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:
“Campeonato Continental Absoluto de América” April 19-24
Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein is back from the American Continental Chess Championship in Toluca, Mexico: 26 km from Mexico City – and 2.7 km above sea level! Over 200 players, representing countries from Canada to Chile, competed in this six-day, nine-round event.
At the end of the tournament, Mark Bluvshtein tied for first (four-way) with 7.5/9 (+6-0=3), qualifying for the World Cup! On tie-break, Mark came second. Check his blog(now updated!) for photos, commentary, and analysis of his games.