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The History and The Culture of Chess
Erbo Stenzel was a noted Brazilain sculptor. According to the Curitiba site, - Curitiba is the capital city of the state of Paraná, Brazil - Stenzel, besides being a sculptor, was both a teacher and an amateur chess player. The records are scant, but show that in Oct.- Nov.1943, he participated in a tournament in Rio de Janero (won by the Austrian, Erich Eliskases) achieving fourth place. Born in 1911, he was a relatively old man, at age 49, when he played in his first Brazilian Championship tournament in 1960. He played in three more: 1962, 1965 and 1967. While he didn't win any of these, he made a decent showing. According to Chessmetrics, his highest rating, 2347, was achieved in 1966 2347, ranking him as #491 in world at that time.
vonKrolock of chessgames.com who is from Brazil informs us that "in the Delta-Larousse for 1967, a Brazilian Encyclopedia, Stenzel won his entry as Chess Player (Enxadrista in Portuguese). But it's also good to remember that Chess here was purely amateur - the Tourneys and Championships, for instance, were played (somehow as in XIXth Century's North-America or Europe) on holidays, like Easter Week...."
In 1953 he created his sculpture, Homem Nu, the Naked Man, meant to symbolize a free, unfettered Paraná, ready to meet the future.
In the 1940's he created the statue Água pro Morro that sits atop the Maria Lata D’Água Fountain located in the Generoso Marques Square
One more famous piece is the Panel of Erbo Stenzel which depicts the founding and settlement of Paraná
Erbo Stenzel died in 1980.
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