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Sierro Gonzales vs Vasily Smyslov
Capablanca Memorial 1st (1962), Havana CUB, rd 17, May-??
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  0-1



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Jul-11-16  zanzibar: Where is this game from?

<suenteus> has it as part of <Havana (1962)>, but I'm pretty sure that's incorrect.

Compare to this game:

J Gonzalez vs Smyslov, 1962

which agrees with the usual collaborators.

Jul-11-16  Retireborn: <z> According to Chessbase Big 2002 this is indeed the 17th round game from the 1962 Capa memorial in Havana.

The White player is given as Siero (born 1930), no other information. Havana appears to have been his only tournament.

My commercial Spassky database also calls him Siero and awards him a first initial L.

Jul-11-16  zanzibar: <RB> I'm in the middle of going through a list of games, so I'll have to double-back later on this one.

However, note that Di Felice and others list a <Gonzalez Zamora, Juan Carlos> for a 1962 tournament, and that there's another player with that name not yet born.


It sure would be nice to have the original source of all the tournament games available for consultation - at least by someone out there!

Jul-11-16  Retireborn: <z> Chessbase Big 2002 assigns Smyslov's 2nd round game to an IM called Juan Carlos Gonzalez who was born in 1951! That's obviously wrong.

The Spassky database on the other hand calls him Gonzales-Casafus (no initial given.) I cannot get Chessbase to recognise that name though.

That game is here:-

Spassky vs Gonzales, 1962

This is actually one of Spassky's better-known games; ISTR Soltis included it in his book. And you can see there a kibitz by <perfidious> which says he knew him personally, although I'm pretty sure he means a different Gonzalez/s.

Well, good luck with finding an original source.

Jul-11-16  Retireborn: Further note: the Mexican Juan Carlos Gonzalez Zamora is obviously not the one.

The initial L for Siero may well be wrong; he may have been confused with Luis Sieiro Gonzalez (b 1955)

Tentative conclusion: Siero and Gonzales-Casafus are obscure figures who never played another tournament. Possibly they only got in because they were matey with Che or something.

Jul-12-16  zanzibar: <RB> thanks for looking into that.

Turns out that the right Gonzalez is this one:

Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez de Vega

According to I.A. Horwitz, who published many games from the <1e Capablanca Memorial> during the summer of '62. Horwitz said he was very well known in the chess circles having recently won the US Speed Chess Championship (also, see e.g. 52nd US Open (1951))

As for Siero, the identity of that person is much less clear. I found a pretty detailed site, having a good xtab with nicely identified players:

They have Siero as <Siero> in the xtab, but later identify him as

<Siero, Marcelino>

in his game against Pachman.

There is mention of a Marcelino Siero winning an amateur S. Cal tournament here:

There are other chess hits from Cuba on the web, but are stale, without cache being viewable beyond the google search:

<Entre los años 1932 a 1936 el club de ajedrez Capablanca de Artemisa llena una ... jugadores Marcelino Siero y Juan Corzo, ex campeón de Cuba este último.>

Oh, got a definitive hit:

So, it's definitely is <Siero, Marcelino>

* * * * *

Anyways, looks like Di Felice is wrong on tournament, as regards Gonzalez, and incomplete, as regards Siero. As are NIC and CB as well.

Honestly, it's trouble enough trying to keep <CG> honest!

Jul-12-16  Retireborn: <z> Many thanks for that. Nice to have the right name for that Spassky game!

I wonder if Doctor Juan could in fact be the Gonzalez that <perfidious> played?

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