The double Cuban champion Carlos Daniel Albornoz achieved an important victory in the eighth round of the Ibero-American Chess Championship, which places him among the top ten places in the tournament that ends today in Mexico City.
The Camagüey native defeated fellow Cuban Jony Wilson Valdés, to add six units out of a possible eight, a total that makes him the best placed representative of the Island so far, since he rests in the eighth seat.
One place behind thanks to a better tiebreaker is Havana’s Omar Almeida, also with six lines after splitting the point with Lance Henderson, from Andorra.
Michel Alejandro Díaz from Las Tunas, winner of the Portuguese José Santos the previous day, reaches the final round with the same amount of money, and is now anchored in 11th place.
On the farewell date, Albornoz will move pieces before Zenia Corrales, from Pinar del Río who defends the colors of Mexico, who has been the woman with the best performance in the contest so far.
For his part, Almeida will have as his opponent the Argentine Sandro Mareco, and Michel Alejandro will be the rival of the Colombian José Gabriel Cardoso.
The tournament ended on Friday with the Spanish Jaime Santos as the only leader, after beating the Uruguayan Georg Meier with white pieces. Now the Iberian has seven stripes and during the goodbye date he will have the Peruvian Jorge Cori, monarch of the previous edition, on the board.
The Argentinian Mareco, the Cuban Juan Carlos Obregón –playing for Mexico- and the Paraguayan Guillermo Vázquez, appear behind the leader, all with 6.5 points. The last two will say goodbye with a duel between
With a fairly close closing, the curtain will fall on this eighth edition of the Ibero-American championships, which are being held on Aztec soil for the second time.
The first time occurred in 2008, when the city of Morelia shared the headquarters with the Spanish city of Linares, and the coronation of the Peruvian Julio Granda was experienced.