Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Emilio Cordova "International Master" Peru

Emílio Córdova

A chess prodigy who ran away with an exotic dancer almost twice his age has returned home to a hero’s welcome after an amazing teenage adventure that took him to the hotspots of Brazil.

It all began when Emílio Córdova, a 15-year-old international master from Peru, was crowned South American chess champion in January after winning a tournament in the Argentine city of Córdoba.

Instead of returning to Lima he told relatives that he was heading to Brazil to compete in tournaments there in order to reach the rank of international grandmaster.

But, far from focusing on his grand master dreams, Emílio quickly became caught up in São Paulo’s pulsating but frequently sleazy nightlife.

He soon formed a relationship with a 29-year-old Brazilian single mother, , dubbed the “bella brasileira” by the Peruvian media, with whom he reportedly fell in love.

Ms Oliveira works in Love Story, a club where young Emílio took to spending nights dancing.

To fund his Brazilian sojourn he told his family that he had fallen ill and needed them to wire out money to pay for medical expenses. He even sold his laptop computer which contained all his chess notes and training programmes.

As weeks turned into months EmÍlio’s family became worried about his absence, and the Peruvian media set out to Brazil to find out what had happened to their promising young chess genius.

Once they located him, Emílio insisted that he had not abandoned chess altogether but was just enjoying some much deserved fun.

I play chess, study chess but this doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy myself,” he said. “I’m young and I want to do this. I have to live. To be locked up in my room all the time depresses me.”

Your Web Blog Admin says; I remember what it was like being a 15 year old and I really enjoyed my freedom and was very independent and soon left home to travel the world.

I just wanted to mention that I just finished a chess quiz at one of the Links on this site and got every question right! It said that I must live a DULL LIFE take time out and enjoy myself. I had to laugh, if I was young it would be ok, but I am almost 60 and I have fun studying chess and playing when I can. Moving on, lets look at some of Emilios games; he has a rating well over 2500 and I must say I enjoy looking through some of his Chess Games


Anonymous said...

How many people FORCE their children to play chess punishing them by doing push-ups and sit-ups if they did not OBEY their paernts? What do you the young future generation think about the pressure to do well? Do not be afraid to speak your mind! Tell us what your punishment is if you do not obey your parents? You can be anonymous!

Anonymous said...

My sister's and I do not play chess any more becuase our parents pushed us too hard! Maybe one of us will will take it up later in our lives! we have no interest in being a world champion! we just want to enjoy the game and live our lives without the parents pushing and pushing us to be the best!

Anonymous said...

I was inspired by the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, and took time off to do kids stuff and start enjoying my childhood!!