Héctor Leyva

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Héctor Noel Leyva Paneque (born April 1, 1965 ) is a chess player and coach from El Salvador of Cuban origin.


Héctor Leyva originally comes from the Cuban Holguín and attended the Instituto Preuniversitario Vocacional de Ciencias Exactas José Martí school there . In Cuba he trained today's grandmasters Luís Manuel Pérez Rodríguez and Renier Vázquez Igarza . In 1996 Leyva became the coach of the El Salvador national team. In the meantime, from July 2005 to 2006 (and again in 2018) he was the national coach of Guatemala , where he was mainly responsible for the female youth, and then returned to El Salvador, where he was again national coach from 2007 to 2010.

From 1984 to 2010 he wrote for the chess informator and from 1998 to 2000 a regular column for the Salvadoran daily newspaper El Diario de Hoy . He also writes for the chess magazine Inforchess Magazine from Valencia , Spain.


Héctor Leyva was trained from 1986 to 1988 by the Cuban grandmaster Amador Rodríguez Céspedes . In 1990 Leyva received the title of FIDE Master , and since 1996 he has held the title of International Master . In 1999 he moved from the Cuban Chess Federation to the El Salvador Chess Federation. In 2000 he won the Zone Tournament of Guatemala City .

He won team championships in El Salvador in 1999 and 2000. He won the individual championship in El Salvador in 2000 (in the final against FM Boris Pineda) and 2006.

For El Salvador he played on the top board at three chess Olympiads : 2000 in Istanbul , 2006 in Turin and 2008 in Dresden .

His Elo rating is 2351 (as of May 2014), making him the top of El Salvador's Elo ranking. His highest rating was 2430 in October 2000.


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Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Profile from 2006 on esajedrez.tripod.com (Spanish)
  2. CV from May 31, 2012 (Spanish)
  3. The Chess Olympiads Héctor Leyvas on olimpbase.org (English)