Chris A. Candelario

by | Jul 22, 2016

National Master Chris A. Candelario has for many years been one of the leading players in New Mexico, though he has not played much in the last ten years. He won the New Mexico Championship in 1983.

Chris’ father, John S. Candelario, was also a strong player who won the New Mexico Championship in 1946, 1947 and 1948. For more on John Candelario, see the article written by Chris in the September 2007 edition of Desert Knight at the NMCO web site.

The game below against multi-time New Mexico Champion, Steve Sandager, was played in 1972, the year Sandager won his first New Mexico Championship. At the time, Chris was a youngster rated 1732. No doubt Sandager expected an easy game.

The following is Chris’ own introduction to the game in the June 2011 edition of the Desert Knight at the NMCO web site, which also has Chris’ analysis of the game. The analysis below is my own. Chris must be very modest because he has a lot more to say about his opponent than about himself.

“Memoirs of a Chess Saboteur”
“Part One by NM Chris Candelario”
“SAND(ager)BAGGING”

“Steve Sandager is among the Southwest’s great tournament players, winning the New Mexico state chess championship more than anyone else on record. In going over my scores, I believe I have a plus tournament score against him, 2 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss.

“With Sandager we have won the New Mexico State Team tournament at least twice [Together they scored 8-0 in the 1996 tournament, MG] and the ‘chess bughouse’ championship once. In fact before the bughouse tournament, neither of us had ever played that brand of chess. Steve is also a terrific tennis player.”