|Oct-16-07|| ||Harvestman: I know nothing about this guy, but hey, Happy Birthday anyway!|
|Oct-16-07|| ||psmith: http://www.olimpbase.org/players/xn...
Cuban, IM, 2395 in 1972, 2330 in 1974
|Oct-16-07|| ||pawnofdoom: He's still alive, and he has a FIDE card, but it says he's not rated, and is a master there. There are no games of him on FIDE at all.|
He's not the best player, but he managed a win over Tal (!):
G Estevez-Morales vs Tal, 1973
|Oct-16-07|| ||Shams: <dx9293> it's messed up. I used to play on Market Street with a Serbian guy who had studied with Akobian. He was clearly master strength. The past year he had won several thousand dollars in the C section at the World Open, significantly outperforming his 1450 rating.|
|Oct-16-07|| ||dx9293: He once played in a tournament I directed a few years ago in New York City...when I was taking entries, he asked me his rating (in the ratings supplement) I told him 1984. He cheerfully paid his entry fee, as the tournament featured a prize for best player under 2000.
After the first round, another participant, IM Almeida, told me that he is really an IM!|
I checked on FIDE, couldn't find him.
I checked old informants (didn't have them all at hand), couldn't find him.
Finally I tried playing with his last name in the USCF MSA database and found him--he had a rating of 2314. I adjusted his rating so, and he asked why. When I told him, he nodded his head and didn't complain.
It was actually on this website that I found the victory over Tal in 1973 that <pawnofdoom> references. This made me furious! This guy is an IM and beat Tal, yet is happy to play as an A-player??
Just goes to show you that players of all levels try to get over on the tournament system.
|Oct-16-07|| ||dx9293: I deleted my previous post because I made a mistake: it was not Zapata (who is a GM of course), but IM Almeida who outed him.|
Anyway <Shams> relates something that happens all the time, every year. And it's sad. Wherever there's prize money to be won, people will cheat to try and get it.
|Nov-30-08|| ||Zenchess: And take a look at this:
G Estevez-Morales vs Vasiukov, 1975
I wonder if he was losing games on purpose as well to bring his rating down -- he simply hangs his pawn early in the game here and goes down without a fight.
|Dec-10-08|| ||edbermac: Well, I don't know if he loses points to bring his rating down, but check out his game vs Huebner.|
This won a Best Game prize in the 1973 Interzonal. And Huebner lost this game in a late round when he still had a chance to qualify. One of the best played games of the tourney.
G Estevez-Morales vs Huebner, 1973
|Nov-14-12|| ||The Last Straw: He's really not *good* at chess; its that he knows how to fight psychologically against stronger players. This is why the rating system is kind of inaccurate.He's figured out and gotten the hang of the "Trapping Heffalumps" section of Simon Webb 's book "Chess for Tigers".|
|Nov-14-12|| ||perfidious: <Last Straw> While having no respect for Estevez' sharp practices as outlined by <dx9293> above, what on earth is wrong with making adjustments against players stronger than oneself? |
Unless one is facing the likes of one of the engines with a strength of well over 3000 (where such a player would naturally lose anyway), we see adjustments for a player's skill made all the time. Do you believe a super-GM will play the same way against one of his equals as he will when facing a player the strength of myself, much less an average player?
If someone of Estevez' class tried to play 'normal' chess against great players, he would have been torn asunder-their skill level was well above his own.
If you want to make fatuous statements such as 'He's not really *good* at chess....' regarding a player who was once of international standard, that is your privilege; you'd best expect to get called on them, though.
|Oct-16-17|| ||BIDMONFA: Guillermo Estevez Morales|