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Mexico City Tournament

Alexander Alekhine8.5/9(+8 -0 =1)[games]
Isaac Kashdan8.5/9(+8 -0 =1)[games]
Jose Joaquin Araiza Munoz6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Jose Asiain5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Francisco Javier Vazquez4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Joaquin Medina Zavalia3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Enrique Gonzalez Rojo3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Filberto Acevedo2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]
Manuel Soto Larrea1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games]
Juan Brunner1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
Mexico City (1932)

This was the first international chess tournament held in Mexico. Alekhine and Kashdan shared 1st place with 8.5 out of 9, followed by Jose Joaquin Araiza (champion of Mexico and organizer of the tournament) with 6.

Mexico City, Mexico, 6-17 October 1932

1 Alekhine X = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.5 2 Kashdan = X 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.5 3 Araiza 0 0 X 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 6.0 4 Asiain 0 0 0 X 1 1 = 1 1 1 5.5 5 Vazquez 0 0 1 0 X 0 1 = 1 1 4.5 6 Gonzalez 0 0 0 0 1 X = = = 1 3.5 7 Medina 0 0 0 = 0 = X 1 1 = 3.5 8 Acevedo 0 0 0 0 = = 0 X 1 0 2.0 9 Soto Larrea 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 X 1 1.5 10 Brunner 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 0 X 1.5

Picture of participants:

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Acevedo vs Alekhine 0-1311932Mexico CityD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. M Soto Larrea vs J Brunner  1-0211932Mexico CityE12 Queen's Indian
3. J Asiain vs J Vazquez  1-0371932Mexico CityD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. J Medina Zavalia vs E Gonzalez Rojo  ½-½281932Mexico CityA35 English, Symmetrical
5. J Araiza Munoz vs Kashdan  0-1341932Mexico CityC47 Four Knights
6. F Acevedo vs M Soto Larrea  1-0441932Mexico CityE16 Queen's Indian
7. Alekhine vs E Gonzalez Rojo 1-0371932Mexico CityB02 Alekhine's Defense
8. J Vazquez vs J Medina Zavalia  1-0531932Mexico CityD04 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J Brunner vs J Araiza Munoz  0-1341932Mexico CityC13 French
10. Kashdan vs J Asiain 1-0671932Mexico CityC26 Vienna
11. J Medina Zavalia vs Kashdan  0-11011932Mexico CityD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. J Asiain vs J Brunner  1-0331932Mexico CityE12 Queen's Indian
13. J Araiza Munoz vs F Acevedo  1-0531932Mexico CityA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. E Gonzalez Rojo vs J Vazquez 1-0181932Mexico CityB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. M Soto Larrea vs Alekhine 0-1291932Mexico CityD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. J Brunner vs J Medina Zavalia  ½-½731932Mexico CityD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. F Acevedo vs J Asiain  0-1451932Mexico CityD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
18. M Soto Larrea vs J Araiza Munoz  0-1221932Mexico CityA09 Reti Opening
19. Alekhine vs J Vazquez 1-0361932Mexico CityD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Kashdan vs E Gonzalez Rojo  1-0361932Mexico CityC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
21. J Araiza Munoz vs Alekhine 0-1501932Mexico CityD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. E Gonzalez Rojo vs J Brunner  1-0511932Mexico CityA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. J Vazquez vs Kashdan  0-1321932Mexico CityD94 Grunfeld
24. J Asiain vs M Soto Larrea  1-0421932Mexico CityC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. J Medina Zavalia vs F Acevedo  1-0571932Mexico CityB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  perfidious: One rather doubts Medina Garcia is the player listed, as he would have just celebrated his thirteenth birthday at the time of the event. Another source lists the player as J Medina.
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  WCC Editing Project:

<perfidious> Well it wouldn't be this <J. Medina>- J Medina.

I agree with your post though. I think it highly unlikely that Antonio Angel Medina Garcia is the correct player in this tournament.

A: As you point out, he would have been 13 years old when he played it.

B: Look at his player page. He is listed in this event and then no other game is played until 1943. A 1943 start to his notable chess career makes a lot more sense, given his age.

C: Skinner and Verhoeven "Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946" list the player as <J.Medina> (p.434)

D: Peter Lahde "Isaac Kashdan- American Chess Grandmaster" lists this player as <J. Medina> (p.318)

E. Di Felice "Chess Results 1931-1935" lists this player as <Joaquin Medina> (p.108)

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  Stonehenge: There is a Joaquin Medina mentioned here (simul):


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  Stonehenge: Joaquin Medina ZavalĂ­a:


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  Stonehenge: Great Alekhine - Kashdan picture BTW, in Pasadena:

Oct-17-14  zanzibar: <Stonehenge> that's a beautiful, high-resolution photograph indeed.

But, just for fun, I was trying to play the game over to see what move Kashdan was making. There seems to be a problem, though, since my <MillBase> version of the Pasadena game has Alekhine castling Q-side.

It's clear that White castled K-side here.

Can't quite figure out what game this photograph is from.

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