We must be proud!! not only he won a difficult and challenging game, as is chess, but to plan and react in such a complex game without the help of your eyes, it is really awesome!!! Antonio Loayza is in The Hall of Bolivian Fame
From clarin.com and printed in El Deber:
The Bolivian Loayza wins first Pan American for the blind
The Bolivian Antonio Loayza, 35 years old, was awarded undefeated with 6 points out of seven possible, the first Pan American Championship of chess for blind people and with visual reduction. The competition was held in the capital of the province of San Luis [Argentina].
“I’m very happy;” I came in search of this title, the best of the continent. In my country nobody, neither blind nor sighted, get it until the day of today; “that is why I am very happy with the achievement,” said the new Pan American Champion
The best national [Argentina] player was the three-time Argentine champion of chess for the blind, José Luis López, of 31 years, also finished undefeated and totaled 5.5 points, Lopez shared second place, but by playoff system, ended up fifth in the positions.
“I’m very happy not only with the results, but because I played very well.” “Taking risks for the victory and above all calculating very well”, said Lopez.
Loayza, with 6 points, was followed by Saulo Tower (Colombia), André Marquis (Brazil), Edgar Rico (Colombia), and Jose Luis Lopez, all with 5.5.
I take my hat of to Antonio Loayza and we ALL must be proud!!!