GM Leinier Dominguez Perez

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

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.

GAME:
[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

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Italian Game (3) : C55
Colle System (7) : D05
Queen's Pawn Opening (9) : D02 A41
Queen's Gambit Declined (7) : D30 D38 D41 D31
Giuoco Piano Game (8) : C53 C50
Petrov's Defense (31) : C42 C43
Indian Game (25) : A48 E10 A46
Scandinavian Defense (13) : B01
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
English Defense (1) : A40
Philidor Defense (4) : C41
Pirc Defense (6) : B07
Semi-Slav Defense (3) : D43
Alekhine Defense (13) : B04 B03 B05
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Scotch Game (2) : C45
Catalan Opening (11) : E00 E01
Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D83
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D22
Old Indian Defense (1) : A54
Reti Opening (2) : A04
Modern Defense (10) : B06 A42
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
King's Indian Defense (2) : E60 E62
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D33
King's Indian Attack (1) : A07
Four Knights Game (1) : C48
Black Pieces
Queen's Gambit Declined (22) : D30 D41 D35 D37 D31 D50 D67
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (6) : A01
Catalan Opening (3) : E06 E05
Reti Opening (23) : A06 A04 A05 A09
Giuoco Piano Game (9) : C53 C50 C54
Scotch Game (9) : C44 C45
Queen's Pawn Opening (12) : A40 D02 D00 D03
Alekhine Defense (2) : B04
Pirc Defense (8) : B07 B08 B09
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
King's Indian Attack (28) : A07
Indian Game (14) : A45 A46 A48 A49
Four Knights Game (4) : C48 C46
Queen's Indian Defense (1) : E17
Torre Attack (2) : A48
Petrov's Defense (24) : C42
Trompowsky Attack (6) : A45
Queen's Gambit Accepted (49) : D20 D24 D27 D23 D28
Nimzo-Indian Defense (8) : E20 E48 E21 E32 E46
Bogo-Indian Defense (14) : E11
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C37
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C44
Italian Game (1) : C55
London System (1) : A48
Vienna Game (1) : C26
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D73
Colle System (1) : D04
Semi-Slav Defense (29) : D47 D45 D46 D43
Caro-Kann Defense (9) : B10 B13
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (11) : D44
Bird's Opening (1) : A03

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