Dortmund 2-4: Dominguez up to world no. 7
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Dortmund 2-4: Dominguez up to world no. 7

Leinier Dominguez swept aside defending champion Ian Nepomniachtchi in just 25 moves to not only take the sole lead in Dortmund but climb above Nepo into the world no. 7 spot on the live rating list. Going into the final three rounds this weekend he has a half point lead over fellow 2700 stars Radek Wojtaszek, Teimour Radjabov and Richard Rapport, who have all scored one win and three draws.

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  • Reports Oct 9, 2014 | 10:57 AM 0

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  • Reports Oct 5, 2014 | 11:37 AM 1

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  • Reports Oct 4, 2014 | 9:14 AM 3

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  • Reports Oct 2, 2014 | 9:47 PM 1

    Baku GP, Round 1: New city, same Caruana

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  • Reports Oct 1, 2014 | 5:57 PM 0

    Inarkiev wins photo finish at Baku Open

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  • Interviews Oct 1, 2014 | 1:08 PM 1

    Peter Svidler Q&A: Part 2

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    Three must-watch chess videos

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