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Ruth Cardoso
Number of games in database: 11
Years covered: 1960 to 1980
Last FIDE rating: 2040
Overall record: +2 -6 =3 (31.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-09-1934, died Feb-11-2000, 66 years old) Brazil

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Ruth Volkl (Volgl) Cardoso was born in Salvador, Brazil. She won the Brazilian Women's Chess Championship 8 times in a row. She won the South American Women's Championship in 1966, 1969, and 1972--every time she participated. She also played in four Women's Interzonal Championships and five Women's Chess Olympiads, representing Brazil on Board 1. She was awarded the title of Woman International Master (WIM) in 1970. She was married to Pal Benko.

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 page 1 of 1; 11 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dora de Castro Rubio vs Ruth Cardoso  1-0721960Sao Paulo Zonal (Women)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. J Hardinge vs Ruth Cardoso 1-0431970Hastings Christmas CongressC26 Vienna
3. Ruth Cardoso vs Bisguier  0-1341971MalagaC45 Scotch Game
4. Ruth Cardoso vs R Zuk 0-14419719th Canadian OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Ruth Cardoso vs K Jovanovic-Blagojevic  0-1391973MenorcaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. Ruth Cardoso vs R Cosulich  1-0781973Madonna di CampiglioB32 Sicilian
7. S Bernstein vs Ruth Cardoso  1-021197475th US OpenA08 King's Indian Attack
8. Ruth Cardoso vs J Richmond  ½-½551978Olympiad (Women) Qualifying Group 3A07 King's Indian Attack
9. M Watai vs Ruth Cardoso  ½-½481978Olympiad (Women) Final-CC42 Petrov Defense
10. Ruth Cardoso vs M Wiese-Jozwiak  ½-½291980Chess Olympiad (Women)B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
11. Ruth Cardoso vs J Legendre  1-0291980Chess Olympiad (Women)B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
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  ray keene: i dont think this is ruth cardoso-this is the r cardoso who beat bronstein in the 1958 interzonal in portorozh!!
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  jaime gallegos: it was on the final round, and Bronstein did not qualify for the World Championship and Fischer did it !
Jul-05-04  Dick Brain: The other Cardoso is Rodolfo Tan Cardoso of the Philippines (the first Asian IM) who played a match against Fischer in 1957 and in the Portoroz Interzonal.

Ruth Cardoso of Brazil did play some GMs in Spain and Italy in the 70's but she probably did not play most of these. Ruth is listed as inactive by FIDE although she died in 1999.

GM Keene is surely correct that at least most of these games (the ones not played in Spain or Italy at least) were played by Rodolfo Cardoso.

See Sam Sloan's article

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  vonKrolock: From Sloan's article: <"Ruth Cardoso was for many years the strongest woman chess player in South America. She was eight times Brazilian Woman's Champion. She played four times in the Woman's Interzonal Championship. She played in many World Chess Olympiads, playing first board for the Brazilian team. Her trainer was Grandmaster Pal Benko.">
Mar-30-07  wordfun: I personally met Rodoldo Tan Cardoso in Tagaytay City Philippines. He was a jolly good old man now, enjoying life to the fullest. I learned that he used to teach/train aspiring chess students for free including meals. Truly a chess lover ....IM Rodolfo Tan Cardoso.
Mar-30-07  timhortons: if im not wrong rodolfo tan cordoso won a game against bobby fischer though he loss an entire match...that game is immortalize in the compilation of games lost by bobby fischer
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  vonKrolock: Very interesting article on-line in <SBC>'s site featuring also Ruth's match with Diane Savereide in Lone Pine 1976
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  vonKrolock: A photo showing Ruth (right) playing Dora Rubio (left) from São Paulo in 1960 . thanks to Adaucto Nóbrega =
Sep-19-08  kramputz: Ruth Cardoso is married to Pal Benko
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  brankat: Ruth Cardoso was married to P.Benko.

R.I.P.Mrs,Cardoso Benko.

Feb-07-11  BLarsen1967: <vonKrolock> The game in the photo is this one (below) -- Cardoso's opponent Dora Rubio,she's the 'Grand Old Woman' of Braz. chess,winning 4 national titles,the last in 1962. After that Ruth Cardoso took over. A third strong player in that era was Taya Efremoff. - As for the legendary Dora C. Rubio,she has not one single game in this database.

[Event "zn w"]
[Site "Sao Paulo"]
[Date "1960.12.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Castro Rubio, Dora"]
[Black "Cardoso, Ruth"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C90"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. h3 Na5 9. d3 c5 10. c3 O-O 11. Bc2 Nc6 12. d4 cxd4 13. cxd4 Qc7 14. Be3 Bb7 15. d5 Na5 16. Nbd2 Rac8 17. Rc1 Qb8 18. Qe2 Ba8 19. Bd3 Rc7 20. b4 Nb7 21. Nf1 Rfc8 22. Qd2 Nh5 23. g4 Nf4 24. Bxf4 exf4 25. Nd4 Nd8 26. Qxf4 h6 27. Qd2 Bg5 28. Ne3 Qa7 29. Ndf5 Qb6 30. Bf1 Kf8 31. Qb2 Bf6 32. Qb1 Be5 33. Kg2 f6 34. Ng3 Nf7 35. Ne2 Ng5 36. Rxc7 Rxc7 37. Rc1 Rxc1 38. Qxc1 Bb7 39. Qc2 Bd4 40. Nd1 Qa7 41. Qc7 Bb6 42. Qxd6+ Kg8 43. Nf4 Ba8 44. Ng6 Kh7 45. Ne7 Qc7 46. Qxc7 Bxc7 47. Bd3 Kh8 48. Nf5 Nf7 49. Kf3 Ne5+ 50. Ke2 Nf7 51. Nde3 Bb7 52. Nc2 Be5 53. Ke3 g5 54. Ncd4 Kg8 55. Nb3 Kf8 56. Nc5 Bc8 57. Kd2 Ke8 58. a4 bxa4 59. Nxa4 Nd6 60. Nxd6+ Bxd6 61. Kc3 Bd7 62. Nb2 Be5+ 63. Kb3 Bb5 64. Bxb5+ axb5 65. Nd1 Kd7 66. Nc3 Bd4 67. Nxb5 Bxf2 68. Kc4 Bb6 69. Nd4 Bxd4 70. Kxd4 Kd6 71. b5 Kc7 72. Kc5 1-0

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  vonKrolock: <BLarsen1967> Thanks for sharing this. A research on Rubio, Efremoff etc would surelly reveals more valuable material.
Feb-14-11  BLarsen1967: According to Wiki Ruth Cardoso did participate in the Malaga tourney 1971,thus her game here vs Bisguier is a genuine one. Also in Malaga she faced her own husband,Pal Benko,in round 8 (although it is unclear if they were legally married)

[Event "Malaga"]
[Site "Malaga"]
[Date "1971.??.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Benko, Pal C"]
[Black "Cardoso, Ruth"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D36"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 c6 6. e3 Be7 7. Qc2 Nbd7 8. Bd3 h6 9. Bh4 O-O 10. Nge2 Re8 11. f3 c5 12. O-O cxd4 13. exd4 Nb6 14. b3 Bd7 15. a4 a5 16. Qb2 Rc8 17. Rac1 Nh5 18. Bf2 Bg5 19. Rce1 Nf4 20. Nxf4 Bxf4 21. Ne2 Bd6 22. Bg3 Bxg3 23. hxg3 Re3 24. Qd2 Qe7 25. Nf4 Re8 26. Qxe3 Qxe3+ 27. Rxe3 Rxe3 28. Kf2 Re8 29. Rc1 Bc6 30. Rc5 Ra8 31. Bb5 Nd7 32. Rc2 Bxb5 33. axb5 Nf6 34. Rc7 a4 35. bxa4 Rxa4 36. Ne2 Kf8 37. Rxb7 Ke8 38. Ke3 Rb4 39. g4 g5 40. Nc1 Nd7 41. Nd3 Rc4 42. Rxd7 1-0

Feb-15-11  BLarsen1967: Arturo Pomar (the wonder kid) came clear 1st in the Malaga tourney 1971,with 11 out of 14. In round 9 he faced Ruth Cardoso and here he showed how to play the scheveningen as Black

[Event "Malaga"]
[Site "Malaga"]
[Date "1971.??.??"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Cardoso, Ruth"]
[Black "Pomar Salamanca, Arturo"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B85"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Be2 e6 7. Be3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Kh1 a6 10. f4 Qc7 11. Qe1 Na5 12. Rd1 b5 13. Bf3 Bb7 14. a3 Nc4 15. Bc1 Rac8 16. Rd3 Rfd8 17. Qg3 d5 18. exd5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 Bxd5 20. Bxd5 Rxd5 21. c3 Rcd8 22. Rdf3 Bf6 23. Nc2 Nd2 24. Bxd2 Rxd2 25. R3f2 g6 26. Qe3 Qc4 27. Kg1 Rd1 28. Ne1 Be7 29. b4 Bf6 30. Rf3 R8d2 31. Rh3 Re2 32. Qg3 Qe4 33. Nd3 Rxd3 0-1

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  gezafan: <vonKrolock: A photo showing Ruth (right) playing Dora Rubio (left) from São Paulo in 1960 . thanks to Adaucto Nóbrega =>...

Ruth wasn't bad looking!

Feb-09-12  DoctorD: As you would expect from a student of Benko's, Cardoso tried her hand at endgame studies as well. Here is a game-like example.

Cardoso, Ruth
Sinfonie Scacchistiche, 1981
3rd Honorable Mention

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The third through fifth moves, and the end of this composition are particularly delightful with the "backwards moves" by White, almost reminiscent of Reti - Black can queen also, but after White checks on g1, Black can either give up his queen and be mated in about 15 moves, or try to hold it with .. Kb2 and get mated even faster!

1. ♔g5 ♔e3 2. ♔f6 ♔d2 3. ♔e5 ♔c1 4. ♔d4 ♗g8 5.♗d3 ♗xa2 6. ♗c4 ♗xc4 7. ♔xc4 a2 8. g8=♕ a1=♕ 9. ♕g1+ ♔b2 10. ♕f2+ ♔c1 11. ♕e1+ ♔b2 12. ♕d2+ ♔b1 13. ♔b3!

May-22-12  Yopo: Foi a primeira brasileira a conquistar o título de WMI em 1970. O lugar de nascimento pode ter sido Belmonte(BA).
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