Manuel León Hoyos

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Manuel León Hoyos
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Manuel Leon Hoyos, Gaziantep 2008
Full name Manuel León Hoyos
Country  Mexico
Born (1989-02-10) February 10, 1989 (age 28)
Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2490 (May 2017)

Manuel León Hoyos (born February 10, 1989) is a Mexican chess Grandmaster. He is the current Mexican champion and ranked No. 1 in Mexico. He became the first Mexican chess player to break the 2600 Elo mark at 2602 in the official October 2012 FIDE rating list.

He is the winner of the 2012 US Open held in Vancouver, Washington, with a total of 8 points (7 wins, 2 draws) drawing the final round against GM Yasser Seirawan.

In 2010, he tied for 1st with Mikhail Kobalia in the Arctic Chess Challenge, in Tromso, Norway.[1] He took part in the Chess World Cup 2011, in Russia but was eliminated by Alexei Shirov.[2] He tied for 1st place at the Las Vegas Chess Festival 2013 together with Wesley So.

Vassily Ivanchuk has taken him as a second occasionally in various events.

He now attends Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and is part of the SPICE program,[3] run by former Women's World Champion Susan Polgar.[4] Webster University is the ranked No. 1 chess team in the U.S. and current national champions.

He will be representing Mexico in the upcoming Chess Olympiad 2014 to be held in Norway.


  1. ^ "Arctic Chess Challenge 2010 September 2010 Norway". FIDE. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Crowther, Mark (2011-09-21). "The Week in Chess: FIDE World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk 2011". London Chess Center. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Thanksgiving Tournament Success for Webster’s Chess Team". Webster Today. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE)". Webster University. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

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