Puerto Madrin, Argentina
The World Junior Chess Championship 2009 is going to take place in Puerto Madrin, Argentina, October 21st – November 4th. It will include some of the strongest players U20, including many titled players.
Top seeded in the boys section is the French star GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. His main competition are GM Dmitry Andreikin, GM Sergey Zhigalko, GM Wesley So, GM David Howell, GM Maxim Rodshtein, GM Li Chao, and GM Eduardo Iturrizaga, all of them seeking a position in the world’s top 100 players list. Serious opposition is expected from GM Eltaj Safarli and the newest GM of USA – GM Ray Robson, while the Brazilian champion GM Andre Diamant, the German talent GM Falko Bindrich, and the Italian top star IM Daniele Vocaturo will also be seeking medals.
In the girls section top seeded is WGM Mary Ann Gomez. Within close ELO distance are WIM Xiaowen Zhang, WIM Deysi Cori, WGM Iozefina Paulet, WIM Severiukhina, and WIM Padmini Rout, scroll down for full list of players.
The list of participating countries includes Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Kazahstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Mongolia, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab U.S., Ukraine, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.
1 GM VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime 2718 FRA
2 GM ANDREIKIN Dmitry 2659 RUS
3 GM ZHIGALKO Sergei 2646 BLR
4 GM SO Wesley 2644 PHI
5 GM HOWELL David W L 2624 ENG
6 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2623 ISR
7 GM LI Chao B 2617 CHN
8 GM ITURRIZAGA Eduardo 2605 VEN
9 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2587 AZE
10 GM POPOV Ivan 2582 RUS
11 GM JUMABAYEV Rinat 2548 KAZ
12 GM OLSZEWSKI Michal 2544 POL
13 IM LENDERMAN Alex 2542 USA
14 IM BRUNELLO Sabino 2533 ITA
15 IM ROBSON Ray 2527 USA
16 GM DIAMANT Andre 2526 BRA
17 GM BINDRICH Falko 2516 GER
18 GM LEON HOYOS Manuel 2516 MEX
19 GM GRIGORYAN Avetik 2515 ARM
20 GM VOCATURO Daniele 2510 ITA
21 IM MARGVELASHVILI Giorgi 2509 GEO
22 YU Yangyi 2509 CHN
23 GM CHIRILA Ioan-Cristian 2504 ROU
24 GM SWIERCZ Dariusz 2492 POL
25 IM ADHIBAN Baskaran 2490 IND
26 SALEH A R Salem 2478 UAE
27 IM LALITH Babu M R 2477 IND
28 GUNDAVAA Bayarsaikhan 2477 MGL
29 FM YILMAZ Mustafa 2475 TUR
30 IM KHARCHENKO Boris 2465 UKR
31 IM CAN Emre 2455 TUR
32 IM ASHWIN Jayaram 2451 IND
33 IM KARTHIKEYAN P 2449 IND
34 FM CORI Jorge 2445 PER
35 IM POTAPOV Pavel 2429 RUS
36 TRISTAN Leonardo 2412 ARG
37 IM IBARRA CHAMI Luis Fernando 2393 MEX
38 FM BAJARANI Ulvi 2392 AZE
39 FM ZASLAVSKY Mikhail 2392 ISR
40 GALLEGO ALCARAZ Andres Felipe 2380 COL
41 DIAZ ORDONEZ Ciro 2373 ECU
42 FM TOLOGONTEGIN Semetey 2367 KGZ
43 FM MACIAS MURILLO B Yan 2335 ECU
44 KRSTIC Petar 2333 SRB
45 FM STELLA Andrea 2330 ITA
46 IM WAGEIH Kareim 2324 EGY
47 FM KOKOL Peter 2322 SLO
48 FM LOVIK Lasse Ostebo 2320 NOR
49 FM SCHIENDORFER Emanuel 2311 SUI
50 FM HOURIEZ Clement 2304 FRA
51 ONDRUS Martin 2304 SVK
52 FM MAENHOUT Thibaut 2303 BEL
53 FM MEZA Hugo 2276 ARG
54 STAVRIANAKIS Ioannis 2273 GRE
55 FLORENDO Paulo James 2262 PHI
56 CM ALVAREZ RAMIREZ Miguel Angel 2259 MEX
57 GARNELIS Julius 2228 LTU
58 AHARON Ofir 2192 ISR
59 GATOR Mosab 2185 LBA
60 GOMEZ GUSTAV Pizzocaro 2176 BRA
61 GRYSON Wouter 2145 BEL
62 VAZQUEZ REYES Raul 2137 PUR
63 SALINAS HERRERA Pablo 2129 CHI
64 GARCIA FUENTES Sergio Mig 2119 GUA
65 VALENZUELA GOMEZ Fernando 2099 CHI
66 BOMANS Arno 2085 BEL
67 DOLE Anant 2068 RSA
68 HUGAERT Arthur 2066 BEL
69 NURMI Timo 2036 NOR
70 DECUADRO Sebastian 2034 URU
71 CRESPO Eugenio 2019 ARG
72 AGUINAGA Maximiliano 2009 ARG
73 MALDONADO Federico 2003 ARG
74 LEHTIMAKI Tero 2000 FIN
75 GUO-YUTHOK Sherab 1966 AUS
76 RAMOS Vasco Miguel De Matos 1915 POR
77 ANU Bayar 1876 MGL
78 GONCALVES Marcus Vinicius M 1865 BRA
79 BENFAHARAT Ramadan 0 LBA
80 CARLO MIRANDA Daniel 0 BOL
81 JOAO Amaral 0 ANG
82 JOAO Mario 0 ANG
83 MOCHOTI Khalil 0 LBA
84 SHYAMSUNDAR Mohanrahj 0 IND
85 SOARES Erikson 0 ANG
86 TAHER Rami 0 LBA
87 VISHNU Vashantan Perumal 0 IND
1 WGM GOMES Mary Ann 2396 IND
2 WIM ZHANG Xiaowen 2391 CHN
3 WIM CORI T Deysi 2361 PER
4 WGM PAULET Iozefina 2342 ROU
5 WIM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 2339 RUS
6 WIM PADMINI Rout 2331 IND
7 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2317 GEO
8 WGM DAULYTE Deimante 2307 LTU
9 WGM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2297 IND
10 WIM PAIKIDZE Nazi 2279 GEO
11 WIM UMUDOVA Nargiz 2254 AZE
12 WIM IVAKHINOVA Inna 2249 RUS
13 WIM KALININA Olga 2229 UKR
14 WIM YILDIZ Betul Cemre 2224 TUR
15 WFM HAYRAPETYAN Anna 2212 ARM
16 FUCHS Judith 2207 GER
17 WFM TJOLSEN Katrine 2178 NOR
18 WIM OZTURK Kubra 2176 TUR
19 WIM LEKS Hanna 2169 POL
20 WFM AMED Stephanie 2159 ARG
21 FERNANDEZ Maria Florencia 2159 ARG
22 WIM KIRAN Manisha Mohanty 2153 IND
23 WFM STEIL-ANTONI Fiona 2152 LUX
24 OLSAROVA Tereza 2150 CZE
25 WIM CONGIU Mathilde 2149 FRA
26 HEREDIA SERRANO Carla 2135 ECU
27 WFM COLOMBO Camila 2129 URU
28 WFM HERRERA Milena 2118 COL
29 HARINI Sankaran 2109 IND
30 ENKHTUUL Altanulzii 2091 MGL
31 WGM MONA Khaled 2090 EGY
32 WIM GREEFF Melissa 2081 RSA
33 OIKONOMOPOULOU Maria 2065 GRE
34 ROMERO ECHEVERRIA Abigail 2048 ECU
35 TREJOS Shirley 2039 CRC
36 MOTYCAKOVA Monika 2038 SVK
37 JORQUERA CABELLO Valentina 1997 CHI
38 DOCENA Jedara 1987 PHI
39 WIM MENDOZA VELAZQUEZ Lorena Aleja 1973 MEX
40 BUCAR Natasa 1972 SLO
41 CORDERO Daniela 1969 BOL
42 MARTINEZ Janine 1948 BRA
43 SEGARRA CHOE Tammy 1947 PUR
44 MARTINEZ DE NEGRI M Agustina 1945 ARG
45 GUO Emma 1920 AUS
46 REGINATO Sabrina 1880 ITA
47 ANTON Sarah 1820 AUS
48 ROCHA Valquiria 1812 ANG
49 HATTINGH Angelique 1790 RSA
50 DE LEON Patricia 1741 URU
51 FERREIRA Susana Carolina G 1660 POR
52 HEINRICHS Vivian 0 BRA
53 LOPES Nelma 0 ANG
54 ROSALINO Sonia 0 ANG
About Puerto Madryn
When arriving to Puerto Madryn via National route 3, this city amazes the tourist right at the very first sight. Madryn is one of the fastest growing cities in Patagonia, with a beautiful coast avenue, the Almirante Brown Boulevard, the residential area where the houses have got an unbeatable view to the Atlantic Ocean within this huge natural amphitheater, constituted by the Nuevo Gulf.
Its port has got deep waters, and is one of the best in Argentina. But Madryn is also an industrial city, mainly focused on aluminum production, fishing and tourism. In order to read a historical brief of the city, please click here.
Puerto Madryn is the starting point in order to visit many interesting sites that are unique in the world, some of them declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: First of all the Valdes Peninsula where you can join the boat excursions that enable whale watching. It is a privileged bird and sea fauna reservation, whose peak attraction is the Southern Whale that every year between May and December comes to these coasts in order to breed.
The Valdes Peninsula is a geographical accident resembling an island and attached to the continent by a narrow part which is only 35 Km. wide, named Istmo (isthmus) Ameghino.
Once in the Peninsula, you will have the chance to tour its coasts populated by sea lions and sea elephants as well as a great assortment of birds. Within Valdes Peninsula, Puerto Piramides is the peak tourist attraction. It is a small, cozy town with lodging facilities as well as restaurants.
180 Km. south from Madryn it is also possible to reach the Punta Tombo Natural Protected Area. At this place the most important continental colony of Magellanic penguins is located, with half a million of these charming animals coming year after year. They are named like this because of Ferdinand Magellan who spotted them during his expedition.
Also when touring the area, you can’t miss the city of Trelew, which is the most important around due to its commercial activity. It also features the must-visit Paleontologic Museum Edigio Feruglio.
Gaiman is the Welsh town. This place conserves the architecture, tradition and even the language of the first Welsh settlers. You simply cannot skip the visit to one of the many Tea Houses that are available in order to taste the famous Welsh Tea served by descendants of those first settlers.
And finally, very close to Gaiman and Trelew, you might want to pay a visit to Rawson, an administrative city which is the capital of the Chubut Province. Attached to it there is a beach resort, Playa Union, from where dolphin watching excursions depart.
Madryn itself deserves a city tour, where you will find many historic and tourist sites. A good option is to start at the coastal Boulevard at the corner of Wales Avenue, where a helix and other remainders of the Transporte Villarino ship which sank near the city in 1880 are kept. From there take a stroll along this long coastal avenue up to the end where, to your left and on the beach, there are lots of services: windsurf, submarine baptisms, scuba-dive and of course rental of sun umbrellas, tents and all you need in order to enjoy a perfect day at the beach. To your right you will find lots of hotels, residentials and beautiful rental houses.
Close to the end and climbing the cliff, the council campsite is located. Right there you can see the monument to the Tehuelche aborigine, a perfect lookout point to the whole of the city and the Nuevo Gulf. You are now at Punta Cuevas, the place where the first Welsh settlers disembarked at. It is possible to observe the caves that constituted these people’s first “houses”.
You will spot the modern Ecocenter a bit far ahead. This sort of museum enables the discovery of the mysteries and marvels of the Patagonian sea, in a venue intended for the interpretation of sea ecosystems.
Back to the center of the city, at the crossing of 28 de Julio and Mitre streets, the St. Martin’s Square is located surrounded by the council houses, the church and antique buildings. It is also advisable to visit the Provincial Oceanographic and Natural Sciences Museum, situated at the Pujol Chalet, very close to the Luis Piedrabuena pier.
The characteristic of the region is the contrast between the green of the Patagonia plateau, with its tones of brownish green and gray, and the green-blue of the sea seen at the base of the giant cliffs that show the last of the steps of the valley. From there on, beaches of soft sand and gravel slopes get gently into the sea.
In the summer months it’s very hot during the day, temperatures rising up to 40 grades centigrade, but it always gets cool at night, so do not forget to bring a jacket, sweatshirt or sweater for these circumstances. Also remember that the closer you get to the polar circle of Antarctica, the less protected you are by the ozone layer, therefore the harming effects of the sun can be sensed clearly. So it’s always better to bring with you, along with your swimsuit, your sunglasses and solar protection.
In winter, temperatures are low, though there’s no snow since there is an ocean, a great climate controller. There is much wind, so you have to bring not only warm clothes according to the season but also a good jacket, appropriate shoes and a cap.