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Amador Rodriguez Cespedes
Number of games in database: 258
Years covered: 1974 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2402
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +49 -66 =137 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B81 B42 B44 B32 B33
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C80 C92 C67 C85 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (14) 
    C92 C85 C93 C97 C94
 Sicilian Najdorf (10) 
    B96 B97 B99 B92 B91
 French Defense (10) 
    C09 C11 C18 C14 C16
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (9) 
    B62 B64 B67 B63 B61
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Indian (21) 
    E12 E15 E14 E17 E16
 Sicilian (20) 
    B67 B90 B62 B83 B93
 King's Indian (15) 
    E80 E97 E92 E69 E66
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C84 C78 C60 C96 C95
 English (9) 
    A15 A14
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A46 A45 A40 D01 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs I Herrera, 1990 1-0
   W Wittmann vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1980 0-1
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Yusupov, 1982 1/2-1/2
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs E Torre, 1985 1/2-1/2
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Van der Wiel, 1985 1/2-1/2
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs A V Sulypa, 1995 1-0
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Psakhis, 1983 1/2-1/2
   Jansa vs A Rodriguez Cespedes, 1985 0-1
   A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Quinteros, 1985 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Yopal (1997)
   Biel Interzonal (1985)

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(born Sep-08-1956, 63 years old) Cuba (federation/nationality Spain)

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Amador Rodriguez Cespedes was born in San German, Cuba. Awarded the IM title in 1975 and the GM title in 1977, he was Cuban champion in 1984 (=Jesus Nogueiras), 1988 and 1997 (=Reynaldo Vera). In tournaments he was 1st at Vrnjacka Banja 1977, 1st= at Cienfuegos 1984, 2nd= at Havana 1985, 1st at Pancevo 1987 and 1st at Bayamo 1987. He is also a FIDE Trainer (2014).

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 258  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tseshkovsky vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½241974BucharestB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
2. M Benoit vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  0-1341974Olympiad Final-BC26 Vienna
3. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Tal  ½-½431974Halle DSVA53 Old Indian
4. Uhlmann vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  1-0341974Halle DSVA21 English
5. Romanishin vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  1-0311975YerevanA15 English
6. Tal vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  1-02419754th Ruy Lopez MemorialB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. Gulko vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  1-0401976YerevanB20 Sicilian
8. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs W Schmidt  ½-½461976YerevanB44 Sicilian
9. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs V Tukmakov  ½-½461976YerevanB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
10. A Petrosian vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  1-0291976YerevanA30 English, Symmetrical
11. Smejkal vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  1-0401976YerevanE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
12. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs E Vladimirov  ½-½411976Halle DSVB32 Sicilian
13. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Vasiukov  0-1501976YerevanB33 Sicilian
14. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs P Ostojic  ½-½401976YerevanC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. K Grigorian vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  1-0351976YerevanA61 Benoni
16. Savon vs A Rodriguez Cespedes 1-0741976YerevanE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
17. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs P Poutiainen  1-0421976YerevanB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. E Mnatsakanian vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½291976YerevanB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
19. Quinteros vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½501976Caracas (Venezuela)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Csom  ½-½561976YerevanB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
21. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Vaganian 1-0591976YerevanC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
22. A Ornstein vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  1-0531976YerevanE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
23. J Kozma vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½231976Capablanca mem-A 13thA15 English
24. Razuvaev vs A Rodriguez Cespedes  ½-½171976Capablanca mem-A 13thB83 Sicilian
25. Balashov vs A Rodriguez Cespedes 1-0411976Halle DSVE97 King's Indian
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  Honza Cervenka:, games from the 6th San Agustin Open 2001 in this file certainly were not played by GM Amador Rodriguez.
Oct-18-06  BIDMONFA: Amador Rodriguez-Cespedes


Oct-18-06  Kapablanca: Happy birthday, Amador.
Feb-23-07  mabego1958: Saludos de Manolito de San German
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday, Amador!
Jul-04-10  miguelito: the game a.rodriguez - polugaievsky habana 1967 was jesus rodriguez gonzalez - polugaievsky , capablanca in memoriam 1967 .
Mar-31-14  zanzibar: What is the correct matronym of this player?

<CG> and no less a respected source as <Carolus> give it as Cespedes, but my databases give it as Cepedes.

But before you dismiss MillBase and the like, please be aware that the FIDE card for this player (so I believe), gives it as Cepedes as well:

Rodriguez Cepedes, Amador

Federation Spain
FIDE title Grand Master
Rating: std. 2427
B-Year: 1956
Sex: Male

Has to be the same, and I usually defer to the FIDE card spelling (modulo the diacriticals).

Mar-31-14  zanzibar: Oh, and Bidmonfa also gives Cespedes.
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  offramp: Isn't he in Dune?
Jun-05-14  epistle: 1933: Camp Jordan


On the Bolivian side, this pitiful epic will be related by Augusto Cespedes:

A squadron of soldiers in search of water start digging a well with picks and shovels. The little rain that has fallen has already evaporated, and there is no water anywhere. At twelve meters the water hunters come upon liquid mud. But at thirty meters, at forty-five, the pully brings up bucketfuls of sand, each one drier than the last. The soldiers keep on digging, day after day, into that well of sand, ever deeper, ever more silent. And when the Paraguayans, likewise hounded by thirst, launch an attack, the Bolivians die defending the well as if it contained water.

Eduardo Galeano, Memory of Fire

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  cro777: GM Amador Rodríguez Céspedes analyses the games from the World Championship Match 2014 between Carlsen and Anand here

<What is the correct matronym of this player?>

Césped (plural céspedes) means grass (the word comes from the Latin "caespes, caespitis"). The Spanish last name Céspedes originated from the name of the place, probably a place famous for its gardens.

Nov-16-14  Nicocobas: <zanzibar> Rodríguez is the patronymic and Céspedes the matronymic
Mar-01-15  zanzibar: Thanks <Nicocobas>, these many months later.

As <Nicocobas> and <cro777> both note, diacritics are needed to properly spell this player's name.

Although database, and historical reporting, might dictate the ascii-version for the <CG> name, the bio should certainly note the correct spelling of his name, utilizing utf-8.

(I think all the Cyrillic proper names should also be noted when appropriate, and Chinese, etc)

There is a problem that will be difficult to resolve, insofar as FIDE has misspelled the matronymic name of this player.

So, at the moment it seems <Cepedes> is used, although it is incorrect. I merely note the facts.

About this player, I think a photograph is deserved. One can be found, along with this biographical info, at the link below:

<Amador Cespedes Rodriguez, born in 1956, is a Cuban grandmaster who now lives in Spain. Amador has represented Cuba in 10 chess Olympiads and taken part in three interzonal tournaments. He has been, for example, a trainer of Leko and the editor of Terra Sport Chess. Nowadays Amador is managing director of Peon de Rey, the leading chess magazine in the Spanish-speaking world.>

Mar-30-15  zanzibar: Passing through again, ignoring spelling while checking the biography for actual info...

So, what year did he leave Cuba? Is he a naturalized citizen of Spain? When did he begin playing for the Spanish Federation?

Shouldn't the biography answer some of these questions?

(In Biel (1985) he was still playing for Cuba)

Mar-30-15  zanzibar: His Spanish-language wiki page points to this 2008 archived webpage, which I've google translated:

By Romelio Milian

It started in chess at age 10, Amadador Rodriguez Cespedes (8-IX-56), a native of the eastern province of Holguin, constitye one of the most curious cases of Cuban chess in their personal development, it is our only player who took the leap that presupposes a National Expert in 1974 and Grandmaster Three years later, when first obtaining the title of National Master. The rules of MY defeated in the Masters group XI and XII Capablanca, Cuba, in 1974 and 1975; GM while I do them consecutively, thanks to his performances in Vrnajacka Banja, Yugoslavia (Cat VIII), ler place, and the XIV Capablanca, Cuba (Cat VII), 4th place. They worth noting that just 87 days we were required to become the youngest GM orb that time, with 20 year olds and months.

While never achieving reach youth crown and our championships, was the first to proclaim Central American and Caribbean Junior Champion in 1975. Later Curacao involved in student and youth LIDES 5 team since 1974 (Tesside, ENG) to 1980 (Mexico). Precisely in Teeside I reach a special prize as the best book on the 5th board (September 7 undefeated), and in total they served to 69.3% effective (29 -21 = 7; 39.5 / 57).

His first participation in our majors was in 1974, and from then until 1997 has been involved in 14 of them. In 1984 and 1988 the maximum crown conquered the island, although shared with Jesus Nogueira, because in both cases no tiebreaker was applied. History repeats itself again in the championship final, held in Matanzas, in February this year, where shares in the place of honor points with GM Reynaldo Vera, who would be applied exceeds the tiebreaker rule Sonenmborg Berger. Since 1974 he has been a full member of the national team that has represented us in the Olympics, where after 10 interventions reached 59.4% efficiency (75.5 to 127) with partial G-46, P-22 and T -59.

His international debut in a major tournament (Cat X) occurs in Yerevan, USSR / 76, where he obtained his first victory against GM, beating Rafael Vaganian, by then known chess player from that country. In 1974 appears in the list ELO 2450 to 1997 the average staff ratio is 2487. The highest ELO of 2555 his career has been reached in the lists of January / 97.

In his long career of good performances highlight the top solo or shared: 1979, II R.Rebelde, CUB (Cat VI); 1981, I Cespedes, CUB (Cat VII) I Open R.Rebelde, CUB and X Zonal 7 CUB (Cat III); 1982 espedes III, CUB (Cat VII) and Mexico (Cat III); 1983, Envigado, COL (Cat IV); 1984 Camp. Cuba (Cat VII) and XIX Capablanca, CUB (Cat IX); 1985 Central Zonal, Caracas VEN (Cat VII) and Open Badalona, ​​ESP; 1986 Castle La Mota, ESP (Cat VII); 1987 Central Zonal, CUB (Cat VII) II Pancevo, YUG (Cat IX) and Open Buenos Aires, ARG; 1988 Open Martigny, SUI and Camp. Cuba (Swiss); 1989 XXIV Capablanca, CUB (Cat VIII); 1990 Sub-zonal 8 CUB (Cat V), X Open Velez-Malaga, VI Open Open Cambados and I Burriana, all in Spain; 1992 I Open ISLAND, CUB; 1993 XXVIII Capablanca, CUB (Cat VIII) and Gran Canaria, ESP (Cat VII); 1994 XXIX Capablanca, CUB (Cat VIII) and Open Madrid, ESP; and in 1995, II Open Terrace, ESP. Deep knowledge of the theory of openings, Amador is characterized by making many good plays followed, and this determines the advantage that manages to get over their rivals. Turn them into victories is his other singular detail.

Matematico Cibernetico, profession not exercised for years by his condition Grandmaster active, it is surprising the high level of updating and maintaining knowledge within the field of IT, being a connoisseur of the most modern technologies, freehold the insides of modern operating systems and applications, and possibly one of the chess player in its class in the world, with more complete mastery of specialized software on Chess. applied to the science game.>

It comes from Cuba, which might explain why no mention of his emigration is made.

Mar-30-15  zanzibar: Photograph:

The same site continues his biography:

<He worked as a personal trainer Hungarian GM Peter Leko, for several years, assisting the player in the Linares International Chess Tournament in 1999, 2000 and 2001 currently works for Chess Education and Technology SL (CET) in Barcelona, Spain is a professional chess company owns the Pawn Magazine Rey, where Amador is Director, also some of the biggest brands in the industry: Chess School Miguel Illescas, Ajedrez21 portal most popular chess in Castilian and EDAMI where it is Web Developer and gives conferences and classes,. He also works for ICC Internet Chess Club as commentator games. Collaborate for multiple international publications. It is elite coach Spanish Chess Federation (FEDA), and imparts specialized classes in the High Performance Centre Residence Blume.>

Showing he was in Spain by 2001.

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