GM Leinier Dominguez Perez

Full name
Leinier Dominguez Perez
Sep 23, 1983 (age 36)‎
Place of birth
Havana, Cuba
United States
in 2020



As USA 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.

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