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Joseph Tamargo
Number of games in database: 11
Years covered: 1956 to 1976
Highest rating achieved in database: 2315
Overall record: +7 -3 =1 (68.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-07-1938, died Oct-22-2013, 74 years old) United States of America

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Joseph Santiago Tamargo was born in New York, New York, USA.

 page 1 of 1; 11 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-1401956New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. J Tamargo vs Benko  0-124196465th US OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
3. Bisguier vs J Tamargo  1-029196465th US OpenE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
4. J Tamargo vs S Sloan  ½-½531971Manhattan Chess Club Championship PreliminariesA16 English
5. S Bernstein vs J Tamargo  0-1431976Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
6. J Tamargo vs B Hulse  1-0391976Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. R Robinson vs J Tamargo  0-1441976Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC00 French Defense
8. B Early vs J Tamargo 0-1401976Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC34 King's Gambit Accepted
9. J Tamargo vs G F Kane 1-0291976Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. Soltis vs J Tamargo 0-1491976Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. J Tamargo vs Popovych 1-0351976Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
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  GrahamClayton: It seems that Tomargo died earlier this year, aged 75. He was a master strength player at chess and go.
Mar-28-14  Caissanist: Tamargo was briefly a member of this site many years ago, and posted a few comments on his game with Bobby Fischer. User: JoeTamargo

He seems to have been one of the more colorful characters of the New York Chess and Checkers Club, one of a number of sleazy chess clubs that populated New York for most of the 20th century. That hustler chess culture seems to be largely gone now; somebody should write a book about it, I suspect there are a lot of good stories about those places which have never been committed to paper or pixel.

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  Benzol: I think it's possible Mr Tamargo may have got annoyed with other kibitzers about the interest shown in his game with Bobby Fischer and stopped posting as a result.

See :

<Oct-20-03 JoeTamargo: No, we all found out in 1957 that he was the real article. My f5 was the kind of impetuous move a young player makes; probably should have built first. Also managed to trade off my good bishop. Enough of this. Bye.>

<Oct-19-03 drukenknight: I have a question for Mr. T:

did you know at that time the game was played that he was a future superstar or just another pretty good young player?

Also in this game. A nice opening, but it seems that black has a lead in development when you decided to open up the game with 13 f5. Thoughts on that?>

Premium Chessgames Member It is indeed an honor, Mr. Tamargo. First-hand Fischer anecdotes are always welcomed here.>

Premium Chessgames Member Eggman: Thanks for the first-hand acount, Mr. Tamargo! Maybe if someone at is reading this, they can finally correct the spelling of your name!>

<Oct-19-03 JoeTamargo: I don't remember which move I made to hang the rook. It was a move or two later. Disgusted with myself I didn't bother to write it down, just resigned. Of course I didn't think anybody would ever care. Bobby had all the talent anyway. Eventually I saw the light and made money betting on him.>

Premium Chessgames Member Eggman: Gosh, this is exciting! Living chess history! Mr. Tamargo, do you mean to say that you played 41.Rg7 (the only move that would put the Rook en prise)? If this is what was played, why is it not included in the score? Did you play the move and then resign before pressing your clock?>

<Oct-18-03 JoeTamargo: The explanation is that I put my rook en prise a move later. I was upset because I had offered a draw and little Bobby piped up "Are you crazy?" Note the spelling of my name. It's Tamargo, not "Tomargo." I'm a well known New York master. They've been misspelling it for nearly fifty years, ever since Jack Spence (who was a nice man but maybe not the brightest guy in the world) got it wrong in the tournament book. --Joe Tamargo>

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  Richard Taylor: I bet Fischer was a real arrogant little bastard - no wonder poor old Tamargo was pissed off losing to him. He played a great game there. Fischer didn't look so good except of course he was quite young. But he was soon to win the US Championships. Seems he didn't show poor old Joseph proper respect.

Sadly the latter died in 2013.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Joseph Tamargo.
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