FIDE leader stresses legacy of Cuban World Chess Champion

09:21, June 22, 2010      

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Visiting International Chess Federation (FIDE) president, Russian Kirsan Ilyumzhinov stressed here on Monday that the only Cuban World Chess Champion in history, Jose Raul Capablanca (1921-1927), was an exceptional man, who left a great legacy great for Cuba and humanity.

Ilyumzhinov visited the grave where the remains of the former Cuban champion lie at the Columbus Cemetery in Havana and stated that the great chess player was a transcendent figure, not only for the Cuban Chess history, but also for the world.

He expressed that Capablanca was one of the smartest men in the world, besides of an excellent human being and and and outstanding personality in other fields.

The FIDE chairman showed also his interest in the legacy of Capablanca among thousands of Cuban chess players and for the club named after the great champion in Havana, his birthplace.

GM Silvino Garcia, president of the local Federation, and Osvaldo Diaz, national commissioner attended also Ilyumzhinov's visit to Capablanca's grave. Garcia communicated Ilyumzhinov on the plans for spreading out even more the love for the chess game throughout the country, including television classes and competitive tournaments in several provinces.

As part of its schedule, the FIDE leader visited on Sunday the final round of the Capablanca Memorial Tournament in this city and held meetings with authorities of that sport discipline in the island.

Jose Raul Capablanca y Graupera (Havana, November 19, 1888 - New York, March 8, 1942), learnt to play chess at the age of 4 and soon became the Cuba's best player, being the only Cuban World Chess champion (1921 - 1927) in history. Due to his early genius, people used to call him "the Mozart of chess" or the "chess machine."

Together with Robert Fischer and Garry Kasparov, Capablanca is considered the best chess player of the twentieth century.



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