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Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez de Vega
Number of games in database: 31
Years covered: 1951 to 1969
Last FIDE rating: 2225
Overall record: +12 -8 =11 (56.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jul-15-1917, 102 years old) Cuba (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Dr. Juan Carlos González de Vega was Cuban champion in 1942, 1943, 1951, 1952 and 1955. He won the US Speed Championship of 1946, played at the Manhattan Chess Club with a time control of 10 seconds per move.(1) From Capablanca's death in 1942 until the mid-1950s he was considered the strongest player in Cuba. He emigrated to the United States sometime in the early 1960s.(1)

From Chess Review: "Dr. Juan Gonzalez, new U.S. Speed Champion, is a busy resident in surgery at Manhattan's West Side Hospital. While on call, he frequently utilizes his time analysing opening variations, looking over games. Like many another doctor, he finds chess welcome relaxation from the rigors of his exacting professional duties."


Last updated: 2017-12-29 19:40:23

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 31  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs E McCormick  0-159195152nd US OpenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs H Daly  1-063195152nd US OpenA04 Reti Opening
3. Kashdan vs Dr. Juan Gonzalez  0-166195152nd US OpenE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
4. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs James Cross  1-063195152nd US OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. R Martin vs Dr. Juan Gonzalez  0-145195152nd US OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
6. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs A Sandrin  ½-½51195152nd US OpenE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
7. J F Donovan vs Dr. Juan Gonzalez  1-024195152nd US OpenE90 King's Indian
8. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs E Hearst  0-141195152nd US OpenA06 Reti Opening
9. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs G Eastman  1-029195152nd US OpenA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
10. A J Fink vs Dr. Juan Gonzalez ½-½47195152nd US OpenB40 Sicilian
11. R Toran Albero vs Dr. Juan Gonzalez  ½-½251952HavanaB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs Gligoric  ½-½121952HavanaE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
13. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs L Schmid 0-1901952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AA21 English
14. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs H Lambert  1-0361952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. L Barden vs Dr. Juan Gonzalez  ½-½421952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AE01 Catalan, Closed
16. O Benkner vs Dr. Juan Gonzalez  ½-½611952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
17. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs Sajtar  ½-½851952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
18. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs G Sigurdsson  1-0411952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AD04 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Pilnik vs Dr. Juan Gonzalez  1-0321952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AC15 French, Winawer
20. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs P M Nielsen  1-0401952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs V Nestler  ½-½411952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-BE70 King's Indian
22. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs Eigil Pedersen  1-0261952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-BE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs Milner-Barry  1-0631952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-BD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Prins vs Dr. Juan Gonzalez  ½-½481952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-BC01 French, Exchange
25. Dr. Juan Gonzalez vs K Poschauko  1-0371952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-BE70 King's Indian
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Feb-08-11  technical draw: Hmmm, I thought Igor got an MD...
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Dr.Juan Carlos Gonzales!
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  Stonehenge: Happy 95th Birthday :)
Oct-05-13  jerseybob: To elaborate on the intro above, that quote comes from the January '47 CR, which features Dr.Juan on the cover.
Oct-05-13  mojonera: Dr Juan Gonzalez falleció hace años , Chess Games lo confunde con el GM Juan Carlos Gonzalez Zamora .
Oct-05-13  jerseybob: Mojo: I've seen other posts from you in English. Could you do us a solid here?
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  ganso: jerseybob: mojonera says that Dr Juan Gonzalez passed away years ago and that CG has him confused with GM Juan Carlos Gonzalez Zamora.
Nov-18-13  jerseybob: Ganso:Thanks, but actually, I deduced what he was saying; my post wasn't really to get a translation. It was more a plea for courtesy.
Sep-20-14  Eduardo Bermudez: I played against Dr. Juan Gonzalez some Blitz games in Little Havanna Chess Club Miami 1991, while "Yuyo" Fernandez ask to me for information about colombian old chess players like Cuéllar, Sanchez, de Greiff and Minaya !
Jul-12-16  zanzibar: Thanks <jerseybob> for that info.

<CG> - Could some editor tag the quote in the intro accordingly?

Also, it would be wonderful to have a scan of that cover. Does anybody have the issue?

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<Juan Gonzalez in his column (26th February 1956) which occasionally appeared in the Diario de la Marina (Havana). >

From the <Unknown Bobby Fischer>.

Dec-18-16  machuelo: I'm surprise there is not games from the Capablanca Memorial 1962 in which Juan González participated, or from the Leipzig Chess Olympic Games of 1960. Dr. González, or simply 'Juanito' as his friend called him, passed away in Miami many years ago. During his youth he was a personal friend of José Raúl Capablaca and was with the great Cuban master when he visited the city of Santa Clara, Cuba, in October of 1938.
Oct-06-17  machuelo: Sorry about my comment on Dec.18.16. There are several games of Dr. Gonzalez during the Capablanca Memorial 1962, but not his victory against Polugaevsky in the same tournament.
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  Stonehenge: Info in Spanish:

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  Fusilli: <Stonehenge> Thank you. I added a few things to his bio based on the article you linked to.

Too bad he vanished. It appears that his date and place of death (assuming he did die) are unknown.

Aug-31-18  machuelo: I do have the cover of Chess Review. Do somebody how to post it?
Aug-31-18  Pyke: <machuelo: I do have the cover of Chess Review. Do somebody how to post it?>

Not sure, but you might want to try asking here:

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  offramp: He can't really be from Vega. That's like 25 light years away.
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  perfidious: One word says it all: you never know.
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