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Gerardo Barbero
Number of games in database: 585
Years covered: 1977 to 2000
Highest rating achieved in database: 2520

Overall record: +231 -144 =210 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (37) 
    E98 E71 E92 E90 E60
 English (33) 
    A13 A15 A17 A14 A12
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    A40 A46 E00 E10 D02
 Reti System (20) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Modern Benoni (19) 
    A56 A57 A61 A70 A62
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E21 E39 E58 E53
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (41) 
    B56 B22 B67 B27 B45
 King's Indian (31) 
    E94 E86 E71 E81 E75
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C60 C75 C66 C72 C92
 Dutch Defense (19) 
    A81 A88 A90 A84 A87
 Semi-Slav (18) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D46
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A46 A45 A41 E00 D05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Hector vs G Barbero, 1991 0-1
   G Barbero vs U Rueetschi, 1987 1-0
   G Barbero vs A Nascimento, 1990 1-0
   G Barbero vs L Espig, 1987 1-0
   D Werner vs G Barbero, 1990 0-1
   G Barbero vs Seirawan, 1978 1-0
   G Barbero vs Larsen, 1991 1-0
   L Keitlinghaus vs G Barbero, 1995 1/2-1/2
   G Barbero vs G Andruet, 1986 1-0
   M Bosboom vs G Barbero, 1991 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Panamerican Junior Championship (1979)
   Panamerican Junior Championship (1979)
   Bratto Open (1998)
   Hoogovens-B (1991)
   Bern Open (1990)
   Corrientes Zonal (1985)
   Bern Open (1989)
   Baden-Baden Open (1987)
   Lenk Open (1991)
   Lugano Open (1989)
   GMA World Cup Open (1988)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   GMA Baleares Open (1989)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1991 Wijk Aan Zee (B group) by gauer
   Genius in the Background (Karolyi/Aplin) by Qindarka

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(born Aug-21-1961, died Mar-04-2001, 39 years old) Argentina

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Gerardo Fabián Barbero was awarded the IM title in 1985 and the GM title in 1987. He was Argentinian Champion in 1984 and won 1st prizes at Montpellier 1986, Balatonberény 1986, Prokuplje 1987 and the Kecskemet Open 1987. He passed away in Hungary in 2001 after a battle with cancer.

Wikipedia article: Gerardo Barbero

Last updated: 2020-11-25 13:22:21

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 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 595  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Barbero vs J Gomez Baillo  0-1351977ARG-ch U20A12 English with b3
2. G Barbero vs Seirawan  1-0381978Wch U20A04 Reti Opening
3. Yusupov vs G Barbero 1-0251978Wch U20A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
4. G Barbero vs Dolmatov  0-1421978Wch U20D14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
5. G Barbero vs S Al Mallah  1-0331978Buenos Aires OlympiadA15 English
6. Romanishin vs G Barbero  1-0321978Buenos Aires OlympiadC66 Ruy Lopez
7. G Barbero vs I Saren  ½-½211978Buenos Aires OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
8. G Barbero vs C Gamarra Caceres  1-0391978Buenos Aires OlympiadB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. A H Williams vs G Barbero  ½-½351978Buenos Aires OlympiadA52 Budapest Gambit
10. K Helmers vs G Barbero  1-0421978Buenos Aires OlympiadA15 English
11. G Barbero vs J Soares Masculo  1-0401979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
12. C E da Matta vs G Barbero 1-0391979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Donatti vs G Barbero  ½-½231979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipA28 English
14. F Santacruz vs G Barbero  1-0421979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipA84 Dutch
15. R Hernandez Fierra vs G Barbero  ½-½511979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
16. J Soares Masculo vs G Barbero  1-0441979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
17. G Barbero vs C E da Matta  1-0411979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
18. G Barbero vs J Campos Moreno  0-1961979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
19. G Barbero vs F Santacruz  1-0471979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
20. J Campos Moreno vs G Barbero  0-1181979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
21. G Barbero vs A Donatti  1-0231979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. G Barbero vs R Hernandez Fierra  0-1441979Panamerican Junior ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
23. G Barbero vs T Toshkov 1-0401979Wch U20A04 Reti Opening
24. G Barbero vs Chernin  0-1411979Wch U20A06 Reti Opening
25. Seirawan vs G Barbero 1-0261979Wch U20A28 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-14-04  morphyvsfischer: This guy has the honor of losing more to NN than any player! And the award is... mock and jeer that he was almost World Junior Champion! (To be fair, he's rather decent, but I think some of you members could whup him)
Mar-24-04  ForeverYoung: No joking and degrading here, but who is this guy and what kind of rating did he achieve?
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  Sneaky: He's a grandmaster who achieved a rating of 2520.
Mar-24-04  ConLaMismaMano: In 1985 Barbero obtained the National Championship of Argentina.
Jul-12-04  molinov: Barbero died of eye cancer a few years ago.He was still a young guy.
Aug-07-04  cuendillar: He is the only regular opponent to NN that has a minus score against him. (+8 =10 -9).
Nov-24-04  Knight13: He lost to NN!
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  Benzol: Gerardo F Barbero
Born 21st August 1961
Argentine champion in 1984 and awarded the IM title in 1985.
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles taken from Gerardo's games:
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  WannaBe: From

† Gerardo Barbero 1961-2001

Budapest, Hungary - Argentine GM Pablo Zarnicki had the painful duty of writing a memorial column to colleague Gerardo Barbero, who died at his home in Hungary recently after illness. He was only 39.

Barbero, one of Argentina's major talents and national champion in 1984, moved to Hungary about ten years ago and had reportedly become friendly with the exiled Bobby Fischer. Barbero was a cheerful and enthusiastic man, and will be sorely missed.

The database/bio page should probably be updated, Since <molinov> already mentioned he past away, in a post dated back in July 12, 2004!

May-20-05  Phaethon: Well i don't agree with that statement, yes he lost to NN a lot but that doesnt mean anything. NN could have been another gm that was just not stated, even if it wasn't he was a man with cancer. You have no idea the impact that has on your game.In conclusion I highly doubt that most chessgamemembers could "whup" him
Aug-21-06  BIDMONFA: Gerardo F Barbero

BARBERO, Gerardo F.

Feb-14-07  posoo: Is anyone else as saddened by the death of Barbero as I am? He fought long and hard...he was a true champion. The world has lost a great fighter. RIP Barbero
Jun-25-07  mourning: Thank you very much for remembering Gerardo Barbero, for us a husband and father, in your kind words. As you know, as a true professional, Gerardo had an inspiring devotion to chess; he was a perfectionist in his games and coaching activities, trying for excellence in everything he did. All his chess-playing friends -- professionals, amateurs and aficionados -- knew his exemplary moral attitude both in his private life and his career. As Gerardo was very-very modest, unpretentious, and shy about receiving compliments, not many people -- except participants of the Geneva Chess Open and a few close chess friends -- in the wider chess world knew that he won a Fair Play Award for his exceptionally fair approach to chess, as demonstrated by a particular case at that tournament. Everyone who knew him admired the unique combination of a genius mind and a great heart. His kind nature was showed not only to his family, but his chess friends too, so he was a very popular and successful team player and coach. For all his professionalism, he was always a very loveable, very good, and an extremely generous man. We were very inspired by his personality and admired his fighting spirit even when he faced cancer: his cheerfulness, strength and dignity maintained calm in our family life even as he struggled in the face of the inevitable outcome. We often complained that life was not fair, since he died at the age of 39 despite a completely healthy lifestyle, but he never complained, just continued to do what he could for his family. Even 5 weeks before his death, he won his game on the first board in the Hungarian Team Championship against an IM after a 6-hour match: his mind and his will remained perfectly clear until the end! Gerardo, en exemplary human with a huge heart lives in our hearts and minds every day! We, his wife and son, are specially blessed to have had him in our lives, and his love gives us strength in our daily life.
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  BishopBerkeley: <mourning> Thank you very much for your moving tribute to your husband and father. It must be very hard for you to be without him. He has clearly left you with many wonderful memories.

I hope you will be able to find peace and happiness in the coming years. And I hope his memory will continue to be a source of strength to you.

Thank you, again.

♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗

Aug-21-08  brankat: A fine chess player and a true gentleman.

R.I.P. GM Barbero.

Aug-21-08  Prugno: I played GM Barbero in a tournament game in 1999. Obviously at that time he must already have been seriously ill (which probably explains why I managed to draw our game despite a 250 points rating difference), but he made no excuses at all and behaved wonderfully in the post-mortem analysis, where he shared many valuable insights.

Indeed a great man and a great player whose premature death was particularly painful and who is still fondly remembered by many of his students and colleagues in several countries.

Jul-26-10  SugarDom: He was the best barbershop player in the world, in the order of Iskubarbero...

Have fun playing chess with the angels..

Aug-21-10  wordfunph: brilliant attacking game..

Quinteros vs Barbero, 1980

Sep-24-11  wordfunph: <Testimonials

Eugenio Torre Asia's first International Grandmaster; one of the Phillipines' strongest ever players.

I asked Eugenio about Bobby Fischer's relationship with Barbero. Torre, who was Fischer's second during his 1992 rematch with Spassky, said that Bobby liked Barbero. He found him amiable. Torre indicated that when Barbero was sick, Bobby wanted to help him. "I am not sure if he was able. Actually there was a time when Bobby, Barbero and I met together in Budapest through the invitation of Bobby. That was when I was with Bobby keeping him company. I can't tell much about Fischer's opinion of Gerardo's standard of chess though.">

- Genius in the Background by Tibor Karolyi and Nick Aplin.

rest in peace GM Barbero..

Mar-22-12  LoveThatJoker: <wordfunph> That's a lovely thing to say about a GM who died at the extremely young age of 39.

To this I would like to add, God Bless You, GM Barbero. I hope to one day be as strong as you at Chess.


Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Barbero, today you are remembered!


Nov-20-12  Cemoblanca: He has not only lost against Seirawan! ;)

Seirawan vs Barbero, 1979

Here's also his nice victory against him (this one I couldn't find here):

[Event "World Junior Championship, Graz"]
[Date "1978.??.??"]
[White "Barbero"]
[Black "Seirawan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A07"]
[PlyCount "75"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O h6 5. b3 Bf5 6. Bb2 e6 7. d3 Be7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. e3 a5 10. a4 Na6 11. Qe2 Nb4 12. Rac1 Bh7 13. Ne5 Nd7 14. Nxd7 Qxd7 15. Qg4 f6 16. e4 Bc5 17. Nf3 Qf7 18. Kh1 h5 19. Qh4 g5 20. Nxg5 fxg5 21. Qxg5+ Bg6 22. Qe5 Kh7 23. f4 Qe7 24. f5 exf5 25. exf5 Be8 26. Qf4 Qe3 27. Qh4 Qh6 28. Rce1 Bf7 29. Bc1 Qg7 30. Bh3 Rfe8 31. Rxe8 Rxe8 32. f6 Qf8 33. d4 Bd6 34. Bf5+ Kh8 35. Qg5 Rd8 36. g4 Na6 37. gxh5 Re8 38. h6 1-0

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