GM Leinier Dominguez Perez

Full name
Leinier Dominguez Perez
Sep 23, 1983 (age 35)‎
Place of birth
Havana, Cuba
United States



As Cuba’s top player right now, Leinier Domínguez Pérez has a lot to live up to. Playing in the same country as Jose Raul Capablanca leads to many comparisons between the two players, and only time will tell if Pérez has what it takes to stand up to the legend of Capablanca. He’s on his way though, being ranked among the top 10 chess players in the world and also being one of the best blitz players too. This future challenger for the World Championship throne is out to prove that he has what it takes to overtake Capablanca as Cuba’s best player ever.

Leinier Domínguez Pérez is a Cuban Grandmaster who has won his home country’s championship four different times: in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2012. He became a Grandmaster in 2001. Being that he is from Cuba, he is following in the footsteps of the legend Jose Raul Capablanca who was Cuba’s top Grandmaster and World Champion in the early 1900s. Pérez has come close to playing for the World Championship, reaching the quarter finals of the 2004 Candidates tournament but then losing to Teimour Radjabov. He is a terrific blitz player who won the World Blitz Championship in 2008 ahead of many of the world’s top grandmasters. His best tournament result in his career happened in 2006 when he won the Barcelona tournament with a score of 8/9 and a performance rating of 2932. He is currently ranked among the top 10 in the world and is a threat at any tournament he plays in.

[Event "Corus"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2009.01.22"]
[EventDate "2009.01.17"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Leinier Dominguez Perez"]
[Black "Alexander Morozevich"]
[ECO "B90"]
[WhiteElo "2717"]
[BlackElo "2771"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5
7. Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. f3 b5 10. O-O-O Rc8 11. g4 Nb6
12. g5 b4 13. Na4 Nxe4 14. fxe4 Nxa4 15. Qxb4 Qc7 16. Rd2 Bd7
17. Qa5 Qc6 18. Bxa6 Rb8 19. Rd5 Be7 20. Ba7 Ra8 21. Bb5 Qb7
22. Qxa4 Rxa7 23. Na5 Qc7 24. Rhd1 Bxb5 25. Qxb5+ Kf8 26. Kb1
g6 27. Nc4 Rb7 28. Qa4 Qb8 29. b3 Ra7 30. Qc6 Rc7 31. Rb5 Qa7
32. Qd5 Qf2 33. Qd2 Qf3 34. Nxd6 Bxg5 35. Nf5 Rc8 36. Rb8 1-0

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