UANL Talent goes to Russia


Enrique Garcia Herrera has been playing chess since he was 9, he has participated in World Chess Championship for 5 times and has attended Pan American, Central American, and National Olympic Games. Now, he’s about to travel to Russia and study at the Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod thanks to the scholarship he earned due to his outstanding results playing chess.


It all began when Enrique saw Ron Weasley from the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoce playing a game of Wizard’s Chess, since then Enrique and his chessboard have travelled around the world.

He is a recent graduate from High School No. 15 Florida and now “Quique” is getting ready to study International Economy at the N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, a city located to the west of Moscú, Rusia.

The 16 year old chessplayer was awarded a scholarhsip by Natalia Smirnova acting on behalf of the Latin American Russian Association, to stay abroad and study at Nizhny Novgorod.

Enrique Garcia is ranked as one of the 5 best chessplayers of Mexico in the sub-18 category. He is also ranked with 2043 points in the World Chess Federation.

After seeing how Ronald Weasley using his extensive knowledge of chess, managed to get himself, Harry, and Hermione across the chess and together could checkmate the King, Enrique asked his mom to take him to learn how to play chess. It was the year of 2009 when she took him to Casa de la Cultura of Nuevo Leon.

There, he learned how to play and took his first steps in chess, since then Enrique has pursued his career in the world of chess.

Alberto Escobedo Tinajero was his coach during the 2011 World Chess Championship, Brazil. Unfortunately he passed away the following year when Enrique was about to participate in the 2012 Pan American Games in Lima, Perú.

“I promised him that I would win the Pan American Games and so I did. In the very last game I played against a Peruvian chessplayer, it took place at a stadium, and I had victory” said Enrique…

At the end of 2012, Enrique played his second World Chess Championship sub-12 category, in a tournament organized in the Balkan city of Maribor, north of Slovenia.

In May of 2013, he attended to an open tournament called “Raúl Capablanca” in Havana, Cuba. In August, Enrique came back to Cuba to participate in the “Giraldilla” VII Cup. In September, he participated in the World Chess Championship sub- 20 category in Istanbul, Turkey. There, Enrique met Yuri Kasparov, the legendary Russian chess player.

In December of this year, he took part of the World Chess Championship sub-14 category in Dubai. After those tournaments, during the 2014, Enrique did not attend to any tournament due the lack of resources and sponsorships; he lost the World Youth Championship in Durban, South Africa. In 2015, he returned to the international stage and participated in the World Chess Championship sub-16 category in Greece. In 2016 and 2017, he came back to Cuba to participate in the same tournaments.

"I like to make decisions in chess, whether good or bad, like everything else in life. You have to make a move", said the young chess player. What he likes the most, he is to beat other chess players.

"I like, as Bobby Fischer (the legendary world champion) once said: to break their ego."

Besides the photo with Kasparov in Turkey, Enrique took a photo with one of the grandchildren of the historic Cuban chess player Raúl Capablanca, a few weeks ago in Cuba.

“I really like the aggressive play but at the same time the positional one, using the strategy. As (the teacher Armenian Levon) Aronian, that can play an aggressive position, but at the same time a very closed one in which you have to consider all the possible moves. It’s tactical and strategic”, he mentioned.

Before playing chess, Enrique used to play sports like Tae Kwon Do, table tennis, soccer, football, and swimming but he could not find success as he found it playing chess.

"Chess is all about calculation, you have to see ahead, and in one stand you can see a lot of moves. I do not know, I can at least calculate between 60 and 70 moves forward in a normal stand. Masters of Chess can calculate so much more", he said.

By:Luis Salazar
Date: Julio 11 de 2017
Photo:Daniel Zamora Aguilar