After 15 years without abandoning its usual venue in Havana, the oldest classic chess contest of the Americas will return to a location that welcomed it in 2000, when its competitive format was not the one that was announced now for the Solymar-Arenas Blancas Hotel.
The information was released by the national commission and states that there will be two closed groups (Elite and Premier) and it will also convened another one called Open, which seeks to develop young athletes.
Methodologist Wilfredo Toledo confirmed that the Elite group will maintain its formula of six players and double round matches with Leinier Dominguez and Lazaro Bruzon as local representatives.
Leinier ranks 22nd in the world ranking with 2 732 points, while Bruzon appears 58th with 2 679 units, and a year
ago they finished fourth and sixth in that order.
Chinese Yu Yangyi was the winner then, escorted by Russian Dmitry Andreikin and Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov, two names that are again mentioned as possible participants.
Eljanov is eleventh in the world with 2 765 Elo points and Andreikin appears 21st with identical score than Leinier.
The organizers are also making contact with other famous players such as Israeli Boris Gelfand (20 th-2 735) and Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk (38th-2 710), who has diminished his level in recent years, but is the leading winner of the main groups event of the tournament. / ACN.