Monday, September 21, 2009

Capablanca? He's Dead!

Capablanca? He's Dead!

There is no doubt that Capablanca was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate.

About four years ago about half a dozen of us went to Mike's restaurant of Davis Square between rounds for lunch. When you order at Mike's, they take your money and first name to call you when your order is ready to be picked up. Well that day I stood behind Mike Henroid and Mikhail Derazhne both of whom gave the name Mike to the waitress. Not wanting to further confuse the Mike issue I gave the name Capablanca and thus I became known forever as Capablanca at Mike's.

Bernado and I got to know the waitress Marisol very well and Marisol was always on the lookout for chess players

Then last Thursday night Tom Sifter appeared at Mike's for dinner and Marisol noticed Tom's chess equipment and asked Tom if he knew Bernado and Capablanca. To which Tom responded he knew Bernado and that Capablanca had died! Marisol was horrified?! Later that week Bernado told Marisol that Tom was talking about a different Capablanca.

Oddly enough, I (oresick) found a photo captioned "J.R.Capablanca VIVE (aka Bernardo Iglesias.)

The inscription on the picture that says: VIVE (AKA BERNARDO IGLESIAS) was written by NM Nathan Resika in the 90's when the club was at 140 Clarendon St.

Please Comment

My (oresick) question is, is the Marisol you knew Marisol?

Thank You

Mike "Capablanca" Griffin


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