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Luis Rentero Suarez
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1992 to 2005

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(born 1932, died Dec-22-2015, 83 years old) Spain

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Rentero vs Judit Polgar 0-12419922nd Principe de Asturias rapidA16 English
2. R Pogorelov vs L Rentero  1-0262005XI Anibal OpenA04 Reti Opening
3. R Prieto Velasco vs L Rentero  0-1652005XI Anibal OpenC67 Ruy Lopez
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Dec-18-10  kramputz: Luis Rentero is a rude tug.During the 1996 Women's World Championship between Zsuzsa (Suzan)Polgar and Xie Jun this jerk created the most unethical behavior and wanted to fine both players $25,000 because game #2 and #3 were draws. The story was published in the March18 issue of Inside Chess magazine.(Yasser Seirawan publication) Luis Rentero must have a mental disorder. //
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  wordfunph: "The players were staying at the Ritz and every afternoon, before the games started, I saw them gobble down the most exquisite food by the plateful. When I entered the playing hall myself after lunch, I noticed that some of the tables were no longer occupied because those games were drawn in no time. This was an insult that was beyond me. Was this their way to thank the organizers for their efforts to stage the tournament? I went to the press room and there I declared that the people of Linares would lynch players who refused to fight."

- Luis Rentero

Source: Linares! Linares! A Journey into the Heart of Chess by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam

Jul-24-11  shadowleaf04: According to an article which Canadian GM Kevin Spraggett wrote a few years ago, Mr. Rentero is a notoriously weak player who has often tried to give advice to the world's best players --- including Garry Kasparov himself!

In 1997 at Ubeda Spain, he fined both Khalifman and Bareev for not displaying enough fighting spirit as they agreed to a draw at around 25 moves. (I checked a database, the game ended in a draw after 21 moves.)

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  Stonehenge: Obituary for Luis Rentero Suarez, lechuga means lettuce :)

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  Tabanus: His wife's name was Maruja Lechuga. He is usually referred to as Luis Rentero Suárez, would that be his right name?
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  chancho: Rentero would be his father's surname and Suárez would be his Mother's.

Lechuga is most likely Maruja's Father's surname.

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  Tabanus: Thanks <chancho> but that doesn't answer my question :)
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  chancho: Luis Rentero Suarez would be his right name.

Lechuga is not.

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  Tabanus: Thanks <chancho>. I'll request it changed.

I'm not convinced though that he (the well-known organizer) was the one playing the three games here.

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  chancho: I don't know anything about the three games, but here's another link from the Barcelona paper <Mundo Deportivo>:

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  Tabanus: transl. <participated in provincial and regional tournaments> before 1978 at least shows he played chess.
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  whiteshark: <FIDE Honorary Member>


Luis Rentero Suarez (83) was undoubtedly a great name in Chess history. His merits were not on the sporting side but in the organizational side. He succeeded in raising a modest chess tournament that he organized in 1978 in the Andalusian City of Linares up to the be the best chess tournament in the world with the attendance of the main top players fighting for the honor to be the winners of this "Wimbledon" of Chess.

With the exception of Bobby Fischer, with whom even he talked, all the elite chess players of his era attended the famous tournament, including of course the legendaries two "K" Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov.

In the media, <he was famous for his fight against the "grand master draws". > His policy was not only to invite the best players but also the more combative ones. <A quick draw usually was penalised with a no invitation of both players for the next year edition!>

Luis Rentero was not only devoted to "his" tournament, he also promoted other important chess competitions such as the Candidates Tournament final (1987) Karpov-Sokolov or the Women’s World Championship Zsuzsa Polgar - Xie Jun ( Jaén 1996).

His collaboration with the Spanish Chess Federation was also very strong. There were a large number of Spanish Championships held in Linares under his responsibility.

A traffic accident in 1998 forced him to relinquish the direction of the Ciudad de Linares tournament. The event continued several years without him. He recovered some years later and still kept the enthusiasm for chess and he promoted two Spanish Youth Championsips in Linares (2007 and 2010) The whole Chess family all over the World mourns the passing of one of its great organizers. Rest in peace."

Javier Ochoa de Echagüen
President of the Spanish Chess Federation


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