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L Dominguez 
 
Leinier Dominguez Perez
Number of games in database: 839
Years covered: 1997 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2760 (2763 rapid, 2728 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2768
Overall record: +192 -67 =377 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      203 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (147) 
    C67 C78 C65 C84 C92
 Sicilian (139) 
    B90 B33 B41 B32 B48
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (49) 
    C84 C92 C91 C96 C88
 French Defense (44) 
    C18 C11 C10 C16 C13
 Sicilian Najdorf (31) 
    B90 B93 B92
 French (23) 
    C11 C10 C13
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (142) 
    B90 B52 B92 B96 B22
 Sicilian Najdorf (89) 
    B90 B92 B96 B91 B99
 Grunfeld (45) 
    D85 D97 D86 D80 D76
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (37) 
    D27 D20 D23 D28 D24
 Slav (37) 
    D12 D14 D11 D16 D10
 English, 1 c4 c5 (24) 
    A37 A33 A30 A36 A34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Dominguez vs Morozevich, 2009 1-0
   L Dominguez vs W So, 2014 1-0
   Shirov vs L Dominguez, 2010 1/2-1/2
   L Dominguez vs Radjabov, 2004 1-0
   L Dominguez vs Caruana, 2014 1-0
   Karjakin vs L Dominguez, 2014 1/2-1/2
   L Dominguez vs E Mortensen, 2002 1-0
   L Dominguez vs Ivanchuk, 2006 1-0
   Onischuk vs L Dominguez, 2008 0-1
   N Delgado Ramirez vs L Dominguez, 2005 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Capablanca Memorial ELITE (2004)
   41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008)
   FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013)
   Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona - Casino (2006)
   Casino de Barcelona (2007)
   Donostia Chess Festival (2011)
   Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division) (2012)
   Russian Team Championships (2014)
   World Cup (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   36th Olympiad (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Leinier Dominguez by Nicocobas
   Ruy Lopez by Nicocobas
   The Latin American Super Grand Masters by Eduardo Bermudez

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LEINIER DOMINGUEZ PEREZ
(born Sep-23-1983) Cuba

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Cuba's top player and the best player from that country since Jose Raul Capablanca, Leinier Dominguez-Perez was born in the town of Güines in La Habana Province, and still lives there.

Background

The son of Aurelio Dominguez and the late Aymee Perez, Dominguez learned the moves of the game from his father when he was 6 and started playing competitively when he was 9. In 1998, he gained his IM title and in 2001 he won his GM at the age of 17 before entering the world’s top 100, where he has remained. In 2002, his rating rose above 2600, and in 2008, it rose above 2700 where it has remained. For more than five years, he has topped the rankings in Latin America and has long been third in the Americas behind only Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura, although he overtook Kamsky in 2013. In 1996, aged 12, he scored 7/13 in the Capablanca Memorial in the Joint Group, including a victory against the winner, Macedonian FM Ljubisa Andonovski. Later in 1996, he played in the Cadet World Championships. In 1997 he won his first tournament in Guines, the "Andres Clemente Vazquez” and in 1998 he became the youngest IM in Cuba.

Championships

In 2000 he was runner-up in the World Under 18 Championship behind the winner, Francisco Vallejo-Pons. In 2001 he came second in the Cuban Championship behind Reynaldo Vera, and then won that Championship three times, in 2002, 2003 and 2006. Dominguez placed =2nd (3rd on tiebreak), a half point behind Alex Yermolinsky at the inaugural American Continental Championship held at Cali in Colombia in August 2001. In the 2003 edition of this event - Torneo Continental Americano (2003) - he finished with 7.5/11, a half point behind =2nd placed compatriot Lazaro Bruzon and a point behind the outright winner, Brazilian GM Giovanni Vescovi. In the American Continental Championship (2005), he again scored 7.5/11, finishing a point behind the winner, Bruzon.

World Championship competition

Dominguez has been participating in the World Championship cycle since he qualified for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001), where he beat Pavel Kotsur in the first round of matches, before losing to Boris Gelfand in the second round. He was more successful in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), where he defeated Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Vladislav Tkachiev and Alexey Dreev before bowing out to Teimour Radjabov in the Armageddon tiebreaker of their quarter final match. At the World Chess Cup (2007), he lost to Magnus Carlsen in the third round after beating Alexei Iljushin and David Baramidze in the preceding rounds. In the World Cup (2009), he beat David Smerdon in round 1, but was beaten in round 2 by Italian wunderkind Fabiano Caruana. Dominguez qualified for the World Cup (2011) via his rating, and defeated Iranian GM Elshan Moradiabadi in the first round, Moldavan GM Viktor Bologan in the second, and Russian GM Igor Lysyj in the third, before losing to Hungarian GM Judit Polgar in the Round of Sixteen, thereby exiting the contest.

His campaign for the 2014 World Championship had a mediocre start. The FIDE Grand Prix London (2012) was the first of the six legs of the 2012-13 Grand Prix series; playing as an AGON qualifier, his score of 4.5/11 (=9 -2) earned him only 35 GP points, the amount that accrues to sharing 9th and 10th position in this contest. He also contested the 2nd Grand Prix event in the series, the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), scoring only 4/11 and adding only 20 GP points to bring his combined tally after two events to 55 points, all but cruelling his chances for qualification via the Grand Prix to the 2014 Candidates Tournament. His outright win in the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013) (with 8/11) - which was also the best tournament win of his career - added the full 170 GP points to his tally, boosted his chances until the Beijing leg of the series narrowed the field excluding him from contesting the top two positions. (1) He had a second bite of the cherry to qualify for the 2014 Candidates as he qualified by rating for the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Essam El Gindy in the first round and US GM Alexander Onischuk in the second round. However, he was defeated by eventual semi-finalist, French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the third round and thereby exited the 2014 World Championship cycle.

Classical Tournaments

In 2001, Dominguez came 3rd in the Capablanca Memorial tournament behind Vallejo and Hannes Stefansson. Later that year he came =3rd, a half point behind co-leaders Petar Genov and Pavel Kotsur in the Olympic Capital Masters Open held in Lausanne, and then went on to win the prestigious “Carlos Torre Reppeto” event held in Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. In 2002, the 18 year old GM started with a very strong =5th at the International Chess Festival held in Saint-Vincent in Italy, a half point behind the four co-leaders Sergei Tiviakov, Vladimir Malakhov, Andrei Volokitin, and Vladimir Epishin. This was followed by strong results in the 9th “Anibal” International Open held in Spain (7/10), 1st in the Cuban Championship, 2nd in the Capablanca Memorial behind his long time friend and rival Bruzon, =1st with Bruzon at the Vesterhavs GM Tournament held in Esbjerg in Denmark, =4th at the Politiken Cup in Denmark, a half point behind the three co-leaders Tiviakov, Alexander Beliavsky, and Ruben Felgaer and finished the year at the Bled Olympiad (2002) on board 2 for Cuba. 2003 saw Dominguez again prevailing at the Cuban Championships ahead of Bruzon, but then finished =4th at the Capablanca Memorial a point behind 2nd placed Bruzon, who was a half point behind the winner, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga. He wound up 2003 by winning the Zonal 2.3 in Ecuador. In 2004 he came second – again behind Bruzon - in his inaugural outing in the Wijk aan Zee B Group (2004) in Wijk aan Zee but a few months later finished outright first with 9/11 ahead of 2nd placed Bruzon at the Capablanca Memorial ELITE (2004). He finished 2004 representing Cuba at the 36th Olympiad (2004) in Calvia on board 1. 2005 saw a downturn in his fortunes due to a prolonged illness although he managed respectable 7.5/11 at the American Continental Championship (2005).

Dominguez's fortunes improved in 2006, starting with 4th at the Cuernavaca Young Masters in Mexico, hot on the heels of co-leaders Vallejo and Ruslan Ponomariov, and 3rd placed Nakamura, before winning the Cuban Championship on tiebreak ahead of Bruzon. Soon after followed his best result so far, winning the Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona - Casino (2006) with 8.0/9 (+7 =2 -0), well clear of Vassily Ivanchuk, Viktor Bologan and Jan Timman, with a TPR of over 2900. He also regained the top spot in the Elo ranking at the top of Latin America. 2007 saw him come a distant second behind Ivanchuk at the 42nd Capablanca Memorial (2007), second behind Nakamura at Casino de Barcelona (2007) and then again win the Zonal 2.3, held this time in the Dominican Republic, to qualify for the 2007 World Cup. In 2008, he won the Capablanca Memorial for the second time, came 2nd behind Alexander Morozevich at the Bosnia Sarajevo Tournament (2008), and equal first at the 41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008) with 6.5/10 (a 2790 performance) - a half point ahead of Magnus Carlsen - but lost the second blitz game tie-breaker to concede first prize to Evgeny Alekseev. 2009 saw Dominguez invited to participate in Corus (2009) where he placed sixth after losing the last game to Sergey Karjakin, who won the tournament a point ahead of Dominguez. He also took part in Linares (2009), coming last in a closely fought tournament where his 6/14 (=12 -2) was only 2 point behind the winner, and in the M-Tel Masters (2009) where he scored 4/10. 2009 also saw his 3rd victory at the 44th Capablanca Memorial (2009), but it ended with a round 2 loss in the World Cup. In 2010, he finished in the middle of the field at Corus (2010) with 6.5/13 and 3rd at the Capablanca Memorial (2010). He saw out 2010 in the Chess Olympiad (2010) in Khanty-Mansiysk. In 2011, he again won the Zonal 2.3, this time with a score of 11/12 (qualifying for the World Cup 2011), but failed at the 46th Capablanca Memorial (2011), coming second last, but finishing ahead of Bruzon. His mediocre form continued with 5.5/9 at the Baku Open (2011), but then perked up when came second with 6/10 in the 5th SPICE Cup (2011) behind Le Quang Liem. 2012 saw him playing board 3 for Sankt Petersburgh, which took out 2nd place in the Russian Team Championships (2012) and in May 2012, he placed =2nd in the Capablanca Memorial (2012) behind 6-time winner of the event, Vassily Ivanchuk. In 2013, he placed =2nd behind Zoltan Almasi at the Capablanca Memorial.

Dominguez started 2014 with a solid 6/11 result at the category 20 Tata Steel (2014), placing =4th behind Levon Aronian, Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin respectively, and 5th on tiebreak behind Fabiano Caruana.

Rapids

In 2008, he won the World Blitz Championship (2008) by scoring 11.5/15 (+8 =7 -0) against a world-class field including Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich and Alexander Grischuk. He came 4th in the SportAccord Mind Games (Rapid) (2011).

Simuls

He holds the national record for most boards in a simultaneously when in 2004 he played against 150 contestants winning 139, drawing 10 and losing one. He also helped organise the massive simultaneous exhibitions held in 2001 in the Plaza of the Revolution and in 2004 in the Plaza Ernesto Che Guevara in Santa Clara.

Team competition

Dominguez played for Cuba in the World Team Championships of 2001 and 2005 on boards 1 and 2 respectively. He has represented Cuba at the Olympiads of 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 with an overall score of +30 =38 -8 (64.5%). He also represented Cuba at the Panamerican Championships of 2000, 2003 and 2009 where he won two team golds, a team silver, an individual gold and two individual bronze medals. In 2012, he played board 3 for the silver medal winning Sankt Petersburg in the Russian Team Championships (2012), scoring 4/7 (+2 =4 -1). In January 2013, he played top board for Cuba in the 9th Panamerican Team Chess Championship held in Brazil, the winner of which would qualify for the World Team Championship of 2013. Unfortunately for Dominguez and Cuba, the team placed second behind the USA, with Dominguez scoring a rating-neutral 4/6. In April 2013, playing board 3, Dominguez helped his team Saint Petersburg to win the gold medal at the Russian Team Championships (2013). In September 2013, he helped his team Sestao Naturgas Energia win the Spanish League (the CECLUB Honor). Dominguez also played board 2 for Sankt Petersburg in the European Club Cup (2013), coming fourth on his board and helping his team to 5th. In 2014, he helped his team St Petersburg to 3rd place in the Russian Premier League, scoring 5/6 on board 3 with a 2921 performance rating and moved into the world's top 10 in the May rating list.

Other

He is a fan of the Spanish football club Real Madrid and Argentina's national football team. He loves music, especially English ballads, and black beans. His idol is former world champion Robert James Fischer but considers Garry Kasparov the better player of the two. (2) In 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, he was selected among the top 10 athletes of Cuba. In 2008, he was also among the top 10 athletes in Latin America. His partner is Yanelis Espasandín.

Ratings and Rankings

As of 1 May 2014, his ratings and rankings stood as follows:

<Standard> 2768 (Cuban #1; #2 in the Americas; and world #10);

<Rapid> 2763; and

<Blitz> 2728.

Sources and References

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012%E2%80%932013; (2) Interview: http://www.bohemia.cu/2013/06/14/de... (Spanish) and http://translate.google.com.au/tran... (English Google translation)

Live rating list: http://www.2700chess.com/; http://www.capablanca.co.cu/index.p...; http://ratings.fide.com/hist.phtml?...; http://translate.googleusercontent....; Wikipedia article: Leinier Dom%C3%ADnguez


 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 839  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L Dominguez vs G Sargissian  ½-½54 1997 Wch U14B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
2. L Dominguez vs Sadvakasov ½-½72 1999 Guillermo Garcia mem-AB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. R Gonzalez vs L Dominguez  ½-½45 1999 Capablanca mem Premier II 34thB50 Sicilian
4. L Dominguez vs J Simoes 1-037 2000 Lisbon Chess FestivalC18 French, Winawer
5. I Herrera vs L Dominguez  ½-½36 2000 Guillermo Garcia Premier IIB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. L Dominguez vs DeFirmian 1-051 2000 34th OlympiadB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. L Dominguez vs W Arencibia  ½-½44 2000 CUB-chB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
8. M Kazhgaleyev vs L Dominguez  1-037 2000 34th OlympiadD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Navara vs L Dominguez  ½-½39 2000 Wch U18B23 Sicilian, Closed
10. D Lima vs L Dominguez  ½-½51 2000 34th OlympiadB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. W Arencibia vs L Dominguez  ½-½49 2000 Capablanca mem Elite 35thE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
12. L Dominguez vs A Holmsten  1-043 2000 34th OlympiadB33 Sicilian
13. L Dominguez vs Oral ½-½96 2000 Capablanca mem Elite 35thB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. K Abdel Razik vs L Dominguez  0-148 2000 34th OlympiadD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. L Dominguez vs M Heidenfeld 1-015 2000 34th OlympiadC13 French
16. L Dominguez vs X Peng  0-156 2000 34th OlympiadC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. W Elliott vs L Dominguez  0-134 2000 34th OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. L Dominguez vs Harikrishna  ½-½67 2000 34th OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
19. D Sermek vs L Dominguez  ½-½40 2000 34th OlympiadB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. E Ghaem Maghami vs L Dominguez  ½-½32 2001 World TeamsB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
21. L Dominguez vs J M De La Villa Garcia 1-032 2001 Master OpenB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
22. L Dominguez vs Gelfand ½-½64 2001 FIDE WCh KOC42 Petrov Defense
23. J Moreira Romero vs L Dominguez  0-133 2001 I American ContinentalA16 English
24. R Quesada vs L Dominguez  0-127 2001 ch-CUBA04 Reti Opening
25. L Dominguez vs O Garcia  1-038 2001 ch-CUB WithdrawalC18 French, Winawer
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Apr-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Here is some information on the Capa memorial: http://www.radiohc.cu/noticias/depo...
Jun-01-13  Whitehat1963: Earning himself great results in the Grand Prix!
Jun-03-13  mindanalyzer: Congrats Leinier, well played in GP Thessaloniki. Now to enjoy with Mojitos in Varadero!!! I will drink a bottle of Bacardi to celebrate your victory, Cheers!!!
Jun-03-13  dx9293: Maybe it's never too late. Dominguez wins his first supertournament (unless one counts Biel 2008) and picks up 30 elo in the process raising himself to World #11.

Could this result spur him to new heights at nearly 30 years old?

Jun-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eduardo Bermudez: The last ten games Dominguez's performance was more than 3.000 points ELO !
Jun-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: what mindanalyzer said. i thought Topalov should've double rooks on the a file after Bc4 if memory serves rightly. looked like curtains for certain imo
Jun-03-13  Whitehat1963: Yes, and Ivanchuk falls 10 spots to 23 in the world. Almost a role reversal with Dominguez Perez.
Jun-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  norami: Congratulations to Dominguez who by winning this tournament has officially qualified for the title Supergrandmaster, or SGM. He's one of about 25 active SGMs in the world today.
Jun-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: Dominguez getting the trophy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBIT...
Jun-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Amazing and congratulations to Dominguez-Perez.

He was starting to look more like a Drawinguez in recent times, but he's burst out of his cocoon with a fantastic success. His classical rating will now stand on par with his achievements in rapid and blitz.

Pity about those two early GP events though. What a shame.

His press conference after his last round win: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLRW...

Jun-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  juan31: Felicidades por su triunfo en Grecia, se le desea mas victorias
Jun-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: 8/11 or 2723 to 2753 and Grand Prix Thessaloniki Champ..

congrats, GM Dominguez!

Jun-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: A great show by GM Dominguez. Congratulations!
Jul-02-13  mindanalyzer: He is ranked #13 in the world, not #23 as specified in the biography
Aug-14-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  JohnBoy: i like this guy.
Aug-16-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Derecho Dominguez!! Congrats on your world cup victories!! give them again your trusty rebotes and dos paredeses !! Derecho!!
Sep-23-13  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Dominguez.
Jan-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: He is now married to a woman named Yanelys http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/f...
Jan-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: With his third win, in Round 8 of the Tata Steel Chess 2014, Leinier Dominguez moved up to #10 on the live rating list.

"Domínguez ha cumplido el sueño de todo ajedrecista: con su tercera victoria, esta sobre el filipino Wesley So (2719), en la octava ronda del torneo Tata Steel Masters 2014, que se celebra en Wijk aan Zee, logró los puntos suficientes para entrar, por primera vez en su historia, en el Top 10 del ranking mundial en vivo, con un ELO de 2760,9 unidades."

Jan-21-14  Balmo: Vamos Leinier, sigue hombre! One of my favourite players. Aggressive and fighting, but with a deep knowledge of the endgame as well.
Feb-07-14  mindanalyzer: could anybody with a deeper chess insight that me (2050 elo) describe Lenier's style? Jobaba in Wijn Aan Zee mentioned that Dominguez has an harmonious style Karpov-like ... but I have also noticed that as of lately he has been more confident and aggressive against 2700+ opposition
Apr-10-14  Jambow: Your elo is much higher than mine, but I just logged on to say he has somewhat the same style as Capablanca himself, which agrees well with being Karpovian in some ways too. To my eyes Capablanca was more straight forward and to the point than Karpov, he just kept simplifying when ever it is to his advantage. This I see in Perez along with a powerful end game.
Apr-22-14  jon01: Dominguez up to 2768 now.
May-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Kudos on making the top 10 on the ratings list
Jun-11-14  mindanalyzer: why is he not playing the world blitz in Dubai? He played a recent blitz torney in Cayo Coco in cuba against strong players (all above 2500 and 3 players above 2600) and scored 12.5/14.

I am sure he would do very well in Dubai

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