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Amador Rodriguez Cespedes
A Rodriguez Cespedes 
Number of games in database: 1,342
Years covered: 1974 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2402
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +435 -184 =712 (59.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 11 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (262) 
    B32 B42 B44 B33 B67
 Ruy Lopez (146) 
    C92 C80 C78 C93 C63
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (72) 
    C92 C93 C84 C94 C85
 French Defense (60) 
    C18 C14 C16 C09 C05
 Sicilian Najdorf (38) 
    B90 B92 B96 B99 B97
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (38) 
    B67 B64 B62 B61 B63
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (146) 
    B90 B83 B67 B53 B87
 Queen's Indian (86) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C78 C95 C60 C77 C84
 King's Indian (51) 
    E97 E73 E80 E92 E66
 Nimzo Indian (50) 
    E32 E20 E41 E54 E42
 English (42) 
    A15 A14 A13 A16 A17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs I Herrera, 1990 1-0
   W Wittmann vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1980 0-1
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Yusupov, 1982 1/2-1/2
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs E Torre, 1985 1/2-1/2
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Van der Wiel, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Jansa vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1985 0-1
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Psakhis, 1983 1/2-1/2
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Sulypa, 1995 1-0
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Quinteros, 1985 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pancevo (1987)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   Amsterdam OHRA-B (1987)
   Dutch Open (1987)
   Dutch Open (1989)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Subotica Interzonal (1987)
   Minsk (1982)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   Nice Olympiad Final-B (1974)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)
   GMA Baleares Open (1989)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)

   🏆 40th Badalona Open
   F Buchenau vs A Rodriguez Cespedes (Aug-10-14) 1/2-1/2
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs A Vidarte Morales (Aug-09-14) 1/2-1/2
   V M Vehi Bach vs A Rodriguez Cespedes (Aug-08-14) 1/2-1/2
   L Bergez vs A Rodriguez Cespedes (Mar-22-14) 1-0

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(born Sep-08-1956, 66 years old) Cuba (federation/nationality Spain)

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Awarded International Master (IM) title in 1975 and the Grandmaster (GM) title in 1977. He became a FIDE Trainer in 2014.

From the mid-1970s to the end of the 1990s, Amador Rodríguez Céspedes was one of the leading Cuban chess players. Between 1974 and 1996 he participated ten times in Chess Olympiads, in 1989, 1993 and 1997 he represented national team at World Team Chess Championships, while in 1974, 1976, 1977 and 1978 - at the World Youth U26 Team Chess Championships, where winning 3 medals: silver and 2 bronze.2 During his career Amador Rodríguez Céspedes won three times in Cuban Chess Championship: in 1984 (together with Jesus Nogueiras), 1988 and 1997 (together with Reynaldo Vera González-Quevedo), Amador Rodríguez Céspedes also competed three times in World Chess Championship Interzonal Tournaments, reaching the best result in 1987 in Subotica, where he finished sixth.

Amador Rodríguez Céspedes participated in international tournaments many times, winning or dividing first places in tournaments dedicated to Capablanca Memorial (1984, 1989 and 1993, 1994 - B tournament) and in Vrnjačka Banja (1977), Havana (1979), Prague (1980), Manzanillo (1981, zonal tournament), Bayamo (1981), Envigado (1983), Caracas (1985, zonal tournament), Badalona (1985), Medina del Campo (1986), Pančevo (1987), Amsterdam (1987, OHRA B tournament, with Vlastimil Hort), Bayamo (1987, zonal tournament), Buenos Aires (1987), Martigny (1988), Bogota (1990), Cambados (1990), Málaga (1990), Burriana (1990, with Julio Granda Zuñiga), Holguín (1992), Havana (1992), Guadalajara (1994) and Olot (1996).

In the years 1999–2001 Amador Rodríguez Céspedes collaborated with Peter Leko, accompanying him, among others at the elite tournaments in Linares International Chess Tournament and Tata Steel Chess Tournament and at World Chess Championship in Las Vegas (1999) and New Delhi (2000).

Wikipedia article: Amador Rodríguez Céspedes

Last updated: 2022-04-28 17:20:51

 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,344  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keene vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½261974Capablanca mem-BE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
2. M Benoit vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  0-1341974Nice Olympiad Final-BC26 Vienna
3. N Young vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½361974Nice Olympiad Final-BE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
4. W Garcia vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  0-1401974Capablanca mem-BA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
5. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs M Campos Lopez  1-0621974Capablanca mem-BC87 Ruy Lopez
6. J L Vilela vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  0-1541974Capablanca mem-BE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
7. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs J Diaz  1-0411974Capablanca mem-BB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
8. Kuprejanov vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  1-0261974Nice Olympiad Final-BB07 Pirc
9. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs R Wostyn  0-1241974Nice Olympiad Final-BB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
10. W Serrano vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½171974Capablanca mem-BA36 English
11. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs SM Subbar  1-0291974Nice ol (Men) prelB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. B Halldorsson vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  0-1381974WchT U26E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
13. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Y Bleiman 0-1231974Nice Olympiad Final-BB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. H Wirthensohn vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  0-1491974Nice Olympiad Final-BA04 Reti Opening
15. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs S Tatai  ½-½141974Capablanca mem-BC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
16. G Lebredo Zaragoitia vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½211974Capablanca mem-BA04 Reti Opening
17. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs B De Greiff  0-1321974Capablanca mem-BD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
18. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs E Jimenez Zerquera  ½-½171974Capablanca mem-BB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
19. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs J Boudy Bueno  1-0401974Capablanca mem-BB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. N Caro vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  0-1411974Capablanca mem-BB53 Sicilian
21. A Barreras vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  0-1881974Capablanca mem-BA36 English
22. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs D Levy  1-0421974Capablanca mem-BB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. O Quinones Carrillo vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½501974Capablanca mem-BC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
24. Tseshkovsky vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½241974BucharestB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
25. T Graa vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  0-1391974Nice Olympiad Final-BB83 Sicilian
 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,344  PGN Download
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  Honza Cervenka:, games from the 6th San Agustin Open 2001 in this file certainly were not played by GM Amador Rodriguez.
Oct-18-06  BIDMONFA: Amador Rodriguez-Cespedes


Oct-18-06  Kapablanca: Happy birthday, Amador.
Feb-23-07  mabego1958: Saludos de Manolito de San German
Oct-18-08  brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday, Amador!
Jul-04-10  miguelito: the game a.rodriguez - polugaievsky habana 1967 was jesus rodriguez gonzalez - polugaievsky , capablanca in memoriam 1967 .
Mar-31-14  zanzibar: What is the correct matronym of this player?

<CG> and no less a respected source as <Carolus> give it as Cespedes, but my databases give it as Cepedes.

But before you dismiss MillBase and the like, please be aware that the FIDE card for this player (so I believe), gives it as Cepedes as well:

Rodriguez Cepedes, Amador

Federation Spain
FIDE title Grand Master
Rating: std. 2427
B-Year: 1956
Sex: Male

Has to be the same, and I usually defer to the FIDE card spelling (modulo the diacriticals).

Mar-31-14  zanzibar: Oh, and Bidmonfa also gives Cespedes.
Mar-31-14  offramp: Isn't he in Dune?
Jun-05-14  epistle: 1933: Camp Jordan


On the Bolivian side, this pitiful epic will be related by Augusto Cespedes:

A squadron of soldiers in search of water start digging a well with picks and shovels. The little rain that has fallen has already evaporated, and there is no water anywhere. At twelve meters the water hunters come upon liquid mud. But at thirty meters, at forty-five, the pully brings up bucketfuls of sand, each one drier than the last. The soldiers keep on digging, day after day, into that well of sand, ever deeper, ever more silent. And when the Paraguayans, likewise hounded by thirst, launch an attack, the Bolivians die defending the well as if it contained water.

Eduardo Galeano, Memory of Fire

Nov-16-14  cro777: GM Amador Rodríguez Céspedes analyses the games from the World Championship Match 2014 between Carlsen and Anand here

<What is the correct matronym of this player?>

Césped (plural céspedes) means grass (the word comes from the Latin "caespes, caespitis"). The Spanish last name Céspedes originated from the name of the place, probably a place famous for its gardens.

Nov-16-14  Nicocobas: <zanzibar> Rodríguez is the patronymic and Céspedes the matronymic
Mar-01-15  zanzibar: Thanks <Nicocobas>, these many months later.

As <Nicocobas> and <cro777> both note, diacritics are needed to properly spell this player's name.

Although database, and historical reporting, might dictate the ascii-version for the <CG> name, the bio should certainly note the correct spelling of his name, utilizing utf-8.

(I think all the Cyrillic proper names should also be noted when appropriate, and Chinese, etc)

There is a problem that will be difficult to resolve, insofar as FIDE has misspelled the matronymic name of this player.

So, at the moment it seems <Cepedes> is used, although it is incorrect. I merely note the facts.

About this player, I think a photograph is deserved. One can be found, along with this biographical info, at the link below:

<Amador Cespedes Rodriguez, born in 1956, is a Cuban grandmaster who now lives in Spain. Amador has represented Cuba in 10 chess Olympiads and taken part in three interzonal tournaments. He has been, for example, a trainer of Leko and the editor of Terra Sport Chess. Nowadays Amador is managing director of Peon de Rey, the leading chess magazine in the Spanish-speaking world.>

Mar-30-15  zanzibar: Passing through again, ignoring spelling while checking the biography for actual info...

So, what year did he leave Cuba? Is he a naturalized citizen of Spain? When did he begin playing for the Spanish Federation?

Shouldn't the biography answer some of these questions?

(In Biel (1985) he was still playing for Cuba)

Mar-30-15  zanzibar: His Spanish-language wiki page points to this 2008 archived webpage, which I've google translated:

By Romelio Milian

It started in chess at age 10, Amadador Rodriguez Cespedes (8-IX-56), a native of the eastern province of Holguin, constitye one of the most curious cases of Cuban chess in their personal development, it is our only player who took the leap that presupposes a National Expert in 1974 and Grandmaster Three years later, when first obtaining the title of National Master. The rules of MY defeated in the Masters group XI and XII Capablanca, Cuba, in 1974 and 1975; GM while I do them consecutively, thanks to his performances in Vrnajacka Banja, Yugoslavia (Cat VIII), ler place, and the XIV Capablanca, Cuba (Cat VII), 4th place. They worth noting that just 87 days we were required to become the youngest GM orb that time, with 20 year olds and months.

While never achieving reach youth crown and our championships, was the first to proclaim Central American and Caribbean Junior Champion in 1975. Later Curacao involved in student and youth LIDES 5 team since 1974 (Tesside, ENG) to 1980 (Mexico). Precisely in Teeside I reach a special prize as the best book on the 5th board (September 7 undefeated), and in total they served to 69.3% effective (29 -21 = 7; 39.5 / 57).

His first participation in our majors was in 1974, and from then until 1997 has been involved in 14 of them. In 1984 and 1988 the maximum crown conquered the island, although shared with Jesus Nogueira, because in both cases no tiebreaker was applied. History repeats itself again in the championship final, held in Matanzas, in February this year, where shares in the place of honor points with GM Reynaldo Vera, who would be applied exceeds the tiebreaker rule Sonenmborg Berger. Since 1974 he has been a full member of the national team that has represented us in the Olympics, where after 10 interventions reached 59.4% efficiency (75.5 to 127) with partial G-46, P-22 and T -59.

His international debut in a major tournament (Cat X) occurs in Yerevan, USSR / 76, where he obtained his first victory against GM, beating Rafael Vaganian, by then known chess player from that country. In 1974 appears in the list ELO 2450 to 1997 the average staff ratio is 2487. The highest ELO of 2555 his career has been reached in the lists of January / 97.

In his long career of good performances highlight the top solo or shared: 1979, II R.Rebelde, CUB (Cat VI); 1981, I Cespedes, CUB (Cat VII) I Open R.Rebelde, CUB and X Zonal 7 CUB (Cat III); 1982 espedes III, CUB (Cat VII) and Mexico (Cat III); 1983, Envigado, COL (Cat IV); 1984 Camp. Cuba (Cat VII) and XIX Capablanca, CUB (Cat IX); 1985 Central Zonal, Caracas VEN (Cat VII) and Open Badalona, ​​ESP; 1986 Castle La Mota, ESP (Cat VII); 1987 Central Zonal, CUB (Cat VII) II Pancevo, YUG (Cat IX) and Open Buenos Aires, ARG; 1988 Open Martigny, SUI and Camp. Cuba (Swiss); 1989 XXIV Capablanca, CUB (Cat VIII); 1990 Sub-zonal 8 CUB (Cat V), X Open Velez-Malaga, VI Open Open Cambados and I Burriana, all in Spain; 1992 I Open ISLAND, CUB; 1993 XXVIII Capablanca, CUB (Cat VIII) and Gran Canaria, ESP (Cat VII); 1994 XXIX Capablanca, CUB (Cat VIII) and Open Madrid, ESP; and in 1995, II Open Terrace, ESP. Deep knowledge of the theory of openings, Amador is characterized by making many good plays followed, and this determines the advantage that manages to get over their rivals. Turn them into victories is his other singular detail.

Matematico Cibernetico, profession not exercised for years by his condition Grandmaster active, it is surprising the high level of updating and maintaining knowledge within the field of IT, being a connoisseur of the most modern technologies, freehold the insides of modern operating systems and applications, and possibly one of the chess player in its class in the world, with more complete mastery of specialized software on Chess. applied to the science game.>

It comes from Cuba, which might explain why no mention of his emigration is made.

Mar-30-15  zanzibar: Photograph:

The same site continues his biography:

<He worked as a personal trainer Hungarian GM Peter Leko, for several years, assisting the player in the Linares International Chess Tournament in 1999, 2000 and 2001 currently works for Chess Education and Technology SL (CET) in Barcelona, Spain is a professional chess company owns the Pawn Magazine Rey, where Amador is Director, also some of the biggest brands in the industry: Chess School Miguel Illescas, Ajedrez21 portal most popular chess in Castilian and EDAMI where it is Web Developer and gives conferences and classes,. He also works for ICC Internet Chess Club as commentator games. Collaborate for multiple international publications. It is elite coach Spanish Chess Federation (FEDA), and imparts specialized classes in the High Performance Centre Residence Blume.>

Showing he was in Spain by 2001.

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