Somewhere around a year or so ago I heard that top Cuban GM Leinier Dominguez was going to switch federations to the USA.
While I was hearing this from a very reliable source it seemed to be rather surreal. After all, So had just switched to the USA a couple of years earlier and Caruana had just come home a while after that.
Could we really be on the verge of landing another super GM?
As was pointed out to me, however “You’ll notice he’s not playing in any FIDE events.” I realized that was true.
Part of switching federations is a two year absence from competing in FIDE events. So no World Cup, Olympiad, Grand Prix, etc.
As I had been asked not to say anything I have been sitting on this news for some time. However, just the other day Emil Sutovsky mentioned this in a post on Jacob Aagaard’s Facebook page.
So with the cat finding the entrance to the bag I suppose it’s time to say something.
What an exciting time this is for American chess. If Dominguez is actually transferring and is able to complete his transfer in time then presumably the US could have five 2700 players on our Olympiad squad!
Til Next Time,
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