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Manuel León Hoyos (born February 10, 1989) is a Mexican chess Grandmaster. He became the first Mexican chess player to break the 2600 Elo mark at 2603 in the official October 2012 FIDE rating list.

Manuel León Hoyos
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Manuel Leon Hoyos, Gaziantep 2008
Full nameManuel León Hoyos
Country Mexico
Born (1989-02-10) February 10, 1989 (age 30)
Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
FIDE rating2491 (June 2019)

He is the winner of the 2012 US Open held in Vancouver, Washington, with a total of 8 points (7 wins, 2 draws) drawing the final round against Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan.

In 2010, he tied for 1st with Mikhail Kobalia in the Arctic Chess Challenge, in Tromso, Norway.[1] He took part in the Chess World Cup 2011, in Russia but was eliminated by Alexei Shirov.[2] He tied for 1st place at the Las Vegas Chess Festival 2013 together with Wesley So.

Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk has taken him as a second occasionally in various events.

In 2012, he joined Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and became part of the SPICE program,[3] run by former Women's World Champion Susan Polgar.[4] Webster University is the ranked No. 1 chess team in the U.S. and current national champions.


  1. ^ "Arctic Chess Challenge 2010 September 2010 Norway". FIDE. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  2. ^ Crowther, Mark (2011-09-21). "The Week in Chess: FIDE World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk 2011". London Chess Center. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Thanksgiving Tournament Success for Webster's Chess Team". Webster Today. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE)". Webster University. Retrieved 17 December 2012.

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