Diego Flores Champion of Argentina 2017

by Nadja Wittmann
10/25/2017 – The 92nd Final Argentine Superior Championship was played between October 12th and 24th. Diego Flores was undefeated scoring 9½ points in 13 rounds. His triumph increases his Elo rating by 13 points, getting him back over 2600 for the first time since 2013. In positions two, three and four, were Federico Perez Ponsa, Ernesto Real de Azua and Sandro Mareco, all with 8 / 13 points. | Photo: Carlos Ilardo

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Flores finishes first

Played at the Auditorium Centro de Diagnostico (DIM) in downtown Buenos Aires, the 92nd Championship of Argentina was a 14-player single round-robin, and included the top four Argentinian grandmasters. First prize was 30,000 Argentinian pesos (about €1,450 euro).

Diego Flores previously won the Argentinian Championship in 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2016, making this his sixth title. His win qualifies him for the national Olympiad team, although he would have done so by rating in any case.

Diego Flores in 2017 and 2009

Diego Flores (left) today is no stranger to the championship trophy as seen (right) in 2009 | Photo: Carlos Ilardo

Final Standings (13 rounds)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Flores Diego 9,5 0,0
2 Perez Ponsa Federico 8,0 1,5
3 Real De Azua Ernesto 8,0 1,0
4 Mareco Sandro 8,0 0,5
5 Pichot Alan 7,5 1,5
6 Krysa Leandro 7,5 1,0
7 Sosa Tomas 7,5 0,5
8 Villanueva Mario 7,0 0,0
9 Slipak Sergio 6,5 0,0
10 Valerga Diego 5,5 0,0
11 Dolezal Cristian 4,5 1,0
12 Acosta Pablo Ismael 4,5 0,0
13 Cuberli Emiliano 4,0 0,0
14 Pierrot Facundo 3,0 0,0

Flores started with draws in five of his first six games, but scored an important win in the seventh round facing top seed GM Sandro Mareco with the black pieces.

In an unusual English opening (by transposition), Flores quickly equalized and then began to expand in the center, leveraging his lead in development. Mareco was soon worse, and by move 25 decided that he needed to give an exchange to try to free his position.

 

Play through the variations on the live diagram!

Here Mareco played 27.Ba3, but after 27.Nxc2 28.Qxc2 Bd4+ he had precious little in the way of compensation.

It turns out the other option, 27.Rxc3 Rxc3 28.Qd2 would have fared better. Black seems to be forced to give back the exchange, and white is holding the balance whether black goes for 28...Nxa2 29.Qxa2 Qxb3, or 28...Nxe4 29.Bxe4 Rxc1 30.Bxh7!+ Kxh7 31.Rxc1, when black is playing for two results, but White has good drawing chances.

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All results

Round 1
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644 1 - 0 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409
2 GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594 ½ - ½ GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437
3 GM Diego Flores
 
2574 ½ - ½ IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484
4 GM Alan Pichot
 
2571 ½ - ½ GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545
5 IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466 1 - 0 IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426
6 IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451 ½ - ½ GM Diego Valerga
 
2452
7   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405 0 - 1   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248
Round 2
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Alan Pichot
 
2571 ½ - ½ GM Diego Flores
 
2574
2 GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545 ½ - ½ GM Diego Valerga
 
2452
3 IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484 ½ - ½ IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466
4 GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437 1 - 0   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405
5 IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426 ½ - ½ GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594
6 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409 ½ - ½ IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451
7   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248 0 - 1 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644
Round 3
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644 1 - 0 GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437
2 GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594 ½ - ½ IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484
3 GM Diego Flores
 
2574 ½ - ½ GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545
4 IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466 0 - 1 GM Alan Pichot
 
2571
5 GM Diego Valerga
 
2452 ½ - ½ IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409
6 IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451 1 - 0   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248
7   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405 ½ - ½ IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426
Round 4
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Diego Flores
 
2574 1 - 0 IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466
2 GM Alan Pichot
 
2571 ½ - ½ GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594
3 GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545 1 - 0 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409
4 IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484 1 - 0   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405
5 GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437 ½ - ½ IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451
6 IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426 0 - 1 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644
7   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248 ½ - ½ GM Diego Valerga
 
2452
Round 5
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644 ½ - ½ IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484
2 GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594 ½ - ½ GM Diego Flores
 
2574
3 IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466 ½ - ½ GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545
4 GM Diego Valerga
 
2452 ½ - ½ GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437
5 IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451 1 - 0 IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426
6 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409 1 - 0   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248
7   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405 ½ - ½ GM Alan Pichot
 
2571
Round 6
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Diego Flores
 
2574 ½ - ½   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405
2 GM Alan Pichot
 
2571 ½ - ½ GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644
3 GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545 1 - 0   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248
4 IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484 ½ - ½ IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451
5 IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466 ½ - ½ GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594
6 GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437 1 - 0 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409
7 IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426 ½ - ½ GM Diego Valerga
 
2452
Round 7
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644 0 - 1 GM Diego Flores
 
2574
2 GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594 ½ - ½ GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545
3 GM Diego Valerga
 
2452 ½ - ½ IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484
4 IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451 ½ - ½ GM Alan Pichot
 
2571
5 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409 0 - 1 IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426
6   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405 0 - 1 IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466
7   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248 1 - 0 GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437
Round 8
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594 1 - 0   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405
2 GM Diego Flores
 
2574 1 - 0 IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451
3 GM Alan Pichot
 
2571 1 - 0 GM Diego Valerga
 
2452
4 GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545 ½ - ½ GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437
5 IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484 1 - 0 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409
6 IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466 1 - 0 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644
7 IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426 0 - 1   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248
Round 9
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644 0 - 1 GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594
2 GM Diego Valerga
 
2452 ½ - ½ GM Diego Flores
 
2574
3 IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451 ½ - ½ IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466
4 GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437 1 - 0 IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426
5 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409 1 - 0 GM Alan Pichot
 
2571
6   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405 ½ - ½ GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545
7   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248 0 - 1 IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484
Round 10
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594 ½ - ½ IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451
2 GM Diego Flores
 
2574 1 - 0 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409
3 GM Alan Pichot
 
2571 1 - 0   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248
4 GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545 ½ - ½ IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426
5 IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484 ½ - ½ GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437
6 IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466 ½ - ½ GM Diego Valerga
 
2452
7   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405 0 - 1 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644
Round 11
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644 1 - 0 GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545
2 GM Diego Valerga
 
2452 0 - 1 GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594
3 IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451 1 - 0   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405
4 GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437 ½ - ½ GM Alan Pichot
 
2571
5 IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426 ½ - ½ IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484
6 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409 ½ - ½ IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466
7   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248 0 - 1 GM Diego Flores
 
2574
Round 12
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644 ½ - ½ IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451
2 GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594 ½ - ½ IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409
3 GM Diego Flores
 
2574 1 - 0 GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437
4 GM Alan Pichot
 
2571 ½ - ½ IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426
5 GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545 ½ - ½ IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484
6 IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466 1 - 0   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248
7   Facundo Pierrot
 
2405 ½ - ½ GM Diego Valerga
 
2452
Round 13
Tabl. Title Name FED Elo Result Title Name FED Elo
1 IM Ernesto Real de Azua
 
2484 ½ - ½ GM Alan Pichot
 
2571
2 GM Diego Valerga
 
2452 ½ - ½ GM Sandro Mareco
 
2644
3 IM Mario Nicolas Villanueva
 
2451 0 - 1 GM Leandro Sergio Krysa
 
2545
4 GM Sergio Slipak
 
2437 ½ - ½ IM Tomas Sosa
 
2466
5 IM Cristian Dolezal
 
2426 ½ - ½ GM Diego Flores
 
2574
6 IM Pablo Ismael Acosta
 
2409 ½ - ½   Facundo Pierrot   2405
7   Emiliano Cuberli
 
2248 ½ - ½ GM Federico Perez Ponsa
 
2594


Photos: Official site
Information: Víctor Rodríguez Mendieta (official site)
Translation from Spanish (and additional reporting): Macauley Peterson

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