Manuel De Agustin
Number of games in database: 8
Years covered: 1941 to 1997
Overall record: +1 -7 =0 (12.5%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.
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|MANUEL DE AGUSTIN
(born Jul-23-1916, died Feb-04-2001, 84 years old) Spain
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|May-30-10|| ||BobCrisp: According to Ricardo Calvo, quoted in the book <Linares! Linares!> by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, Agustin was <an absolute fascist. In the Franco era, he used to be a reporter for the Spanish radio in Paris. He had a diplomatic passport. He wasn't a bad chess player, by the way. He took part in a tournament in Madrid in 1943 that was won by Keres. He wrote a book in which he advanced the proposition that Jews are cowardly chess players. It was called <Ajedrez Temperamental> and appeared in Barcelona in 1946. |
He had written the book before but felt the subject was interesting enough to bring it to the attention of the public. He explained that the hypermodern ideas which became popular in the twenties were propagated by Jewish masters who were projecting the qualities of their race onto the game of chess. Their aim to gain an indirect influence in the centre by means of the fianchetto, instead of boldly advancing the centre pawns like the classics used to do, was indicative for the sly and calculating nature of their race, according to him. Mind you, he doesn't condemn this style of play but he feels that Spanish chess players should adopt a style that is more in line with their own nature. While the Russians are abandoning themselves in their laboratories to an ever deeper unravelling of the openings and the Jews are relying on their occult style of play, Spaniards ought to concentrate on the fiery and temperamental chess that runs in their blood.>
What's interesting is that Agustin played against Alekhine (Alekhine vs M De Agustin, 1941) a matter of months after the infamous anti-semitic <Pariser Zeitung> articles. It's difficult not to speculate that there might be another creative connection, if not collaboration, between them. Had Agustin been in Paris in 1941 or had he previously known Alekhine in France?
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