At age 84 on Wednesday, in his native Buenos Aires, IM Raimundo Garcia quietly passed away. Active until the end, Raimundo had a long amateur chess career stretching from the 1950s.
Multiple times member of the Argentine National Team, Champion of Argentina in 1963, Raimundo was well liked, respected and considered one of the true gentlemen of Argentine chess. My condolences to his family.
Photos above by Mark Van Marx, of an interview of Raimundo Garcia (2014) by journalist Martin Buter. LINK
I confess that I did not know very much about the games and style of play of Garcia until yesterday when I decided to write this blog article dedicated to his memory.
I intend to do a larger article on the tactics and combinations from his games later this week (next week), but from what I have seen so far, I like very much!
Raimundo Garcia was an active player with an aggressive style of play. He won many attacking games quickly and brilliantly. Take a look at these gems:
Garcia,R – Sanguinetti,R Buenos Aires 1963 (1-0)
im Garcia,R – im Bronstein,L Caseros 1974 (1-0)
im Garcia,R – gm Hoffman,A Argentina 1983 (1-0)
gm Bolbochan,J – im Garcia,R Buenos Aires 1959 (0-1)