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Aguirre Prevails in a �Crazy� Match and Remains Unbeaten
Marcelo Aguirre won his concluding match at the 2009 STAG Panam Junior Championships on Wednesday 30th September. Although the whole tournament was played in a round robin format, the last match versus Chilean local boy Felipe Olivares was in reality a final.
Aguirre had not lost a match and Olivares only one. It was clear that the winner of this match would become Pan-American Junior champion. It was not a normal match, �crazy� was the word used by Aguirre.
The Momentum Changes Twice
Each player had won a game when Aguirre was in a good position to take the lead but matters turned out differently.
�I had no focus�, Aguirre said later without having an explanation how matters happened.
In the fourth game, it was completely the opposite. Olivares had a lead throughout the whole game and Aguirre made too many simple mistakes but this time Olivares was the sinner missing all the chances to finish the game.
Aguirre said thank you and levelled the match. �This game was the key�, Aguirre analysed when considering the crucial moments. �He [Olivares] started to play very well but I kept my focus this time.� Aguirre eventually won by four games to two.
Two More Junior Years
Aguirre�s win is even more remarkable taking into consideration that he is a first year junior. Born in 1993, the 16 year old can defend his title twice more. Although Aguirre was proud of his title, he also praised his opponents and the development of Pan-America. �There are very good players in Latin and North America, very talented.�
Asked about the reason why he was becoming stronger towards the end of the tournament while the other players seemed tired, the Paraguayan said: �The other players have one or two strong weapons in their game but I have more options I think.� During such a long and tough event, it proved to be the difference.
Following Aguirre, Argentina�s Rodrigo Gilabert finished second ahead of Felipe Olivares and fourth ranked Danilo Toma of Brazil.