Havana, Saturday 20 de October de 2018 10:43 pm

Cubans with discreet performance in Chess Olympiad

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HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 4 (acn) Although it was good beating Indonesia in the Open Group and tying with Argentina in the Women´s Pool, the Cuban squads maintain discreet rankings in the 43rd Chess Olympiad of Batumi, Georgia, with only two rounds left.

The women´s team tied 2-2 with their counterpart from the South American nation with highlight to WIM Yerisbel Miranda (2239 Elo points), who defeated in the fourth board WIM Marisa Zuriel (2186), but IM Lisandra Ordaz (2415) lost in the first table to IM Carolina Lujan (2350), while WGM Maritza Arribas (2243) and WIM Lisandra LLaudy (2294) both drew in the second and third, respectively.
After nine rounds, the Cuban side amounts 12 points, appearing 24 th in the standings and its rival today will be Brazil, who ranks 32nd after beating Latvia 2.5-1.5 yesterday.
China, defending monarch, remains leader with 16 units, one ahead Ukraine, Armenia and USA, the latter will be its opponent today.
Meanwhile, in the Open Group, Cubans defeated 3-1 Indonesia with draws by GMs Yusnel Bacallao (2588) and Isan Ortiz (2527) on the first two tables, and wins in the following ones to Omar Almeida (2540) and Yasser Quesada (2523).
The Caribbean squad will face Macedonia today and with 11 units in their account, they ascended to the 39th place, far behind the leader, the surprising Poland (16), who yesterday beat USA, current champion, mainly based on the victory of Kacper Piorun (2612) over the ace Hikaru Nakamura (2763).
Their victim appears second with 15 points, same amount of China, Armenia and England, who rank 2nd, 3rd and 4th by tiebreaker.

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