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Ricardo Calvo
R 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 in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B93 B27 B30 B81 B67
 English (6) 
    A14 A10 A15
 King's Indian Attack (6) 
    A07 A08
 Sicilian Najdorf (5) 
    B93 B98 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    E10 A41 A45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (11) 
    B23 B62 B64 B83 B98
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C89 C85 C91 C62 C65
 Old Benoni (6) 
    A43 A44
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A26 A25 A27 A22
 King's Indian (5) 
    E69 E67 E75 E61 E63
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C89 C85 C91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Calvo vs Korchnoi, 1966 1-0
   R Calvo vs D Byrne, 1968 1-0
   R Calvo vs Kavalek, 1973 1-0
   J R Galiana vs R Calvo, 1991 1/2-1/2

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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Calvo vs D R Thomson  1-0321961The HagueB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. R Calvo vs A Vinje-Gulbrandsen  1-0311962ZurichB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. Filip vs R Calvo  0-1561966Havana ol (Men) fin-AE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
4. R Calvo vs Korchnoi 1-0181966Havana ol (Men) qual-AB42 Sicilian, Kan
5. R Calvo vs W G Addison 0-1451966Havana ol (Men) fin-AB56 Sicilian
6. Tal vs R Calvo 1-0401966Havana ol (Men) fin-AB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
7. A Medina Garcia vs R Calvo  1-0271967Palma de MallorcaC05 French, Tarrasch
8. R Calvo vs J Diez del Corral  0-1611967Palma de MallorcaC19 French, Winawer, Advance
9. M Damjanovic vs R Calvo  1-0401967Palma de MallorcaE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
10. R Calvo vs H Lehmann  ½-½661967Palma de MallorcaB27 Sicilian
11. O'Kelly vs R Calvo  0-1351967Palma de MallorcaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. R Calvo vs J B Bednarski  1-0671967Palma de MallorcaE73 King's Indian
13. Gligoric vs R Calvo  1-0471967Palma de MallorcaE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
14. R Calvo vs Matulovic  0-1291967Palma de MallorcaB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
15. J H Donner vs R Calvo  0-1311967Palma de MallorcaA44 Old Benoni Defense
16. R Calvo vs Portisch 0-1181967Palma de MallorcaA08 King's Indian Attack
17. E Jimenez Zerquera vs R Calvo  ½-½161967Palma de MallorcaA43 Old Benoni
18. R Calvo vs Larsen  0-1481967Palma de MallorcaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. S Tatai vs R Calvo  1-0691967Palma de MallorcaC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
20. Smyslov vs R Calvo 1-0541967Palma de MallorcaE61 King's Indian
21. R Calvo vs Ivkov  ½-½271967Palma de MallorcaB06 Robatsch
22. Botvinnik vs R Calvo ½-½451967Palma de MallorcaA44 Old Benoni Defense
23. R Calvo vs R Toran Albero  ½-½161967Palma de MallorcaA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. W Schmidt vs R Calvo  1-0341968Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 3C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. Keene vs R Calvo 1-0401968Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 1E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
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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!
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  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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  saffuna: Unless it happened twice, the time Calvo was punched was at Linares in 1992, by a Uruguayan chess writer offended at an article claiming a South American writer was "corrupting" young players.
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