Pan American Chess Championship

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The Pan American Chess Championship, also American continental Championship is an individual chess tournament organized since 1945.

First pan American championships (1945 and 1954)[edit]

The first Pan American Chess Championship was held in Hollywood, 28 July – 12 August 1945. The line-up was as follows:

The second championship was held in 1954 in Los Angeles and was an open tournament.[2]

Winners[edit]

Pan American championship[edit]

# Year City Winner
1* 1945 Hollywood  Samuel Reshevsky (USA)
2* 1954 Los Angeles  Arthur Bisguier (USA)
3* 1958 Bogotá  Oscar Panno (ARG)
4* 1963 Havana  Eleazar Jiménez (CUB)
5* 1966 Havana  Eleazar Jiménez (CUB)
6* 1968 Cárdenas  Silvino Garcia Martinez (CUB)
7* 1970 Havana  Eleazar Jiménez (CUB)
1 1974 Winnipeg  Walter Browne (USA)
2 1977 Santa Cruz  Herman Claudius Van Riemsdijk (BRA)
3 1981 San Pedro  Zenon Franco (PAR)
4 1987 La Paz  Pablo Ricardi (ARG)
5 1988 Havana  Juan Borges (CUB)
6  ?  ?
7  ?  ?
8 1998 San Felipe  Alexander Ivanov (USA)

American Continental Chess Championship[edit]

The American Continental Chess Championship qualified in 2001 and 2003 the top seven players for the FIDE World Championships. From 2005, this tournament has been played as a qualifier for the World Cup stage of the World Championship. The number of players who qualified changed in the various editions. In 2005, the top seven players qualified for the Chess World Cup 2005. In 2014 and 2015 the top four earned a spot in the Chess World Cup 2015.

# Year City Winner
1 2001 Cali  Alex Yermolinsky (USA)
2 2003 Buenos Aires  Alexander Goldin (USA)
3 2005 Buenos Aires  Lázaro Bruzón (CUB)
4 2007 Cali  Julio Granda (PER)
* 2008 Boca Raton  Jaan Ehlvest (USA)
5 2009 São Paulo  Alexander Shabalov (USA)
 Fidel Corrales Jimenez (CUB)[3]
* 2010 Cali  Sergio Andres Sanabria Rangel (COL)
6 2011 Toluca  Lázaro Bruzón (CUB)
7 2012 Mar del Plata  Julio Granda (PER)
8 2013 Cochabamba  Julio Granda (PER)
9 2014 Natal, Rio Grande do Norte  Julio Granda (PER)
10 2015 Montevideo  Sandro Mareco (ARG)
11 2016 San Salvador  Emilio Cordova (PER)
12 2017 Medellin  Samuel Sevian (USA)

*Note: 2008 and 2010 editions' official name was Campeonato Panamericano-Continental, instead of Campeonato Continental de las Americas as the others.

Women's championship[edit]

The American Continental Women's Chess Championship serves as a qualifier for the knockout Women's World Chess Championship.

# Year City Winner
1 2001 Mérida  Sulennis Pina Vega (CUB)
2 2003 San Cristobal  Rusudan Goletiani (USA)
3 2005 Guatemala  Sulennis Pina Vega (CUB)
4 2007 Potrero de los Funes  Marisa Zuriel (ARG)[4]
5 2009 Cali  Martha Fierro (ECU)
6 2011 Guayaquil  Deysi Cori (PER)
7 2014 Buenos Aires  Carolina Luján (ARG)
8 2016 Lima  Deysi Cori (PER)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hollywood 1945 Pan-American Championship BrasilBase
  2. ^ Wall, Bill. "California Chess in the 1950's". Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  3. ^ There was no playoff to determine the winner: Chessdom report, blog of the official website
  4. ^ Marisa Zuriel took first place after a rapid playoff with Sarai Sanchez Castillo: ChessBase report (in Spanish)

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