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Filiberto Terrazas vs Fidel Castro
Casual game (1966), Havana CUB, Oct-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. King's Knight Gambit (C34)  ·  0-1



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Dec-08-04  ArturoRivera: wow!!!, Kasparov and arnold...friends!?
Jan-25-05  jondoe:
Haha, terminator fritz will kick your AHHSS
May-11-05  ragnar0C: I think you guys are not giving Castro enough credit...sure there are dozens of thugs shoving Ak-47's into Terrazas's face and his family being prepared for public execution if Fidel loses... BUT Castro may have won that game fairly (straight face, straight face)
May-11-05  marchdust: Filiberto Terrazas was a well known political figure in Juarez, Mexico (my hometown). He died a few years ago. The man had his extravagances, and one of them was to look persistenly for a chess match with Fidel, although he was a player of limited skill. I do not know how Don Filiberto got to be inivted to Cuba, he was a well known anticommunist. Maybe he wanted to beat Castro and show to the world the Cuban's limitations, or maybe he was looking for a chance to leave a poisoned pawn on the board. I would not be surprised.
Dec-25-07  timhortons: maybe these game is a sort of diplomatic act on the part of terazas....bobby fischer resign to fidel castro during there game and petrosian draw there game...che guevarra is the one who introduce chess to fidel castro and during these tournament che is never around...che is a strong player...when he died at venezuela hes knapsack contain a chess board
Jan-18-08  rmedina: Marchdust, GET A LIFE. Filiberto Terrazas is not dead. He is alive and well and living in Ciudad Juarez. I know this for a fact because he is my uncle. He has never been a "well Known" anticommunist as you put it. You only have one thing correct. He has had high ranking political posts in Mexico. I don't know what your reason was to make this stuff up, but he is not dead. You can check out his website at He is currently a practicing attorney in Juarez.
Mar-29-08  James Demery: This guy was a minor piece up with Castro`s pawn structure in a shambles. Was he just being diplomatic?
Mar-29-08  Wone Jone: No doubt about it, Lenin would have cleaned this guy's clock. And let's hope he'll soon have a chance to prove it!
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  sleepyirv: Petrosian and Fischer might have advised the players in this game.
Jan-14-09  SirLutero: LOL!
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  GrahamClayton: A picture of this game can be found at:

There is one problem - Castro's Queen is on a5 in the photo, but the game score does not support this.

Sep-12-10  dycotiles: <There is one problem - Castro's Queen is on a5 in the photo, but the game score does not support this.>

That's not his queen, it's his bishop. The position in the photographs seems to be after 11....Nc6 or 12.d5

Sep-12-10  Brandon plays: Lol, way to lose on purpose.
Nov-13-10  Knight13: Well played by Castro.
Aug-14-11  garrido.benjamin: viva fidel
Aug-14-11  mojonera: that criminal should be dead .
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  Check It Out: We only know what we've been told...
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  Nightsurfer: Black move <3. ... Bd6>, herewith the position ...

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... is a new variant of a well-known theme, namely that strange phenomenon that many amateur players have a stubborn penchant for moving their Black Bishop f8 to d6 in order to defend Black Pawn e5 - that has advanced from e5 to f4 in this game here <Filiberto Terrazas vs Fidel Castro, Olympiad 1966> - , even before they have moved Black Pawn d7, thus getting Black Bishop c8 stuck deep in Black camp, at least for the near future.

That popular <Bd6>-plan has many fans in the Ruy Lopez, please study the matrix of that notorious position after the standard moves <1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bd6?!?>:

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That position has been put on the board back then in H D Smith vs J W Taylor, 1902 , but even today too, please compare A Tari vs H L Edvardsson, 2009 .

The notorious move <Bf8-d6> has even been tried out in <Bird's Defense> in the Ruy Lopez, please replay the corresponding stem game R Gralla vs G Bluschis, 2012 and have a look at the position after <6. ... Bd6?!?>, herewith the diagram ...

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... and there is a a striking similarity between that foregoing position in R Gralla vs G Bluschis, 2012 after <6. ... Bd6?!?> and the more or less similar position in this game here <Filiberto Terrazas vs Fidel Castro, Olympiad 1966>, please have a look at the corresponding position ...

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... after <3. ... Bd6>.

Aug-13-12  Capacorn: Never seen this game before. Hilarious!
Sep-25-16  realchess: There´s one thing we can be certain about: Filiberto Terrazas is a well known lair in Juarez, Mexico, all of his life. Alekhine won a miniature against Teodoro Terrazas in 1945, and Filiberto said that that was him as an eleven years-old boy! Pathetic and ridiculous! There are tournament records and even a photo of the game of Alekhine with the real Terrazas. I hope this gets clear once and for all. Chess doesn´t deserve lies like that.
Nov-26-16  bubuli55: A blinder.
Nov-27-16  The Kings Domain: ☺ Fun game.

I wonder if any of Che Guevara's games have been recorded, he was said to be an avid Chess fan himself.

Nov-27-16  paavoh: @The Kings Domain: You should check Najdorf vs E C Guevara, 1962 and the player page.
Nov-30-16  The Kings Domain: paavoh: Thanks, I did a search on him previously and nothing came up. ☺
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  Messiah: This dude should have chased a career in chess, just sayin'.
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