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Oscar Humberto Castro Rojas vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Biel Interzonal (1976), Biel SUI, rd 9, Jul-22
French Defense: Horwitz Attack. Papa-Ticulat Gambit (C00)  ·  1-0
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Apr-07-04
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  jaime gallegos: and this guy , colombian MI Castro also won his game against GM Efim Geller on this interzonal !
Apr-07-04
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  jaime gallegos: 1. e4 e6 2. b3 it seems unusual isnt it ?
Apr-07-04  GoodKnight: Quite unusual. There are 41 games in this database in which it was played.
Jul-20-05  Caissanist: This upset led to a major sensation after the game, when Castro received a telegram with one hundred dollars and a note of congratulations. The sender was Viktor Korchnoi; everyone at the tournament was amazed that one Soviet grandmaster would publicly insult another in this way.

Three days later, the news broke that Korchnoi had defected.

Jul-21-05  Dirk Diggler: Could this be a myth? Korchnoi was to tight-fisted to give away a C-note.
Jul-21-05
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  Benzol: Korchnoi detested Petrosian so I wouldn't be suprised to find it true.
Jul-21-05  Caissanist: I'm quite sure that the incident happened, although I can't be positive about all the details (e.g. whether it was an actual telegram or just a message passed through Korchnoi's friend Gennady Sosonko). It was reported on at the time in Chess Life & Review and many other publications.
Nov-04-05
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  offramp: Castro did very well because there were a couple of times when he could have taken the draw by repetition but he decided to press on. It's impressive to do that against the mighty Petrosian.
Jul-13-12
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  wordfunph: as written by GM Genna Sosonko in NIC Magazine 2012 01..

<When he was playing the Colombian Oscar Castro, one of the outsiders in the tournament. Having underestimated his opponent's tactical opportunities, Petrosian came under attack and got very agitated. Of course, before the game he was counting on the point, but when he fell into an unpleasant position without a second's hesitation he offered a draw three times in a row. This loss for Petrosian delighted Kortchnoi, who was playing in Amsterdam under the Soviet flag for the last time. Calling Biel, he asked me to give the Colombian master a gift of 100 dollars.>

Nov-20-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Imagine today in 2012 an international master of 2500 who defeats Kramnik, Topalov and Ivanchuk, in the same year is just what Castro did in 1976, when he won to Petrosian, Geller and Larsen !!!
Mar-05-14  Eduardo Bermudez: <When he was playing the Colombian Oscar Castro, one of the outsiders in the tournament. Having underestimated his opponent's tactical opportunities, Petrosian came under attack and got very agitated. Of course, before the game he was counting on the point, but when he fell into an unpleasant position without a second's hesitation he offered a draw three times in a row. This loss for Petrosian delighted Kortchnoi, who was playing in Amsterdam under the Soviet flag for the last time. Calling Biel, he asked me to give the Colombian master a gift of 100 dollars.>
Mar-05-14  crchandler: The story of the $100 from Korchnoi has credibility. It's well established that he later made the same gesture to anyone who beat Karpov.
Mar-05-14
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  perfidious: Money Korchnoi seldom had to pay in those days.
Jan-25-15  Howard: The $100 story was briefly mentioned in Chess Life and Review, at the time.
Mar-05-15  Howard: Petrosian apparently had a bit of confusion in this game with the three-time repetition rule, but I don't recall the details (CL & R briefly described it though.) For more on this see Fischer-Petrosian, Game 3, 1971's comments.
Apr-12-15  Eduardo Bermudez: 1953-2015
Apr-14-15  Eduardo Bermudez: The recently deceased Oscar Castro won the same year, 1976, Petrosian, Geller and Larsen, three top ten: 3,6 and 9 of the world at that time. The equivalent today to beat Kramnik, Grishuk and Topalov for a player 300 ELO points below them !!
Apr-15-15  Howard: Chess Life & Review said that Petrosian's 32...Rd8 was the beginning of Petrosian's problems here.

By the way, are you sure that Petrosian was ranked #3 at the time ?!

Apr-25-16  happyjuggler0: <are you sure that Petrosian was ranked #3 at the time ?!>

http://fidelists.blogspot.com/2008/...

Jan-13-17
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  Domdaniel: Sosonko repeated the $100 'reward' story in his superb Korchnoi memoir in New in Chess (2016 #5)

It seems all the more plausible in retrospect.

Although paying someone to beat your enemy is like a chess version of taking out a contract on them.

Jan-13-17
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  Domdaniel: Incidentally, 2.b3 against the French (The Papa-Ticulat or Reti Gambit) is a well-known line. There may not be many examples in the CG database, but it's a respectable and playable line.
Apr-08-17  Eduardo Bermudez: Oscar Castro was a Colombian chess player who enjoyed the recognition and admiration of his colleagues in particular and of fans in general, all thanks to his recognized sports qualities and a seductive personality cultivated in different fields of letters and the arts.
Oct-25-17  Toribio3: Oscar Castro played like Capablanca!
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