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Happy bday to GM Lazaro Bruzon!

Happy bday to GM Lazaro Bruzon!

May 2, 2008, 7:19 AM 1
Lazaro Bruzon Batista was born on the 2nd of May 1982 in Cuba, and began to compete internationally during his teenage years. 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 world top 100 in ratings 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).

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