Dominguez Wins Leon Masters
Leinier Dominguez. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Dominguez Wins Leon Masters

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GM Leinier Dominguez won the Leon Chess Festival's Masters tournament by beating GM Jaime Santos 2.5-1.5 in the final on Sunday. On Monday, Dominguez will give a 25-board simul on

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The games of the Leon Masters can be found here as part of our live events platform. The simul will start Monday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific / 18:30 Central Europe and will also be covered on

The live broadcast of day three.

After the epic matches on Friday and Saturday, Dominguez's win against Santos in the final was not bad either, despite the fact that it lasted just four games. All four were highly interesting.

In the first game, both players proved they are on top of the latest theory in the Open Catalan. We know Dominguez is a great theoretician, but Santos has done his homework too!

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GM Roeland Pruijssers couldn't hide his excitement over Dominguez's 17...Nxf2.

Game two was a 6.d3 Ruy Lopez where Dominguez got the first chance to take the lead. He ended with a passed pawn and two rooks on the seventh and was probably winning. With only a minute left on the clock to find the win, he decided to take the perpetual.

The third game was probably Santos' worst in the tournament. His treatment of the Nimzo-Indian lacked punch, and Black was better out of the opening. Voluntarily weakening his kingside made matters worse for the 24-year-old Spaniard and allowed a standard attack that many of our readers would have been able to execute as well.

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Dominguez playing 27...Rxd5!—a move the commentators hadn't considered yet. Can somebody teach them some chess culture? ;-)

Dominguez could decide this best-of-four match by forcing a perpetual in the last game. He definitely deserved to be the winner as he was also winning in this game.

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Leinier Dominguez. Photo: Peter Doggers/

The Masters tournament is part of a bigger festival that runs for a whole week. There is also a simultaneous exhibition with 25 boards by Dominguez on July 13 (at 09:30 a.m. Pacific / 18:30 Central Europe), an open blitz tournament (July 14) where the eight top finishers will qualify for a knockout final (July 15), and a closed tournament (July 16-18) with four of the most promising upcoming stars of the chess world.

Find all info about these events here.

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