Grandmaster Alan Pichot was second in the 100-year Open of the Argentine Chess Federation

The grandmaster Alan Pichot (ranking elo 2629) placed second in the 100-year Pro Am International Open of the Argentine Chess Federation (FADA)tournament that was won by Paraguayan grandmaster Axel Bachman (2603) by tiebreaker system.

The 24-year-old Argentine chess player, cadet world champion in 2014 in Durban, South Africa, added 7 1/2 units in the 9 rounds played at the Vicente López Chess Stadium, the same score as Bachman and another Paraguayan grandmaster, Neuris Delgado Ramírez (2563). The GMs Eduardo Iturrizaga (2629/Spain), Miguel Santos (2580/Spain), Sevag Mekhitarian (2544/Brazil) and José Cuenca (2545/Spain) finished at half a point.

The contest, which brought together 170 participants from 11 countries, 21 with the title of grandmaster, distributed 50 thousand dollars in prizes and was attended by the head of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Russian Arkadi Dvorkovichand the entity’s executive director, the Moldovan Víctor Bologan.

Dvorkovich came to Argentina on the occasion of the centenary of FADA and to promote different projects in the region like that chess will be part of the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, in San Salvador 2023, already finalized, and the possible inclusion in the Medellin 2027 Pan American Games.

The The contest also served to recognize two chess players: Claudia Amura (the best female chess player in Argentine history) and Federico Pérez Ponsa (current national champion).who represented the country in the recent XII South American Games held in Asunción, where chess made its debut as a guest game.

Although the award was not part of the official medal table, Amura and Pérez Ponsa won five medals (gold and silver in the women’s, rapid and blitz; bronze in the men’s rapidand two silver medals in mixed team in the blitz and rapid categories).

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