Alonso Zapata

Alonso Zapata Ramirez (born August 22, 1958) is a Colombian chess grandmaster. He is an eight-time Colombian Chess Champion.

Alonso Zapata
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Zapata in 2011
Full nameAlonso Zapata Ramirez
CountryColombia
BornAugust 22, 1958 (1958-08-22) (age 62)
TitleGrandmaster (1984)
FIDE rating2421 (September 2020)
Peak ranking2580 (January 1993)

Chess careerEdit

Zapato has won the Colombian Chess Championship in 1980, 1981, 1995 (joint), 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2008.[1]

Zapata played twelve times for Colombia in the Chess Olympiads (1978–1992, 1996–1998, 2002 and 2012).[2]

He finished second, behind Artur Yusupov, in the 16th World Junior Chess Championship at Innsbruck 1977, tied for third and fourth at Havana 1983, and twice shared first at Cienfuegos in 1980 and Matanzas in 1994 (Capablanca Memorial).

Zapata was awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1980 and the GM title in 1984.[3]

In 1988, Zapata beat future world champion Viswanathan Anand in only six moves.[4]

In 2014, shortly after relocating to Atlanta, Zapata won the Southeast Open with 4.5/5.[5]

In 2018, Zapata tied for first place in the inaugural National Senior Tournament of Champions.[6]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Campeones colombianos Archived 2012-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Zapata, Alonso team chess records at olimpbase.org
  3. ^ Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 476, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6
  4. ^ "Kingpin Chess Magazine » When Vishy lost in 6". www.kingpinchess.net. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-08-07. Retrieved 2020-06-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ [1]

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