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Yopal 1997
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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A cozy little Category 12 tournament, giving players from Colombia and other Central/South American countries a little taste of competition with the European crowd. Let's see who we've got here:

Walter Arencibia Rodriguez (Cuba); Stuart C Conquest (United Kingdom); Nelson Gamboa (Columbia); Gildardo Garcia (Colombia); Peter Leko (Hungary); Anthony Miles (United Kingdom); Gilberto Milos (Brazil); Ivan Eduardo Morovic-Fernandez (Chile); Amador Rodriguez Cespedes (Cuba); Alonso Zapata (Colombia)

The 17-year-old Leko leaps out of this group, and he indeed led from the start. Milos kept up until fellow countryman Gamboa got his only win of the event by defeating Milos in round 8.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Leko * 1 1 1 1 6.5 2 Milos * 1 1 1 0 5.5 3 Morovic Fernandez * 1 0 1 5.0 4 Miles * 0 0 1 1 4.5 5 Conquest 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 4.5 6 Arencibia 0 0 1 * 4.0 7 Zapata 0 0 1 * 4.0 8 Garcia 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 4.0 9 Rodriguez-Cepedes 0 0 0 1 * 1 4.0 10 Gamboa 1 0 0 0 0 * 3.0

A couple of interesting games from my biased point of view: Leko vs S Conquest, 1997 from round 1 and Miles vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1997 from round 5.

Round 1 (Friday, June 20, 1997)
A Rodriguez Cespedes vs G Milos, 1997
(B44) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (Friday, June 20, 1997)
I E Morovic-Fernandez vs N Gamboa, 1997 
(B33) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 1 (Friday, June 20, 1997)
Leko vs S Conquest, 1997
(B07) Pirc, 50 moves, 1-0

Round 1 (Friday, June 20, 1997)
A Zapata vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 1997
(B15) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (Friday, June 20, 1997)
Miles vs G Garcia, 1997
(A13) English, 52 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Saturday, June 21, 1997)
G Milos vs G Garcia, 1997
(A17) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Saturday, June 21, 1997)
W Arencibia Rodriguez vs Miles, 1997
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 43 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Saturday, June 21, 1997)
S Conquest vs A Zapata, 1997
(B40) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Sunday, June 21, 1997)
N Gamboa vs Leko, 1997
(A57) Benko Gambit, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 (Saturday, June 21, 1997)
A Rodriguez Cespedes vs I E Morovic-Fernandez, 1997
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Sunday, June 22, 1997)
I E Morovic-Fernandez vs G Milos, 1997
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Sunday, June 22, 1997)
Leko vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1997
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Sunday, June 22, 1997)
A Zapata vs N Gamboa, 1997
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Sunday, June 22, 1997)
Miles vs S Conquest, 1997
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Sunday, June 22, 1997)
G Garcia vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 1997
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Monday, June 23, 1997)
G Milos vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 1997
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 56 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Monday, June 23, 1997)
S Conquest vs G Garcia, 1997
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 49 moves, 0-1

Round 4 (Monday, June 23, 1997)
N Gamboa vs Miles, 1997
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Monday, June 23, 1997)
A Rodriguez Cespedes vs A Zapata, 1997
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Monday, June 23, 1997)
I E Morovic-Fernandez vs Leko, 1997
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Tuesday, June 24, 1997)
Leko vs G Milos, 1997
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Tuesday, June 24, 1997)
A Zapata vs I E Morovic-Fernandez, 1997
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Tuesday, June 24, 1997)
Miles vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1997 
(A28) English, 25 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Tuesday, June 24, 1997)
G Garcia vs N Gamboa, 1997
(B33) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Tuesday, June 24, 1997)
W Arencibia Rodriguez vs S Conquest, 1997
(A48) King's Indian, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 (Thursday, June 26, 1997)
G Milos vs S Conquest, 1997
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 (Thursday, June 26, 1997)
N Gamboa vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 1997
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 (Thursday, June 26, 1997)
A Rodriguez Cespedes vs G Garcia, 1997
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Thursday, June 26, 1997)
I E Morovic-Fernandez vs Miles, 1997
(C42) Petrov Defense, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 (Thursday, June 26, 1997)
Leko vs A Zapata, 1997
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 83 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Friday, June 27, 1997)
A Zapata vs G Milos, 1997
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 7 (Friday, June 27, 1997)
Miles vs Leko, 1997
(D85) Grunfeld, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Friday, June 27, 1997)
G Garcia vs I E Morovic-Fernandez, 1997
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Friday, June 27, 1997)
W Arencibia Rodriguez vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1997
(C42) Petrov Defense, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Friday, June 27, 1997)
S Conquest vs N Gamboa, 1997
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Saturday, June 28, 1997)
G Milos vs N Gamboa, 1997
(B33) Sicilian, 52 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Saturday, June 28, 1997)
A Rodriguez Cespedes vs S Conquest, 1997
(B15) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Saturday, June 28, 1997)
I E Morovic-Fernandez vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 1997
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 49 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Saturday, June 28, 1997)
Leko vs G Garcia, 1997
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 52 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Saturday, June 28, 1997)
A Zapata vs Miles, 1997
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Sunday, June 29, 1997)
Miles vs G Milos, 1997
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Sunday, June 29, 1997)
G Garcia vs A Zapata, 1997
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Sunday, June 29, 1997)
W Arencibia Rodriguez vs Leko, 1997
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Sunday, June 29, 1997)
S Conquest vs I E Morovic-Fernandez, 1997
(A22) English, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Sunday, June 29, 1997)
N Gamboa vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1997
(E12) Queen's Indian, 51 moves, 0-1

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