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Walter Oswaldo Cruz
Number of games in database: 210
Years covered: 1928 to 1957

Overall record: +71 -81 =57 (47.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (21) 
    D51 D61 D62 D69 D67
 English (13) 
    A15 A13
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E24 E42 E32 E29 E33
 King's Indian (8) 
    E94 E66 E63 E61 E67
 Semi-Slav (7) 
    D46 D48 D45 D49
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C86 C71 C64 C68 C84
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (13) 
    D55 D63 D54 D62 D64
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C92 C67 C97 C84 C90
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E32 E34 E41 E46 E58
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C92 C97 C84 C90
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A40 A45 D02 E00
 King's Indian (6) 
    E60 E70 E68 E67
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Cruz vs F Apsenieks, 1939 1-0
   O Trompowsky vs W Cruz, 1939 0-1
   W Cruz vs F Caldas Kruel, 1953 1-0
   W Cruz vs Eliskases, 1946 1-0
   J Camarena vs W Cruz, 1945 0-1
   W Cruz vs Kashdan, 1945 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   3rd South American Championship (1928)
   Rio de Janeiro (1952)
   Mar del Plata (1949)
   Mar del Plata / Buenos Aires Zonal (1954)
   Mar del Plata (1947)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939)

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(born Jan-23-1910, died Jan-03-1967, 56 years old) Brazil

[what is this?]
Walter Oswaldo Cruz was born in Petropolis, Brazil. He was Brazilian champion in 1938, 1940, 1942, 1948, 1949 and 1953. Son of Oswaldo Cruz (a very respected sanitarist) and brother of Oswaldo Cruz Filho. Walter was a hematologist and presided over the Osvaldo Cruz Institute (an epidemiological center).

Wikipedia article: Walter Cruz

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 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 216  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W O Cruz vs C Anfruns  ½-½3819283rd South American ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. W O Cruz vs R Grau  ½-½4119283rd South American ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
3. S Ureta vs W O Cruz  0-13219283rd South American ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. J Montalban vs W O Cruz  0-15319283rd South American ChampionshipD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
5. V T Romano vs W O Cruz  ½-½2119283rd South American ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. J C Balparda vs W O Cruz  0-15219283rd South American ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
7. W O Cruz vs C Pulcherio  ½-½2619283rd South American ChampionshipD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
8. W O Cruz vs M Castillo  0-14119283rd South American ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. W O Cruz vs C H Maderna  0-14019283rd South American ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. W O Cruz vs L Palau  0-14319283rd South American ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. J Gabarain vs W O Cruz  1-02719283rd South American ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
12. B H Villegas vs W O Cruz  1-04019283rd South American ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. A Perea vs W O Cruz  0-12519283rd South American ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
14. W O Cruz vs J de Souza Mendes  0-15019283rd South American ChampionshipD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
15. J B Hernandez vs W O Cruz  0-13319283rd South American ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
16. W O Cruz vs L Vianna  1-06019283rd South American ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. W O Cruz vs J de Souza Mendes  1-0411928BRA-chE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
18. W O Cruz vs J de Souza Mendes  0-1261928BRA-chD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. J de Souza Mendes vs W O Cruz  0-1401928BRA-chB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
20. W O Cruz vs J de Souza Mendes  1-0421929BRA-chD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. W O Cruz vs J de Souza Mendes  0-1401929BRA-chD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
22. W O Cruz vs M Monticelli  1-0311936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. W O Cruz vs M Feigin  0-1271936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. W O Cruz vs A Tsvetkov  ½-½631936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA52 Budapest Gambit
25. W O Cruz vs O Trompowsky  1-0441938BRA-chA43 Old Benoni
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: Walter Oswaldo Cruz
Born 1910 in Petropolis
Died 1967 in Rio de Janeiro
He was Brazilian champion in 1938, 1940, 1942, 1948, 1949 and 1953.
Jan-23-12  brankat: Six times Brazilian champion. Certainly a strong player, considering he was, first and foremost, a medical doctor.
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: A brief summary of his medical achievements:

Sep-15-12  Antiochus: Life and games:

Sep-15-12  Antiochus: Photo and biography:

Sep-16-12  Antiochus: In his chess career he maintained a friendly rivalry with João de Souza Mendes and Octavio Figueira Trompowsky de Almeida

In the 1953 Brazilian chess championship he had a triumph that seemed definitive, because he won undefeated and reached its sixth title while Mendes had 5 and Trompowsky only one. Before the last round, Walter Cruz received a round of applause for all participants to enter the hall. Unfortunately, most of the games this event is missing.

Here, a rare game

[Event "Rio BRA-ch"]
[Site "Rio de Janeiro city"]
[Date "1953.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Walter Cruz"]
[Black "Fernando Kruel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B10"]
[PlyCount "69"]

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. Bc4 Be6 7. Qe2 Qd7 8. O-O Be7 9. Bb3 Bxb3 10. axb3 O-O 11. d4 Bd6 12. Qd3 Na6 13. Bd2 Rfe8 14. Rfe1 Re6 15. c4 Rae8 16. Qc2 Bb8 17. Bc3 Qd6 18. g3 Nb4 19. Qd2 Na6 20. Nh4 g6 21. Ng2 Qd8 22. Ne3 Nc7 23. Rad1 Kg7 24. b4 h5 25. b5 cxb5 26. d5 Ra6 27. c5 Qd7 28. b4 Rd8 29. h4 Ne8 30. Qb2 Qh3 31. d6 Rd7 32. Nd5 Kf8 33. Bxf6 b6 34. Rxe8+ Kxe8 35. Be7 1-0

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Walter Cruz.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gottschalk: Normally calm, his dynamic style
appeared in an embryonic stage

R C Cruz vs E Eliskases, 1946

W Cruz vs F Kruel, 1953

Jan-23-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Walter Cruz.

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