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Ricardo Calvo
R Calvo 
Number of games in database: 169
Years covered: 1961 to 1991
Highest rating achieved in database: 2330

Overall record: +41 -64 =64 (43.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B93 B30 B27 B44 B67
 King's Indian Attack (9) 
    A07 A08
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C77 C68 C85 C72
 English (6) 
    A14 A10 A15
 Sicilian Najdorf (5) 
    B93 B98 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    E10 A45 A41
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (17) 
    B56 B62 B86 B23 B98
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C89 C85 C62 C91 C67
 Old Benoni (7) 
    A43 A44
 English, 1 c4 e5 (7) 
    A27 A25 A26 A22
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    B00 A00
 King's Indian (5) 
    E69 E67 E75 E63 E61
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Calvo vs Korchnoi, 1966 1-0
   R Calvo vs D Byrne, 1968 1-0
   R Calvo vs Kavalek, 1973 1-0
   J Galiana Salom vs R Calvo, 1991 1/2-1/2
   R Calvo vs Karpov, 1976 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Olot (1969)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Madrid (1973)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)
   Palma de Mallorca (1967)
   Havana Olympiad Final-A (1966)
   Nice Olympiad Final-A (1974)

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(born Oct-22-1943, died Sep-26-2002, 58 years old) Spain

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IM (1973) Ricardo Calvo Minguez was a doctor, a chess historian, author and reporter, as well as a strong chess player. He spoke many languages fluently. Awarded the IM title in 1973 he played for Spain in the Olympiads of 1966, 1968, 1972 and 1974. His best tournament showing was at Montilla-Moriles in 1976 where he was 2nd= behind Anatoly Karpov and scored a GM norm.

As a chess historian, Dr. Calvo set forth evidence and arguments that Spain was the incubator and situs of the monumental changes that occurred in chess in the late fifteenth century, such as the increased scope of the queen, that resulted in the game we know as chess today.

In 1987, Dr. Calvo was wrongly condemned by FIDE and declared persona non grata by a vote of 72-1. The penalty was imposed for what FIDE alleged was a "racial attack on Latin Americans" in an article printed by New in Chess the same year (

Dr. Ricardo Calvo, 1943-2002

Wikipedia article: Ricardo Calvo

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 169  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Calvo vs D Thomson  1-0321961The HagueB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. R Calvo vs A Vinje-Gulbrandsen  1-0311962ZurichB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. R Calvo vs H Glauser  1-0391966Havana Olympiad qual-1D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
4. A Olivera vs R Calvo  0-1231966Havana Olympiad qual-1A48 King's Indian
5. O Kinnmark vs R Calvo  1-0341966Havana Olympiad qual-1C05 French, Tarrasch
6. R Calvo vs Korchnoi 1-0181966Havana Olympiad qual-1B42 Sicilian, Kan
7. A Kolarov vs R Calvo  1-0471966Havana Olympiad Final-AA55 Old Indian, Main line
8. Filip vs R Calvo  0-1561966Havana Olympiad Final-AE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
9. R Calvo vs W Addison 0-1451966Havana Olympiad Final-AB56 Sicilian
10. R Calvo vs S Garcia Martinez  ½-½571966Havana Olympiad Final-AC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
11. Eigil Pedersen vs R Calvo  0-1621966Havana Olympiad Final-AB56 Sicilian
12. Tal vs R Calvo 1-0401966Havana Olympiad Final-AB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
13. R Calvo vs Ghitescu  ½-½281966Havana Olympiad Final-AD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. R Calvo vs G Palmason  1-0501966Havana Olympiad Final-AA07 King's Indian Attack
15. R Calvo vs H Liebert  ½-½451966Havana Olympiad Final-AA07 King's Indian Attack
16. L Barczay vs R Calvo  1-0411966Havana Olympiad Final-AC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
17. R Calvo vs A Matanovic  ½-½711966Havana Olympiad Final-AC77 Ruy Lopez
18. Bolbochan vs R Calvo  0-1481966Havana Olympiad Final-AA44 Old Benoni Defense
19. A Medina Garcia vs R Calvo  1-0271967Palma de MallorcaC05 French, Tarrasch
20. R Calvo vs Diez del Corral  0-1611967Palma de MallorcaC19 French, Winawer, Advance
21. Damjanovic vs R Calvo  1-0401967Palma de MallorcaE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
22. R Calvo vs H Lehmann  ½-½661967Palma de MallorcaB27 Sicilian
23. O'Kelly vs R Calvo  0-1351967Palma de MallorcaE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. R Calvo vs J B Bednarski  1-0671967Palma de MallorcaE73 King's Indian
25. Gligoric vs R Calvo  1-0471967Palma de MallorcaE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-27-05  Eastfrisian: Dr. Ricardo Calvo Minguez was born on 22.10.1943 in Alcoy (Alicante) and died on 26.09.2002 due complications of gulletcancer. He had a doctorate degree of medicine.

Calvo was fluent in Spanish, Catalanian, English, German and Latin. He was a high rated chess historian.

In 1987 he had some problems with the FIDE, which declared him to "persona non grata". That was the end of his professional chess career.

For a few years Dr. Calco played in the German Chess-Bundesliga (as I remember for the Munich-team).

He played for Spain on five chess-olympiades.

Oct-27-05  NakoSonorense: Is Ricardo Calvo calvo?
Oct-27-05  WMD: <In 1987 he had some problems with the FIDE..>

Yeah, I think someone punched him in the face and broke his glasses.

Oct-27-05  mynameisrandy: <Yeah, I think someone punched him in the face and broke his glasses.>

WHA-?? No seriously, what was the deal?

Mar-23-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <nako> Ricardo Calvo isn't calvo! Dddduh. :)
Sep-26-06  BIDMONFA: Ricardo Calvo

CALVO, Ricardo

Oct-22-06  I3illieJoe: Why would have this person as player of the day? If he really said those racial comments, then he was a disgrace for the world of chess, and for the world itself.
Oct-22-06  trickyfish75: The article for which Calvo was condemned by Fide is One Bridge Too Far, and can be found here:
Oct-22-06  Rocafella: Chelsea reject!
Oct-22-06  Morales: I am from Latin America and have read Calvo`s article. There is nothing racist in it.
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  fm avari viraf: Please keep aside dirtyyyyyyyyyyyy politics from this noble game of chess. But is it ever possible? Never. Can we eradicate virus from the globe completely? Not possible. So we must try to live with them & politics together.
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  al wazir: <Morales: There is nothing racist in it.> You're right. Here's the article:

The only thing wrong with chess is chess politics.

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  Fusilli: <al wazir: <Morales: There is nothing racist in it.> You're right. Here's the article:; Unbelievable! I just read it. It's true: there is absolutely nothing racist about it. What you can see instead is a man who was committed to removing Campomanes from the conduction of FIDE. His becoming "persona non grata" must have been simple retaliation.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day from the Player of the Day:

<The greatest weapon of our enemies is that people will tire of fighting them. <<<<>>>>>

--- Ricardo Calvo

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  whiteshark: Calvo translated Emanuel Lasker's philosophical writing "Kampf" i.e. "struggle" into Spanish: <Lucha>

If you are interested in it, the Spanish version has the ISBN 84-932593-0-6

or you can order the German version directly via the Lasker Society.

to view it: (scroll down)

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  keypusher: Here's another link to the article: the ones below seem to be broken.

Sep-04-08  ToTheDeath: What a bizarre and shameful action, trying to destroy a man for an <opinion>.

Calvo had a biting wit as this excerpt from his article "On the Nature of FIDE Legitimacy" ( shows:

<FIDE declared me "persona non grata" in 1987. The committee endorsing this decision was headed by USCF representative Arnold Denker [...] Anyway, I want to say a nice word about Denkerīs play. When he obtained a certain notoriety by losing a match against a computer, I never believed that Denker could have been bribed. On the contrary, I have reasons to believe that bribes may have played a role in other victories of machine versus man. In the case of Grandmaster Emeritus Denker, I am sure that the machine was much stronger.>


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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day:

<The greatest weapon of our enemies is that people will tire of fighting them. <<<<<>>>>>>

--- Ricardo Calvo

... you've lost already before
... fear is a bad adviser
... tired?

Oct-22-10  Oceanlake: I remember that there was a cloud over FIDE during those times. The charge of racism is unsupported by this article.
Dec-08-11  Olavi: Calvo beat Campomanes in a pretty game at the 1966 Havanna olympiad. It can be found in other online databases.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day:

<The greatest weapon of our enemies is that people will tire of fighting them. <<<<>>>>>

~ Ricardo Calvo

or as Sun Tzu put it some 2,500 year ago: "

The best victory is
when the opponent surrenders of its own accord
before there are any actual hostilities...
It is best to win without fighting."

Oct-26-12  Karpova: Edward Winter discussing the matter in his feature article <Ricardo Calvo: 'Persona non Grata'> from 1988:

That's what Arnold Denker said about it: <Let me also commend you on your report on the Calvo matter, which I found to be the fairest and most objective I have seen so far. I say this in spite of the fact that some of your conclusions differ from mine.>

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  saffuna: Unless it happened twice, the time Calvo was punched was at Linares in 1992, by a Uruguayan chess writer offended at an article claiming a South American writer was "corrupting" young players.

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