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Celso Golmayo Zupide
C Golmayo 

Number of games in database: 61
Years covered: 1864 to 1893
Overall record: +14 -40 =5 (28.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Scotch Game (18) 
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C62 C77 C64
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B23 B27 B20 B32 B21
 French Defense (5) 
    C00 C02 C11
 French (4) 
    C00 C11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Golmayo vs Steinitz, 1867 1-0
   C Golmayo vs Blackburne, 1891 1-0
   Mackenzie vs C Golmayo, 1888 0-1
   C Golmayo vs Blackburne, 1891 1-0
   Steinitz vs C Golmayo, 1883 1/2-1/2
   C Golmayo vs Blackburne, 1891 1-0
   M S From vs C Golmayo, 1867 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Blackburne - Golmayo (1891)
   Paris (1867)

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(born Apr-24-1820, died Apr-01-1898, 77 years old) Spain (federation/nationality Cuba)

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He had been generally accepted as Cuban champion since his 1862 match defeat of Félix Sicre. He took part in the famous Paris 1867 tournament where he tied for 7–8th (Ignatz von Kolisch won).

In matches, he won against Paul Morphy 3 : 2 at Havana 1864 (blind simultan., Morphy gave odds of a knight); lost to Gustav Neumann 0 : 3 in Paris in 1867; lost twice to Wilhelm Steinitz 2 : 9 in 1883 and 0 : 5 in 1888; won twice against Andrés Clemente Vázquez 7 : 0 in 1887 and 7 : 4 in 1890; lost thrice to George Henry Mackenzie 3 : 6 and 0.5 : 5.5 in 1887; and 4.5 : 7.5 in 1888; lost to Joseph Henry Blackburne 4 : 6 in 1891; and lost to Emanuel Lasker 0.5 : 2.5 in 1893, all in Havana.

Celso Golmayo y Zúpide was the father of Celso Golmayo y de la Torriente and Manuel Golmayo y de la Torriente.

He is also known as the professor of Raul Jose Capablanca. He played several games with Jose when he was a child. Confessed he could not give a Knight advantage to the kid.

Wikipedia article: Celso Golmayo Zúpide

Last updated: 2022-03-19 04:33:06

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 61  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs C Golmayo 1-0291864Blindfold simul, 3bC51 Evans Gambit
2. Morphy vs C Golmayo 0-1191864Knight Odds game000 Chess variants
3. C Golmayo vs G Neumann  0-1281867Paris m3C53 Giuoco Piano
4. G Neumann vs C Golmayo 1-0591867Paris m3B23 Sicilian, Closed
5. C Golmayo vs G Neumann  0-1261867Paris m3A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
6. Kolisch vs C Golmayo 1-0351867ParisB20 Sicilian
7. C Golmayo vs Steinitz 1-0511867Casual gameC45 Scotch Game
8. C Golmayo vs E D'Andre 1-0251867ParisC45 Scotch Game
9. E D'Andre vs C Golmayo 0-1541867ParisA03 Bird's Opening
10. Steinitz vs C Golmayo  1-0591867ParisB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. M S From vs C Golmayo  0-1761867ParisC21 Center Game
12. C Golmayo vs M S From  1-0241867ParisC45 Scotch Game
13. C Golmayo vs Steinitz 0-1211867ParisA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
14. H Czarnowski vs C Golmayo 1-0341867ParisC53 Giuoco Piano
15. C Golmayo vs H Czarnowski  1-0441867ParisC51 Evans Gambit
16. De Vere vs C Golmayo 1-0331867ParisC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. C Golmayo vs De Vere 0-1411867ParisB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. C Golmayo vs G Neumann 0-1221867ParisC45 Scotch Game
19. G Neumann vs C Golmayo  1-0401867ParisC51 Evans Gambit
20. E Rousseau vs C Golmayo  0-1351867ParisC50 Giuoco Piano
21. C Golmayo vs E Rousseau  1-0371867ParisC45 Scotch Game
22. Kolisch vs C Golmayo 1-0861867ParisA07 King's Indian Attack
23. C Golmayo vs Kolisch 0-1221867ParisC77 Ruy Lopez
24. C Golmayo vs Sam Loyd 0-1361867ParisC45 Scotch Game
25. Sam Loyd vs C Golmayo  1-0491867ParisB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
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Mar-12-04  Calli: <Lawrence> Thanks for the confirmation. <vishyanand> comments are clearly the result of , in the words of Alan Greenspan, "irrational exuberance" on this topic.
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  Benzol: Having read the previous posts on this thread I'm really confused.

Is the Celso Golmayo who was born in 1820, took part in the Paris tournament in 1867 and went to Havana to practise financial law and played strong players in matches thereafter the father or the son?

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  BishopBerkeley: From:


In the end of January 1864, Morphy left for New Orleans to see what could be salvaged from the results of the Civil War and Northern occupation.

Arriving in Santigo de Cuba and then making his way the 540 miles north-west to Havana on the steamship, Aguila, on February 16, Morphy only spent two days on the island despite his warm welcome.

"The rich banker, Mr. Francisco Fesser, gave a sumptuous banquet on Tuesday in honor of the celebrated chess player Mr. Morphy who should be leaving today for New Orleans. aturally the greater part of the invited guests were enthusiasts of the noble game in which Mr. Morphy recognizes no rival, but this was no reason why we could not count many and very beautiful ladies of our high society. Before dinner he played a game with Mr. Sicre, giving him a knight. Later he played alternately several games with Messrs. Dominguez, Golmayo, and Sicre, by memory, while carrying on at the same time an animated conversation with the estimable family of Mr. Fesser. On all the games he came out the winner, being applauded each time his fatigued opponents gave up their games and asked for grace... Among the invited guests we could count Messrs. Villergas, Golmayo, Sicre, Dominguez and Palmer, very well known for their affection for the difficult game, and the Messrs. Valdes, Cespedes, La Calle, Diaz, Albertini and others."

-the Havana El Tiempo, February 18, 1864

Morphy played Celso Golmayo five games at Knight odds, winning two, losing three. El Moro Muza repoted that:

"Mr. Morphy having played several games with Señor Golmayo, to whom he gave a Knight, has come to confess frankly that Señor Golmayo is too strong to receive a Knight from him and that the most he could give him would be a Pawn and two moves, a declaration that places Señor Golmayo at the very highest level amongst chess players."

In return, Goyomayo [Golmayo?], in the April 1888 issue of the Charleston Chess Chronicle wrote:

"In my many games with Morphy at odd of a Knight, I became hopelessly bewildered by the brilliancy and the intricacy of his combinations, but when I sit down with Steinitz on even terms I feel as though I have a very respectable chance to win...."


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May-27-06  Karpova: <BTW, I have a game Capablanca-Manuel Golmayo (1-0) from the IT Barcelona 1929; I will upload soon.>

you said that 2 years ago but the game is still not there.

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  BishopBerkeley: Photo of 1875 Golmayo-related document on Ebay:

"The document is addressed to FELIPE LIMA by the KING OF SPAIN’s representative, RAMON L. DE AYALA in connection with Spanish attorney and CHESS CHAMPION of Spain, CELSO GOLMAYO’s desire for the estrablishment [sic] of the famous CUBAN CHESS CLUB finally established in 1885. The document marks the beginnings of the idea to this document dated October 18, 1875 The document is original and with authentic signature...

All rather fun!

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Nov-30-08  Bryce101: <karpova><you said that 2 years ago but the game is still not there.> its been about 4 years now :)
Nov-30-08  Calli: It is here Capablanca vs M G De La Torriente, 1929

His son used the name Golmayo De La Torriente.

Apr-24-09  whiteshark: Celso F. Golmayo Zupide
Birthdate 24-4-1820
Deceased 1-4-1898
Nationality CUB
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  alexmagnus: Chessmetrics gives his peak rating at the age of 74 (peak ranking at the age of 65). This is maybe the latest peaker ever...
Apr-20-10  reti: Wasn't Celso Golmayo born in Spain?
Apr-20-10  TheFocus: The father was born in Spain, the son in Cuba.
Dec-12-10  BIDMONFA: Celso Golmayo Zupide


Feb-09-16  zanzibar: Wikipedia gives his name as <Celso Golmayo y Zúpide>

Winter also omits the Felix when giving the full name.

But Rod Edwards does user Celso F. at EDOchess:

Was he a naturalized Cuban, originally born in Spain?

Feb-09-16  zanzibar: I would guess, since Spain controlled Cuba as a colony at the time, that asking about the Cuban naturalization is entirely a moot point.
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  Keyser Soze: I found this.

You guess is right.He was a lawyer and champ at Spain and later took residence in Cuba (colony at the time) as he was appointed at the local District Tax and Contentious Court. And he kept playing it seems

Feb-10-16  zanzibar: Is the <y Zúpide> signifying a locale or a matronym, I'm wondering.
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  Keyser Soze: Almost sure a matronym . I check and it has a Basco meaning something like " a path marked by the wood trees on a bosque surrounding a mountain". I did not found any city or villa named "Zupide". But not impossible.
Feb-11-16  MarkFinan: Friendfind: Unlocked ✔
Feb-11-16  zanzibar: What <MF> said, I think.

There's a ways for me to go in understanding all the subtleties of this naming business.

So, <KS>, thanks for the help.

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  Keyser Soze: <zanz> Don`t worry about him..He`s my stalker here on Cg`s.

<thanks for the help.> Hey, I learned as much as you . It's fun. Spanish is not my first language even less Basque. heh

Since you speak english fluently you could wrap up some text and send to Biographer's Bistro. His bio here is totally empty. Cheers

Feb-11-16  MarkFinan: CockyStreak: ACHIEVED. WITH GOLDDSBYSTARS!!! ✔✔
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  offramp: <Keyser Soze: Almost sure a matronym . I check and it has a Basco meaning something like " a path marked by the wood trees on a bosque surrounding a mountain". I did not found any city or villa named "Zupide". But not impossible.>

A Basque bosque! How unusual!

Apr-24-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Celso Golmayo.
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  GerMalaz: By the style of his name, and his sons names, Zupide would be his mother's (father) last name. And "de la Torriente" would be his wife's.

Spanish is my first language but this style is not familiar to me.

Sep-19-23  Caissanist: This photo of Celso Golmayo I have also seen labeled as a photo of his son Manuel Golmayo , including on the cover of a new biography of Manuel. In fact every extant photo of the father is also sometimes given as being of the son. Either the resemblance of father to son was so great as to make them virtually identical twins (albeit sixty years apart), or there are in fact no known photos of Celso in existence.
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