The South American zonals are, by tradition, very hard fought and often produce wonderful examples of fighting chess, full of risk-taking and passion.
With only two qualifying spots available to the upcoming World Cup, there is that much more incentive. After 7 rounds of play we find multiple ties at the top. The final 2 rounds should be very tense!
Classification after 7 rounds
Below is a small selection of games that I consider to be amongst the more interesting produced so far. Enjoy!
GM Fernando Peralta. One of the strongest players from South America ever.
IM Pablo Salinas. Four times champion of Chile
Javiera Gomez Barrera
GM Sandro Mareco. Currently #1 player in Argentina
GM Andres Rodriguez
IM Maria Florencia Fernandez. Twice champion of Argentina