The second and definitive half of the 30 th Carlos Torre Memorial Chess Tournament will begin today in Merida, Mexico, where young Cuban player Carlos Daniel Albornoz is hitting lines.
IM Albornoz, who in nine days will just be 18 and owns 2559 Elo points, has done his work perfectly with five wins in same amount of games, which is why he appears as solo leader in a competition attended by 146 contestants.
Last Sunday, in the fifth round, he defeated Greek IM Nikolas Theodorou (2546) and remained on top of the standings closely followed by Ukrainian GM Andrey Baryshpolets (2578), who beat his compatriot IM Evgeny Shtembuliak and now totals 4.5 units.
Today´s most expected match is the one between the two leaders.
The other best performances for Cuba is the fourth place in which ranks GM Yasser Quesada after defeating his countryman IM Orlen Ruiz and amasses four units, same amount than IM Alexey Fernandez (5th seat), GM Omar Almeida (7), IM Elier Miranda (11), GM Isan Ortiz (13), GM Yuri Gonzalez (14) and GM Lelys Martinez (15).
Although she has achieved two consecutive losses, Cuban IM Lisandra Ordaz (2397) still appears as best ranked woman with three points in the 31 st spot and today she will face local IM Luis Carlos Torre (2277), a man of lower rank whom she seems able to beat.
Tomorrow will be the third and last double-header and on Wednesday the tournament will finish after nine rounds by the Swiss system and it will be possible to know if the crown will go to a Cuban again.
The leading winner of these contests is Cuban Lazaro Bruzon with five titles, followed by Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk and Mexicans Marcel Sisniega and Gilberto Hernandez, with three each.