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American Continental Tournament

Samuel Shankland9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Diego Flores8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Pablo Salinas Herrera8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Sandro Mareco8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Brian Sebasti Escalante Ramirez8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Jorge Cori8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Kevin Joel Cori Quispe8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Robert Andrew Hungaski8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Emilio Cordova8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Guillermo Vazquez7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Tomas Sosa7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Felipe de Cresce El Debs7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Neuris Delgado Ramirez7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Cristhian Cruz Sanchez7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Jeffery Xiong7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Sergey Erenburg7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Awonder Liang7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Diego Rafael Di Berardino7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Alan Pichot7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Bernardo Roselli Mailhe7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Juan Facundo Pierrot7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Maria Florencia Fernandez7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Charles Gauche7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Renato Terry7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Cristobal Henriquez Villagra7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Daniel Hugo Campora7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Deivy Vera Siguenas7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
* (167 players total; 138 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
American Continental (2018)

The XIII American Continental Championship was organized by the Federación Uruguaya de Ajedrez, under the direction of Alexis Augoustis Funti. It was played in the Regency Way Hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay, 1-10 June 2018. Chief arbiter: Sabrina de San Vicente. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds increment for each move starting from move 1. Official site: Crosstable:

The American champion Samuel Shankland won with 9/11, ahead of Diego Flores with 8.5/11. Third place went to Jorge Cori, after a rapid playoff (15 min 10 sec) held on 10 June, see

Live games: TWIC report: report:

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 839  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Bick vs Ismael Pinero  1-0242018American ContinentalB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. Gabriel Kimelman vs Antonio Areco  1-0342018American ContinentalA20 English
3. Daniel Palmieri vs Lucas Coro  0-1292018American ContinentalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Gonzalo Nakle vs Emanuel Cimer  0-1242018American ContinentalE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
5. D Pacheco vs Carlos Ferrari  1-0212018American ContinentalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Marco Tulio Gomes vs Tomas Kapitanchuk  0-1322018American ContinentalA16 English
7. P Jodorcovsky Werjivker vs Hamilton Mesquita Do Prado  1-0272018American ContinentalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Victor Reolon vs A Betaneli  0-1152018American ContinentalB01 Scandinavian
9. Felipe Vergara Jofre vs Pablo Solari  1-0402018American ContinentalC02 French, Advance
10. Emilio Lanaro vs Joshua Colas  0-1472018American ContinentalB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
11. R Muniz vs Edgardo Campora  1-0242018American ContinentalB08 Pirc, Classical
12. Ubiratan de Azevedo Marques vs Aaron Grabinsky  0-1502018American ContinentalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Gabriel Barandiaran vs E Santarius  0-1492018American ContinentalB10 Caro-Kann
14. J D Ruiz Castillo vs M Texeira  1-0462018American ContinentalC42 Petrov Defense
15. U Belistri vs J Soto Vega  0-1292018American ContinentalE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
16. A De Dovitiis vs Julio Zaruski  1-0492018American ContinentalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
17. Javier Marrero vs C Lujan  0-1192018American ContinentalD84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted
18. Francisco Varacalli vs M Cortes Arias  1-0312018American ContinentalB32 Sicilian
19. Alejandro Visillac vs A Z Aranha Filho 0-1172018American ContinentalA07 King's Indian Attack
20. S Foisor vs Jorge Ortiz  1-0302018American ContinentalE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
21. Raul Torres Acosta vs D Carbone  0-1252018American ContinentalB08 Pirc, Classical
22. Rodrigo Benoit vs Agustin Ramirez  1-0202018American ContinentalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. W Madeira vs Gilnei Guedes Ribeiro  1-0302018American ContinentalB40 Sicilian
24. Esteban Maestro vs H Carvalho  0-1422018American ContinentalB08 Pirc, Classical
25. G Markzon vs Tomas Aprahamian  1-0412018American ContinentalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-04-18  Harvestman: Maybe not the highest echelon players here, but still some very good ones, and a lot of decisive games too.
Jun-06-18  bavaria: Shanky imitates the real Houdini in this tournament. He wins lost positions, for instance against Flores.
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  PhilFeeley: Canadian Raja Panjwani doing well here.
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  morfishine: <Harvestman> Its an 11 round Swiss with 168 players and one section, from what I can tell. For example, Palacio was the 151st ranked player in the field with a rating of ~1663. His first round opponent was Borges with a rating of ~2216. Borges promptly dispatched Palacio in 26 moves. Palacio then had to face Vasquez rated 2285 and was annihilated in 24 moves

These 1-section swisses can be brutal but I guess these provide valuable training ground for lesser players


Jun-09-18  Marmot PFL: 25 moves in and looks like Xiong will resign soon.
Jun-09-18  Marmot PFL: Xiong's Bishop unable to stop Shank's 5 connected passed pawns (surprise surprise).
Jun-10-18  Doniez: Shankland is still on fire after the US championships
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  morfishine: This really has been a highly competitive event!
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  WorstPlayerEver: "The 2018 Continental Championship will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, May 31 – June 10. Please see full information here. This is an 11-Round SS event, 40/90, SD/30 with 30-second increment from move 1. In accordance with the FIDE Table for Direct Titles, this event qualifies for direct titles and norms. In addition to the $20,000 in cash prizes (see Section VI), the top four players will qualify for the next FIDE World Cup."

Jun-10-18  devere: Shankland wins in round 11 to finish with a 9-2 score. Since he also defeated Diego Flores in their individual encounter, Shankland will also finish first in the tournament. Congratulations to Samuel Shankland on his latest tournament victory. He is now rated 2727.2 and ranked 27th in the world.
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  morfishine: Congratulations Grandmaster Shankland! This is a great victory against difficult opposition! You are on an incredible run!
Jun-10-18  jphamlore: Was Shankland's real goal in this event to qualify for World Cup 2019? Finishing in clear first was the only sure to do so, which he accomplished. It seems a huge mass of players are stuck playing a tiebreak for the final 2 spots for World Cup 2019.
Jun-11-18  jphamlore: I think Jorge Cori, as I would have expected, at least finished first in what appears to have been a round-robin rapid tiebreak among the final 6 competitors for the 2 remaining spots for World Cup?
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  Tabanus: Xiong also 7.5. If his round 11 win vs Ivan Eduardo Morovic-Fernandez was in, the table would be more correct.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Congrats to Shankland!
Jun-11-18  jphamlore: Awonder Liang cost himself a golden chance to win a spot in World Cup 2019 by scoring only a half-point in 2 games combined when he opened 1. b3 as White. I refuse to believe either Kasparov or Chernin told him to do this at one of the biggest events of his chess career. Absolutely ridiculous and disgusting to see yet another American chess prodigy go off the rails in the openings.
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  Dionysius1: I hadn't read the rumour that Kasparov or Chernin had told Awonder Liang to play 1.b3. Really? Crikey!
Jun-11-18  tim butler: What next for Sam Shankland?

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