Peru Siblings win World Youth Chess Titles

Against the backdrop of the Turkish resort of Kemer on the Gulf of Antalya, two young teen-aged Peruvians from Villa El Salvador won world titles in the International Chess Federation championships that ended this past weekend.   

Chess champs - nov-09The Cori siblings –Deysi, 15, and Jorge, 14–  have been playing chess for several years, taking lessons in the afternoons after school at the Peruvian Chess Federation in the national stadium.  Several weeks ago, Jorge obtained his grand master’s title, the world’s youngest player to do so.

The 11-round championship at Kemer took place over 10 days, at five different installations for different age groups. There were 2500 participants, from almost every corner of the globe, including Slovakia, Norway, Australia, Russia, Taipei, Italy, Belgium, Argentina, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, France, India, Turkey, and Greece. The five age categories are Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18.

Deysi, one of the favorites in her category and with an international ELO chess ranking of 2374 points, came first among 102 contestants in the Under 16 Girls, followed by contestants from Georgia, the Ukraine and Vietnam.

 Jorge won the title in the Under 14 category, over 138 contestants and was followed by his peers from Poland, India, the Ukraine and Denmark.

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