HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 18 (acn) After achieving two wins yesterday, Cuban WIM Yerisbel Miranda appears as solo leader today in the seventh round of the 2019 FIDE Women´s American Zonal 2.3 Chess Tournament, which runs until July 20 in the Colombian city of Cartagena.
Miranda´s victims yesterday were first Costa Rican WFM Olga Leticia Gamboa and Colombian WGM Irene Beatriz Franco, the latter was the former leader of the contest since the third round.
Now with five points out of six, Miranda tops the standings half a unit ahead of Franco and Cuban-born Costa Rican WIM Tania Hernandez, the latter also won twice yesterday in a day in which WGM Oleiny Linares, current Cuban champion, did not do it very well.
Linares first lost to Costa Rican WFM Melani Salazar to then beat Dominican WCM Jennifer Maria Almanzar and with 3.5 points is now ranking eighth.
In the seventh round, Miranda will have a tough contender in Hernandez, while Linares should take advantage when facing Jamaican CM Rachel Miller, who ranks 12th with 3.5 units.
The 2019 FIDE Women´s American Zonal 2.3 is a 9-round Swiss tournament attended by 25 players and grants only one ticket to the 2020 World Cup.