Havana, Cuba, Dec 17.- GM Lazaro Bruzon will try to achieve his fourth crown (third consecutive) in the Carlos Torre Memorial chess tournament, which will be inaugurated on Thursday in Merida, Mexico.
The second best player in Cuba won his first title in 2005 and repeated consecutive reigns in 2013 and 2014, so he also is defender of a privilege also enjoyed by five of his countrymen.
Jesus Nogueiras opened the way in 1997; Leinier Dominguez followed him in 2001 and then came Yuniesky Quesada in 2003, Fidel Corrales, who no longer represents Cuba, in 2011, and Aryam Abreu a year later.
As triple winners, that status is also hold by Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk (2004-06-07) and hosts Marcel Sisniega (1989-90-91) and Gilberto Hernandez (1992-93-95).
The event, which traditionally closes the competitive calendar every year, was first held in 1987 and the winner was the local Roberto Martin del Campo, who incidentally repeated triumph in 1996.
For this 27th edition, to be hosted in the Great World Museum, the organizers expect the presence of nearly 500 players, because as well as those involved in the Magistral group there will also be age pooles.
In addition to Bruzon ( 2659 Elo points), the main group also includes his countrymen Yuniesky Quesada (2643) and Isan Ortiz (2577), Russian Alexey Dreev ( 2638) and Peru's Jorge Cori (2637).
Dutch Sergei Tiviakov (2621) and Edwin L'ami (2619) and Peruvian Emilio Córdova (2604) are other players who will fight for the crown.
There will be nine rounds through the Swiss system and there are 95 players registered so far.(acn)