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Fidel Castro
F Castro 
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Years covered: 1966

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(born Aug-13-1926, died Nov-26-2016, 90 years old) Cuba

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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on his family's sugar plantation near Birán, in Cuba’s Oriente province. He enrolled at the University of Havana Law School in 1945 and after graduating, he opened a private law practice in Havana in 1950. His intention of running for the Cuban Parliament in 1952 as a member of the front-running progressive albeit anti-communist Partido Ortodoxo was disrupted when Fulgencio Batista seized power after an eight-year absence. Following this, Castro organised a rebellion which was ultimately successful in 1959, when Batista fled Cuba. He declared a socialist state in 1961 and remained the Cuban leader until 18 February 2008, a rule lasting 47 years, stepping down in favour of his brother Raúl.

The inaugural Capablanca Memorial Tournament was held in 1951, with the second being cut short in 1952 by Batista’s coup. It was recommenced in 1962 under the auspices of Castro and chess enthusiast Ernesto Ché Guevara, whom Ludek Pachman, in his memoirs considered to be a "first-rank chessplayer." It has remained a regular feature of the chess calendar, one of the most notable being the 1965 event in which Robert James Fischer participated via telex, although not before receiving an assurance from Castro that the he would cease making political capital out of his participation. Castro was on the organizing committee of the 17th Chess Olympiad that was held in Havana in 1966; the result reflected many of the Summer Olympic results wherein the USSR and the USA came first and second.

In December 2002, Cuba hosted a massive chess tournament at the Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana during which about 11,000 amateurs played 550 chess masters in a simultaneous exhibition breaking the world record of 10,007 games set previously in the Zocalo Plaza, in Mexico City. Castro participated, playing against the President of the Cuban Chess Federation GM Silvino Garcia Martinez.

Fidel Castro passed away in Havana on 26 November 2016.

Wikipedia article: Fidel Castro

Last updated: 2016-11-26 23:45:33

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1. F Terrazas vs F Castro 0-1191966OlympiadC34 King's Gambit Accepted

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Nov-27-16  Absentee: <twinlark: A reminder to people who are dumping on the memory and their idea of Fidel Castro's legacy that Nelson Mandela considered a great ally and a good friend.>

They're just repeating the sales pitch they've been fed. It's not like it means something.

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  HeMateMe: Cuba sent troops into Africa to fight, in the 1970s. They might have been fighting the same kind of people that locked up Mandela for 30 years, that may be the link, not sure.
Nov-27-16  ZonszeinP: GM Mark Taimanov is 90
And I wish him to live up 120!
Nov-27-16  Kaspablanca: Cuba is the strongest Latin American country in chess, is the Latin American power in sports, it has the lowest infant mortality rate in Latin America,send doctors abroad when needed, it has the best education system in Latin America, etc, etc, all that thanks to the Revolution led by late Comandante Fidel Castro.
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  saffuna: < the Latin American power in sports,>

I will question that. In a few sports, yes. But not in many others. Compare it to Argentina and Brazil overall.

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  HeMateMe: Mexico actually has a middle class and some degree of wealth. Cuba is just a large farm, using outdated equipment. Everyone is poor except for the high level military and party insiders, perhaps a few technocrats and successful black market types. Maybe we can get them some better farming equipment.
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  Jambow: Castro had some good attributes but executing his opposition isn't one of them no matter how you spin it. Yes he wasn't overthrown but neither was Stalin. However many thousands of Cubans have drowned fleeing their tropical island paradise for some reason?

How many Americans die fleeing our country? We can't even get Rosie to hold good on her promise and she could fly first class.

I mean communists build walls to lock people in, if that doesn't make you go hmmm, pretty much move to Cuba and send us a post card... That's what I thought!

Anyone here go to Cuba for health care? Of course not Michael Moore might pull some Hollywood garbage but he lives in Michigan and eats more than any half dozen Cubans. He hasn't given up his juicy capitalist gains either. Funny how that works isn't it.

Yes I really do enjoy the cigars it is no exaggeration how good they are...

Yes and I was in the Navy with a guy named Castro he was hilarious and I liked him...

I'm against building a wall to keep illegal Cubans out too. ;0]

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  Jambow: Errr almost forgot Capablanca is one of my all time favorite chess players but he was pre Castro does that still count?
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  OhioChessFan: <ZonszeinP: GM Mark Taimanov is 90 And I wish him to live up 120!>

Well, he made it another day, anyway. Please don't wish me a long life.

Nov-28-16  mprodrigues: <ZonszeinP: GM Mark Taimanov is 90 And I wish him to live up 120!> Wow now talk about a bad mouth, he died the day after!
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  perfidious: Long as no-one mentions Averbakh now....
Nov-28-16  Kaspablanca: saffuna: Compare how many medals have Cuba and how many have Mexico and Argentina.

Jambow: No, it doesnt count but it does count the GMs that Cuba had thanks to the support the Revolution gave to the Cuban chess and other sports.

In Cuba nobody dies due to hunger and you wont see children sleeping in the streets.

Nov-28-16  ZonszeinP: <OhioChessFan> I won't. I'm really sorry to hear such a bad news.
I think I had a premonition
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  OhioChessFan: Oh, perhaps I shouldn't be so light hearted about a death. <Zons> please don't think there was any sort of connection between your comment and Taimanov's death, as if even mentioning it brought it on.
Nov-28-16  ZonszeinP: Thank you.
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  zanzibar: <flippant> is more apt I think.
Nov-28-16  BUNA: <technical draw: Castro executed thousands in the first year of his dictatorship. Even his close friends and high ranking officers like Camilo Cienfuegos were assassinated.>

Do you really believe that Osmany Cienfuegos had continued to act as minister in Castro's revolutionary gouvernment if there were any hints that the latter had "assassinated" his brother Camilo?

Camilo Cienfuegos died in a plane crash, Che suspected that it was the result of an american plot and the rest is cuban exile propaganda.

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  Jambow: <ZonszeinP: <OhioChessFan> I won't. I'm really sorry to hear such a bad news. I think I had a premonition>

Nah he was 90 years old...

I once thought I was having deja vu only to find it was a late premonition...

Which is a lot like my Sprint phone texts but that is another story.

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  technical draw: <BUNA> Camilo Cienfuego's death is well documented. Don't believe the propaganda.
Nov-29-16  unferth: <HeMateMe: MLB is still wondering "What if...?">

that's actually a myth. Fidel was a good high-school basketball player but never a baseball player of any note, never considered as a prospect. if you look at the clips of him pitching in the famous exhibition game between his team & the Cuban pros, you can see that he doesn't have any kind of arm.

Nov-29-16  unferth: or this one, which is really great:

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  zanzibar: Here's some footage, six years after the revolution so a little slack must be given...

Still, as the announcer (Ed Herlihy) says, "That's one game where the ump really has to be careful!"

And careful he was, Fidel struck out all three batters he faced.

Nov-29-16  unferth: that's the exhibition I was talking about. I'll give him some slack, but that's sure not the delivery of a former prospect...
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  zanzibar: <unferth> thanks for that video link - it's hilarious.

And yes, I was one of those who thought Castro actually did have a try-out.

The things we used to believe before the internet!

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