Changes in Cuban participation in the Women’s World Chess Cup


Monday, September 20, 2021

Havana, September 20.- Maritza Arribas de Santiago will replace Lisandra Ordaz and will be the Cuban representative in the American team at the Women’s World Chess Team Championship, scheduled for the Spanish city of Sitges from September 26 to October 3.

The definition of the cast was based on a proposal from Fide América and initially the designation fell on the national champion Ordaz. However, personal problems forced the Pinar del Rio to refuse the attendance and therefore the change.

Arribas, the woman with the most absolute titles on the island, will share the limelight with Peruvian Deysi Cori, Argentina Carolina Luján, Canadian Maili -Jade Ouellet and Paraguayan-born in Cuba-Jennifer Pérez.

Everything will be under the command of Argentina’s Claudia Amura, appointed as captain of a competition that brings together 12 teams and which will have their matches with a fast 45-minute format, plus a 10-second increment after each shot.

For the elimination phase, two groups of six teams each will be formed, which will face a five-round all-against-all system. The four best placed from each pool will advance to the quarter-final matches.

In this phase, the duels will consist of two games for each player and there will be tie-breaks with blitz games, if necessary.

China and the United States, two of the strongest teams in the world, rejected the call motivated by the persistence of the current COVID-19 pandemic and according to specialists, the leading role could now be assumed by the multinational casting CFR-Team, led by Russian Aleksandra Goryachkina.

Azerbaijan, Georgia, Spain, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Poland are other established teams and all have high-ranking personalities, who will bring prestige to the fight.

In 2007, the first edition of this type of event took place, with China as the winner.

This triumph was then repeated in 2009 and 2011, and the fourth victory came in 2019. (Text and photo: ACN)

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