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Fidel Castro
F Castro 
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Years covered: 1966

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(born Aug-13-1926, died Nov-26-2016, 90 years old) Cuba

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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on his family's sugar plantation near Birán, in Cuba’s Oriente province. He enrolled at the University of Havana Law School in 1945 and after graduating, he opened a private law practice in Havana in 1950. His intention of running for the Cuban Parliament in 1952 as a member of the front-running progressive albeit anti-communist Partido Ortodoxo was disrupted when Fulgencio Batista seized power after an eight-year absence. Following this, Castro organised a rebellion which was ultimately successful in 1959, when Batista fled Cuba. He declared a socialist state in 1961 and remained the Cuban leader until 18 February 2008, a rule lasting 47 years, stepping down in favour of his brother Raúl.

The inaugural Capablanca Memorial Tournament was held in 1951, with the second being cut short in 1952 by Batista’s coup. It was recommenced in 1962 under the auspices of Castro and chess enthusiast Ernesto Ché Guevara, whom Ludek Pachman, in his memoirs considered to be a "first-rank chessplayer." It has remained a regular feature of the chess calendar, one of the most notable being the 1965 event in which Robert James Fischer participated via telex, although not before receiving an assurance from Castro that the he would cease making political capital out of his participation. Castro was on the organizing committee of the 17th Chess Olympiad that was held in Havana in 1966; the result reflected many of the Summer Olympic results wherein the USSR and the USA came first and second.

In December 2002, Cuba hosted a massive chess tournament at the Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana during which about 11,000 amateurs played 550 chess masters in a simultaneous exhibition breaking the world record of 10,007 games set previously in the Zocalo Plaza, in Mexico City. Castro participated, playing against the President of the Cuban Chess Federation GM Silvino Garcia Martinez.

Fidel Castro passed away in Havana on 26 November 2016.

Wikipedia article: Fidel Castro

Last updated: 2016-11-26 23:45:33

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1. F Terrazas vs F Castro 0-1191966Casual gameC34 King's Gambit Accepted

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Nov-26-16  savagerules: Sic semper tyrannis. Dictators all must die one way or another and then face the music. Good riddance and once Raul croaks, Cuba will start their way back to freedom.
Nov-26-16  Rookiepawn: Cuba's "way back to freedom" would be matching USA's incarceration rate, but of course they are far from that.

Another interesting rate to compare would be the number of unarmed civilians killed by the police. Again Cuba is very far. A huge effort is needed to reach that state of liberty in which any armed govt agent can shoot a citizen for no reason at all, or just for fun.

A real shame.

Nov-26-16  Big Pawn: They keep showing clips of Fidel yelling and screaming at some microphone, with a backdrop of Cuba that resembles an enormous junk yard. He's there yelling and and enjoying himself on his teeny tiny little junk yard island as though he is the most powerful person in the world.

The people of Cuba have suffered a long time under this little tinpot dictator.

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  technical draw: <Rookeipawn> . Castro executed thousands in the first year of his dictatorship. Even his close friends and high ranking officers like Camilo Cienfuegos were assassinated. Not even a million US cops can top Fidel's record.
Nov-27-16  Kaspablanca: Viva la Revolucion, Viva El Comandante, Rest in Peace Fidel, you´re gone but the ideas and your legacy remain.
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  saffuna: <...your legacy remain.>

Uh, what is that legacy?

Nov-27-16  Rookiepawn: <Castro executed thousands in the first year of his dictatorship. Even his close friends and high ranking officers like Camilo Cienfuegos were assassinated. Not even a million US cops can top Fidel's record.>

So "millions" cannot match "thousands"? And those "thousands" are as certain cases as Camilo Cienfuegos'? Your reliability is as good as your math skills.

Now, try to find a case like Salvatore Culosi in Cuba (or anywhere else). Find another country in which citizens are just ducks in a shooting gallery.

And we are not talking about a revolution's aftermath. We are talking about peace time: any govt agent in USA can kill an unarmed civilian and get a slap in the wrist at most.

Just count the cases in Cuba, and the USA. I can give you many, many names in the "land of the free".

Nov-27-16  WorstPlayerEver: I guess the debate will go on for a while.

Nov-27-16  The Kings Domain: R.I.P. Whatever one may think of him, he sure was an enthusiastic supporter of the game and that will always be to his credit.
Nov-27-16  Absentee: <Big Pawn: The people of Cuba have suffered a long time under this little tinpot dictator.>

And they didn't even want to get rid of him! Just how crazy is that?!

Nov-27-16  zanzibar: <<saffuna> Uh, what is that legacy?>

Now, where's Mugabe's page, it's his turn next.

(Lead a revolution, but get off the pot, or turn despot)

God bless (and help) G.W. and his revolution.

Nov-27-16  Rookiepawn: I am not happy with my last comment, because is too extreme and do not define things properly. It is a mistake and I apologize.

I only meant there are serious cases of human rights violations in USA which are not happening in the same degree in Cuba, but my use of terms was absolutely wrong and hurtful. I am sorry.

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  HeMateMe: MLB is still wondering "What if...?"
Nov-27-16  twinlark: A reminder to people who are dumping on the memory and their idea of Fidel Castro's legacy that Nelson Mandela considered a great ally and a good friend. Look at the condolence tweet below and open that link.

That Nelson Mandela is revered throughout the world is without debate. Take a moment to consider Mandela's deep respect and friendship for Castro before anyone decides on another unsavoury dump of hate here.

Nov-27-16  Rookiepawn: And regarding Cuba, the wrong happening in one country does not justify the wrong happening in another country.

I bet both in USA and Cuba there are also armed govt agents of all kinds who actually protect the citizens and are decent. But hardly any country is free of the other kind, unfortunately.

Nov-27-16  WorstPlayerEver: <twinlark>

What a nonsense. Friendship is something personal. Once Ghandhi said that *his friend* Mussolini should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

By the way, Mahatma Gandhi, considered one of history's great champions of non-violent struggle, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize no fewer than five times. He never won. Little wonder.

Nov-27-16  Absentee: <twinlark: A reminder to people who are dumping on the memory and their idea of Fidel Castro's legacy that Nelson Mandela considered a great ally and a good friend.>

They're just repeating the sales pitch they've been fed. It's not like it means something.

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  HeMateMe: Cuba sent troops into Africa to fight, in the 1970s. They might have been fighting the same kind of people that locked up Mandela for 30 years, that may be the link, not sure.
Nov-27-16  ZonszeinP: GM Mark Taimanov is 90
And I wish him to live up 120!
Nov-27-16  Kaspablanca: Cuba is the strongest Latin American country in chess, is the Latin American power in sports, it has the lowest infant mortality rate in Latin America,send doctors abroad when needed, it has the best education system in Latin America, etc, etc, all that thanks to the Revolution led by late Comandante Fidel Castro.
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  saffuna: < the Latin American power in sports,>

I will question that. In a few sports, yes. But not in many others. Compare it to Argentina and Brazil overall.

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  HeMateMe: Mexico actually has a middle class and some degree of wealth. Cuba is just a large farm, using outdated equipment. Everyone is poor except for the high level military and party insiders, perhaps a few technocrats and successful black market types. Maybe we can get them some better farming equipment.
Nov-28-16  Jambow: Castro had some good attributes but executing his opposition isn't one of them no matter how you spin it. Yes he wasn't overthrown but neither was Stalin. However many thousands of Cubans have drowned fleeing their tropical island paradise for some reason?

How many Americans die fleeing our country? We can't even get Rosie to hold good on her promise and she could fly first class.

I mean communists build walls to lock people in, if that doesn't make you go hmmm, pretty much move to Cuba and send us a post card... That's what I thought!

Anyone here go to Cuba for health care? Of course not Michael Moore might pull some Hollywood garbage but he lives in Michigan and eats more than any half dozen Cubans. He hasn't given up his juicy capitalist gains either. Funny how that works isn't it.

Yes I really do enjoy the cigars it is no exaggeration how good they are...

Yes and I was in the Navy with a guy named Castro he was hilarious and I liked him...

I'm against building a wall to keep illegal Cubans out too. ;0]

Nov-28-16  Jambow: Errr almost forgot Capablanca is one of my all time favorite chess players but he was pre Castro does that still count?
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  OhioChessFan: <ZonszeinP: GM Mark Taimanov is 90 And I wish him to live up 120!>

Well, he made it another day, anyway. Please don't wish me a long life.

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