Guillermo Garcia Gonzalez was born in Las Villas, Cuba. He earned the IM title in 1974 and the GM title in 1976.
Winner of the Cuban youth championship in 1971, with 11 wins of 11 games, and then again in 1972.
He participated representing Cuba in seven Chess Olympiads in 1974, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988.
Three time Cuban Champion 1974 and 1983. In tournaments he was 1st at Plovdiv 1975, 1st= at Zurich 1975, 1st= at Orense 1976 (final GM norm) and 1st at Portugalete 1986.
Won the Capablanca Memorial on two occasions, 1977 and then 1980 being the first Cuban born to win the event.
He is remembered for his great start at the very strong Moscow Interzonal (1982) where he managed 5.5 in his first six games. On the seventh round he drew Efim Geller. He also drew Garry Kasparov on the eighth. Then he lost to Alexander G Beliavsky and Larry Christiansen, before drawing two more games with Tal and Andersson respectively. In the last round he faced Ruben Rodriguez from the Philippines. Needing a win to qualify he ended up losing the game.
He participated at the New York Open in 1988 where he placed clear second, after beating, Boris Gulko , Bent Larsen and Alexander Chernin, losing only to Vasyl Ivanchuk, the eventual winner. According to some sources he was unable to collect his $10.000 prize due to the ongoing U.S. imposed Embargo on Cuba.
He died in a car accident in Habana on October 26 1990. He was preparing for the upcoming Novi Sad Olympiad.
Considered the best GM in Cuba before the arrival of Leinier Dominguez Perez and
Lazaro Bruzon Batista
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