HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 27 (acn) The qualification of Isam Ortiz for the 2015 World Cup was Cuba’s best performance in the Continental Chess Tournament held at the Brazilian region of Rio Grande do Norte.
The Cuban national champion won the rapid games tiebreak involving six players who totaled 8.5 points from 11 possible in the regular contest, where he finished fifth after beating the Paraguayan Neuris Delgado in the final round.
In the 15 minutes-matches phase, Ortiz earned 3.5 points, thanks to two wins and three draws; he was the only one unbeaten and led the standings ahead of Peruvian Julio Granda and the local Rafael Leitao, who reached 3 units per capita.
The website www.chess.results.com reported that the fourth player who won the ticket to next year World Cup was American Samuel Shankland, ahead of his countryman Alexander Shabalov and Argentine Alan Pichot.
The latter eliminated the Cuban Lazaro Bruzon in the regular tournament by beating him in the final round, so he achieved 7.5 points and finished 12th, far away than expected.
Granda led that phase followed by Shankland and Shabalov.
200 players from 11 countries attended this competition which granted the first tickets of the area to the universal contest scheduled for Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.