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American Continental Tournament

Sam 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 Sebastian 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]
Jorge Soto Vega7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Joshua Colas7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Erik F Santarius7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
* (167 players total; 135 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. Shankland vs A Guerrero  1-0392018American ContinentalE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
2. Christian Avgoustopoulos vs J Cori  0-1212018American ContinentalB44 Sicilian
3. Xiong vs J Arias Bouzada  1-0182018American ContinentalB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
4. Tadeu Sousa Santos Filho vs S Mareco  0-1542018American ContinentalB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. E Cordova vs F Restuccia  1-0492018American ContinentalA15 English
6. Ana Vitoria de Paula Rothebarth vs D Flores  0-1272018American ContinentalB40 Sicilian
7. N Delgado Ramirez vs T Cervantes Landeiro  1-0442018American ContinentalC46 Three Knights
8. Diego Sauvageot Ledezma vs C Cruz  0-1362018American ContinentalB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
9. A Liang vs Emiliano Tregarthen  1-0372018American ContinentalB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. D Izquierdo vs Pichot  0-1322018American ContinentalA48 King's Indian
11. S Erenburg vs Mario Medrano  1-0292018American ContinentalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. A Mosconi vs F Perez Ponsa  0-1442018American ContinentalA00 Uncommon Opening
13. E Moradiabadi vs M Saralegui  1-0402018American ContinentalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. R L C Andrade vs K Mekhitarian  0-1562018American ContinentalB32 Sicilian
15. J Martinez Alcantara vs Daniel Brandao Mariani  1-0272018American ContinentalA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
16. Tabare Bustelo vs F de Cresce El Debs  0-1742018American ContinentalA00 Uncommon Opening
17. D Di Berardino vs Milton Kasuo Okamura  1-0392018American ContinentalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. S Caceres vs S Alonso  0-1492018American ContinentalD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. C Henriquez Villagra vs Marcelo Nascimento Pomar  1-0302018American ContinentalC58 Two Knights
20. Luiz Antonio Bardaro Manzi vs D Vera Siguenas  0-1432018American ContinentalA07 King's Indian Attack
21. I Morovic Fernandez vs Gabriel Garmendia Vega  1-0272018American ContinentalE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
22. R Torella vs R Hungaski  0-1442018American ContinentalC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. R Terry vs Nicolas Soto  1-0322018American ContinentalD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. A Durante vs A Rodriguez Vila  0-1532018American ContinentalC00 French Defense
25. A Hoffman vs S Chang  1-0442018American ContinentalE81 King's Indian, Samisch
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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.
Jun-09-18  PhilFeeley: Canadian Raja Panjwani doing well here.
Jun-09-18  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
Jun-10-18  morfishine: This really has been a highly competitive event!
Jun-10-18  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.
Jun-10-18  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.
Jun-11-18  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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