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GM Ruben Felgaer champion of FIDE Zone 2.5

Qualifying tournament for the World Cup, from 16th to 24th May in Asuncion

The Zonal 2.5 Chess Championship, a qualifying tournament for the Khanty Mansiysk World Cup 2011, was played from 16th to 24th May in Asuncion, Paraguay. Argentina’s Grandmaster Ruben Felgaer defeated Paraguayan GM-elect Jose Cubas in the last round to take a clear first place and book the ticket for the World Cup.

The other qualifier was to be decided in the tiebreak match after Grandmasters Sandro Mareco and Axel Bachmann shared the second place with 6.5 points each. Mareco was victorious, by 1.5-0.5, and marked a double celebration for Argentina.

In the decisive game of the last round, Ruben Felgaer defended with the Accelerated Dragon, which is a popular opening of GM Argentina, and his opponent Jose Cubas used a line popularized by Karpov in the 70′s. The position was tense and complicated, but white later erred, allowing the strong centralization of the black queen with check, followed by creation of the decisive passed pawn.

Ruben Felgaer

Ruben Felgaer with Victor Salinas, President of the Paraguayan Chess Federation

In Diego Flores versus Axel Bachmann the players set a line of the Symmetrical English opening, the same scheme that was successfully used by Grischuk in the Candidates Matches. The position was balanced until white opened the game without adequate preparation 28.f4?!.Black exploited the weaknesses and reached a winning endgame.

The tournament was organized by the Paraguayan Chess Federation under the auspices of the National Secretariat of Sports, Paraguayan Olympic Committee, Viviendas Paraguayas S.A, Restaurante la Pérgola Jardín, Diesa S.A. and Club Deportivo de Puerto Sajonia.

Final standings bellow. Visit also the official website. News by GM Zenon Franco Ocampos, Press Officer.

Felgaer vs Pierrot

Ruben Felgaer vs Facundo Pierrot

Ronda 8 Cubas vs Flores

Jose Cubas vs Diego Flores

Ronda 9 Lujan vs Lemos

Carolina Lujan vs Damian Lemos

Diego Flores

GM Diego Flores

Final standings:

1 GM Felgaer Ruben ARG 2570 – 7

2 GM Bachmann Axel PAR 2551 – 6.5

3 GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2591 – 6.5

4 GM Lemos Damian ARG 2550 – 6

5 IM Cubas Jose Fernando PAR 2505 – 6

6 GM Rodriguez Vila Andres URU 2527 – 6

7 GM Flores Diego ARG 2611 – 5.5

8 FM Mayorga Nicolas ARG 2293 – 5.5

9 FM Larrea Manuel URU 2299 – 5.5

10 Sabas Jorge ARG 2267 – 5.5

11 IM Pierrot Facundo ARG 2449 – 5

12 Toniutti Ezio ARG 2133 – 5

13 IM Lujan Carolina ARG 2353 – 5

14 FM Vazquez Guillermo PAR 2199 – 5

15 Jimenez Joaquin ARG 2224 – 5

16 FM Peralta Eduardo PAR 2237 – 5

17 Roman Rodrigo PAR 1986 – 5

18 FM Valdes Escobar Alvaro CHI 2419 – 4.5

19 Latorre Matias PAR 2197 – 4.5

20 J. Werjivker Paulo PAR 2182 – 4.5

21 IM Kropff Ricardo PAR 2298 – 4.5

22 IM Roselli Mailhe Bernardo URU 2437 – 4.5

23 Daneri Martin ARG 2095 – 4.5

24 Mesias Rojas Rabindranath CHI 2205 – 4

25 Richter Becerra Hans CHI 2148 – 4

26 FM Avalos Parra Joao CHI 2251 – 4

27 FM Latorre Manuel PAR 2312 – 3.5

28 Goiriz Y Damian PAR 2093 – 3.5

29 Heinechen John PAR 1799 – 3.5

30 Lipiniks Leonardo PAR 1852 – 3

31 Gamarra Ramon PAR 2009 – 3

32 IM Hobaica Juan Pablo ARG 2407 – 2.5

33 Florentin Damaso PAR 1743 – 2.5

34 Torres Mauricio PAR 1724 – 2.5

35 Saldana Fernando Javier PAR 1742 – 2

36 Butti Enrique PAR 2037 – 0

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