April 21, 2024

José Cubas and Thalia Landeiro win 2023 Pan American Chess Esports Finals

Chess was a part of the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago in the Esports category, with the open and women’s finals taking place online on chess.com from October 26-27. Both competitions were eight-player round robins with 3+2 time control.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Vice President of FIDE, Mario Ramirez Barajas, who stressed the importance of chess in the Pan American Games; the President of FIDE America, Jose Carrillo Pujol, who summarized the scope of the event and inclusion of chess in multisport events and a member of the FIDE Chess in MULTISPORT Games commission, Mario Petrucci, who had a meeting Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, where he discussed a possible chess inclusion in the Olympic Games.

The open final saw the triumph of GM José Cubas (Paraguay). Despite losing to Diego Flores of Argentina in Round 2, Jose scored an impressive 5.5/7 and finished first a full point ahead of Andrés Rodríguez Vila (Uruguay). Santiago Yago Moura (Brazil) tied for third place with Diego Flores and took bronze thanks to a slightly better Sonnenborn-Berger.

Final standings:

1

GM

Cubas, Jose Fernando

PAR

2542

2

GM

Rodriguez Vila, Andres

URU

2387

3

GM

Santiago, Yago De Moura

BRA

2453

4

4

GM

Flores, Diego

ARG

2603

4

5

GM

Hernandez , Gilberto

MEX

2521

6

WGM

Francisco, Candela

ARG

2320

7

GM

Hungaski, Robert

USA

2433

2

8

GM

Zambrana, Osvaldo

BOL

2373

2

The women’s tournament was a very close race, with Thalia Landeiro Cervantes and Miranda Yerisbel sharing first place on 5.5/7. Thalia came out on top thanks to a greater number of victories, whereas the runner-up, Yerisbel, became the only undefeated participant. Deysi Cori netted 5/7 and finished third.

Final standings:

1

WGM

Landeiro Cervantes, Thalia

USA

2303

2

WGM

Yerisbel, Miranda

CUB

2262

3

IM

Cori, Deysi

PER

2367

5

4

WIM

Corrales Jiménez, Zenia

MEX

2140

5

WGM

Pérez Rodríguez, Jennifer

PAR

2242

3

6

WIM

Argote Heredia, Valentina

COL

2179

2

7

WIM

Campos, María José

ARG

2206

2

8

 

 Ruchinskaya, Valerie

CAN

1862

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Games and results