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Fier proud winner of the 2nd Latin American Cup

Fier proud winner of the 2nd Latin American Cup

Alexandr Fier (23) won the 2nd Latin American Chess Cup. The Brazilian Grandmaster edged out Diego Flores on tiebreak after both finished at 7.5/9. The tournament, held in Uruguay, was one of the most important of the continent.

Alexandr Fier receiving the Cup | Photo © Graciela Manteiga

Event 2nd Latin American Cup | Chess Results | PGN
Dates November 1st-6th, 2011
Location Montevideo, Uruguay
System 9-round Swiss
Players Top rated players were Lazaro Bruzón, Eduardo Iturrizaga, Diego Flores, Sandro Mareco, Alexander Fier, Neuris Delgado, Ruben Felgaer and Damián Lemos
Rate of play 90 minutes for the game plus 30 seconds increment starting from the first move

By Carlos A. Ilardo

The Brazilian grandmaster Alexandr Fier won the 2nd Copa Latinoamericana (2nd Latin American Cup) on tiebreak. The tournament was held in the Antel building of the Communucations Tower in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The winner finished on 7,5/9, just like 28-year old GM Diego Flores of Argentina. In the final round the two players drew in just 14 moves and this result immediately sealed the result of the tournament.

For me there was no advantage in taking the draw; to win the tournament I should have beaten Fier,

said Diego Flores.

However, I didn't like my position after the opening and therefore I decided to accept his draw offer. In fact losing or drawing was the same for me, because I thought the Cuban Bruzon beat Rodriguez of Uruguay and overtake me in the standings. But the everything changed; I drew the game and then Bruzon couldn't win his game, and so I kept my 2nd place and won an interesting prize,

said the former Argentine Champion moments before the closing ceremony would start in the Auditorium of the Antel company.

This is how six intesive days finished, some of them with double-play sessions (in the morning and in the afternoon). It was a great international open tournament - the most important of the continent, with a US $30,000 prize fund, that brought together 214 players of 11 different nationalities. It was organized by the Uruguay Chess Federation, under the auspices of FIDE and directed by IM Bernardo Roseelli.

After finishing one of the most important tournaments of his career, in a conversation for ChessVibes Alexandr Fier said:

It's too early to make an analysis. I can sau that it was a very strong tournament with the strongest players of South America, including top players Lazaro Bruzon (Cuba) and Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela). I think I did well and I'll win back 16 Elo points which I lost in my previous tournament in Indonesia. Thanks to my victory I will arrive at 2593 and this makes me happy.

I don't know if there was one game that was the best; perhaps the most important one was my win against Iturrizaga in round 8. I liked the one against Felgaer the most, and the most difficult was perhaps against Bruzon.

It was clearly highest prize I won so far, except what I got from the World Cup. With this prize I'm sure of a good time during the coming holidays!

All Fier games

PGN file

Latin American Cup 2011 | Final standings (top 30)

# Title Name Fed Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2573 7.5 0.5 45.0 56.5 458.0 45.75
2 GM Flores Diego ARG 2602 7.5 0.5 44.0 55.0 444.5 43.00
3 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2689 7.0 0.0 45.5 57.5 465.5 43.25
4 GM Delgado Ramirez Neuris COL 2570 7.0 0.0 43.5 56.0 440.5 42.25
5 GM Perez Ponsa Federico ARG 2484 7.0 0.0 43.0 54.5 447.0 40.75
6 GM Felgaer Ruben ARG 2573 7.0 0.0 42.0 54.0 433.0 39.75
7 GM Rodriguez Vila Andres URU 2481 7.0 0.0 41.0 52.5 444.0 38.75
8 GM Lemos Damian ARG 2542 7.0 0.0 38.0 48.5 428.5 36.50
9 IM Real De Azua Ernesto ARG 2459 7.0 0.0 37.5 47.5 401.0 35.00
10 IM Mahia Gustavo ARG 2386 6.5 0.0 42.0 54.0 443.0 36.50
11 GM Alonso Salvador ARG 2483 6.5 0.0 41.5 53.5 435.5 36.25
12 GM Hernandez Carmenates Holden CUB 2564 6.5 0.0 41.5 53.0 424.5 36.75
13 GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2583 6.5 0.0 41.0 52.5 419.5 35.75
14 GM Slipak Sergio ARG 2440 6.5 0.0 41.0 51.0 434.0 35.00
15 GM Cori Jorge PER 2482 6.5 0.0 40.5 52.5 441.5 35.25
16 GM Cubas Jose Fernando PAR 2536 6.5 0.0 40.0 51.5 423.5 35.50
17 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2656 6.5 0.0 39.5 51.0 440.0 34.50
18 IM Dos Santos Ramiro ARG 2453 6.5 0.0 39.0 48.5 422.0 33.25
19 FM Espinoza Palomino Willyam PER 2273 6.5 0.0 37.5 48.5 396.5 32.75
20 NM Oddone Cristhian URU 2197 6.5 0.0 35.5 46.0 407.5 29.75
21 IM Fusco Leonardo ARG 2383 6.0 0.0 40.5 51.0 414.0 32.50
22 FM Larrea Manuel URU 2327 6.0 0.0 40.0 51.5 410.5 29.50
23 IM Valdes Escobar Alvaro CHI 2385 6.0 0.0 40.0 49.5 419.0 29.75
24 IM Lujan Carolina ARG 2361 6.0 0.0 39.0 50.0 420.0 31.25
25 FM Bassan Remo VEN 2255 6.0 0.0 39.0 49.0 413.0 30.00
26 FM Krysa Leandro ARG 2396 6.0 0.0 38.0 49.5 406.0 31.25
27 IM Tristan Leonardo ARG 2441 6.0 0.0 38.0 49.0 404.0 30.00
28 IM Claverie Raul ARG 2483 6.0 0.0 38.0 48.5 401.0 31.25
29   Rioseco Pinochet Fernan CHI 2192 6.0 0.0 38.0 48.0 414.0 29.50
30 WGM Cori T Deysi PER 2414 6.0 0.0 37.0 48.0 407.5 27.50

Lazaro Bruzon Batista (Cuba, 2689)

Ruben Felgaer (Argentina, 2573)

Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela, 2656)

And the winner... Alexandr Fier (Brazil, 2573)

Photos © Graciela Manteiga

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Comments

Johnny's picture

Thanks for the article! Grandmaster Fier is a class act.

Poek's picture

Pun (in the title) intended, I suppose?

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