March 5, 2021

Gerardo Gonzlez dies, the Argentinian living in Gran Canaria who beat Bobby Fischer – La Provincia

The 89-year-old chess player Gerardo González Intelangelo has died today in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Player until this same season, the Spanish-Argentinean settled down in the Island for more than four decades counted between his achievements a victory to the American Bobby Fischer during a simultaneous game celebrated in the city of Mar del Plata.

Gerardo González was born in the Argentine city on November 27, 1929. The Mar del Plata Chess Federation was founded on July 7, 1945 and Gerardo was his first champion the next year and the youngest so far, only 16 years old. In total, he was champion six times (1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1958 and 1959) and runner-up in two (1966 and 1970).

His passion for this sport led him to participate in an exhibition in which he sat next to Fischer and even, he used to say sarcastically, he won the game. He told that the legendary chess player, champion of the world from 1972 to 1975 and who became immortal when dethroning Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, he challenged him to a rematch, which never came to be disputed since the Spanish-Argentine preferred to stay with the victory.

At the beginning of the seventies, Gerardo González Intelangelo moved to live in Gran Canaria, where he began to encourage the practice of this sport. He never abandoned his passion for the pieces. In 2016, with 87 years, he received a well-deserved tribute during the celebration of the II Active Tournament Chess Ideas. Before, he organized a memorial tournament in 2013 to his wife Piedad Cambeiro Domínguez, who had died that same year.

The FInsular Chess Federation Today he sent his condolences to the family of the body of the master FIDE (International Chess Federation, in French acronym Fédération Internationale des Échecs). "From the Board of Directors of the Insular Chess Federation of Gran Canaria we express our deepest condolences for his loss to his family, friends, and companions of the Villa de Teror-Fuenteror Chess Club, club where he developed, until this very season, almost all his wide and prolific sports career, "he says on his website.

The body of Gerardo González Intelangelo, winner of numerous tournaments organized on the island, is watched at the Funeral Home of San Miguel of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where it will be incinerated tomorrow Friday.

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