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Record in chess: 10-year-old Argentine Faustino Oro became the youngest international master in history

Record in chess: 10-year-old Argentine Faustino Oro became the youngest international master in history
Record in chess: 10-year-old Argentine Faustino Oro became the youngest international master in history

Faustino Oro, the Argentine prodigy from the San Cristóbal neighborhood, won another title by achieving a draw with black pieces against the Chilean Fernando Valenzuela Gómez.

Faustino Oro 10 years old achieved the title of international chess master. The surprise is that never before in the history of this activity has a chess player achieved this feat at such a young age.

Faustino Oro, was born on October 14, 2013. At 10 years, 8 months and 16 days he achieved the record, leaving behind the record which, since 2019, was in the possession of the child Abhimanyu Mishra (USA), aged 10 years, 9 months and 3 days.

Today, in the 9th and last round, the Argentine prodigy -a resident of the Buenos Aires neighborhood of San Cristóbal and who has been living in Badalona for a few months- closed his work with an draw with black pieces (Queen’s Gambit rejected, in 29 moves) against the Chilean maestro Fernando Valenzuela Gómez. Thus, he totaled 6.5 points, enough for his final position at the forefront of the competition and to reach the score required for the granting of the 3rd and final standard (performance) of international master.

The celebrations could be anticipated in the double session on Saturday, in which A victory would have been enough for his dreamed consecration, but their 7th and 8th round matches ended in a draw (tie) against the Equatorial Guinean, Xavier Mompel Ferruz (Spanish Apertura, in 14 plays) and the Spanish, César Alcalá González (Defensa Caro Kann, in 48).

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The Argentine prodigy already lives in Europe and seeks to conquer his dreams

The Argentine prodigy already lives in Europe and seeks to conquer his dreams

Fausti’s crowning performance in Barcelona was his first European triumph; his first title abroad was in Uruguay (U10 Pan American Championship, in 2022).

Another issue that further magnifies the achievement of the Argentine child is that the International Chess Federation (FIDE, according to its French acronym), requires for the homologation of the title that the player has an Elo strength (this is what the chess ranking score is called) greater than 2400 points, and “the Messi of chess” -as the Spanish press called it- reached 2416 points!, without counting his performance in Barcelona. No chess player in the world has ever achieved this figure at such a young age..

When his parents (Romina and Alejandro Oro) made the decision to move to Spain, starting on December 5, 2023, to support their only son’s dream in the world of chess, little Faustino had 2357 Elo points, according to the FIDE ranking as of January 1, 2024.

The growth of his score is a product of the 56 classic games (or thought chess) that he played this semester, with 17 wins, 30 draws and only 9 losses.s. Accumulate a record of 31 games without surrender, since his last fall 85 days ago at the Menorca Open against Cuban Ernesto Fernández Guillen.

Source: Ambito

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