Six players qualify for the World Cup
The Continental Absolute Chess Championship Americas 2009 was held from 25th July to 2nd August in São Paulo, Brazil. A number of local players greeted the opportunity to compete together with the continent’s best Grandmasters and packed the playing hall, raising the count of participants to a fantastic 270. There were 28 Grandmasters and same number of International Masters. Six top finishers qualify for the World Chess Cup, which is taking place in Khanty Mansiysk later this year.
The official website and accompanying blog are not easy to navigate, but it was possible to gather that four-time U.S. champion Alexander Shabalov (2580) and Cuban young star Fidel Corrales (2602) shared the first place with 9.0 points each out of eleven rounds. Further bellow, six players shared 3rd place with 8.5 points: GM Gilberto Milos (BRA 2589), GM Diego Flores (ARG 2587), GM Julio Granda Zuniga (PER 2647), IM Mauricio Flores Rios (CHI 2482), GM Joshua Friedel (USA 2547) and GM Alexander Ivanov (USA 2527).
According to the rules, an additional tiebreak rapid tournament would determinate the remaining four qualifiers for the World Cup. After 5-rounds of round robin play, Milos and Granda Zuniga collected 3.5 points, while Ivanov and Flores finished with 2.5. Mauricio Flores and Friedel remained bellow the mark with 1.5 points each.