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Oscar Humberto Castro Rojas
Number of games in database: 110
Years covered: 1969 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2370 (2357 rapid, 2396 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2382

Overall record: +38 -49 =23 (45.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B22 B26 B31 B23 B56
 French Defense (7) 
    C02 C00
 Vienna Opening (6) 
    C29 C25 C28
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A45 D02 D00
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Dutch Defense (7) 
    A85 A90 A81 A84
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C72 C69 C77 C87 C91
 English (5) 
    A16 A10 A15
 English, 1 c4 e5 (4) 
    A25 A22 A26 A27
 Uncommon Opening (4) 
 Grunfeld (4) 
    D89 D98 D92 D87
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   O Castro vs Petrosian, 1976 1-0
   O Castro vs Geller, 1976 1-0
   A Lombard vs O Castro, 1976 0-1
   J Diaz Diaz vs O Castro, 1976 1/2-1/2
   M Melgosa vs O Castro, 1999 0-1
   O Castro vs Ivkov, 1978 1-0
   O Castro vs D H Campora, 1979 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   American Continental Championship (2005)

   O Castro vs G Hernandez Guerrero (Oct-26-14) 0-1
   Leitao vs O Castro (Oct-25-14) 1-0
   O Castro vs J F Cubas (Oct-24-14) 1-0
   O Castro vs B Gonzalez (Oct-23-14) 1-0
   O Castro vs F Perez Ponsa (Oct-22-14) 0-1

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(born May-08-1953, died Apr-12-2015, 61 years old) Colombia

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Oscar Humberto Castro Rojas was awarded the IM title in 1975 and was Colombian champion in 1972 and 1973. He represented Colombia at both the Nice and Haifa Olympiads in 1974 and 1976 respectively. In 1976 he also played in the Biel interzonal and finished 18th out of twenty players but his result included victories over Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian and Efim Geller. Later in the same year he had an excellent 2nd at Maresme in Spain. Shared 2nd in Linares 1979. In his returns to Colombia he won more 3 Colombian championships 1992, 1994 and 1999.

He died in 2015 in Medellin of a heart attack when he was assaulted by robbers.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 110  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. O Castro vs Karpov 0-130 1969 Stockholm-jrC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Hort vs O Castro  ½-½50 1974 Olympiad Qualifying Group 6D62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
3. O Castro vs W Fairhurst  ½-½15 1974 Olympiad Qualifying Group 6C25 Vienna
4. L A Sanchez vs O Castro  1-042 1975 Colombia ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
5. O Castro vs Gutierrez  1-052 1975 QuitoB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. O Castro vs J A Rubinetti  0-140 1975 Quito (Ecuador)C29 Vienna Gambit
7. O Castro vs Szabo  0-163 1976 Costa BravaC00 French Defense
8. Larsen vs O Castro 0-148 1976 Costa BravaC28 Vienna Game
9. A Lombard vs O Castro 0-144 1976 Biel InterzonalD89 Grunfeld
10. O Castro vs Ulf Andersson 0-1113 1976 Biel InterzonalB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. Sosonko vs O Castro  ½-½37 1976 Biel InterzonalD98 Grunfeld, Russian
12. Robert E Byrne vs O Castro  1-041 1976 Biel InterzonalB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
13. O Castro vs V Liberzon  ½-½62 1976 Biel InterzonalB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
14. Csom vs O Castro  1-042 1976 Biel InterzonalC44 King's Pawn Game
15. O Castro vs Geller 1-033 1976 Biel InterzonalB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. Smyslov vs O Castro 1-031 1976 Biel InterzonalA04 Reti Opening
17. O Castro vs Petrosian 1-052 1976 Biel InterzonalC00 French Defense
18. Larsen vs O Castro 1-036 1976 Biel InterzonalA16 English
19. O Castro vs A Matanovic  ½-½33 1976 Biel InterzonalC29 Vienna Gambit
20. Smejkal vs O Castro  1-041 1976 Biel InterzonalA10 English
21. O Castro vs Huebner  ½-½36 1976 Biel InterzonalC00 French Defense
22. J Diaz Diaz vs O Castro  ½-½56 1976 Biel InterzonalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. O Castro vs R Sanguineti  ½-½17 1976 Biel InterzonalB56 Sicilian
24. K Rogoff vs O Castro 1-029 1976 Biel InterzonalA15 English
25. O Castro vs Gulko  0-129 1976 Biel InterzonalA07 King's Indian Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: And I thought his name was just Oscar Castro.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Actually his name is rather short for a Latino. Every Spaniard or Latin American has at least two last names, and some have three or even four.
Aug-20-05  morphynoman2: SOrry, but in Colombia nobody call him Castro-Rojas. He is, as Benzol say, just Oscar Castro.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: A thorough explanation of the Latino double last name thing was recently posted on the Francisco Vallejo-Pons page.
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: he may be a GM-strength with victories against Larsen, Petrosian, Geller..

any news on Oscar Castro?

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  Tabanus: Shared 2nd in Linares 1979. Colombian champion 1972, 1973 (1974?), 1992, 1994 and 1999.


Apr-12-15  SickedChess: this strong MI died of a heart attack when he was assaulted by robbers (spanish)
Apr-12-15  SickedChess: RIP MI Oscar Castro
Apr-13-15  ChessVip: sad news, he was very active and his last international tournament was IX American Continental Classical Championship 2014 RIP IM Castro
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