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Miguel Cuellar Gacharna
M Cuellar Gacharna 

Number of games in database: 295
Years covered: 1947 to 1981
Highest rating achieved in database: 2400
Overall record: +103 -106 =86 (49.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (28) 
    E62 E95 E91 E92 E69
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E41 E45 E54 E40 E48
 Grunfeld (10) 
    D75 D78 D85 D76 D91
 English (9) 
    A15 A10 A12 A13
 English, 1 c4 c5 (8) 
    A30 A37 A31 A35 A39
 Sicilian (7) 
    B91 B56 B70 B32 B67
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (27) 
    E60 E66 E86 E70 E62
 Sicilian (25) 
    B56 B43 B67 B62 B42
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C98 C77 C97 C96 C85
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C98 C97 C96 C85 C94
 Modern Benoni (7) 
    A56 A62 A57 A70
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D58 D50 D67 D59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Cuellar Gacharna vs Reshevsky, 1967 1-0
   M Cuellar Gacharna vs Korchnoi, 1962 1-0
   Geller vs M Cuellar Gacharna, 1962 0-1
   Kavalek vs M Cuellar Gacharna, 1967 0-1
   M Cuellar Gacharna vs Petrosian, 1962 1/2-1/2
   M Cuellar Gacharna vs Yanofsky, 1962 1-0
   Taimanov vs M Cuellar Gacharna, 1973 1/2-1/2
   M Cuellar Gacharna vs Barcza, 1962 1-0
   M Danon vs M Cuellar Gacharna, 1947 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Skopje Olympiad Final-B (1972)
   Caracas (1973)
   Mar del Plata (1952)
   Pan-American Championship (1958)
   Mar del Plata (1953)
   Siegen Olympiad Final-B (1970)
   Munich Olympiad Final-B (1958)
   Mar del Plata (1957)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-C (1964)
   Amsterdam Olympiad qual-4 (1954)
   Munich Olympiad qual-3 (1958)
   Amsterdam Olympiad Final-B (1954)
   Moscow Olympiad Final-B (1956)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Eduardo Bermudez's favorite colombian players by Eduardo Bermudez

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(born Nov-18-1916, died Dec-05-1985, 69 years old) Colombia

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Miguel Cuéllar Gacharná was awarded the IM title in 1957. He was Colombian champion nine times (1941, 1946, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1971). Cousin of Alfredo Cuellar Jimenez.

He defeated a number of top players in Interzonals, his victims including Efim Geller and Viktor Korchnoi (Stockholm 1962), Samuel Reshevsky, Aleksandar Matanovic, and Lubomir Kavalek (Sousse Interzonal (1967)).

References: Wikipedia article: Colombian Chess Championship , , , Wikipedia article: Miguel Cuellar

Last updated: 2023-05-20 09:37:39

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 295  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Danon vs M Cuellar Gacharna  0-132194748th US OpenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. G Kramer vs M Cuellar Gacharna  1-043194748th US OpenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
3. M Cuellar Gacharna vs Ed. Lasker  0-152194748th US OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
4. C H Maderna vs M Cuellar Gacharna  ½-½401952Mar del PlataD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. M Cuellar Gacharna vs J Bolbochan  ½-½691952Mar del PlataE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. H Rossetto vs M Cuellar Gacharna 0-1281952Mar del PlataC30 King's Gambit Declined
7. M Cuellar Gacharna vs W Ader Hausman  ½-½481952Mar del PlataD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. P Trifunovic vs M Cuellar Gacharna  ½-½701952Mar del PlataE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
9. M Cuellar Gacharna vs B Wexler  1-0781952Mar del PlataD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. Bolbochan vs M Cuellar Gacharna  ½-½481952Mar del PlataC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. M Cuellar Gacharna vs E Reinhardt  1-0421952Mar del PlataE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
12. L de Campelo Gentil vs M Cuellar Gacharna  ½-½501952Mar del PlataC77 Ruy Lopez
13. M Cuellar Gacharna vs Letelier  ½-½491952Mar del PlataE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. G Budowski vs M Cuellar Gacharna  1-0331952Mar del PlataB54 Sicilian
15. F Pinzon vs M Cuellar Gacharna  0-1231952Mar del PlataD97 Grunfeld, Russian
16. M Cuellar Gacharna vs R Garcia Vera  1-0351952Mar del PlataB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. E German vs M Cuellar Gacharna  ½-½711952Mar del PlataB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
18. M Cuellar Gacharna vs P Michel  ½-½211952Mar del PlataC67 Ruy Lopez
19. G Puiggros vs M Cuellar Gacharna  0-1201952Mar del PlataB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
20. M Cuellar Gacharna vs M Luckis  ½-½531952Mar del PlataE09 Catalan, Closed
21. Najdorf vs M Cuellar Gacharna  ½-½381953Mar del PlataD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. M Cuellar Gacharna vs C Guimard  0-1361953Mar del PlataA84 Dutch
23. B Wexler vs M Cuellar Gacharna  0-1381953Mar del PlataE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
24. M Cuellar Gacharna vs Bolbochan  ½-½501953Mar del PlataD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
25. Eliskases vs M Cuellar Gacharna  1-0421953Mar del PlataD04 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 295  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-02-03  Resignation Trap: This Colombian player caused a minor sensation at the Stockholm Interzonal in 1962. He was in the lead after two rounds. This he accomplished by the simple task by defeating Geller and Korchnoi!

Geller vs Cuellar-Gacharna, 1962

Cuellar-Gacharna vs Korchnoi, 1962

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  Chessical: Cuellar also gave a nasty fright to a young Karpov in R.7 of the 1973 Leningrad Interzonal.
Nov-03-03  Resignation Trap: Reshevsky was also given a drubbing at the Sousse Interzonal in 1967. See:

Cuellar-Gacharna vs Reshevsky, 1967

The finish of this game was really cute.

Nov-22-06  setebos: Dangerous dude, perhaps underestimated by his esteemed Soviet colleagues.
Nov-22-06  Albertan: One thing you can say about Miguel Cuellar Gacharna is that he was consistent. According to my Chessbase program, he scored at an elo of 2390 while playing the White pieces and an elo of 2392 when playing the Black pieces. He scored 9.5/14 at the 1972 Skopje Chess Olympiad, however he had an awful result at the 1973 Leningrad Interzonal (1.5 points in 17 rounds of play).
Nov-18-09  sneaky pete: Jan Hein Donner on Cuellar vs Donner, Skopje 1972.

Position after 87 moves, black to play.

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Wit heeft de pion niet genomen - begrijp jij het, begrijp ik het - en is met zijn koning gan zwerven, tot f2 toe. Hij zag echter dat de koning op de damevleugel - de doorbraakvleugel - nodig is en streeft nu naar veld a3. Het is vlak voor de vierde tijdcontrole, Hij wil natuurlijk met zijn loper naar b4 en dan met de koning naar a3. Met een onverschillig gezicht slinger ik de dame naar a5.

Pats!, daar raakt hij de loper aan, die hij direct weer loslaat. Onmiddellijk kijk ik naar de hulpwedstrijdleider-zettenopschrijver, die naast het bord zit en in het vroeg-ochtendlijk uur de enige is die in de verre verten van de enorme speelzaal te bekennen is. Hij zit de krant te lezen. Ik heb niet eens geprotesteerd. Men staat machteloos tegenover het kwaad, als men van allen verlaten is.

Ook krijgt mijn scherpe blik geen enkele respons van mijn tegenstander. Hij zit plotseling hijgend te snuiven, alsof hij zich gebrand heeft. Ik kijk naar zijn gluiperige handen. Zijn beringde en behaarde vingers, mollig en paars van het graaien in bloesjes en jongensbroekjes.

Na 88.Lb4 Dxb5 had zwart beter, zo niet gewonnen gestaan. Maar als hij tot rust is gekomen doet hij 88.Kc3-b2.

Nov-18-12  brankat: Over the years he did surprise a few big guns :-)
Nov-18-12  BIDMONFA: Miguel Cuellar Gacharna


Apr-18-17  Eduardo Bermudez: By February 1954, CUÉLLAR had reached a chessmetrics rating of 2623, good for #39 in the world. He had performed at 2665 at Mar del Plata 1953. With a 2600 performance generally denoting grandmaster standard, it seemed quite clear that CUÉLLAR deserved a promotion to the higher title, based upon least three strong results in good calibre events: 2627, at Mar del Plata 1952, 2665 at Mar del Plata 1953 y 2621 at Siegen Olimpyad 1970, with more than 50 chess games.
Apr-18-17  Eduardo Bermudez: "He defeated a number of top players in Interzonals, his victims including Efim Geller and Viktor Korchnoi (Stockholm 1962), Samuel Reshevsky, Aleksandar Matanovic, and Lubomir Kavalek (Sousse Interzonal, (1967))." In other events, he also defeat: Najdorf, Pilnik, Trifunovic, O´ Kelly,Bisguier, Szabo, Panno and Nogueiras, Yanofsky, among others.

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