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R Calvo 
Ricardo Calvo
Number of games in database: 122
Years covered: 1961 to 1991
Highest rating achieved in database: 2330
Overall record: +24 -50 =48 (39.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (22) 
    B93 B27 B30 B78 B88
 English (6) 
    A14 A15 A10
 King's Indian Attack (5) 
    A07 A08
 Sicilian Najdorf (5) 
    B93 B96 B98
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    E10 A41 A45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (11) 
    B62 B23 B45 B50 B98
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C89 C62 C67 C65 C91
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A26 A25 A22 A27
 Old Benoni (6) 
    A43 A44
 King's Indian (5) 
    E61 E69 E75 E63 E67
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A56 A57 A58
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Calvo vs Korchnoi, 1966 1-0
   R Calvo vs D Byrne, 1968 1-0
   J H Donner vs R Calvo, 1967 0-1
   R Calvo vs Kavalek, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Madrid (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca (1967)

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(born Oct-22-1943, died Sep-26-2002, 58 years old) Spain

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IM (1973) Ricardo Calvo Minguez was a doctor, a chess historian, author and reporter, as well as a strong chess player. He spoke many languages fluently. Awarded the IM title in 1973 he played for Spain in the Olympiads of 1966, 1968, 1972 and 1974. His best tournament showing was at Montilla-Moriles in 1976 where he was 2nd= behind Anatoly Karpov and scored a GM norm.

As a chess historian, Dr. Calvo set forth evidence and arguments that Spain was the incubator and situs of the monumental changes that occurred in chess in the late fifteenth century, such as the increased scope of the queen, that resulted in the game we know as chess today.

In 1987, Dr. Calvo was wrongly condemned by FIDE and declared persona non grata by a vote of 72-1. The penalty was imposed for what FIDE alleged was a "racial attack on Latin Americans" in an article printed by New in Chess the same year (

Dr. Ricardo Calvo, 1943-2002

Wikipedia article: Ricardo Calvo

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 122  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Calvo vs D R Thomson  1-032 1961 The HagueB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. R Calvo vs A Vinje-Gulbrandsen  1-031 1962 ZurichB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. Filip vs R Calvo  0-156 1966 La Habana ol (Men) fin-AE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
4. Tal vs R Calvo 1-040 1966 HavanaB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
5. R Calvo vs W G Addison 0-145 1966 Havana ol (Men)B56 Sicilian
6. R Calvo vs Korchnoi 1-018 1966 Havana olm 2/333B42 Sicilian, Kan
7. Gligoric vs R Calvo  1-047 1967 Palma de MallorcaE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
8. A Medina Garcia vs R Calvo  1-027 1967 Palma de MallorcaC05 French, Tarrasch
9. R Calvo vs R Toran Albero  ½-½16 1967 Palma de MallorcaA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. R Calvo vs Larsen  0-148 1967 Palma de MallorcaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. R Calvo vs J B Bednarski  1-067 1967 Palma de MallorcaE73 King's Indian
12. Botvinnik vs R Calvo ½-½45 1967 Palma de MallorcaA44 Old Benoni Defense
13. R Calvo vs H Lehmann  ½-½66 1967 Palma de MallorcaB27 Sicilian
14. S Tatai vs R Calvo  1-069 1967 Palma de MallorcaC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
15. O'Kelly vs R Calvo  0-135 1967 Palma de MallorcaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. R Calvo vs Matulovic  0-129 1967 Palma de MallorcaB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. E Jimenez Zerquera vs R Calvo  ½-½16 1967 Palma de MallorcaA43 Old Benoni
18. M Damjanovic vs R Calvo  1-040 1967 Palma de MallorcaE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
19. Smyslov vs R Calvo 1-054 1967 Palma de MallorcaE61 King's Indian
20. R Calvo vs Portisch 0-118 1967 Palma de MallorcaA08 King's Indian Attack
21. R Calvo vs J Diez del Corral  0-161 1967 Palma de MallorcaC19 French, Winawer, Advance
22. R Calvo vs Ivkov  ½-½27 1967 Palma de MallorcaB06 Robatsch
23. J H Donner vs R Calvo  0-131 1967 Palma de MallorcaA44 Old Benoni Defense
24. R Calvo vs D Byrne 1-070 1968 Palma de MallorcaA07 King's Indian Attack
25. W Schmidt vs R Calvo  1-034 1968 Lugano ol (Men)C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-27-05  Eastfrisian: Dr. Ricardo Calvo Minguez was born on 22.10.1943 in Alcoy (Alicante) and died on 26.09.2002 due complications of gulletcancer. He had a doctorate degree of medicine.

Calvo was fluent in Spanish, Catalanian, English, German and Latin. He was a high rated chess historian.

In 1987 he had some problems with the FIDE, which declared him to "persona non grata". That was the end of his professional chess career.

For a few years Dr. Calco played in the German Chess-Bundesliga (as I remember for the Munich-team).

He played for Spain on five chess-olympiades.

Oct-27-05  NakoSonorense: Is Ricardo Calvo calvo?
Oct-27-05  WMD: <In 1987 he had some problems with the FIDE..>

Yeah, I think someone punched him in the face and broke his glasses.

Oct-27-05  mynameisrandy: <Yeah, I think someone punched him in the face and broke his glasses.>

WHA-?? No seriously, what was the deal?

Mar-23-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <nako> Ricardo Calvo isn't calvo! Dddduh. :)
Sep-26-06  BIDMONFA: Ricardo Calvo

CALVO, Ricardo

Oct-22-06  I3illieJoe: Why would have this person as player of the day? If he really said those racial comments, then he was a disgrace for the world of chess, and for the world itself.
Oct-22-06  trickyfish75: The article for which Calvo was condemned by Fide is One Bridge Too Far, and can be found here:
Oct-22-06  Rocafella: Chelsea reject!
Oct-22-06  Morales: I am from Latin America and have read Calvo`s article. There is nothing racist in it.
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  fm avari viraf: Please keep aside dirtyyyyyyyyyyyy politics from this noble game of chess. But is it ever possible? Never. Can we eradicate virus from the globe completely? Not possible. So we must try to live with them & politics together.
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  al wazir: <Morales: There is nothing racist in it.> You're right. Here's the article:

The only thing wrong with chess is chess politics.

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  Fusilli: <al wazir: <Morales: There is nothing racist in it.> You're right. Here's the article:; Unbelievable! I just read it. It's true: there is absolutely nothing racist about it. What you can see instead is a man who was committed to removing Campomanes from the conduction of FIDE. His becoming "persona non grata" must have been simple retaliation.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day from the Player of the Day:

<The greatest weapon of our enemies is that people will tire of fighting them. <<<<>>>>>

--- Ricardo Calvo

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  whiteshark: Calvo translated Emanuel Lasker's philosophical writing "Kampf" i.e. "struggle" into Spanish: <Lucha>

If you are interested in it, the Spanish version has the ISBN 84-932593-0-6

or you can order the German version directly via the Lasker Society.

to view it: (scroll down)

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  keypusher: Here's another link to the article: the ones below seem to be broken.

Sep-04-08  ToTheDeath: What a bizarre and shameful action, trying to destroy a man for an <opinion>.

Calvo had a biting wit as this excerpt from his article "On the Nature of FIDE Legitimacy" ( shows:

<FIDE declared me "persona non grata" in 1987. The committee endorsing this decision was headed by USCF representative Arnold Denker [...] Anyway, I want to say a nice word about Denkerīs play. When he obtained a certain notoriety by losing a match against a computer, I never believed that Denker could have been bribed. On the contrary, I have reasons to believe that bribes may have played a role in other victories of machine versus man. In the case of Grandmaster Emeritus Denker, I am sure that the machine was much stronger.>


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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day:

<The greatest weapon of our enemies is that people will tire of fighting them. <<<<<>>>>>>

--- Ricardo Calvo

... you've lost already before
... fear is a bad adviser
... tired?

Oct-22-10  Oceanlake: I remember that there was a cloud over FIDE during those times. The charge of racism is unsupported by this article.
Dec-08-11  Olavi: Calvo beat Campomanes in a pretty game at the 1966 Havanna olympiad. It can be found in other online databases.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day:

<The greatest weapon of our enemies is that people will tire of fighting them. <<<<>>>>>

~ Ricardo Calvo

or as Sun Tzu put it some 2,500 year ago: "

The best victory is
when the opponent surrenders of its own accord
before there are any actual hostilities...
It is best to win without fighting."

Oct-26-12  Karpova: Edward Winter discussing the matter in his feature article <Ricardo Calvo: 'Persona non Grata'> from 1988:

That's what Arnold Denker said about it: <Let me also commend you on your report on the Calvo matter, which I found to be the fairest and most objective I have seen so far. I say this in spite of the fact that some of your conclusions differ from mine.>

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