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Manuel Marquez Sterling
M M Sterling 
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Number of games in database: 22
Years covered: 1895 to 1902
Overall record: +1 -18 =3 (11.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-28-1872, died Dec-09-1934, 62 years old) Cuba

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Marquez was a Cuban diplomat and President of Cuba for a few hours on during an interregnum on January 18, 1934. He was an attorney, was Ambassador of Cuba to Mexico and later to the United States.

He was also national champion of both Cuba and Mexico. He tied for 16-17th at Paris (1900) (Emanuel Lasker won) played during the world exhibition.(1)

(1) Wikipedia article: Manuel Márquez Sterling

Last updated: 2017-08-28 10:06:37

 page 1 of 1; 22 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M M Sterling vs Pillsbury  0-1311895BrooklynC60 Ruy Lopez
2. Marshall vs M M Sterling  1-0261900freeC45 Scotch Game
3. J Mieses vs M M Sterling 1-0351900ParisC26 Vienna
4. Burn vs M M Sterling 1-0271900ParisD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. M M Sterling vs Maroczy 0-1541900ParisB40 Sicilian
6. G Marco vs M M Sterling 1-0341900ParisB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. J Mortimer vs M M Sterling 0-1581900ParisC44 King's Pawn Game
8. M M Sterling vs J Mason 0-1531900ParisC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. M M Sterling vs Showalter 0-1331900ParisC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. M M Sterling vs Marshall 0-1391900ParisC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
11. Lasker vs M M Sterling 1-0281900ParisC77 Ruy Lopez
12. M M Sterling vs L Rosen ½-½331900ParisD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. M Brody vs M M Sterling 1-0361900ParisA84 Dutch
14. L Rosen vs M M Sterling 1-0361900ParisC55 Two Knights Defense
15. Janowski vs M M Sterling 1-0451900ParisB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
16. Didier vs M M Sterling 1-0441900ParisC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
17. M M Sterling vs Pillsbury 0-1381900ParisB56 Sicilian
18. Chigorin vs M M Sterling 1-0261900ParisC50 Giuoco Piano
19. M M Sterling vs Schlechter 0-1181900ParisC28 Vienna Game
20. M M Sterling vs Capablanca ½-½501901HavanaC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Capablanca vs M M Sterling 1-0301901HavanaC01 French, Exchange
22. M M Sterling vs Capablanca ½-½361902Cuba-chA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-19-08  biglo: I think this guy was the President of Cuba for a day. See
Dec-24-08  Karpova: C.N. 5908

<His obituary on page 21 of the New York Times, 10 December 1934 included the following reference:

‘Known as an opponent of the Machado régime, he served for a few days as Provisional President in Cuba during the revolutionary crisis following the flight of the dictator.’

Page 165 of the December 1934 American Chess Bulletin carried a brief death notice:

‘Dr Manuel Márquez Sterling, who had held the post of Cuban Ambassador at Washington since January 1934, died in that city on 9 December, at the age of 62. Old-timers will recall the name of Dr Sterling as that of an ardent chess devotee at one time quite active in Havana, when he was a player of considerable ability. He was the author also of a text book on the game in the Spanish language. Dr Sterling was long in the diplomatic service of his country and, earlier in his career, was Ambassador to Mexico.’>


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  GrahamClayton: Does anyone know how Sterling was invited to compete in the 1900 Paris tournament?
Dec-18-11  AlphaMale: By telegram, I think.
Apr-10-12  technical draw: Not a sterling record for this player.
Sep-07-15  RookFile: Well, he did have some draws with Capa.
Jul-30-17  Eagle41257: Márquez Sterling y Loret de Mola, Manuel
Aug-28-17  Nosnibor: His play seems weaker than the strength of the present U.K. currency !
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  jnpope: <<GrahamClayton>: Does anyone know how Sterling was invited to compete in the 1900 Paris tournament?>

A. C. Vazquez wrote the following in El Fígaro and reprinted in El Ajedrez Magistral, v2, 1900, p35, regarding an aborted match between he and Sterling (translation by jnpope): "Four games had already been played (two draws and two losses by Mr. Marquez Sterling), when he had to leave suddenly for Washington, on account of having been appointed private secretary of Mr. Gonzalo de Quesada in everything concerning the representation of Cuba in the Universal Exposition of Paris. As a result, he was forced to resign the match, declaring us the winner."

This explains why Sterling was in Paris at the time of the tournament. It doesn't necessarily explain why he was invited to play, but then again Didier, Mortimer, and Rosen, weren't exactly in the same class as Lasker, Pillsbury, Maroczy, Chigorin, et. al., either, so perhaps the Paris committee had spots to fill in the tournament roster and he was a conveniently available second-class player?

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