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Rafael Blanco Estera
Number of games in database: 27
Years covered: 1909 to 1939

Overall record: +7 -14 =3 (35.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Kahn vs R B Estera, 1939 0-1
   O Chajes vs R B Estera, 1913 0-1
   R B Estera vs O Chajes, 1913 1/2-1/2
   J Corzo vs R B Estera, 1913 1/2-1/2
   R B Estera vs Kupchik, 1913 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Havana (1913)

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(born Dec-01-1885, died Aug-04-1955, 69 years old) Cuba

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Artistic painter.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 27  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R B Estera vs Capablanca 0-1311909Casual gameC55 Two Knights Defense
2. R B Estera vs J Corzo  ½-½421912Havana-chD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. R Portela vs R B Estera 0-1561912Havana-chC48 Four Knights
4. J Corzo vs R B Estera  1-0461912Havana-chC28 Vienna Game
5. R B Estera vs O Chajes ½-½531913HavanaC44 King's Pawn Game
6. Capablanca vs R B Estera 1-0331913HavanaC10 French
7. R B Estera vs Kupchik 1-0301913HavanaC45 Scotch Game
8. J Corzo vs R B Estera ½-½441913HavanaC29 Vienna Gambit
9. R B Estera vs Janowski  0-1541913HavanaB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. R B Estera vs Marshall 0-1331913HavanaC48 Four Knights
11. C Jaffe vs R B Estera  1-0351913HavanaA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
12. O Chajes vs R B Estera 0-1551913HavanaA84 Dutch
13. R B Estera vs Capablanca 0-1381913HavanaC52 Evans Gambit
14. Kupchik vs R B Estera  1-0591913HavanaA80 Dutch
15. R B Estera vs J Corzo 1-0321913HavanaC22 Center Game
16. Janowski vs R B Estera  1-0401913HavanaA80 Dutch
17. Marshall vs R B Estera 1-0581913HavanaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. R B Estera vs C Jaffe 1-0471913HavanaC46 Three Knights
19. R B Estera vs Kupchik  1-0181913MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Capablanca vs R B Estera  1-0571913Clock simul, 3bC41 Philidor Defense
21. R B Estera vs Capablanca 0-1561913Clock simul, 3bC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
22. Capablanca vs R B Estera  1-0411913Clock simul, 3bC41 Philidor Defense
23. L Engels vs R B Estera  1-0561939Buenos Aires ol f-AC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. R B Estera vs V Winz  0-1411939Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AD04 Queen's Pawn Game
25. T Melngailis vs R B Estera  1-0501939Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AA14 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-28-07  sanyas: Some random Cuban amateur?
Jul-28-07  Karpova: A <random amateur> winning against players like Chajes, Kupchik and Jaffe??

He is said to have won "The Dewar Cup" in 1914, 1920 and 1937

He was <‘an exceptional caricaturist, a graduate of the Escuela de San Alejandro in Havana’> (scroll down to 3475)

Jul-28-07  sanyas: Aha, so that's who he was. Should have known to check the back cover of the 9/1974 issue of Jaque Mate.
Jul-29-07  Karpova: The 8th chess olympiad in Buenos Aires with Blanco representing Cuba:

Capablanca's last triumph and a truly great one. He received the gold medal for his perfromance at the first board (ahead of Alekhine):

As one can see Ludwig Engels from Germany had the insane winning percentage (board 3) of 86.4 % and Germany won the Final ahead of Poland and Estonia.

Aug-18-07  Karpova: Short biography with a picture (though it's focusing on his work as a chessplayer):

And here are some of his caricatures:

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  offramp: "Rafael Blanco Estera".

Isn't that an unfinished sentence?

Doesn't it mean, "Rafael Blanco will be ...."?

I wonder what he was going to be?

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Rafael Blanco.
Dec-01-16  Rookiepawn: <offramp: "Rafael Blanco Estera". Isn't that an unfinished sentence?

Doesn't it mean, "Rafael Blanco will be ...."?

I wonder what he was going to be?>

No, it doesn't. "Will be" = "Estará".

But since this verb would be a conjugation of "Estar", not "Ser" (some nice feature of the Spanish language, a split between the temporary or merely possible and the permanent or essential status of "To be"), the question should be "where" or "how" and not "what".

"Estera" is a mat, or something like that I guess.

Dec-01-16  zanzibar: The things one learns on <CG>.

BTW- here's a link to one of Estera's caricatures:

Sure looks like Obama upon learning that Trump won.

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  offramp: <Rookiepawn: "Estera" is a mat, or something like that I guess.>

It's a check mat.

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