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Ricardo Calvo
R Calvo 
 
Number of games in database: 215
Years covered: 1961 to 1991
Highest rating achieved in database: 2330

Overall record: +54 -85 =76 (42.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B93 B30 B32 B78 B27
 King's Indian Attack (9) 
    A07 A08
 English (8) 
    A14 A17 A10 A13 A15
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C77 C68 C85 C64 C72
 Sicilian Najdorf (6) 
    B93 B96 B98 B99
 King's Indian (5) 
    E92 E71 E75 E63 E73
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B62 B86 B45 B56 B83
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C89 C73 C69 C91 C72
 Old Benoni (8) 
    A43 A44
 English, 1 c4 e5 (7) 
    A26 A25 A27 A22
 King's Indian (6) 
    E69 E61 E63 E75 E67
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (6) 
    B62 B64
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Calvo vs Korchnoi, 1966 1-0
   R Calvo vs D Byrne, 1968 1-0
   A Planinc vs R Calvo, 1973 0-1
   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)
   Las Palmas (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Osijek (1978)
   Havana Olympiad qual-1 (1966)
   Madrid (1973)
   Lugano Olympiad Final-B (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca (1967)
   Palma de Mallorca Open (1991)
   Havana Olympiad Final-A (1966)
   Nice Olympiad Final-A (1974)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)


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

[what is this?]

Ricardo Calvo Minguez was a doctor, chess historian, author and reporter, as well as a strong chess player. He spoke many languages fluently. Dr. Calvo was awarded the IM title in 1973 and played for Spain in the Olympiads of 1966, 1968, 1972 and 1974. His best tournament showing was at Montilla-Moriles in 1976 where he finished 2nd= behind Anatoly Karpov and earned 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 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 (http://www.anusha.com/one-brid.htm).

Dr. Ricardo Calvo, 1943-2002 http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Wikipedia article: Ricardo Calvo

Last updated: 2022-05-18 09:20:09

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 215  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Calvo vs D Thomson  1-0321961The HagueB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. J R Phillips vs R Calvo  ½-½371961Wch U20 prel-DA43 Old Benoni
3. B Nagy vs R Calvo  1-0341961Wch U20 fin-AD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. R Calvo vs Parma  0-1251961Wch U20 fin-AA04 Reti Opening
5. Gheorghiu vs R Calvo  1-0451961Wch U20 fin-AA53 Old Indian
6. R Calvo vs Westerinen  1-0571961Wch U20 fin-AB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
7. C Zuidema vs R Calvo  ½-½471961Wch U20 fin-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
8. G Larusson vs R Calvo  0-1381961Wch U20 fin-AB44 Sicilian
9. R Calvo vs A Vinje Gulbrandsen  ½-½591961Wch U20 fin-AC02 French, Advance
10. H Pfleger vs R Calvo  1-0631961Wch U20 fin-AD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. O Kinnmark vs R Calvo  0-1501961Wch U20 fin-AB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
12. R Calvo vs A Kuindzhy  0-1431961Wch U20 fin-AB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. R Toran Albero vs R Calvo  ½-½191962Torremolinos ztE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. R Calvo vs A Vinje Gulbrandsen  1-0311962ZurichB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
15. R Calvo vs H Baumgartner  1-0321964Clare Benedict Cup 11thB08 Pirc, Classical
16. M Napolitano vs R Calvo  ½-½551964Clare Benedict Cup 11thE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
17. R Calvo vs D Mohrlok  0-1431964Clare Benedict Cup 11thB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. R Calvo vs C Zuidema  ½-½151964Clare Benedict Cup 11thC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
19. R Calvo vs H Glauser  1-0391966Havana Olympiad qual-1D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
20. A Olivera vs R Calvo  0-1231966Havana Olympiad qual-1A48 King's Indian
21. O Kinnmark vs R Calvo  1-0341966Havana Olympiad qual-1C05 French, Tarrasch
22. R Calvo vs Korchnoi 1-0181966Havana Olympiad qual-1B42 Sicilian, Kan
23. A Kolarov vs R Calvo  1-0471966Havana Olympiad Final-AA55 Old Indian, Main line
24. Filip vs R Calvo  0-1561966Havana Olympiad Final-AE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
25. R Calvo vs W Addison 0-1451966Havana Olympiad Final-AB56 Sicilian
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Sep-26-06  BIDMONFA: Ricardo Calvo

CALVO, Ricardo
http://www.bidmonfa.com/calvo_ricar...
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Oct-22-06  I3illieJoe: Why would chessgames.com 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: http://wcn.tentonhammer.com/modules...
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.
Oct-22-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Oct-22-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  al wazir: <Morales: There is nothing racist in it.> You're right. Here's the article: http://www.samsloan.com/one-brid.htm

The only thing wrong with chess is chess politics.

Aug-18-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <al wazir: <Morales: There is nothing racist in it.> You're right. Here's the article: http://www.samsloan.com/one-brid.ht...; 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.
Oct-22-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Oct-22-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  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: http://www.lasker-gesellschaft.de/p... (scroll down)

May-20-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Here's another link to the article: the ones below seem to be broken.

http://www.anusha.com/one-brid.htm

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" (http://www.goddesschess.com/chessto...) 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 DenkerĀ“s 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.>

Ouch!

Sep-30-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Mar-08-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

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.>

Sep-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
May-17-22  Z free or die: In the Bio...

<In 1987, Dr. Calvo was wrongly condemned by FIDE and declared persona non grata by a vote of 72-1.>

I don't agree with the characterization <"wrongly">.

This doesn't seem to be a universally held opinion on the matter, at least on a cursory look. And only citing Calvo's rebuttal is insufficient. I don't see the wiki article condemning FIDE's decision as being <wrong> either.

Wiki's treatment is far superior.

May-17-22  Petrosianic: <Wiki's treatment is far superior.>

I'll take Phrases I've Never Heard Before for $500, Alex.

Actually, Wiki's treatment isn't really better. They say Calvo was censured for "a racial attack", but don't bother to point out that no such attack actually occurred. They also reproduce quotes saying it's wrong to ban players for their ideas, without bothering to point out that Calvo wasn't banned from play, only censured.

But the bio here is unclear at best. It states specifically that Calvo was wrongly condemned, but doesn't bother to say why it was wrong, or what it actually was, beyond "a racial attack", which it obviously wasn't.

So, was Calvo wrongly condemned? Well, the racial claim is bogus, but he might arguably have been guilty of the same thing Karjakin was banned for: Bringing chess into disrepute. Calvo's article wasn't about race, but it did make chess politicians look pretty dirty. Deservedly so, to be sure, but that may not be a valid defense.

May-18-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Campomanes was an abomination and prostituted himself before the world; for writing as he did, while his language was, perhaps, intemperate, I do not believe Dr Calvo should have been PNG'd.
May-18-22  Z free or die: <I'll take Phrases I've Never Heard Before for $500, Alex.

Actually, Wiki's treatment isn't really better.>

A cute turn of the phrase, to be sure. But...

<""a racial attack", but don't bother to point out that no such attack actually occurred. >

...
< beyond "a racial attack">

Was it or wasn't it?

Doesn't matter, FIDE termed it so, and it's not <CG>'s role to say if it was or wasn't. <CG> should stick to the facts, and just report FIDE's action, and rationale.

Like Wiki does.

(And if a defender of Calvo the action as wrongful, then <CG> can put that in the bio, with references.)

May-18-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <zed....Doesn't matter, FIDE termed it so, and it's not <CG>'s role to say if it was or wasn't. <CG> should stick to the facts, and just report FIDE's action, and rationale.

Like Wiki does....>

A clear-cut view with which I agree, though I was criticised for this some years ago by the late webmaster, who made a remark to the effect that my posts had all the excitement of a weather report. Did not feel it was my place to insert my views, but merely to report what had gone.

May-18-22  Petrosianic: <CG should stick to the facts, and just report FIDE's action, and rationale.

Like Wiki does.>

Except that Wiki didn't either. Again, they implied that Calvo was banned from play (untrue), and give the impression that a racial attack actually occurred (also clearly untrue).

May-20-22  Z free or die: I don't really have a dog in this, as I didn't remember, or perhaps know, any of this controversy before <stonehenge> pointed it out.

My impressions were quickly formed from a cursory reading of both <CG> and <wiki> from a neutral standpoint.

It was clear that <CG> took a strong unsupported opinion with little or no context.

I certainly didn't feel <wiki> did so, but I will go back and reread it at some point. I ought to read Winter's treatment as well.

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