Leinier Dominguez Perez – Three Time Champion

Leinier Dominguez Perez, 26, is a chess Grandmaster from Havana in Cuba. He was born on 23rd September, 1983. His FIDE World ranking is 21 on November 2009 and Elo rating is 2719.

Leinier Dominguez became Cuban Champion thrice between 2002 and 2006 and also won in the Magistral Ciutat of Barcelona-Casino in 2006 with a score of 8.0 out of 9 and was ahead of Jan Timman, Vassily Ivanchuk and Viktor Bologan.

At the 2008 Chess Festival of the Biel International, Perez was first with a score of 6.5 out of 10 (2790 performance), ahead of Carlsen by half a point, but losing in the 2nd tie breaker game he conceded the first prize to E Alekseev.

Again in November 2008, he won the World Blitz Championship held in Almaty in Kazakhstan and scored 11.5 out of 15 (8 wins, 7 draws with no losses) competing against world class players and ahead of Peter Svidler, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Grischuk and many other grandmasters.

In 2004, Perez went up to quarter finals in the FIDE Chess World Championship but lost to Radjabov in the tie breaks.

Perez’s best tournament result was in Barcelona in 2006 where he scored 8/9 and finished first ahead of Vassily Ivanchuk with a performance rating of 2932. In 2008, he won the CPA chess tournament and the 43rd Capablanca In Memoriam tournament.