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Guillermo Garcia Gonzalez
G Garcia Gonzalez 
Number of games in database: 366
Years covered: 1973 to 1990
Last FIDE rating: 2112
Highest rating achieved in database: 2520

Overall record: +88 -101 =176 (48.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (20) 
    E97 E94 E66 E91 E75
 English (19) 
    A15 A19 A10 A17 A13
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E12 E17 E15 E16 E14
 English, 1 c4 c5 (15) 
    A34 A37 A31 A33 A32
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D58 D63 D55 D68 D50
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D85 D90 D92 D86 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (22) 
    B46 B33 B28 B23 B21
 Nimzo Indian (21) 
    E54 E20 E59 E42 E41
 English (15) 
    A15 A17 A13 A16 A10
 French Defense (15) 
    C03 C16 C19 C07 C18
 Caro-Kann (14) 
    B10 B12 B17 B13 B18
 Modern Benoni (13) 
    A70 A62 A64 A61 A60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Garcia Gonzalez vs Quinteros, 1982 1-0
   Sax vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1979 0-1
   G Garcia Gonzalez vs Kasparov, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Kasparov vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1982 1/2-1/2
   M Basman vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1974 0-1
   E Torre vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1981 1/2-1/2
   G Garcia Gonzalez vs J Lechtynsky, 1977 1/2-1/2
   G Garcia Gonzalez vs Geller, 1982 1/2-1/2
   G Garcia Gonzalez vs Andersson, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Timman vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1979 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Las Palmas (1979)
   Moscow Interzonal (1982)
   Capablanca Memorial (1973)
   Biel (1984)
   Jurmala (1983)
   Nice Olympiad Final-B (1974)
   Aosta Open (1989)
   October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)
   Hastings 1974/75 (1975)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Banja Luka (1979)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Moscow Interzonal 1982 by Tabanus
   Moscow Interzonal 1982 by WCC Editing Project
   Moscow Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147

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(born Dec-09-1953, died Oct-26-1990, 36 years old) Cuba

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Guillermo Garcia Gonzalez was born in Las Villas, Cuba. He earned the IM title in 1974 and the GM title in 1976.

Winner of the Cuban youth championship in 1971, with 11 wins of 11 games, and then again in 1972.

He participated representing Cuba in seven Chess Olympiads in 1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988.

Three time Cuban Champion 1974 and 1983. In tournaments he was 1st at Plovdiv 1975, 1st= at Zurich 1975, 1st= at Orense 1976 (final GM norm) and 1st at Portugalete 1986.

Won the Capablanca Memorial on two occasions, 1977 and then 1980 being the first Cuban born to win the event.

He is remembered for his great start at the very strong Moscow Interzonal (1982) where he managed 5.5 in his first six games. On the seventh round he drew Efim Geller. He also drew Garry Kasparov on the eighth. Then he lost to Alexander G Beliavsky and Larry Christiansen, before drawing two more games with Tal and Andersson respectively. In the last round he faced Ruben Rodriguez from the Philippines. Needing a win to qualify he ended up losing the game.

He participated at the New York Open in 1988 where he placed clear second, after beating, Boris Gulko , Bent Larsen and Alexander Chernin, losing only to Vasyl Ivanchuk, the eventual winner. According to some sources he was unable to collect his $10.000 prize due to the ongoing U.S. imposed Embargo on Cuba.

He died in a car accident in Habana on October 26 1990. He was preparing for the upcoming Novi Sad Olympiad.

Considered the best GM in Cuba before the arrival of Leinier Dominguez Perez and Lazaro Bruzon Batista

Wikipedia article: Guillermo García González z

Last updated: 2021-12-03 01:43:02

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 411  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Commons vs G Garcia Gonzalez  0-1401972World Student Team Championship Final-AA56 Benoni Defense
2. J H Donner vs G Garcia Gonzalez  ½-½321973Capablanca MemorialD80 Grunfeld
3. G Kuzmin vs G Garcia Gonzalez  ½-½501973Capablanca MemorialB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
4. G Garcia Gonzalez vs P Peev  1-0321973Capablanca MemorialA58 Benko Gambit
5. J H Donner vs G Garcia Gonzalez  0-1371973Capablanca MemorialA20 English
6. Savon vs G Garcia Gonzalez 0-1371973Capablanca MemorialB06 Robatsch
7. A Barreras vs G Garcia Gonzalez  ½-½261973Capablanca MemorialB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
8. Balashov vs G Garcia Gonzalez  1-0471973Leipzig DSVA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
9. B Malich vs G Garcia Gonzalez  1-0421973Leipzig DSVA30 English, Symmetrical
10. G Garcia Gonzalez vs A Hennings  ½-½541973Leipzig DSVD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
11. H Gruenberg vs G Garcia Gonzalez  1-0471973Leipzig DSVE00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. G Garcia Gonzalez vs G Atanasov  ½-½241973Leipzig DSVD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
13. H Liebert vs G Garcia Gonzalez  ½-½351973Leipzig DSVA15 English
14. G Garcia Gonzalez vs Knaak  0-1431973Leipzig DSVA28 English
15. G Garcia Gonzalez vs Uhlmann  ½-½721973Leipzig DSVA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
16. Jansa vs G Garcia Gonzalez  1-0411973Leipzig DSVB44 Sicilian
17. L Zinn vs G Garcia Gonzalez  0-1331973Leipzig DSVB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. Hort vs G Garcia Gonzalez  1-0301973Leipzig DSVE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
19. G Garcia Gonzalez vs Ribli  ½-½311973Leipzig DSVA37 English, Symmetrical
20. G Garcia Gonzalez vs W Schmidt ½-½511973Leipzig DSVD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
21. G Garcia Gonzalez vs Lutikov  0-1461973Leipzig DSVD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Vogt vs G Garcia Gonzalez  ½-½231973Leipzig DSVA07 King's Indian Attack
23. G Garcia Gonzalez vs Gufeld  0-1731974Capablanca Memorial-AE73 King's Indian
24. Vasiukov vs G Garcia Gonzalez  ½-½691974Capablanca Memorial-AB08 Pirc, Classical
25. J Kristiansen vs G Garcia Gonzalez  0-1501974Ol Student'sC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: Guillermo Garcia Gonzalez
Born 9th December 1953 in Las Villas
Awarded the IM title in 1974 and the GM title in 1976 He was Cuban champion in 1974, 1976 and 1983.
Feb-25-05  chenturini: The cuban GM Guillermo Garcia died in car accident in 1991, I think, because in "hispanoamerica" GARCIA is a frequent last name, with GONZALEZ as mother last name, exists a high grade of confussion.
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  Fusilli: <chenturini: The cuban GM Guillermo Garcia died in car accident in 1991> According to this website on Cuban chess he actually died on October 26, 1990, as chenturini says, in a car accident: The website also specifies that he died as he prepared to play in the Novi Sad Olympiad.
Dec-09-09  BIDMONFA: Guillermo Garcia Gonzales

GARCIA, Guillermo _

Dec-09-12  Vermit: If this player was born in 1953, then I suspect the games dating from 1963 and 1964 belong to another player.
Dec-09-12  Jim Bartle: Possible. Garcia and Gonzalez are two of the most common family names in Spanish.
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  perfidious: <Vermit> and <Jim> Most definitely: the 1963 games both belong to Gilberto Garcia, and the version against O'Kelly given here is incomplete, as White actually resigned after 58 moves, not 40.

Going to dig a bit more and figure out who played the '64 games. Off to submit a correction for the '63 games.

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  Fusilli: <perfidious: <Vermit> and <Jim> Most definitely: the 1963 games both belong to Gilberto Garcia, and the version against O'Kelly given here is incomplete, as White actually resigned after 58 moves, not 40. Going to dig a bit more and figure out who played the '64 games. Off to submit a correction for the '63 games.>

About the 1964 games, a good candidate is He is also Cuban, age-appropriate for Sochi 1964, AND he played in Sochi 1965. (There are several games on his page from that tournament.) I don't think every misclassification of Guillermo Garcia's games has to come from another G.Garcia. If the original data only said Garcia and Cuba, it would be easy to misattribute Silvino Garcia's games to Guillermo Garcia, the most famous Cuban Garcia player.

Of course, the easiest way out would be if someone can check the crosstable for Sochi 1964. My quick and dirty online search turned out nothing, but again, it was quick and dirty.

Jan-07-13  Vermit: According to the games played at Sochi 1964 were played by Jesus-Cuba Garcia. I will report this.
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  Tabanus: Gonzales or Gonzalez?
Jul-15-18  Retireborn: <Tab> Chessbase playerbase and Hooper & Whyld (1992) use Gonzales.

The latter add an accent over the a.

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  Tabanus: <Retireborn> Thanks. has González, but that may still be wrong., also González.

Jul-15-18  Retireborn: <Tab> It seems that either may be correct depending on whether you use the accent or not, according to this:-

It does seem that Spanish speakers prefer the z-form, but one would have to look for examples of how the GM spelled his own name.

Jul-15-18  Granny O Doul: Clear second in the 1988 NY Open International, but unable to collect his prize ($10,000, I think?) due to enemy alien issues.
Jul-15-18  JRaul: <Tabanus> In my experience, the name in Cuba is invariably spelled "González." I ran into "Gonzales" for the first time in the US.
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  Tabanus: Thanks guys. I requested Gonzalez with z, but don't know if CG will agree. The accent is certainly too much for them.

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