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Helder Camara
Number of games in database: 119
Years covered: 1958 to 1991
Last FIDE rating: 2347

Overall record: +42 -40 =37 (50.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D93 D94 D79
 King's Indian (6) 
    E60 E61 E92 E90
 Sicilian (6) 
    B50 B32 B30 B77 B46
 King's Indian Attack (5) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D02 A46 A45
 French Defense (4) 
    C01 C03 C05 C00
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (19) 
    E63 E95 E82 E80 E62
 Sicilian (11) 
    B27 B42 B22 B20 B67
 Robatsch (7) 
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C63 C60 C85 C97
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(born Feb-07-1937, died Feb-20-2016, 79 years old) Brazil

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Hélder Câmara was Brazilian champion in 1963 and 1968. He was awarded the IM title in 1972. This controversial chess journalist and trainer, introduced in 1954 the Câmara defence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qe7. Younger brother of Ronald Camara and son of Gilberto Camara.

Last updated: 2021-01-04 06:27:59

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 119  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Camara vs J Mangini 1-0181958BRA-chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. L T Da Silva vs H Camara  ½-½551961BRA-chE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
3. H Camara vs L T Da Silva  1-0311963BRA-chE92 King's Indian
4. F Alves vs H Camara  0-1631963BRA-chD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
5. H Camara vs T Vasconcellos  1-0561963BRA-chE90 King's Indian
6. A C Rocha vs H Camara  ½-½441963BRA-chD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. H Camara vs Francisco Guimaraes  1-0391963BRA-chC01 French, Exchange
8. H Camara vs Leopoldo Maia Filho  1-0311963BRA-chE41 Nimzo-Indian
9. E Asfora vs H Camara  1-0551963BRA-chE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
10. J Belfort Mattos vs H Camara  ½-½201963BRA-chD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. M de Athayde vs H Camara  ½-½951963BRA-chA04 Reti Opening
12. H Camara vs J de Souza Mendes  1-0671963BRA-chA55 Old Indian, Main line
13. H Camara vs M Tavares  1-0371963BRA-chC00 French Defense
14. H Camara vs J Mangini  1-0361963BRA-chB50 Sicilian
15. J Pinto Paiva vs H Camara  0-1581963BRA-chB06 Robatsch
16. H Camara vs P Toth  1-0571963BRA-chA07 King's Indian Attack
17. F Saboya vs H Camara  ½-½141963BRA-chC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
18. Averbakh vs H Camara  1-0341965Rio de JaneiroD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. H Camara vs Stein  ½-½471965Rio de JaneiroB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
20. A C Rocha vs H Camara  ½-½161968BRA-chA16 English
21. G W Fonrobert vs H Camara  ½-½181968BRA-chA43 Old Benoni
22. J Ladeira vs H Camara  ½-½451968BRA-chC45 Scotch Game
23. H Camara vs Antonio Claudio Souza  1-0771968BRA-chC05 French, Tarrasch
24. H Camara vs A de Souza  ½-½521968BRA-chE60 King's Indian Defense
25. H Camara vs C Duarte  1-0491968BRA-chE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 119  PGN Download
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  Benzol: Helder Camara
Born 7th February 1937 in Fortaleza
Awarded the IM title in 1972 he was Brazilian Champion in 1963 and 1968.
Apr-22-05  WorldChampeen:

Helder Camara's website

Feb-22-06  Whitehat1963: I once Helder Camara, but she thought I was being fresh, so she slapped me!
Aug-15-07  gmgomes: <I once Helder Camara, but she thought I was being fresh, so she slapped me!> Helder Camara is not a woman.
Dec-20-10  Antiochus: [Event "It Rio de Janeiro"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1966.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Hélder Camara"]
[Black "Leonid Stein"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B46"]
[PlyCount "93"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. a3 Qc7 7. Be2 b5 8. Nxc6 Qxc6 9. e5 Bb7 10. Bf3 Qc7 11. O-O Rc8 12. Bxb7 Qxb7 13. Qd3 Ne7 14. Ne4 Ng6 15. Qf3 Qc6 16. Bf4 Be7 17. Rad1 O-O 18. Rd2 f5 19. exf6 d5 20. fxe7 Rxf4 21. Qc3 $1 Qxc3 22. Nxc3 Kf7 23. Ne2 Rf6 24. c3 Nxe7 25. a4 bxa4 26. Ra1 Rc4 27. Rd4 e5 28. Rxc4 dxc4 29. Rxa4 Rb6 30. Ra2 Rd6 31. Ng3 Ng6 32. h3 Nf4 33. Nf5 Rd1+ 34. Kh2 Rd2 35. Kg1 Ne2+ 36. Kh2 Nxc3 37. Rxa6 Rxb2 38. Nd6+ Ke7 39. Nxc4 Rxf2 40. Nxe5 Nd5 41. Ra7+ Ke6 42. Ng4 Rf7 43. Ra6+ Kf5 44. Ra5 Ke4 45. Ra4+ Kf5 46. Ra5 Ke4 47. Ra4+ 1/2-1/2

Dec-27-10  Antiochus: New webpage
Mar-16-12  AlanPardew: David Neil Lawrence Levy in <How To Get Better At Chess : Chess Masters On Their Art> (Summit Publishing, 1991):

<At the 1970 Olympiad I had an opponent from Brazil who tried to take back a move against me. When I told him it was against the rules, he said it didn't matter which square he moved his King to. In fact, he was right. But as a matter of principle I insisted he put the King on the first square he had touched. After five hours we adjourned, and at the time we adjourned I demonstrated that I would either win his Queen or mate him in four moves, and he still didn't resign. I was staying fifteen kilometres away from the tournament hall and I had to get up at eight in the morning to go to the tournament site. After all that, my opponent never even showed up!>

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As can be seen from the final position, Levy's recollection of events isn't quite on the mark, but I was intrigued to discover Camara's bio here describing him as <controversial>. Is that a euphemism for <arsehole>?

Jun-02-15  Yopo: Beating Milos

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  TheFocus: He was a photographer by profession. (Yikes)
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"When I give food to the poor they call me a saint.

When I ask <why> the poor have no food they call me a communist."

--- Hélder Câmara

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  moronovich: <whiteshark: "When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. When I ask <why> the poor have no food they call me a communist." --- Hélder Câmara>

Absolutely brilliant.

Unfortunately true.

Well spotted and thank you <whiteshark> !

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