Dominguez leads Central America & Caribbean Zonal Chess Championship 2007

After five rounds of play, Top Seed, Grandmaster Lenier Dominguez of Cuba holds a clear 1 point lead with 5 points in the 2007 Central America & Caribbean Zonal Chess Championship currently being played in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The Cuban Grandmaster seems well on the way to capturing one of the two World Cup qualifying places at stake for the 2007 World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia, later this year.  He his the only player not to have drop a point so far in the Championship, having won against International Masters Leon Manual of Mexico and Leonardo Valdes of Costa Rica, FIDE Master Carlo Vittorino of Colombia, Winston Boada of Venezuela and Eddy De Los Santos of the Dominica Republic.

Grandmaster Lenier Dominguez, Cuba

Tied in second position on 4 points are International Master Leon Manual of Mexico and Grandmasters Lazaro Bruzon of Cuba and Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Mexico.

Leon created a bit of a surprise in the tournament by beat compatriot Grandmaster Gonzalez and Bruzon the Number 2 Seed found it difficult to have his way conceding two draws to International Masters Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela and Brenal Gonzalez of Costa Rica.

Barbados National Champion Terry Farley, the only player from the English Speaking Caribbean at these Championships, ran into hard times after his good first round start losing three matches in a row against Grandmaster Bruzon and International Masters Iturizzaga and Mendoza; the Mendoza loss being particularly painful as Farley had the better position.

Farley however recovered in round 5 scoring a fighting win against Dominican Republic International Master Jose Dominguez. 

Terry Farley (backing) of Barbados vs International Master Jose Dominguez of Dominica Republic

POSITIONS IN MEN’S SECTION AFTER ROUND 5

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

 

1

Dominguez,Lenier

2678

&;

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

1

1

5.0

2

Leon,Manuel

2454

0

&;

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

1

 

4.0

3

Bruzon,Lazaro

2620

 

 

&;

 

½

 

1

½

 

1

 

1

 

 

4.0

4

Gonzalez,Juan Carlos

2537

 

0

 

&;

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

1

1

4.0

5

Iturrizaga,Eduardo

2398

 

 

½

 

&;

 

0

1

 

1

 

 

 

1

3.5

6

Mendoza,Rafael

2390

 

 

 

 

 

&;

½

½

 

1

½

 

 

1

3.5

7

Valdes,Leonardo

2401

0

 

0

 

1

½

&;

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

2.5

8

Gonzalez,Bernal

2434

 

 

½

 

0

½

 

&;

 

½

 

½

 

 

2.0

9

Dominguez,Jose M

2330

 

0

 

 

 

 

0

 

&;

0

1

 

 

1

2.0

10

Farley,Terry

2244

 

 

0

 

0

0

 

½

1

&;

 

 

 

 

1.5

11

Vittorino,Carlo

2206

0

 

 

0

 

½

 

 

0

 

&;

 

½

 

1.0

12

Trujillo,Pablo

 

 

0

0

0

 

 

 

½

 

 

 

&;

½

 

1.0

13

Boada,Winston

2185

0

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

½

½

&;

 

1.0

14

De los Santos,Eddy

2174

0

 

 

0

0

0

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

&;

0.0

In the Women’s Section, the Cubans hold the top two spots with Woman Grandmasters Maritza Arribas on 4 ½ points and Sulennis Pina on 4.

With the two Cubans still to play each other and 9 rounds of action to come, Colombian Martha Mateus who shares 3rd position with Irene Han of Venezuela must fancy her chances going forward having already drawn against Pina and played Han, a match she lost. Han on the other hand still has Arribas and Pina to play.

Martha Mateus, Colombia

POSITION IN WOMEN SECTION AFTER ROUND 5

1

Arribas,Maritza

2335

&;

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

1

 

1

½

 

 

4.5

2

Piña,Sulennis

2322

 

&;

½

 

½

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

1

4.0

3

Mateus,Martha

2139

 

½

&;

0

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

3.5

4

Han,Irene

2072

 

 

1

&;

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

½

1

3.5

5

Zepeda,Lorena

2167

 

½

0

1

&;

 

½

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

3.0

6

Franco,Angela

2124

 

 

 

0

 

&;

½

1

1

 

½

 

 

 

3.0

7

Zepeda,Sonia

2040

0

 

 

 

½

½

&;

 

 

 

 

 

½

1

2.5

8

Rincon,Drina

 

0

 

 

 

 

0

 

&;

½

 

 

1

 

1

2.5

9

Estrada,Nelly

2079

0

 

 

 

 

0

 

½

&;

1

 

½

 

 

2.0

10

Guerrero,Alejandra

2126

 

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

0

&;

 

1

1

 

2.0

11

Sanchez,Celsa

 

0

 

 

 

0

½

 

 

 

 

&;

½

 

1

2.0

12

De la Cruz,Mercedes

2093

½

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

½

0

½

&;

 

 

1.5

13

Han,Ingrid

 

 

0

0

½

 

 

½

 

 

0

 

 

&;

 

1.0

14

Muñoz,Dorisbel

1938

 

0

 

0

 

 

0

0

 

 

0

 

 

&;

0.0

 

Coverage of the tournament can be followed on the Dominican Republic’s Web Site at http://www.ajedrezdominicano.com/ where games scores are also available.