Mareco S

The 10th American Continental Chess Championship was held from 15-24th May, 2015, in the Telecommunications Tower (ANTEL Tower), in Montevideo, the capital and largest city of Uruguay.

The event was organized by the Uruguay Chess Federation (FUA), under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Montevideo Municipality and ANTEL Telecommunications company.

GM Sandro Mareco from Argentina is the crowned American Continental champion.

He started with a perfect 3/3 score and lost in the next round against IM Yago De Moura Santiago from Brazil. However, the champion won four games and drew the rest to finish with 8,5/11 points. The decisive encounter was in the penultimate round when Mareco defeated GM Jorge Cori from Peru with Black pieces.

GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez from Cuba remained second with 8,5 points but a worse tiebreak score, while the third place was shared in an eight-way tie.

The first four players should have qualified for FIDE World Cup, stage of the World Championship circle. Grandmasters Cori, Granda Zuniga and Mareco have already qualified, and so had Quesada Perez, finishing second. Thus, six Grandmasters with 8 points decided the final three spots in 5-round Playoffs with tempo of play  15′ + 5″.

The qualifiers are: Federico Perez Ponsa (Argentina), Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela) and  Anton Kovalyov(Canada).

Tournament website/ LIVE games with analysis

Final standings:

1 GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2581 8,5
2 GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky CUB 2645 8,5
3 GM Cori Jorge PER 2609 8
4 GM Flores Diego ARG 2567 8
5 GM Perez Ponsa Federico ARG 2533 8
6 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E PER 2650 8
7 GM Kovalyov Anton CAN 2613 8
8 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2613 8
9 GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri CUB 2550 8
10 GM Alonso Salvador ARG 2488 8
11 GM Matamoros Franco Carlos S. ECU 2525 7,5
12 GM Hansen Eric CAN 2580 7,5
13 GM Felgaer Ruben ARG 2582 7,5
14 GM Kaidanov Gregory S USA 2566 7,5
15 IM Henriquez Villagra Cristobal CHI 2478 7,5
16 IM Martinez Romero Martin COL 2404 7,5
17 FM Paveto Kevin ARG 2400 7,5
18 GM Shabalov Alexander USA 2523 7
19 GM Lenderman Aleksandr USA 2636 7
20 GM Bachmann Axel PAR 2636 7
21 IM Pichot Alan ARG 2504 7
22 GM Hevia Alejano Carlos Antonio CUB 2535 7
23 IM Di Berardino Diego Rafael BRA 2489 7
24 IM Vera Siguenas Deivy PER 2469 7
25 GM Yermolinsky Alex USA 2531 7
26 FM Terry Renato PER 2464 7
27 GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag BRA 2572 7
28 IM Barbosa Evandro Amorim BRA 2438 7
29 WGM Cori T. Deysi PER 2431 7
30 IM Lujan Carolina ARG 2353 7
31 GM Rodriguez Vila Andres URU 2485 7
32 FM Pereira Silvio Cunha BRA 2284 7
33 IM Molina Roberto Junio Brito BRA 2455 6,5
34 IM Pierrot Facundo ARG 2377 6,5
35 IM Van Riemsdijk Herman C. BRA 2352 6,5
36 FM Aranha Filho Alvaro Z. BRA 2270 6,5
37 Muniz Rafael URU 2281 6,5
38 FM Menna Barreto Felipe Kubiaki BRA 2271 6,5
39 WIM Fernandez Maria Florencia ARG 2200 6,5
40 Lopez Falcon Jorge URU 2138 6,5
41 GM El Debs Felipe De Cresce BRA 2527 6
42 IM Supi Luis Paulo BRA 2416 6
43 FM Quintiliano Pinto Renato R. BRA 2411 6
44 Escalante Ramirez Brian Sebas PER 2373 6
45 IM Acosta Pablo Ismael ARG 2320 6
46 IM Barros Rivadeneira Cristhian ECU 2335 6
47 Starke Bruno Orlando BRA 2133 6
48 Sanhueza Cristian ARG 2195 6
49 FM Choma Ernani Francisco BRA 2361 6
50 FM Larrea Manuel URU 2327 6

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