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Lazaro Bruzon Batista
Number of games in database: 966
Years covered: 1997 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2644 (2619 rapid, 2709 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2717

Overall record: +304 -135 =423 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 104 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (94) 
    B90 B30 B42 B47 B50
 Ruy Lopez (57) 
    C67 C78 C65 C92 C77
 French Defense (33) 
    C11 C10 C19 C07 C18
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    A45 A46 D02 E10 E00
 English (25) 
    A15 A13 A16 A10 A11
 English, 1 c4 c5 (23) 
    A33 A30 A36 A35 A34
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (87) 
    C67 C65 C99 C92 C69
 Sicilian (84) 
    B90 B40 B46 B92 B52
 Queen's Gambit Declined (40) 
    D37 D35 D31 D36
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (35) 
    C99 C92 C95 C91 C97
 Sicilian Najdorf (28) 
    B90 B92 B96 B95 B91
 Semi-Slav (25) 
    D45 D47 D43 D46 D48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bruzon Batista vs Anand, 2006 1-0
   Bruzon Batista vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   Bruzon Batista vs Krasenkow, 2005 1-0
   Bruzon Batista vs Jobava, 2005 1-0
   Bruzon Batista vs Dominguez Perez, 2004 1-0
   Bruzon Batista vs E Perelshteyn, 2000 1-0
   Bruzon Batista vs Fridman, 2004 1-0
   Boyang Zhao vs Bruzon Batista, 2021 0-1
   J Nogueiras vs Bruzon Batista, 2005 0-1
   Bruzon Batista vs B Macias Murillo, 2012 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group B (2004)
   Carlos Torre Memorial (2005)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   8th Edmonton International (2013)
   Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2004)
   American Continental (2003)
   Tata Steel Group B (2012)
   Cuban Championship (2001)
   World Cup (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Bruzon by Granmaestro
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (Group B) by gauer
   Corus Group B 2004 by Tabanus
   Capablanca Memorial (Elite) 2003 by Tabanus
   2001 Capablanca memorial (elite) by trh6upsz
   2001 Capablanca memorial (elite) by gauer
   2002 Capablanca memorial (elite) by
   2002 Capablanca memorial (elite) by gauer
   Iberoamerican 2012 by Granmaestro
   2012 Americas Continental Championship by gauer

   🏆 13th World Team Championship
   L Bruzon Batista vs Sindarov (Nov-21-22) 0-1, rapid
   L Bruzon Batista vs K Piorun (Nov-20-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Radjabov vs L Bruzon Batista (Nov-20-22) 1-0, rapid
   L Bruzon Batista vs C Repka (Jan-09-22) 1/2-1/2
   L Bruzon Batista vs K Dragun (Jan-08-22) 0-1

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(born May-02-1982, 41 years old) Cuba (federation/nationality United States of America)

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IM (1999); GM (1999).

GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista was born in Cuba and has long been Cuba's #2 player behind Leinier Dominguez Perez. He began to compete internationally during his teenage years, gaining his Grandmaster title in 1999, 32 days after gaining his IM title. (1) In 2001 he became World Junior Champion and won the Lausanne Young Masters event, ahead of future top-ten players Ruslan Ponomariov, Etienne Bacrot, and Levon Aronian, among others.

In 2004 Bruzon entered FIDE's top 100 by winning the B-group of the Corus Chess Tournament at Wijk aan Zee. He also became Cuban champion in 2004, and that fall he scored 8.5/11 on second board at the Calvia Olympiad, recording a 2771 performance rating.

Bruzon's steady rating gains continued into 2005, when he made an even score at the Corus Group A (2005) against an average opposition rated well over 2700. Other successes that year included a second consecutive Cuban Championship and the American Continental Championship (2005) at Buenos Aires 2005. First Ibero-American Champion at Ayamonte 2006 [brasilbase-1]. He won the Cuban Championship in 2009 also.
In 2011 Champion of the Americas Continental at Toluca, sharing 1st place with Mark Bluvshtein, Giovanni Portilho Vescovi and Yuniesky Quesada Perez. At the World Cup (2011), Bruzon defeated Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Francisco Vallejo Pons and Le Quang Liem in the first three rounds, but lost to Ruslan Ponomariov during the blitz tiebreaker after drawing the classical games and both sets of rapid-play tiebreakers. His very successful participation (7.5/8 - +7 =1 against 6 GMs and 2 IMs(4)) in the Catalan team events in Spain launched him into the 2700 club for the first time. He competed in the 4th Ibero-American Championships held in Quito in Ecuador, winning his preliminary group and making the final, but came 3rd in the playoff for the top places. The Ecuadorian Chess Federation advised that it would not recognise the event for FIDE rating purposes, but it appears that it either changed its decision in this respect or FIDE took the matter into its own hands, and subsequently recognised the event in the October rating period. In July 2012, he played in the Quebec Invitational Open, and scored outright 2nd with 7/9, a half point behind Wesley So. He played second board for Cuba at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul scoring close to par at 8/11 and finished 2012 by winning the 3rd JAHV McGregor tournament in Bogota, Colombia and the Internacional Copa AES 2012 held in the Dominican Republic.

Bruzon started 2013 by playing 2nd board for Cuba at the 9th Panamerican Team Chess Championship held in Brazil, the winner of which would qualify to play in the World Team Championships to be held later in 2013. Unfortunately for Cuba, while Bruzon scored a reasonably solid 4.5/6 (+3 =3), his country placed 2nd behind the USA. Since then he has had a couple of poor tournaments, including 7/10 in the relatively weak Capablanca Open that was held at the same time as the annual round robin Capablanca Memorial elite event, and a mediocre =6th at the American Continental championship, insufficient for him to qualify for the 2013 World Cup - between these two tournaments he shed 20 rating points. He won the Zonal 2.3 tournament held in Costa Rica in June 2013 and therefore qualified for the 2013 World Cup. Soon afterwards he won the 8th Edmonton International (2013) with a round to spare ahead of Nigel Short with 8/9 (23/27 in the football scoring system used). A couple of weeks later, Bruzon was =1st (3rd on tiebreak behind Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian and countryman Yuniesky Quesada Perez respectively) with 6.5/9 at the World Open 2013 held in Arlington, Virginia. In his final hit out before the World Cup, Bruzon won the 2013 Quebec Invitational outright with a score of 7/9 and placed =3rd at the 2013 Canadian Open. After the World Cup, he placed outright first in the 1st Azuqueca Chess Classic in Spain, but nevertheless lost 5 rating points. (2) He finished up 2013 by placing =1st in the Panama Open 2013, 7/9 in the IV Jahv Mc Gregor ITT, and =1st in the XXV GM Carlos Torre Repetto in Memoriam Magistral.

Bruzon started 2014 with =1st with 7/9 at the V Abierto Internacional de Alajuela 2014 in Costa Rica, and then followed up with outright 1st on 6/7 at the Campeonato Nacional de Ajedrez Valladolid 2014 in Mexico, 1st at the Villahermosa Open in Mexico in April 2014 and =1st with 7/9 at the LX Campeonato Nacional e Internacional Abierto Mexicano 2014. He placed outright 2nd at the category 19 Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2014) with 5.5/10, a point behind the winner Wesley So. Subsequently he came 2nd behind Kamsky at the 2014 2014 National Open and =1st with 7/9 alongside compatriot Quesada at the New York International but then crashed at the 2nd Annual DC International and at the World Open, both of which were staged in Arlington, Virginia in late June and early July 2014, shedding over 30 rating points. However, he returned to form in August at the Chess Olympiad (2014), when he performed strongly on board 2 for Cuba, narrowly missing an individual medal and helping Cuba to 7th place (9 places ahead o fits seeding), its equal strongest placing ever alongside its results in 1990 and 2004.

Bruzon qualified for the World Cup (2013) via Zonal 2.3, and defeated Evgeny Najer in the first round but was eliminated from the event when he lost to Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov in the tiebreaker to the second game. In October 2014, he placed =10th at the American Continental Championships, several places short of qualifying for the World Cup 2015, but made up for that lapse of form by winning Zonal 2.3 staged in Ecuador in 2015 to qualify for the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Vidit Santosh Gujrathi in the first round before being eliminated from the Cup upon his second round loss to former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. He again qualified to the 2017 World Cup(3).

He wound up 2014 with =2nd place at the ITT Millonario de Navidad Ciudad Bogota, with a score of 7/9, half a point behind the young Peruvian GM Emilio Cordova, followed by first place at the 26th International Carlos Torre Repetto Tournament with 7.5/9 and first place at the 5th Latin American Cup (8/9).

Bruzon's highest rating to date was 2717 in October 2012 when he also reached his highest ranking, #31 in the world.


Aman Hambleton and Lazaro can be seen playing in the 2013 Canadian open at

References / Sources





(5) Wikipedia article: Lazaro Bruzon,

(6) (Live rating).

Last updated: 2020-07-31 09:06:20

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 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 998  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Gonzalez vs L Bruzon Batista  0-1261997CUB-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
2. L Bruzon Batista vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  0-1331997CUB-chB30 Sicilian
3. R Gonzalez vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½101999Copa Union de Reyes 4thB01 Scandinavian
4. R Gonzalez vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½81999CUB-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. F de la Paz Perdomo vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½801999Capablanca mem Elite 34thB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. L Bruzon Batista vs M Godena  1-0411999Capablanca mem Elite 34thC78 Ruy Lopez
7. J Nogueiras vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½731999Capablanca mem Elite 34thD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. L Bruzon Batista vs J Becerra Rivero  1-0651999Capablanca mem Elite 34thB06 Robatsch
9. I Morovic Fernandez vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½281999Capablanca mem Elite 34thD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
10. L Bruzon Batista vs A Hoffman  0-1631999Capablanca mem Elite 34thC41 Philidor Defense
11. S Atalik vs L Bruzon Batista  1-0471999Capablanca mem Elite 34thD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
12. W Arencibia Rodriguez vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½571999Capablanca mem Elite 34thD80 Grunfeld
13. L Bruzon Batista vs L Comas Fabrego  1-0621999Capablanca mem Elite 34thC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Miles vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½321999Capablanca mem Elite 34thA14 English
15. L Bruzon Batista vs R Slobodjan  1-0381999Capablanca mem Elite 34thC78 Ruy Lopez
16. A Baburin vs L Bruzon Batista  0-1411999Capablanca mem Elite 34thE60 King's Indian Defense
17. L Bruzon Batista vs R Vera  ½-½91999Capablanca mem Elite 34thE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. D Flores vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½511999Wch U18B06 Robatsch
19. L Bruzon Batista vs W Arencibia Rodriguez  ½-½212000CUB-chB50 Sicilian
20. W Arencibia Rodriguez vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½92000Capablanca mem Elite 35thC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
21. T Oral vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½652000Capablanca mem Elite 35thB06 Robatsch
22. L Bruzon Batista vs G Vescovi  1-0282000Pan American-chTB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. L Bruzon Batista vs N Kabanov  1-0422000World Junior ChampionshipA10 English
24. H Kallio vs L Bruzon Batista  0-1392000World Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
25. L Bruzon Batista vs E Perelshteyn 1-0352000World Junior ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
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Jun-11-13  twinlark: <Nicocobas> The official site (accessed from that site) doesn't seem to yield anything useful.

Jun-13-13  waustad: Thanks <twinlark> I thought I got it from the Spanish chessbase, but I didn't find it there looking again. i might have found it from the news of the day links they have under the birthday players. I don't know.
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  catlover: If Bruzón is the 2nd highest ranked player in Cuba, I wonder who Cuba's first ranked player is.
Jul-01-13  csmath: <If Bruzón is the 2nd highest ranked player in Cuba, I wonder who Cuba's first ranked player is.>

Wesley So, of course.

Jul-01-13  John Abraham: <catlover> This guy Leinier Dominguez Perez
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  juan31: Felicidades por su triunfo en Edmonton, Maestro L. Bruzon, le deseo muchos triunfos mas.
Jul-06-13  usuario x: <the fourth ranked player in the Americas, behind Hikaru Nakamura, Gata Kamsky and Leinier Dominguez Perez>

interesante que los dos cubanos sean los mejores jugadores nacidos en américa de la actualidad

Jul-06-13  Estoc: <usuario x> You're forgetting Fabio Caruana, who was born in Miami.
Sep-20-13  Caissanist: Is there any way to get a list like "best 10 players in the Americas" on the FIDE ratings site? I know that for an individual player it will give the continental ranking, but there doesn't seem to be a way to see the entire list.
Oct-06-13  ChessVip: Richard Rapport from Hungary, Julio Granda from Peru,Ivan Cheparinov from Bulgaria,Lázaro Bruzón from Cuba and Iván Salgado from Spain are playing Entre Faros International Chess Tournament
May-12-14  SugarDom: Put down the bottle my friend.
May-13-14  twinlark: <Caissanist>

<Is there any way to get a list like "best 10 players in the Americas" on the FIDE ratings site? I know that for an individual player it will give the continental ranking, but there doesn't seem to be a way to see the entire list.>

Do you still need this?

May-15-14  Caissanist: <twinlark> Thanks for the reply. I would still like to know how to do this, or even if it is possible, yes.
May-15-14  Howard: Caissanist, could you be more specific ? For example, what do you mean by the Americas ? North and South America, combined ?
May-15-14  twinlark: <Howard>

FIDE treats North and South America as one continent - the Americas. Similarly Asia and Australia, New Zealand and Oceania are listed as part of the Asia region. The other two regions are more self explanatory, Africa and Europe (apart from Israel being counted as part of Europe but that's another story).

May-15-14  twinlark: <Caissanist>

I did it the hard way.

Here is a list of the top 20 in the Americas for the month of May:

1. Nakamura
2. Dominguez
3. Kamsky
4. Bruzon
5. Granda Zuniga, Julio E
6. Onischuk, Alexander
7. Gareev, Timur
8. Iturrizaga, Eduardo
9. Leitao, Rafael
10. Akobian, Varuzhan
11. Quesada Perez, Yuniesky
12. Kovalyov, Anton
13. Shankland, Samuel L
14. Erenburg, Sergey
15. Robson, Ray
16. Cordova, Emilio
17. Cori, Jorge
18. Peralta, Fernando
19. Ramirez, Alejandro
20. Mareco, Sandro

I maintain these lists by checking FIDE's monthly updates for any movements. A spreadsheet with players' names linked to their FIDE player cards is the labor saving device of choice.

I've provided 20 rather than 10 so if there is movement into and from the top 10, you have the most likely candidates to check rather having to use the advanced search function to painstaking track the changes.

It should take you no more than a few minutes on the first of every month to update the list.

I also have top 10-20 lists for the other three regions if you need them.

May-16-14  Caissanist: I'd be content to define "Americas" as "whatever FIDE means by Americas". If, for example, you bring up Bruzon's player card on the FIDE web site ( ), it shows him with a "continent rank" of 4 in "Americas". Presumably that's behind Nakamura, Kamsky, and Dominguez, but who are the rest? It would be fun to be able to have a quick look at the top players on our "continent" are, and which countries besides the USA and Cuba are most represented.

I'm guessing that "Americas" means everything west of the Atlantic and east of the Pacific, don't know for sure.

May-16-14  twinlark: <Caissanist>

Something tells me you missed my last post here.

Here's the list again, this time with relevant federations listed:

1. Nakamura - USA
2. Dominguez - Cuba
3. Kamsky - USA
4. Bruzon - Cuba
5. Granda Zuniga - Peru
6. Onischuk, Alexander - USA
7. Gareev - USA
8. Iturrizaga - Venezuela
9. Leitao - Brazil
10. Akobian - USA
11. Quesada Perez - Cuba
12. Kovalyov - Canada
13. Shankland - USA
14. Erenburg - USA
15. Robson - USA
16. Cordova - Peru
17. Cori, Jorge - Peru
18. Peralta - Argentina
19. Ramirez - USA
20. Mareco - Argentina

USA - 9
Cuba - 3
Peru - 3
Argentina 2
Brazil, Venezuela, Canada - 1 each

<I'm guessing that "Americas" means everything west of the Atlantic and east of the Pacific>

Yes. North and South America, the Caribbean archipelago as well as a few outliers like Bermuda and the Virgin Islands that don't figure in the top stats.

FIDE's map of the Americas:

May-16-14  Caissanist: Many thanks, you are right, your previous post had not shown up for me when I made my last posting.
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  offramp: Bruzon had quite a tough start to the tournament:

1. W So vs L Bruzon ½-½ 64
2. L Bruzon vs Ivanchuk ½-½ 59
3. Vallejo-Pons vs L Bruzon ½-½ 60
4. L Bruzon vs Z Almasi ½-½ 42

He then seems to have run out of steam a bit:

5. L Dominguez vs L Bruzon ½-½ 13
6. L Bruzon vs W So ½-½ 22
7. Ivanchuk vs L Bruzon ½-½ 17

Jun-02-14  twinlark: <Caissanist>

If you're updating your list, be careful as this month FIDE have been careless and not updated the continental (and possibly other) rankings that are on each player card.

You'll need to correlate the ranking with the ratings to be certain. Kind of becomes obvious once you start updating, but I thought the heads up wouldn't hurt.

4 armed and all that.

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  juan31: Viernes 8 de agosto 2014 excelente paso en la olimpiada en Noruega, felicidades Maestro Bruzon.
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  juan31: Felicidades Maestro Bruzon se llevo el torneo en memoria de Carlos Torre Repetto 2014 en Merida Yucatan, le deseo más triunfos
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  HeMateMe: Will he be a big man in Cuba, now that the borders are opening up?
May-02-20  Caissanist: Bruzon has been living in St. Louis and playing for the Webster University chess team the past couple of years; he still officially represents Cuba in FIDE events but was expelled from the Cuban national team shortly after enrolling at Webster. After his expulsion he blasted the Cuban chess federation for not providing Internet service to top Cuban players, saying that trying to play chess at an elite level with no Internet is like trying to play shortstop without a glove.
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