Nihal Sarin stuns Jorge Cori in World Cup chess

Teen sensation Nihal Sarin pulled off a clinical win against Jorge Cori in 57 moves to take a 1-0 lead in the two-game Round One of the World Cup chess championship here on Tuesday.

P. Hari Krishna and B Adhiban were the other winners and need only a draw on Wednesday to move into the second round.

Vidit Gujrathi, M. Karthikeyan, Abhjeet Gupta and Aravindh Chithambaram were involved in drawn encounters. However, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, S. L. Narayanan and S. P Sethuraman lost their games.

Nihal, at 15, the youngest member of the Indian contingent, punished Cori for a series of sub-optimal moves after the Peruvian handed over the initiative on the 18th move. Leading to the 40th move, both players could not filter out the best available options but Nihal reinforced his grip. Eventually, Cori resigned when Nihal threatened to trade his rook for a bishop and polish off the queen-side pawns.

“I am pleased with how things went and also happy with the quality of the game. Will try to repeat that tomorrow,” said Nihal after the victory.

The Results

Round One - Game One:

Yuri Gonzalez Vidal (Cuba, 2552) lost to P. Hari Krishna (2746);

Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia, 2664) bt Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2658);

M. Karthikeyan (2617) drew with Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia, 2693);

Aravindh Chithambaram (2609) drew with Michael Adams (England, 2694);

David Anton Guijarro (Spain, 2674) bt S. L. Narayanan (2611);

Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (Venezuela, 2626) lost to B. Adhiban (2639);

Alan Pichot (Argentina, 2600) drew with Vidit Gujarathi (2718);

Abhijeet Gupta (2609) drew with Anton Korobov (Ukraine, 2679);

Nihal Sarin (2610) bt Jorge Cori (Peru, 2676);

S. P. Sethuraman (2624) lost to Tamir Nabaty (Israel, 2658).

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The Largest Parapan American Games In History Kicks Off With Opening Ceremony

With an electric opening ceremony that celebrated both the spirit and evolution of the Paralympic Movement, the Parapan American Games Lima 2019 officially began on Friday, August 23 at the Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru.

The 2019 edition of the Parapan American Games is the largest in history, showcasing 17 sports and over 1,890 athletes from 33 nations in the Americas region.

“Change doesn’t happen overnight; these Games are no magic wand,” said Carlos Neuhaus, president of the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee. “But my hope is that Lima 2019 will be the spark that lights the fuse and ignites a long overdue process of building greater awareness, understanding and integration of people with a disability in our society, and across the Americas.”

The theme of the opening ceremony was “elevation”, portraying a story of two children who embark on a journey full of challenges and obstacles, but are able to overcome them and reach greater heights through their friendship and resilience.

Each country’s delegation entered the stadium, where they were met by cheers from the audience. The 257 members of Team USA were greeted warmly as they walked in, led by three-time Paralympian Katie Holloway of the U.S. women’s sitting volleyball team. Holloway was selected by her fellow athletes for the honor of the flag bearer at this year’s opening ceremony.

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“I just feel really honored that the U.S. delegation of athletes saw me as a person that would be representative of them,” Holloway said. “To hold the flag, with honor, for our whole entire U.S. Paralympic delegation, is really special.”

The Parapan American Flame was carried into the stadium by multiple athletes before reaching the top of a totem surrounded by dancers and acrobats. It was initially lit on August 20 in Pachamac, the largest archaeological complex in Lima, and was then carried to other locations throughout the city before making its way to the Estadio Nacional for the duration of the Games.

To close out the show, the Peruvian band Bareto provided an upbeat mix of rock, reggae, psychedelic and tropical music to the audience. The group’s cumbia song “Cariñito” has become the unofficial anthem of Lima 2019 as it has been the Peruvian team’s entrance song, and been played at all sports venues and volunteer rehearsals.

Two sports, table tennis and wheelchair rugby, began competition prior to the opening ceremony, with the former hosting matches as early as August 22.

For the rest of the athletes; however, the opening ceremony signaled the beginning of a tremendous event with plenty of opportunities to shine on the international stage over the next nine days.

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Chilean María Fernanda Valdés with More Experience to Lima 2019

Chilean weightlifter María Fernanda Valdés assures that the experience accumulated in its previous Pan-American games will guide her in search of a gold medal in Lima 2019.

Winner of two silver medals in Guadalajara 2011 and Toronto 2015, María Fernanda is one of the surest medal winners to increase the number of medals for the Chilean delegation in the Pan-American Games of Lima whose to start next July 26th.

In statements to the press she assured that 'this far in my career I have matured enough in comparison with what I was before and now ponder things more but I don't overlook the real sense of sports that is to compete.'

'I will enjoy the Pan-American Games, and although I will seek a medal, the important thing is to have a good time, to enjoy the competition and keep all the experiences', said the athlete after a concentration in Colombia, she says to feel 'hundred percent bodily.'

María Fernanda remembered that in Guadalajara she was surprised at the result because she didn’t think even of winning a medal, while in Toronto she was going through a bad psychological moment and she was in a slump to the point of considering retirement if she didn't reach a good result.

Now the story is different, because the Fernanda of the previous Pan-American Games was immature, says the 28 year-old athlete, competing in the under 75 kg in her record sheet appear attendances to the Olympic Games of London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016.

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Brazil Crowned After Defeating Peru in Copa America Final

The match was highly anticipated as the Brazilian national team had strolled through the first stages scoring 13 goals and finally only receiving one against by Peru in the final.

Brazil won in home soil after 12 years of not lifting the Copa America trophy by beating Peru 3-1 in the final on Sunday at the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

The match was highly anticipated as the Brazilian national team had strolled through the first stages scoring 13 goals and finally only receiving one against by Peru in the final. While Peru, who had a rocky start, showed a high level of playing in the later stages to reach the final hoping to spoil Brazil.

Yet since the group stage, Brazil positioned themselves s the clear favorite, as they won two games against Bolivia and Peru and drew with Venezuela. The quarterfinals had them face Paraguay, defeating them in a penalty shoot-out.

The semifinal was a South American classic against their football rivals Argentina. The controversial game had the Brazilians winning a ticket to the final.

The final game began with a strong Peru defense as the Brazilian team had few spaces in the first quarter of an hour of the match. However, at minute 15, with a precision pass from Gabriel Jesus, the striker Everton marked the first goal of the game.

Peru’s top player Paolo Guerrero leveled the match with a penalty in the 44-minute as the first half was finishing. Nevertheless,  due to an error by the Peruvian side, Gabriel Jesus scored the second goal in additional time prior to half-time.

The second-half saw a charging Peruvian side that came very close to leveling the game, especially when the man of the match, Gabriel Jesus was sent off. Yet it wasn’t enough and in the final minutes of the game, as desperation set in, the Peruvian defense conceded a penalty, which Richarlison's clinched to secure the game.

This way the XLVI edition of the oldest international continental football competition has come to an end. The competition was not spared of controversy, as internationally renowned Lionel Messi accused the South American Confederation of Football (Conmebol) of corruption and using the video assistant referee (VAR) system of favor the host nation.

According to conservative Brazilian magazine Veja, far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who presented the trophy and medals to the players, was booed at the end of the match by the public attending.

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Peru Eclipsed Chile in Copa America

In times of eclipse, many today make the simile by pointing out that Peru came between Chile and its hopes to reach the third championship in a row in Copa America 2019.

In fact the victory of Peruvians was unexpected, the more so with a 3-0 score that silenced the several Chilean fans who traveled to the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre and the many who in Santiago de Chile had bought their vuvcelas to blow them at Plaza Italia.

It was a weird match, in which Peru seize all the opportunities while Chile despite a strong offensive throughout the entire game could not score once.

As there is always someone to blame, analyzing the game on Thursday, fans took it on goalkeeper Gabriel Arias, who made a serious mistake that allowed the second goal of Peru.

Arias came out of the area recklessly trying to cut off the advance of a rival, but the play ended with a cross for Yoshimar Yotún, who shot on an empty goal line.

However, Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda had already defended the goalkeeper when he declared to the press that 'Gabriel has been great, he had a very good competition and came out champion with Racing having a great performance. We cannot just go to extremes. We cannot crucify him. '

Instead, he said “that the entire team had not worked today” and explained that “maybe we wanted to play the final match before playing this game. We entered the field thinking about Sunday. Avoiding a yellow card, a foul, thinking about the final '.

Some commentators went further and said that La Roja requires a renewal with young blood, because the stars of the so-called golden generation are already in another dimension, playing in great world clubs, and meeting eventually for the Copa America is not enough.

On his behalf, from Brazil, Arturo Vidal summarized the defeat with “I'm sad. They fulfilled the two chances they had and made the difference. The goalkeeper had great interventions. We kept fighting, but in the semifinals we cannot make mistakes like that. We gave them an advantage. I congratulate Peru for entering the final.”

After losing the hope of a third championship, he reluctantly spoke about the game on Saturday against Argentina for the third place: 'It will be a match of little importance. It's only a formality.”

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Luis Suarez misses as Peru knock out Uruguay on penalties

Peru have knocked 15-time winners Uruguay out of the 2019 Copa America with a penalty shootout victory following a goalless quarter-final in Salvador.

La Blanquirroja lost 5-0 to Brazil in their final group match but still progressed through to the last eight as one of the best third-placed finishers.

Suarez picked out the roof of the net with a difficult headed chance and then played a big part in the only real chance of the first half.

The Barcelona striker wriggled away from a couple of men, tested Pedro Gallese down low and the loose ball fell perfectly for Edinson Cavani, who blazed it over the bar from five yards.

Uruguay enjoyed the better of things in the opening 45 minutes but could not find a way through, with Giorgian de Arrascaeta having a goal ruled out half an hour in because of an offside infringement against Nahitan Nandez.

Peru's best moments before half time came whenever Paolo Guerrero was on the ball, but some brilliant defending from Jose Gimenez denied the veteran striker a clean shot at goal 45 minutes in.

Gallese dealt with Federico Valverde's long-range free kick early in the second period and Diego Godin failed to find the target from seven yards as another big chance came and went for Uruguay.

Oscar Tabarez's frustration was clear to see on the hour mark when Cavani curled the ball around Gallese, only for his celebrations to be cut short by the offside flag.

The third disallowed goal came a little over 10 minutes later as Suarez ghosted in front of his man and prodded Martin Caceres's cross into the net, but he was marginally offside.

That was as good as things got La Celeste as they were forced all the way to penalties.

Suarez missed the very first spot kick and Peru went on to convert all five of theirs to set up a semi-final with Chile, also penalty-shootout victors against Colombia, in Porto Alegre on Thursday.

URUGUAY (4-4-2): Muslera; Gonzalez, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres; Nandez (Torreira 57'), Bentancur, Valverde (Stuani 97'), De Arrascaeta; Suarez, Cavani

PERU (4-2-3-1): Gallese; Advincula, Abram, Zambrano, Trauco; Yotun, Tapia; Carrillo (Gonzales 75'), Cueva (Ruidiaz 85'), Flores; Guerrero

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Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia SHOOTS HIMSELF moments after arrest

Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia has reportedly shot himself in the head as police arrived at his home to arrest him. The ex-president was rushed to hospital, and is reportedly unconscious.

The former leader entered his bedroom after noticing police officers at his door, La Republica reported. After shooting himself in the head, Garcia was taken to a hospital trauma unit and is reportedly in a coma. America Noticias reports the former leader suffered two cardiac arrests during surgery, and is in a "very critical, very serious" condition, according to the country's health minister.

Garcia, who served two terms as president of Peru, is under investigation for bribery. Garcia is one of more than 230 people across Latin America investigated in a corruption case centered on Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht.

Another corrupt ex Latin American president propped up by Washington as leader of 'regional democracy', shoots himself in the neck while being detained on corruption charges. I present, Alan Garcia of Peru:

The former leader sought asylum in Uruguay last November, after a judge barred him from leaving Peru for 18 months. The asylum request was denied, and a judge in Lima ordered his detention on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Garcia took bribes from Odebrecht in exchange for a lucrative public transport contract in Lima. Garcia denies the charge, and claims he is being politically persecuted.

Peru’s last five ex-presidents have all served jail time or are under investigation for corruption. Garcia’s successor Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is also being investigated for his alleged involvement in the Odebrecht scandal. Prosecutors are currently seeking to extend Kuczynski’s detention until he can be brought to trial.

 
 
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