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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.

Leinier Domínguez
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at the Dresden Olympiad, 2008
Full nameLeinier Domínguez Pérez
Born (1983-09-23) September 23, 1983 (age 35)
Havana, Cuba
TitleGrandmaster (2001)
FIDE rating2739 (December 2018)
Peak rating2768 (May 2014)
RankingNo. 20 (October 2017)
Peak rankingNo. 10 (May 2014)



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[10]

Coaching experienceEdit

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 gamesEdit


  1. ^ "The Week in Chess 401". Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  2. ^ 2004 FIDE World Chess Championship
  3. ^ "The Week in Chess 498". Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  4. ^ Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona- Casino Barcelona 2006: CRÓNICAS/NOTAS DE PRENSA
  5. ^ - Chess News - Dominguez Perez wins the 43rd Capablanca Memorial
  6. ^ "Biel R10: Alekseev catches Dominguez, wins tiebreak". ChessBase. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  7. ^ Cuba's Leinier Dominguez Becomes World's Blitz Chess Champion
  9. ^ Colodro, Carlos (2016-07-19). "Dortmund R7: Kramnik ends on a high". Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  10. ^ "GM Leinier Dominguez Perez (Sebastian) - Chess Profile". Retrieved 2018-06-26.

External linksEdit

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