The national chess committee made this Wednesday afternoon the divorce from grandmaster Lázaro Bruzón (Las Tunas, 1982) of the Cuban preselection – he had been a part of it for two decades – as well as the high school for the training of top athletes Giraldo Córdova Cardín, with whom he contractual relationship and which was part of his registration.
According to the note published by the JIT website, Bruzón has been in the United States since August and in the middle of the month his coach, Rodney Pérez, informed the Commission about his concerns about the health of the player and how this could affect his participation in the upcoming World Olympiad in Batumi, a Georgian coastal town on the Black Sea, from 23 September to 7 October.
After this approach Bruzón was replaced by the team that will participate in the big event, now integrated by GM Yasser Quesada, Yusnel Bacallao, Isán Ortiz, Yuri González and Omar Almeida, while the female cast is composed by Lisandra Llaudy, Maritza Arribas, Yaniet Marrero, Yerisbel Miranda and Lisandra Ordaz.
At that time, "health effects" were claimed, a situation which is somewhat similar to the case of the star GM Leinier Domínguez, who for more than a year and for an indefinite period did not participate in representing Cuba because of personal problems that did not exist. .
Bruzón, ranked 94 in the latest update of the FIDE ranking with 2653 ELO points, has an infection in the colon, according to the player himself in an interview with journalist Rafael Pérez Valdés.
"I have a very serious infection and it took about 20 days with the treatment, he had treated me before because of a pain in the right side of the abdomen, but the diagnoses were not quite right," El Tunero explained, explaining the professionalism. and acknowledged the affection of the Cuban doctors who visited him in Havana.
Taking into account his state of health, the National Commission proposed to return to Cuba to "organize its appropriate treatment through the Institute of Sports Medicine," but the cheerleader said that he needs specific tests because it is a complicated disease. diagnosis.
It is clear that this seems to be the main reason for his trip to the United States, although Bruzón also acknowledged that he appreciates studying in the United States, while maintaining as one of his priorities to continue to see the signs, something that he probably will be able to do, within bit.
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Only a few days ago it was announced that Bruzón would be part of the SPICE team at Webster University, based in the state of Missouri, where he and his compatriot Yuniesky Quesada, a former member of the Cuban national team, will play. belongs. two years ago
However, this decision does not imply that Las Tunas has waived the representation of Cuba. "If it depends on me, I will continue to do it, I have the willingness to do so," said the 36-year-old grandmaster, junior world champion in 2000, double continental and Ibero-American title holder and five-time national champion.
Apart from the personal problems regarding the three best Cuban players of the moment, there seems to be a procedural problem in the background of their case, since their departure from Cuba can not be a mere coincidence. Bruzón himself has seen this, who acknowledged that the men of the national team have been an important service for chess players for more than ten years: the internet.
"In terms of mass and chess culture, Cuba can be called an elite level, but the main players have been suffering for a long time because we do not have internet. Nowadays, to be understood, it is inconceivable that someone who is committed to chess and has no access to this tool, it is like a player who goes to the ground without a glove.
"I dare to say that it is the sport that is most practiced and studied online, there are many game clubs, study pages, countless training opportunities, we do not have it, and this is not new and it is not outside our reach, because we've been raising it in different meetings for years, "said the Holguin.
All these situations seem to have led to a dead end, in which we have been denied the most important national exponents to participate in a high-level event such as the World Olympiad.
As stated by journalist Miguel Ernesto Gómez Masjuán, is there no intermediate point where players and leaders bet on dialogue? Will not the day come when flexibility prevails and players can represent their country, no matter where they decide to settle?
These are questions that haunt the head of various specialists, only that, while the answers are defined, the representative figures of the scientific game in Cuba have already been removed in the past 30 years, and then another doubt arises, which is inundated. held?