Cuban GM Leinier Dominguez won on Saturday the Elite Group of the 43rd Capablanca Chess Memorial that took place at the Neptuno-Triton hotel complex in Havana.
Dominguez, the best-placed Latin American player in the world ranking of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) with an ELO rating of 2695 points, on Saturday beat compatriot GM Walter Arencibia after 46 moves of a French Defense and concluded the tournament with six units of nine possible.
With this result, Dominguez also added 2.5 points to his ELO rating that will probably help him improve his 26th position in the world ranking when FIDE announces its quarterly list in July.
The second spot of the event was for GM Farruk Amonatov of Tadzhikistan, who concluded with 5.5 points, while German GM Igor Khenki was third also with 5.5 units.
After this win Dominguez travels on Monday to Sarajevo to participate in the Sarajevo 2008 Masters’ Tournament where he will face strong rivals such as Russian GM Alexander Morozevich, who is third in the world ranking with an ELO rating of 2774 points. Also present will be Russian GM Artyom Timofeev (2664), Slovakian GM Sergei Movsesian (2695), Dutch GM Ivan Sokolov (2690) and local GM Borki Predojevic (2641).