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Arnaldo Vasconcellos
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1944
Overall record: +2 -3 =0 (40.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-27-1912, died May-13-1999, 86 years old) Brazil

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Vasconcellos vs M Barzin  0-135194445th US OpenA22 English
2. A Vasconcellos vs E S Jackson  0-129194445th US OpenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. A Vasconcellos vs W Adams  1-0381944USA-op 45thC77 Ruy Lopez
4. A Vasconcellos vs H Daly  1-025194445th US OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Reshevsky vs A Vasconcellos 1-026194445th US OpenC02 French, Advance
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Vasconcellos wins | Vasconcellos loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-07-15  MarkBuckley: Belated 103rd birthday greetings to Sr. Vasconcellos!
Mar-10-16  luftforlife: This Brazilian player's name was Arnaldo Vasconcelos (not Vasconcellos, which is a Spanish surname). He was the 1946 champion of the Carioca tournament.

Clicking on the linked entry under his name in the following roster of champions reveals that he was born in England on June 27, 1912 (the date stated above), and that he died at Rio de Janeiro on May 13, 1999.

Here's the link:

I hope to have more information soon.

Mar-10-16  luftforlife: I should amend my prior entry to note that though the surname "Vasconcellos" is more Spanish than Portuguese in its spelling, it is not exclusively Spanish. It is certainly true that Fernando Vasconcellos -- the 1977 Brazilian champion who <Phony Benoni> quite rightly distinguished from Arnaldo (see Fernando Vasconcellos) -- is Brazilian. However, I do believe, based on entries in Brazilian sources such as the one I've linked above, that Arnaldo's surname is spelled "Vasconcelos."
Mar-10-16  luftforlife: The Brazilian squib is also found restated here:

Both chess-related Brazilian entries (one and the same, really) relate that Arnaldo Vasconcelos was born in England because his father found himself there on official business for the Brazilian government.

Mar-10-16  luftforlife: This Brazilian biographical sketch, replete with details of Arnaldo Vasconcelos's long and distinguished diplomatic career (including his service as Brazil's ambassador to several countries), states that he was born in Rio de Janeiro on June 27, 1912:

This is at odds in one respect with the chess-related Brazilian squib, which states that he was born in England (although, if his father was in a diplomatic or other official posting, this might not have vitiated his Brazilian citizenship-by-birth; perhaps Rio de Janeiro was constructively considered to be his birthplace, in which event the Brazilian chess-related squibs and more official governmental biographical précis might be in harmony).

Mar-11-16  luftforlife: Enriching the mix is <GrahamClayton's> post from September 12, 2010 found here: Fernando Vasconcellos:

"I can definitely confirm that Arnaldo Vasconcellos was a Brazilian diplomat. The following FAO conference from 1975 shows him as the Brazilian Ambassador to the European Community, based in Brussels:"

The entry on the FAO website does recite the ambassador's name as "Arnaldo Vasconcellos," just as <GrahamClayton> spells it.

Having grown up with Continental Portuguese spoken in my extended family, and having learned some Brazilian Portuguese, I've come to understand that the latter language does feature alternate spellings for some nouns, including proper nouns and names. It seems "Vasconcelos" and "Vasconcellos" might be such alternate spellings.

Mar-11-16  luftforlife: Apparently, there is a discrepancy in the online rosters as to whether Arnaldo Vasconcelos/Vasconcellos won the 25th Carioca Championship, presumably held in November, December, or both in Rio de Janeiro in 1946.

Although Brazilian author and journalist Waldemar S. Costa lists Arnaldo Vasconcelos as the champion (, FIDE Master and two-time Carioca Champion José Eduardo Bastos de Oliveira Maia lists Eduardo Rouças as the champion (

Sadly, BrasilBase is no help, for though it features tournament crosstables and some games for the 24th Carioca Championship held from November 14th through December 17th, 1945 at Rio de Janeiro, and for the 26th Carioca Championship held in December 1947 at Rio de Janeiro, the 25th Carioca Championship is omitted.

Mar-11-16  luftforlife: From BrasilBase, here's a win by Arnaldo Vasconcellos over José Thiago Mangini from the 24th Carioca Championship held at Rio de Janeiro in 1945:

[Event "DF ch"]
[Site "Rio de Janeiro"]
[Date "1945.11.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Vasconcellos, Arnaldo"]
[Black "Mangini, Jose Thiago"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D10"]
[PlyCount "91"]
[EventDate "1945.??.??"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. e3 Nd7 5. Nf3 Bd6 6. Bd3 f5 7. cxd5 cxd5 8. Bd2 Ngf6 9. Nb5 Bb8 10. Bb4 Ne4 11. Rc1 a6 12. Qa4 Kf7 13. Qa3 Nb6 14. Nc3 Re8 15. O-O Bd7 16. Ba5 Bc7 17. Qb3 Bc6 18. Bxe4 fxe4 19. Ne5+ Kg8 20. Nxc6 bxc6 21. Na4 Nc4 22. Bxc7 Qxc7 23. Qc2 e5 24. b3 Na5 25. Qc5 Rac8 26. dxe5 Rxe5 27. Qb6 Qxb6 28. Nxb6 Rc7 29. Rfd1 Ree7 30. Rd4 Nb7 31. Na8 Rc8 32. Nb6 Rcc7 33. Na8 Rc8 34. Nb6 Rcc7 35. Na4 Kf7 36. Nc5 Nxc5 37. Rxc5 Re8 38. Rdxd5 a5 39. Rf5+ Kg8 40. Rxa5 Rd8 41. g3 g6 42. Rfe5 Rd2 43. Rxe4 Rcd7 44. Rd4 R7xd4 45. exd4 Rxd4 46. Ra6 1-0


Mar-12-16  luftforlife: Here is my free yet (I hope) faithful translation of the article entitled "Individual Championship of the Federal District" appearing in the "Chess" column of the "Sports" page (page 12) of the Correio da Manhã from January 30, 1947:

"The Metropolitan Chess Federation, which launched a program of dynamic activity in 1946, has just held a brilliant tournament to decide the Individual Championship of the Federal District.

"After intense battling by a constellation of star players from the capital's highest ranks, the final results were as follows:

1st -- Arnaldo Vasconcelos, champion, 6 points;

2nd -- J[osé] Thiago Mangini, runner-up, 5 points;

3rd -- Lieutenant Colonel Edmundo Gastão da Cunha, 4 points;

4th -- tied, Major Sabino Ribiero Jr. and Captain Teotonio Vasconcelos, 3 points;

6th -- tied, Nelson Dantas and Major Luiz Liguori Teixeira, 2.5 points;

7th -- Dr. Manoel Madeira de Ley, 2 points.

"Arnaldo Vasconcelos, the new champion, one of our distinguished diplomats, participated in 1944 in the [45th U.S. Open held at Boston], taking sixth place out of eighteen formidable competitors, including the surpassingly excellent Samuel Reshevsky and Anthony Santasiere; he was the champion of the summer tournament at Philadelphia in 1943; he reached the final of the Montreal Chess Club Championship in 1945; and, in the same year, he won a match against that city's champion, Charles Smith."

Here's a link to the article (Ediçao 16025, Correio da Manhã, Quinta-feira, 30 de Janeiro de 1947, 12):

Mar-12-16  luftforlife: Sorry for the typographical error; it's "Major Sabino Ribeiro Jr."

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