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Helder Camara
Number of games in database: 51
Years covered: 1961 to 1991
Last FIDE rating: 2347

Overall record: +11 -26 =14 (35.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (13) 
    E95 E63 E80 E97 E82
 Sicilian (6) 
    B67 B42 B43 B75 B22
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(born Feb-07-1937, died Feb-20-2016, 79 years old) Brazil

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IM Hélder Câmara was Brazilian champion in 1963 and 1968. He was awarded the IM title in 1972. This controversial chess journalist and trainer, introduced in 1954 the Câmara defence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qe7. Younger brother of Ronald Camara.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 51  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L T Da Silva vs H Camara  ½-½551961BRA-chE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
2. Averbakh vs H Camara  1-0341965Rio de JaneiroD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. H Camara vs Stein  ½-½471966It Rio de JaneiroB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. H Camara vs F Kuijpers  0-1251968Chess Olympiad Final-BB30 Sicilian
5. C Silva Sanchez vs H Camara  0-1471969Mar del Plata ZonalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. Keene vs H Camara  ½-½181970OlympiadE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
7. D Levy vs H Camara 1-0641970Siegen OlympiadB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. H Camara vs E Paoli  ½-½521970Siegen ol (Men) fin-CD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Fischer vs H Camara 1-0241970Siegen ol prelB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. H Camara vs S Mendes  1-0251973SalvadorA00 Uncommon Opening
11. M Czerniak vs H Camara  1-0281973Netanya-AB20 Sicilian
12. H Camara vs S Friedman  1-0361973Netanya-AD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
13. Pachman vs H Camara  1-0671973Netanya-AE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
14. H Camara vs Saidy ½-½751973Netanya-AD94 Grunfeld
15. Reshevsky vs H Camara  1-0401973Netanya-AA07 King's Indian Attack
16. H Camara vs Z Domnitz  1-0441973Netanya-AE60 King's Indian Defense
17. H Camara vs Benko 0-1411973Sao PauloA58 Benko Gambit
18. W Schmidt vs H Camara  ½-½511974Olympiad Qualifying Group 1E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. Petrosian vs H Camara  1-0831974Olympiad Qualifying Group 1E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
20. H Camara vs M F Littleton  1-0411974Olympiad Final-CE60 King's Indian Defense
21. C Silva Sanchez vs H Camara  1-0341975Fortaleza ztC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
22. Quinteros vs H Camara  1-0331975Fortaleza (Brazil)B42 Sicilian, Kan
23. A S Segal vs H Camara  1-0191977Sao PauloA65 Benoni, 6.e4
24. H Camara vs F Trois  1-0411977Sao PauloB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
25. H Camara vs R Sanguineti 1-0381977Sao PauloA07 King's Indian Attack
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  Benzol: Helder Camara
Born 7th February 1937 in Fortaleza
Awarded the IM title in 1972 he was Brazilian Champion in 1963 and 1968.
Apr-22-05  WorldChampeen:

Helder Camara's website

Feb-22-06  Whitehat1963: I once Helder Camara, but she thought I was being fresh, so she slapped me!
Aug-15-07  gmgomes: <I once Helder Camara, but she thought I was being fresh, so she slapped me!> Helder Camara is not a woman.
Dec-20-10  Antiochus: [Event "It Rio de Janeiro"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1966.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Hélder Camara"]
[Black "Leonid Stein"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B46"]
[PlyCount "93"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. a3 Qc7 7. Be2 b5 8. Nxc6 Qxc6 9. e5 Bb7 10. Bf3 Qc7 11. O-O Rc8 12. Bxb7 Qxb7 13. Qd3 Ne7 14. Ne4 Ng6 15. Qf3 Qc6 16. Bf4 Be7 17. Rad1 O-O 18. Rd2 f5 19. exf6 d5 20. fxe7 Rxf4 21. Qc3 $1 Qxc3 22. Nxc3 Kf7 23. Ne2 Rf6 24. c3 Nxe7 25. a4 bxa4 26. Ra1 Rc4 27. Rd4 e5 28. Rxc4 dxc4 29. Rxa4 Rb6 30. Ra2 Rd6 31. Ng3 Ng6 32. h3 Nf4 33. Nf5 Rd1+ 34. Kh2 Rd2 35. Kg1 Ne2+ 36. Kh2 Nxc3 37. Rxa6 Rxb2 38. Nd6+ Ke7 39. Nxc4 Rxf2 40. Nxe5 Nd5 41. Ra7+ Ke6 42. Ng4 Rf7 43. Ra6+ Kf5 44. Ra5 Ke4 45. Ra4+ Kf5 46. Ra5 Ke4 47. Ra4+ 1/2-1/2

Dec-27-10  Antiochus: New webpage
Mar-16-12  AlanPardew: David Neil Lawrence Levy in <How To Get Better At Chess : Chess Masters On Their Art> (Summit Publishing, 1991):

<At the 1970 Olympiad I had an opponent from Brazil who tried to take back a move against me. When I told him it was against the rules, he said it didn't matter which square he moved his King to. In fact, he was right. But as a matter of principle I insisted he put the King on the first square he had touched. After five hours we adjourned, and at the time we adjourned I demonstrated that I would either win his Queen or mate him in four moves, and he still didn't resign. I was staying fifteen kilometres away from the tournament hall and I had to get up at eight in the morning to go to the tournament site. After all that, my opponent never even showed up!>

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As can be seen from the final position, Levy's recollection of events isn't quite on the mark, but I was intrigued to discover Camara's bio here describing him as <controversial>. Is that a euphemism for <arsehole>?

Jun-02-15  Yopo: Beating Milos

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  TheFocus: He was a photographer by profession. (Yikes)
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"When I give food to the poor they call me a saint.

When I ask <why> the poor have no food they call me a communist."

--- Hélder Câmara

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  moronovich: <whiteshark: "When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. When I ask <why> the poor have no food they call me a communist." --- Hélder Câmara>

Absolutely brilliant.

Unfortunately true.

Well spotted and thank you <whiteshark> !

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