Sonia Zepeda

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Sonia Guadalupe Zepeda Cortéz (born January 26, 1981 in San Salvador ) is a chess player from El Salvador .


She learned to play chess from her father Rafael Zepeda (best Elo rating 2069). Her younger sister Lorena , friend of Loek van Wely , is also a chess player. Sonia Zepeda was trained by the international master Héctor Leyva .


In 2007 she won the Central American Women's Championship in San Salvador. She won the El Salvador women's individual championship in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009. At the Pan-American Women's Championship in San Salvador in 2006, she finished third behind Sulennis Piña Vega and Nadya Ortiz . A year later she was able to defend her bronze medal at the Pan American Championship at the same location, this time behind Yaribeth Gonzalez and her sister Lorena.

For the women's national team of El Salvador, she played in four chess Olympiads with a positive overall result of 23 points from 43 games (+19 = 8-16). Her first chess Olympiad was the 1998 Olympiad in Elista , where she played on the third board and won against Jana Krivec , among others . At the following Olympics in Istanbul in 2000 , she played on the top board. There she managed a draw against Anna Hahn . In 2002 and 2004 (as in 2010 ) El Salvador did not take part. In 2006 in Turin she played on the first reserve board and in 2008 in Dresden on the second board behind her sister Lorena. At the 2008 Chess Olympiad she won against Laura Moylan and Franziska Beltz, among others .

She bears the title of International Women's Champion (WIM). She received this by achieving more than 66 percent in a subzonal tournament in 2006. Zepeda's Elo number is 2066 (as of November 2019), but it is listed as inactive because it was after the Central American in December 2011 in San Salvador Women's Championship has not played a rated game. Her highest rating was 2136 from July to December 2009.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Lorena and Sonia Zepeda, video interview by Bianca Muhren from January 17, 2010 (English, no longer online)
  2. Profile from 2006 on (Spanish)
  3. Sonia Zepeda reina del Centroamericano ( Memento from January 21, 2013 in the web archive ). Article of October 29, 2007 on (Spanish)
  4. Woman's International Chess Master is visiting Belize . Article in Belize Chess News (English)
  5. Sonia Zepeda's results at the women's chess Olympiads on (English)