Havana, May 20.- With more than 80 players, the I Women's Online Chess League began yesterday, organized as a continuation of the effort to promote competitions in the midst of social isolation caused by Covid-19.
Divided into the West, Center and East teams, the contestants will face each other during eight stages in the knockout stage, frequently twice a week and games within three minutes on the www.lichess.com platform.
Tuesday and Friday will be the meetings of an hour and a half. The results will be cumulative and at the end of the four weeks the two teams with the best scores will enter the grand finale.
Contestants include Oleiny Linares, Lisandra Llaudy and Yaniela Forgas, representatives of the East, a team that brings together girls from Santiago de Cuba, Holguín, Las Tunas, Granma and Guantánamo.
In the western region, the current national champion Lisandra Ordaz and Yerisbel Miranda, also from Pinar del Río, stand out.
In the center, the young Ineymig Hernández, turned into the revelation of the current season.
The qualifying phase will last until June 12, which will lead to a final scheduled from 16 to 26.
As a distinctive note, it will have reinforcement players, chosen after the closing of the stage that begins tonight. (Text and Photo: Jit.cu)