robson, Ray
16. Cordova, Emilio
17. Cori, Jorge
18. Peralta, Fernando
19. Ramirez, Alejandro
20. Mareco, Sandro

I maintain these lists by checking FIDE's monthly updates for any movements. A spreadsheet with players' names linked to their FIDE player cards is the labor saving device of choice.

I've provided 20 rather than 10 so if there is movement into and from the top 10, you have the most likely candidates to check rather having to use the advanced search function to painstaking track the changes.

It should take you no more than a few minutes on the first of every month to update the list.

I also have top 10-20 lists for the other three regions if you need them.

May-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: I'd be content to define "Americas" as "whatever FIDE means by Americas". If, for example, you bring up Bruzon's player card on the FIDE web site ( http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?... ), it shows him with a "continent rank" of 4 in "Americas". Presumably that's behind Nakamura, Kamsky, and Dominguez, but who are the rest? It would be fun to be able to have a quick look at the top players on our "continent" are, and which countries besides the USA and Cuba are most represented.

I'm guessing that "Americas" means everything west of the Atlantic and east of the Pacific, don't know for sure.

May-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Caissanist>

Something tells me you missed my last post here.

Here's the list again, this time with relevant federations listed:

1. Nakamura - USA
2. Dominguez - Cuba
3. Kamsky - USA
4. Bruzon - Cuba
5. Granda Zuniga - Peru
6. Onischuk, Alexander - USA
7. Gareev - USA
8. Iturrizaga - Venezuela
9. Leitao - Brazil
10. Akobian - USA
11. Quesada Perez - Cuba
12. Kovalyov - Canada
13. Shankland - USA
14. Erenburg - USA
15. Robson - USA
16. Cordova - Peru
17. Cori, Jorge - Peru
18. Peralta - Argentina
19. Ramirez - USA
20. Mareco - Argentina

USA - 9
Cuba - 3
Peru - 3
Argentina 2
Brazil, Venezuela, Canada - 1 each

<I'm guessing that "Americas" means everything west of the Atlantic and east of the Pacific>

Yes. North and South America, the Caribbean archipelago as well as a few outliers like Bermuda and the Virgin Islands that don't figure in the top stats.

FIDE's map of the Americas: http://www.fide.com/info.html?task=...

May-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Many thanks, you are right, your previous post had not shown up for me when I made my last posting.
May-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Bruzon had quite a tough start to the tournament:

1. W So vs L Bruzon ½-½ 64
2. L Bruzon vs Ivanchuk ½-½ 59
3. Vallejo-Pons vs L Bruzon ½-½ 60
4. L Bruzon vs Z Almasi ½-½ 42

He then seems to have run out of steam a bit:

5. L Dominguez vs L Bruzon ½-½ 13
6. L Bruzon vs W So ½-½ 22
7. Ivanchuk vs L Bruzon ½-½ 17

Jun-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Caissanist>

If you're updating your list, be careful as this month FIDE have been careless and not updated the continental (and possibly other) rankings that are on each player card.

You'll need to correlate the ranking with the ratings to be certain. Kind of becomes obvious once you start updating, but I thought the heads up wouldn't hurt.

4 armed and all that.

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