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Maria Teresa Mora Iturralde
Number of games in database: 39
Years covered: 1916 to 1955
Overall record: +17 -16 =6 (51.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-15-1902, died Oct-03-1980, 77 years old) Cuba

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Maria Teresa Mora Iturralde was born in Havana. She studied chess personally under Jose Raul Capablanca, the only person known to have done so. In 1922 she won the Dewar Cup of the Havana Chess Club, which at the time was considered equivalent to Cuban National Championship. Awarded the WIM title in 1950, she was a Women's World Championship Challenger in 1939 and 1949-50. She was also Cuban Woman's Champion from 1938 until she retired from competitive play in 1960.

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Last updated: 2017-08-07 07:02:43

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 39  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Corzo vs M T Mora Iturralde 1-0231916Havana000 Chess variants
2. M T Mora Iturralde vs G Lopez Rovirosa  1-0341921HavanaC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
3. G Lopez Rovirosa vs M T Mora Iturralde  0-1361921MatchC46 Three Knights
4. M T Mora Iturralde vs J Giraud 1-0471922Christmas TtC78 Ruy Lopez
5. M Berea de Montero vs M T Mora Iturralde  0-1541939Wch (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
6. M T Mora Iturralde vs B Janeckova  0-1781939Wch (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. M T Mora Iturralde vs M Stoffels  ½-½421939Wch (Women)A53 Old Indian
8. I Andersson vs M T Mora Iturralde  0-1271939Wch (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. M T Mora Iturralde vs B Carrasco Araya  0-1741939Wch (Women)E61 King's Indian
10. A Lougheed-Freedman vs M T Mora Iturralde  0-1291939Wch (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. M T Mora Iturralde vs E Rinder 0-1231939Wch (Women)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
12. P Schwartzmann vs M T Mora Iturralde  ½-½391939Wch (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. M T Mora Iturralde vs R Bloch Nakkerud  1-0481939Wch (Women)C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
14. M Lauberte vs M T Mora Iturralde  1-0371939World championship (Women)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
15. M T Mora Iturralde vs S Reischer  1-0531939Wch (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. C Roodzant vs M T Mora Iturralde  0-1451939Wch (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Graf-Stevenson vs M T Mora Iturralde  1-0311939Wch (Women)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M T Mora Iturralde vs I Larsen  1-0301939Wch (Women)A52 Budapest Gambit
19. E Raclauskiene vs M T Mora Iturralde  0-1491939Wch (Women)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Menchik vs M T Mora Iturralde 1-0201939Wch (Women)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. M A de Vigil vs M T Mora Iturralde  0-1471939Wch (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
22. M T Mora Iturralde vs M Karff  0-1531939Wch (Women)B54 Sicilian
23. M T Mora Iturralde vs D Trepat de Navarro  1-0591939Wch (Women)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. C Chaude de Silans vs M T Mora Iturralde  1-0631949Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
25. R Hermanowa vs M T Mora Iturralde 1-0271949Moscow, WCH Woman RUSA04 Reti Opening
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  Honza Cervenka: For those who know a little bit Spanish:
Aug-23-05  marekg248: "She is the only person who received direct lessons from Jose Raul Capablanca, the king of kings in the world of the 64 squares."

Oct-02-08  Karpova: "The Times", 1921.12.20, p.13 (it's about the Women section of London 1922)

Jose Raul Capablanca: <I hope the commettee will also consider a proposition which I have to make with regard to the Women's Tournament, and that is that in some way they leave open the possibility of the participation in that tournament of the young Cuban girl, Senorita Maria Teresa Mora. The young lady is only some 17 years old, and yet I believe her to be the equal of any woman player. Her participation would also add enormous interest to the tournament and would cost the committee nothing, as I would obtain here the necessary funds for her journey.>

Mora didn't participate

Photographs and additional information:

C.N. 3464: (you have to scroll down a bit)

She plays against Edward Everett who wrote in a letter dated 26 November 1916:

<‘Like many players, I too frequently appraise my opponent by appearances before the game. There was nothing about her to inspire fear. The señorita is a frail, intellectual, little lady with her hair in curls, and the long dress period several seasons away.

After the introduction I patronizingly inquired what odds she would be pleased to accept, and was amused at her declination of the proposal. However, my amusement was soon turned to apprehension when I found myself on the defensive, and to dread when I next realized that my game was lost. She won. Indeed, out of the seven games contested to date, she has won three, drawn three and left me a consolation of the other.’>

C.N. 3468:

There's a discussion about her birthdate. She might have been born on 15 October 1902.

Oct-15-08  brankat: R.I.P. Maria Teresa.
Oct-15-08  BIDMONFA: Maria Teresa Mora Iturralde


Mar-21-11  Caissanist: Here is another Spanish-language article about Mora ("100 Años de María Teresa Mora"), using an updated version of a link given by Winter: The author of the article flatly states that he interviewed her in 1976 and she told him that she was born in 1902 rather than 1907, and Winter leans toward that date as well, so I have updated her bio accordingly.
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  HeMateMe: Is this the same nun who, I think, was celebrated during the Reagan presidency? She won a Noble Peace Prize, or some such thing?
Oct-15-11  brankat: No, it's not. The one You are referring to was Mother Teresa who lived and worked most of her life in India. Died only a few years ago.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Maria Mora!

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