For young chessplayer Kevel Oliva Castaneda from Matanzas his participation in the 2014 Catalan Circuit will be unforgettable.
This important event of the “science game” in Spain, Kevel arrived as a FIDE Master with a ELO coefficient 2419 and after participating in seven classic tournaments and 3 assets totaled 90 points to raise his percentage to the 2000 509.
According to a report from the website of the World Chess Federation, FIDE, a total of 64 classic games the talented Matanzas, 20 years old, won 38, he struck 18 and lost only 8 times, with first place in tournament “Vila de Sitges” and “Figueres”.
In the strong competition of “Sant Martí” was tied for second with three other Grand Masters and claimed his first title of the highest standard, while the fourth was the traditional tournament “Barbera del Valle”.
In three active and rapid games events, his best result was in the “National Day” in which he finished unbeaten in 9 outputs the board with 6 wins and 3 tables.
This Catalan Circuit had the participation of 100 players, more than half of Grand Masters titles and the final score was obtained by summing the cumulative effects of the five best matches of ten possible that the chess part.
For his performance Kevel Oliva finished in second place overall with 230 points Circuit, only to Armenian Grandmaster Karen Grigoryan.
Matanzas, before participating in this tour of nearly three months, had won three International Master norms in tournaments Capablanca In Memoriam of Cuba and the Open 2012, in Canada and while awaiting his parchment, approved by FIDE last August, in Spain added another six rules mentioned title.
The page “FIDE Rating” indicates that “this year Kevel Oliva Castaneda (2509), has climbed prominent positions and now ranks tenth among Cuban players; second of his province, behind GM Yusnel Bacallao (2543); 42nd worldwide among youth level players; fifth sub-20 in America and second among Latin Americans. “
Let’s hope 2015 is as fruitful as today for our compatriot and can be crowned as the fourth Grand Master of Matanzas, distinctions that hold Reynaldo Vera, Yusnel Bacallao and Yanira Vigoa.