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Jose Sanz Aguado
Number of games in database: 42
Years covered: 1931 to 1967
Overall record: +12 -19 =11 (41.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-20-1907, died Dec-14-1969, 62 years old) Spain

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Jose Sanz Aguado was born in Barcelona. Spanish champion in 1943, he will always be remembered for his immortal combination in M Ortueta vs J Sanz, 1933. He passed away in Madrid in 1969.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Hellmann vs J Sanz  1-0311931Prague ol (Men)A02 Bird's Opening
2. J Sanz vs P Frydman  1-0411931Prague ol (Men)A50 Queen's Pawn Game
3. J Sanz vs K Skalicka  0-1441931Prague ol (Men)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
4. L Matibet vs J Sanz 1-0481931Prague ol (Men)A81 Dutch
5. J Sanz vs I Koenig  0-1451931Prague ol (Men)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. C Hovind vs J Sanz  0-1301931Prague ol (Men)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz 0-1351933MadridC00 French Defense
8. Alekhine vs J Sanz ½-½451935MadridC14 French, Classical
9. J Sanz vs R Rey Ardid  1-0461943ESP-ch mA15 English
10. J Sanz vs R Rey Ardid  ½-½221943ESP-ch mE01 Catalan, Closed
11. R Rey Ardid vs J Sanz  0-1721943ESP-ch mC11 French
12. J Sanz vs R Rey Ardid  0-1371943ESP-ch mA15 English
13. R Rey Ardid vs J Sanz  0-1311943ESP-ch mB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. R Rey Ardid vs J Sanz  0-1541943ESP-ch mC01 French, Exchange
15. J Sanz vs R Rey Ardid  ½-½811943ESP-ch mA15 English
16. R Rey Ardid vs J Sanz  1-0231943ESP-ch mC01 French, Exchange
17. J Sanz vs R Rey Ardid  0-1241943ESP-ch mD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. R Rey Ardid vs J Sanz  ½-½421943ESP-ch mA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
19. J Sanz vs Keres  0-1671943MadridE17 Queen's Indian
20. A Pomar Salamanca vs J Sanz  ½-½121945MadridB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
21. Alekhine vs J Sanz  1-0421945MadridA16 English
22. J Sanz vs Julio Bolbochan 0-1251946Spain vs Argentina Radio MatchA17 English
23. J de Moura vs J Sanz  0-1561951MadridB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
24. J Sanz vs P Tramoyeres  ½-½321951MadridD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. J M Fuentes vs J Sanz  ½-½261951MadridA94 Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-18-04  WMD: Considering that Jose Sanz Aguado passed away in 1969, only the fact of his reincarnation could explain the later games attributed to him.

Suprised to see that Sanz's most famous game is not included here. Euwe was of the opinion: "One of the prettiest, perhaps the prettiest endgame I have ever seen."

From Tim Krabbe's website:

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS and beautiful combinations that ever occurred over the board is the one in the diagram on the left. Petrosyan once said that when he first saw it at age 10, it thrilled him so much that it was a major factor in binding him to chess forever. Hugh Alexander wrote: 'I always have trouble believing that this endgame really occurred in a game, and not during a post-mortem.' And when the great endgame composer Henri Rinck was asked by Tartakower if this could not be turned into something really beautiful, he said that nothing needed to be added, nothing needed to be cut.

Nov-20-08  BIDMONFA: Jose Sanz Aguado


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  brankat: Even if Senor Aguado had never ever played another game in his life, this one would still have made him immortal in the annals of Chess History:

M Ortueta vs J Sanz, 1933

R.I.P. Master Aguado.

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  FSR: He must have been a fairly strong player - he had draws against Alekhine and Keres. But I daresay that he would hardly be remembered today but for his immortal combination in M Ortueta vs J Sanz, 1933. Just staggering - hard to believe that such an amazing combination was actually played. Truly the combination of a lifetime.
Dec-13-17  blackburne: Artículo (en castellano) en el que se repasa extensamente la vida y carrera de José Sanz Aguado. Incluye 309 partidas jugadas por este ajedrecista español, así como un completo palmarés:


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