Cuba Moves Up in World Chess Rankings

HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban men’s chess team wound up in 11th place on Sunday at the conclusion in the 2012 World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, after defeating Slovenia 2.5 to 1.5 in the last round of the contest

According to the Prensa Latina news agency, Leinier Dominguez and Isan Ortiz (on the first and fourth boards respectively) won the two points, while the second player from the island, Lazaro Bruzon lost to Ukrainian Alexander Beliavsky, and Yuniesky Quesada drew with Jure Borisek.

The Cuban chess players, who arrived in the Turkish tournament ranked 17th place worldwide, were still unable to surpass that team’s historical best performances in Novi Sad in 1990 and Calvia in 2004 – contests in which they held the seventh position.