7mo Torneo Continental de Ajedrez
The 7th Continental Chess Championship of the Americas took place in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, from October 12 to 21. Canadian GM-elect Eric Hansen, from Calgary, finished in a five-way tie for first with 8.5/11.
In the rapid Round-Robin playoff to determine the four qualification spots for the 2013 World Cup, Eric won with black in a must-win situation in the final game to earn the fourth spot.
Congratulations to Eric for a clutch performance to finish a great tournament!
Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein, now retired from chess, finished tied for first in the 2011 event in Toluca, Mexico.
Eric Hansen was the only Canadian in this year’s event. He is currently Canada’s second-highest FIDE-rated player, behind Kevin Spraggett.
Here’s the final round of the playoffs, where Eric (playing black in a must-win situation) saves his spot in the World Cup: