Panamerican Junior Championships in Guatepe

by Dejan Bojkov
7/1/2016 – This year the Chess Federation of Colombia was host to the Panamerican Junior Championships and they invited the players to Guatepe, a small picturesque village not far from Medellin. The tournament schedule was tough but Guatepe with its cheerfully painted houses and its breathtaking landscape still left a deep impression. Dejan Boikov reports.

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Panamerican Junior Championships



Some seventy kilometers away from  Medellin is located one of the most picturesque towns in the world- Guatape.

This year the participants of the Panamerican Junior championships for boys and girls (under 20) had the chance to visit and explore it from 20-26 June.

The town itself is small but you can easily recognize it by the colorful paintings of the houses. Predominantly a farming place it became later a touristic destination once that the locals came to the bright idea to make things more funky. Each building got "tiles along the facade's lower walls in bright colors and dimensioned images" (Wikipedia). Those images intend to advertise the building's products or craft. The impression is stunning.

One way - without cars

Cheerful paintings

Colombian style

The local church

Amazingly colorful houses

Taxis in Guatape

Another must-see landmark is the "Penol Rock" (La Piedra the Penol) which was formed seventy million years ago. A short but demanding walk from our hotel brings us on the top of the rock with the beautiful view of the lake. Mother nature has it all there.

"Penon de Guatape"

Add to all of these the usual Latin-American hospitality, delicious food and a nice interpreter named Nathalia and you will know why people love to play in South America.

Pool and lake

The only problem was the time factor. The tournament started on 21 June and ended on 26-th, just six days. The schedule was extremely demanding and there were three double rounds.

Open section

The men sections was dominated by two players. Luis Paulo Supi from Brazil and Kevin Quispe Cori from Peru were a full point ahead of the filed before the final round, each of them scoring the excellent 7/8.  Cori put pressure on his opponent with a convincing win, but Supi had the advantage of the better tie-break criterion. The problem for him though was that his position against the American IM Alexandr Ostrovskiy was very symmetrical and seemed drawish.

Alexandr Ostrovskiy

I am not sure of it was the time-trouble,  the desire of Ostrovskiy to fight for the bronze medal, or the will-power of Supi, but in the last minutes of the game the Brazilian IM penetrated into the opponent's camp and won material. After some solid play he managed to convert his advantage and to deserve the Panamerican gold medal and his second GM norm. The bronze went for the Cuban FM Jorge Marcos Gomez Sanches.

Alexei Tapia

Final standings open

Rk. SNo   Name Typ FED RtgI Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  n w
1 1 IM Supi Luis Paulo U20 BRA 2488 8,0 0,5 53,5 7,0 9 8
2 11 IM Cori Quispe Kevin Joel U18 PER 2353 8,0 0,5 48,5 7,0 9 8
3 5 FM Gomez Sanchez Jorge Marcos U20 CUB 2398 7,0 0,0 47,5 6,0 9 7
4 2 FM Albornoz Cabrera Carlos Danie U16 CUB 2471 6,0 0,0 52,0 5,0 9 6
5 20 FM Jimenez Garcia Emmanuel U20 CRC 2218 6,0 0,0 51,5 4,0 9 6
6 8 IM Viswanadha Kesav U18 USA 2377 6,0 0,0 51,0 5,0 9 6
7 15 FM Santiago Vilca Christian Amil U16 PER 2269 6,0 0,0 46,0 4,0 9 6
8 6 IM Ostrovskiy Aleksandr A U20 USA 2390 6,0 0,0 44,5 6,0 9 6
9 13 FM Escalante Ramirez Brian Sebas U18 PER 2300 6,0 0,0 44,5 5,0 9 6
10 18 FM Husbands Orlando U20 BAR 2233 6,0 0,0 43,0 5,0 9 6
11 3 IM Vasquez Guillermo   PAR 2401 5,5 0,0 51,0 5,0 9 5,5
12 12 IM Campos Jimenez Augusto Cesar U18 CUB 2337 5,5 0,0 48,5 5,0 9 5,5
  17 FM Gracia Alvarez Gerardo An U20 MEX 2241 5,5 0,0 48,5 5,0 9 5,5
14 14 IM Barros Rivadeneira Cristhian U18 ECU 2283 5,5 0,0 47,5 5,0 9 5,5
15 9 FM Ampie Mauro U20 NCA 2373 5,5 0,0 45,5 4,0 9 5,5
16 10 IM Cuellar Diego U20 PER 2357 5,5 0,0 43,5 4,0 9 5,5
17 16 IM Blandon Luis Guillermo U18 COL 2260 5,5 0,0 41,5 5,0 9 5,5
18 22   Cofre Archibold Nestor U18 MEX 2215 5,0 0,0 47,0 4,0 9 5
19 7 IM Acosta Pablo Ismael U18 ARG 2380 5,0 0,0 45,5 4,0 9 5
20 27   Rengifo Blancas Renzo Jhonath U16 PER 2140 5,0 0,0 42,0 5,0 8 4

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Games

 

 

There were differences between the participants...

Young player from Peru

Diego Cuellar (Peru)

Jorge Marcos Gomez Sanchez

Orlando Husbands from Barbados

Blindfold analysis after the round

 

Women's section

In the women section Ashritha Eswaran was the rating favorite, but failed to capitalize on the rating difference.

Ashritha Eswaran (left)

Her play was hesitant and the lack of tournament practice played its role. The only achievement for her was one more spoiler. In the last round she defeated the leading player Nataly Monroy of Bolivia. Nataly was not too unhappy though as she deserved the silver medal. The winner was Lilia Fuentes Godoy of Mexico, who played very solid chess throughout the event and did not lose a single game.

Eswaran tied for the third place, but came only fifth on tie-break. This bronze went also in direction Cuba, and the proud owner of it was Ana Flavia Roca Rojas.

Ana Flavia Roca Rojas

Nataly Monroy from Bolivia won silver

 

Final standings women

Rk. SNo   Name FED RtgI Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  n w
1 3 WIM Fuentes Godoy Lilia Ivonne MEX 2094 7,0 0,0 48,5 5,0 9 7
2 5 WIM Monroy G. Nataly A. BOL 1999 6,5 0,0 45,5 5,0 8 5,5
3 2 WFM Roca Rojas Ana Flavia CUB 2177 6,0 0,0 51,5 4,0 9 6
4 1 WIM Eswaran Ashritha USA 2261 6,0 0,0 49,5 5,0 9 6
  7 WIM Brizzi Milagros Tatiana ARG 1990 6,0 0,0 49,5 5,0 9 6
6 15   Cosme Contreras Trilce PER 1768 6,0 0,0 41,5 5,0 9 6
7 4 WFM Argote Heredia Valentina COL 2039 5,5 0,0 51,0 5,0 9 5,5
8 8   Loaiza Yurani COL 1962 5,5 0,0 48,5 4,0 9 5,5
9 6 WFM Salcedo Jackeline COL 1995 5,0 0,0 47,5 5,0 9 5
10 9 WFM Gomez Barrera Javiera Belen CHI 1959 5,0 0,0 43,5 5,0 9 5
11 13   Viveros Erica Johana COL 1855 5,0 0,0 37,0 3,0 7 3
12 19   Varela Maria De Los Angeles COL 1602 4,5 0,0 43,0 4,0 9 4,5
13 16   Rosales Murillo Cristina ECU 1747 4,5 0,0 39,5 4,0 9 4,5
14 20   Norena Yepez Vanessa COL 1567 4,5 0,0 39,0 4,0 8 3,5
15 11   Sanchez Zambrano Vanessa PER 1909 4,5 0,0 39,0 3,0 9 4,5
16 17   Velasquez Angie Gabriela COL 1736 4,5 0,0 33,0 3,0 7 2,5
17 14   Toro Castaneda Elizabeht COL 1792 4,0 0,0 44,0 3,0 7 2
  18 WCM Cespedes Galindo Estefania COL 1713 4,0 0,0 44,0 3,0 8 3
19 12   Velez Alvarez Laura Camila COL 1876 4,0 0,0 40,5 2,0 8 3
20 10 WFM Solis Chimoy Blanca PER 1931 4,0 0,0 37,0 3,0 7 2
21 21   Henao Garcia Estefania COL 1349 3,0 0,0 35,5 2,0 7 1
22 23   Soto Vargas Luisa COL 0 2,0 0,0 37,0 1,0 8 1
23 22 WCM Becerra Fonseca Camila COL 1325 1,0 0,0 36,0 0,0 7 0

 

Solisblanca vs Camila Becerra

Cristina Rosales Murillo (Ecuador)

Laura Camila Velez Alvarez from Colombia

Lilia Ivonne Fuentes Godoy from Mexico

Vanessa Norena (Columbia)

 

Games

 

 

Chess mothers: Yelena and Yakuline

Marco Pacheco, trainer from Peru

Chess-results...

Tournament page...

 

GM Dejan Bojkov- http://dejanbojkov.blogspot.com/

 



Dejan Bojkov, born in 1977, is a Bulgarian GM who qualified from the Sports Academy of Sofia as a trainer, a profession which he has followed in various countries. After his work as a trainer in Kavala (Greece) he trained ex World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova. Bojkov regularly reports for chessbase.com and chessbase.de. In 2009 Bojkov was champion of Bulgaria and member of the Bulgarian team at the European championships. Bojkov is the authorof a number of popular ChessBase DVDs and in cooperation with Vladimir Georgiev wrote the book "A Course in Chess Tactics" (Gambit 2010).
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