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Gaston Needleman


Gaston Needleman is a chess prodigy from Argentina.

At age 15, he scored 8.0/11 to tie with six other players for second place in the American Continental Championship, Buenos Aires, August 516, 2005.

The tournament featured 31 International Grandmasters, 2 Woman Grandmasters, 21 International Masters, 2 Woman International Masters, and 24 FIDE Masters.

Needleman, who with an ELO rating of 2242 was untitled at the time of the tournament, was seeded 99th.

He defeated GM Alexander Shabalov with black in round 10 and drew with GM Gata Kamsky in the final round, preventing Kamsky from taking first place.

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