Argentinian GM Sandro Mareco won the I Magistral IPD 2013, which took place on 5-10 February at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería on Lima, Perú.

This Category XIII event was the strongest tournament ever held in Peru.

The first seed, GM Mareco, was able to live up to his status as favorite and achieved the first place in the competition with 7/9. Chilean GM Rodrigo Vásquez Schroeder finished in second place a half point behind the leader. Third place went for the former World Junior Champion WGM Deysi Cori from Peru.

The purpose of the organizers was to give the young talents from Peru the chance to get IM norms. Two players lived up to the expectations and did precisely that: WGM Cori and FM Deivy Vera Siguenas.

The Argentinian’s road to victory didn’t have many obstacles. Mareco never left the leading position after getting three straight wins in the first rounds. Probably the only disappointing result for him was the draw he signed against the much lower rated Peruvian FM Marco Pacheco.

Hopefully, this won’t be the last strong tournament organized in Peru, a country filled with chess talent.

Final Standings:

1 GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2568 7.0
2 GM Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo CHI 2543 6.5
3 WGM Cori T. Deysi PER 2423 5.5
4 GM Cori Jorge PER 2551 5.0
5 FM Vera Siguenas Deivy PER 2418 5.0
6 FM Pacheco Marco PER 2381 4.0
7 IM Saldano Dayer Horacio ESP 2502 4.0
8 IM Leiva Giuseppe PER 2376 3.5
9 IM Ruiz C Joshua D COL 2387 2.5
10 IM Estrada Nieto Julian MEX 2302 2.0
Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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