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Sanchez Alvarez and Vasquez Jaen are 2022 Panama National Champions

The Panamanian Men’s and Women’s Chess Championships 2022 took place from April 27 to May 5 in the Creole Chess Club, Panama. Both tournaments were 10-player round-robins with classical time control. 
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Despite suffering an unexpected defeat at the hands of Andre Mendez in Round 4, the rating favourite, IM Roberto Carlos Sanchez Alvarez, scored an impressive 7/9 and clinched his third straight national title. Three players tied for second place, netting 6/9 each, with Slim Roses Alex Antonio and Efren Andres Ramos Espinoza claiming silver and bronze, respectively, based on the results of the direct encounters. Read more: 2022 Open and Women’s Championships of North Macedonia concluded in Skopje / Ilmars Starostits and Laura Rogule are Latvian Chess Champions / Malawi crowned National Chess Champions

The women’s event was a much closer contest with several players rated 1600+ vying for the top position. Lourdes Lorena Vasquez Jaen emerged victorious, finishing a half-point ahead of three players sharing the second place. Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break variable favoured Yolys Desiree Rondon Chancon and Ashley Alexandra Castillo Beitia, taking silver and bronze, respectively. Unlike the champion, both completed the event unbeaten. 
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Panama Women’s Chess Championship 2022 – Final rankings:

Rk. NameFEDRtgPts. 
1 Vasquez Jaen Lourdes Lorena PAN16137
2 Rondon Chacon Yolys Desiree PAN16996.5
3 Castillo Beitia Ashley Alexandra PAN16086.5
4WFMChung Hurtado Yaleika PAN16986.5
5WCMGonzalez Ramirez Yaribeth PAN16436
6WCMMunoz Henriquez Alba Esther PAN16024
7 Lobo Jimenez Mariana Esther PAN13813.5
8 Navarro Valdes Mariana Del Carmen PAN12762.5
9 Chavarria Troya Keytleen Denis PAN14272
10 Arosemena Castillero Betty PAN14720.5

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Panama Chess Championship 2022 – Final rankings:

Rk. NameFEDRtgPts. 
1IMSanchez Alvarez Roberto Carlos PAN24417
2CMDelgado Rosas Alex Antonio PAN21436
3CMRamos Espinoza Efren Andres PAN21366
4FMLeon Archibaldo Orlando Andres PAN21956
5FMTapia Ostolaza Alexei PAN22275.5
6FMSanchez Manzanares Jorge Luis PAN20785
7CMNeira Rodriguez Carlos Fernando PAN20154
8 Mendez Machado Andre PAN19433.5
9 Riquelme Eduard PAN18731
10 Jimenez Pedro PAN18131

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