|Nov-03-04|| ||Strategic Joker: He was puertorican champion for many years , and is also an established strong IM in PR , where i live :) i played him ones , he totally annihilated me :) |
|Nov-04-04|| ||SBC: <Strategic Joker>
Thanks for the insight. I had never heard of this Torres before.
Who is the current Puerto Rican champion?
Is there an annual national tournament to determine the championship?
|Nov-06-04|| ||Strategic Joker: <SBC> Yes , the current champion is Ramon Ovalle , he played in the olimpiad , you can check him out , Torre is just a IM , so i dont think he should be all that famous in the world , also there is a Championship yearly , like the world chess championchips , only puertoricans can compete , currently im aiming at taking a shot at it this year :) |
|Nov-12-04|| ||SBC: <Strategic Joker>
I'd never thought of Puerto Rico as a chess playing place.
I looked up Ramon Ovalle here. I couldn't find anything elsewhere. He was rated 2184 at the Olympics and scored +2-5=1. I noticed his 2 wins were against 2 players, each rated about 200 points higher than himself.
Here's Puerto Rico's standing in the Olympics
93 place out of 129 +5 =3 -6
76 place out of 87 +5 =2 -7
Puerto Rico scored higher than many, if not most, island countries.
Where are the best places to play chess inside Puerto Rico?
|Nov-20-04|| ||Strategic Joker: the best place is San Juan , the capital , where currently a Alonso Zapata , a colombian GM resides , he trains all of puertoricos most talented players ( as the federation pays for it ) and some other players who pay for it by themselves ,like me 50$ 1hour :( , mostly San Juan is the best place because our chess federation is in there , but this federation seems to favor that area as chess in the eastern part is dead |
|Nov-20-04|| ||SBC: <Strategic Joker>
I have a question though. You said, "mostly San Juan is the best place because our chess federation is in there , but this federation seems to favor that area as chess in the eastern part is dead."
From my map, it looks to me that San Juan IS in the eastern part. If so, how do you mean that chess in the eastern part is dead if that's where the center of chess is located?
I found an informative page (in Spanish, but the auto-translation is pretty readable) on chess in Puerto Rico - http://php.indiana.edu/~jsoto/PURaj...
Is there anything like a Carribean chess league?
While searching around, I took a virtual tour of San Juan. That is a very beautiful city with a richness one seldom finds here in the states.
|Nov-20-04|| ||Strategic Joker: ok san juan is in the northern part of pr mostly and chess is favored there is where the rich people live , the eastern part check your map , it should be Fajardo Ceiba Humacao Luquillo Rio Grande Caguas :) also our federation seems to favor some certain players i dont know who why but these players are getting their GM tutitions payed i gotta pay for mine 50$ an hour , with is impossible unless your from a rich family , so basically if your not one of the favorites your chess talent will be lost , as it happened to many players , many reached 2000 with hard efforts but the federation does nothing to co operate, i wish this was different though , as once you see a player has talent even if his rated 1000 you should work on him ( not the case here :( ) |
|Oct-16-12|| ||BIDMONFA: Juan Santa Torres|
SANTA, Juan Martin