Leinier Domínguez

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Leinier Domínguez
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at the Dresden Olympiad, 2008
Full name Leinier Domínguez Pérez
Country Cuba
Born (1983-09-23) September 23, 1983 (age 34)
Havana, Cuba
Title Grandmaster (2001)
FIDE rating 2739 (September 2018)
Peak rating 2768 (May 2014)
Ranking No. 20 (October 2017)
Peak ranking No. 10 (May 2014)

Leinier Domínguez Pérez (born September 23, 1983) is a Cuban chess grandmaster. He competed in the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2002 and 2004, and the FIDE World Cup in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Domínguez Pérez was world champion in blitz chess in 2008.


Domínguez Pérez won the Carlos Torre Repetto Memorial in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico in 2001. He won the Cuban Chess Championship in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012 and 2016. Also in 2002, he shared first place with Lázaro Bruzón in the North Sea Cup in Esbjerg, Denmark.[1]

During the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004 he reached the quarterfinals, losing to Teimour Radjabov in the tie-break.[2] In the same year, Domínguez Pérez won the Capablanca Memorial for the first time.[3] He won this tournament also in 2008 and 2009.

In 2006, Domínguez Pérez won the Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona tournament in Barcelona scoring 8/9 points, ahead of Vassily Ivanchuk, with a performance rating of 2932.[4]

In 2008, he won the CPA chess tournament and the 43rd Capablanca Memorial tournament.[5] In the same year, he tied for first with Evgeny Alekseev at the Biel Chess Festival, ahead of Magnus Carlsen. Domínguez Pérez finished second after losing the playoff.[6] On November 8, 2008 Domínguez Pérez won the World Blitz Championship, held at Almaty in Kazakhstan, with 11.5 points out of 15, ahead of Vassily Ivanchuk, Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk and many other top grandmasters.[7]

In June 2013 he won the FIDE Grand Prix event in Thessaloniki as a clear first in a field of twelve elite players, among them Fabiano Caruana, Veselin Topalov and Alexander Grischuk.[8] In 2016, Domínguez Pérez shared 2nd−4th places at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting with Vladimir Kramnik and Fabiano Caruana.[9]


Domínguez Pérez plays under the pseudonym Sebastian on Chess.com.[10]

Coaching experience[edit]

Leinier Dominguez was part of the team that assisted Peter Leko in his training for the World Chess Championship in 2007.

In July 2018 Leinier Dominguez published several training materials among others:

Notable games[edit]


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Preceded by
Vassily Ivanchuk
World Blitz Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Magnus Carlsen