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Fidel Castro Signed Invitation to Cold War-Era World Chess Olympiad Reception

An event invitation signed by Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro (1926-2016) as "Fidel Castro" in blue ink at upper left. Printed in Spanish on a thick transparent paper, and featuring the Cuban coat of arms at top. Uneven toning with some stains from previous storage in a photo album. Else good to very good. 6.875" x 5." Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.


[signed] "Fidel Castro


The Prime Minister of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba, Commander Fidel Castro, invites you to a reception that will be offered in honor of the foreign guests participating in the 17th World Chess Olympiad that will take place at the Palace of the Revolution on Tuesday, November 1 from 8 to 10 pm."

The 17th World Chess Olympiad, organized by the World Chess Federation, took place in Havana, Cuba between October 23 - November 20, 1966. The open tournament welcomed 52 teams from around the world to compete for actual--as well as symbolic--supremacy within a Cold War context. The Soviet Union won first place by a large margin, followed by the United States in second place, and Hungary, a Soviet bloc country, in third place.

Among the Soviet tournament participants were three World Chess Champions, Tigran Petrosian, Boris Spassky, and Mikhail Tal, as well as Grand Masters Leonid Stein, Viktor Korchnoi, and Lev Polugaevsky. The Americans were led by young chess phenom Bobby Fischer, who would wrest the World Chess Championship title from Boris Spassky in 1972.

Fidel Castro served as Prime Minister of Cuba between 1959-1976, and President of Cuba between 1976-2008.

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