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Arturo Pomar Salamanca
A Pomar Salamanca 
Number of games in database: 519
Years covered: 1943 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2345
Highest rating achieved in database: 2460

Overall record: +146 -144 =226 (50.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (36) 
    E70 E72 E97 E62 E92
 Nimzo Indian (25) 
    E54 E43 E53 E46 E45
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A40 E10 A41 D02 A46
 English, 1 c4 c5 (18) 
    A31 A32 A33 A30 A39
 Grunfeld (15) 
    D83 D78 D90 D82 D93
 Queen's Indian (13) 
    E19 E17 E15 E16 E12
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (70) 
    B18 B14 B11 B13 B10
 Sicilian (37) 
    B56 B29 B65 B73 B70
 Semi-Slav (22) 
    D47 D48 D43 D45 D49
 Reti System (21) 
    A04 A06
 English (17) 
    A12 A15 A11 A14 A18
 King's Indian Attack (12) 
    A07 A08
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Pomar Salamanca vs Smejkal, 1972 1-0
   Alekhine vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1944 1/2-1/2
   A Pomar Salamanca vs M Johansson Sr, 1966 1-0
   A Pomar Salamanca vs L Gallegos, 1944 1-0
   A Pomar Salamanca vs Hug, 1972 1-0
   A Pomar Salamanca vs Geller, 1962 1-0
   Spassky vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1969 1/2-1/2
   A Pomar Salamanca vs Robatsch, 1966 1-0
   I Rivise vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1954 0-1
   J M Bellon Lopez vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1973 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   55th US Open (1954)
   London A (1946)
   Hastings 1959/60 (1959)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Madrid (1973)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Palma de Mallorca 1966 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1974 by suenteus po 147
   London A 1946 by Tabanus
   Hollywood, 1952 by Resignation Trap

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(born Sep-01-1931, died May-26-2016, 84 years old) Spain

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Arturo Pomar Salamanca was born on the 1st of September 1931 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1962, he has been Spanish Champion seven times (1946, 1950, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1966) and represented Spain in the Olympiads between 1958 and 1976. A child prodigy and a pupil of Alexander Alekhine, he became quite famous. He drew a game with his teacher at the age of twelve, becoming the youngest player ever to draw a reigning World Champion at a normal time control. His record still stands today.

His best tournament results were 1st= at Madrid 1960 and Torremolinos 1961, 1st at Malaga 1964, 2nd at Palma 1966 and 1st at Malaga 1971. He suffered nervous breakdowns in 1965 and 1966 and this greatly interfered with his ability to compete subsequently.

Wikipedia article: Arturo Pomar

Last updated: 2016-07-31 13:43:23

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 519  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Pomar Salamanca vs Perdol  1-0451943MadridC01 French, Exchange
2. A Pomar Salamanca vs Saemisch 1-0381943MadridC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Nicolas vs A Pomar Salamanca  0-1471943MadridC20 King's Pawn Game
4. A Pomar Salamanca vs A Ingelmo  1-0551943MadridC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Eugenio Gomez vs A Pomar Salamanca  ½-½581943MadridC52 Evans Gambit
6. Keres vs A Pomar Salamanca 1-0251943MadridC78 Ruy Lopez
7. Alekhine vs A Pomar Salamanca 1-0331943Clock simul, 8bC21 Center Game
8. A Pomar Salamanca vs N Ticoulat  1-0191944Balearic Islands ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
9. M Mampel vs A Pomar Salamanca 1-0351944GijonC55 Two Knights Defense
10. A Bonet vs A Pomar Salamanca  1-0711944GijonD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. A Pomar Salamanca vs L Gallegos 1-0161944GijonA84 Dutch
12. J Salas Romo vs A Pomar Salamanca  0-1171944GijonD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Alekhine vs A Pomar Salamanca ½-½711944GijonC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
14. A Pomar Salamanca vs A Rico Gonzalez  1-0541944GijonD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. A Pomar Salamanca vs A Medina Garcia 0-1511944GijonC47 Four Knights
16. A Pomar Salamanca vs V Gonzalez  ½-½721944GijonC53 Giuoco Piano
17. A Pomar Salamanca vs A Rico Gonzalez  1-0311945BilbaoB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. A Pomar Salamanca vs Alekhine 0-1481945MadridC01 French, Exchange
19. A Pomar Salamanca vs Ribeiro 1-0351945ESP-PORE20 Nimzo-Indian
20. J M Ribeiro vs A Pomar Salamanca  0-1371945ESP-PORC44 King's Pawn Game
21. A Pomar Salamanca vs F J Perez Perez  0-1291945MadridC77 Ruy Lopez
22. A Pomar Salamanca vs J Sanz  ½-½121945MadridB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
23. Seeger vs A Pomar Salamanca  0-1631945MadridB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
24. Alekhine vs A Pomar Salamanca 1-0401945GijonE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. A Pomar Salamanca vs J Simon  1-0341946Simul, 14bD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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  cro777: Spanish chess legend, "el mejor jugador español de todos los tiempos", passed away today in Barcelona. R.I.P.

May-26-16  diagonal: R.I.P.

Child Prodigy and Legend. IM 1950 (as youngest of all 94 players, awarded with an International Master title by FIDE at its inception). First Spanish Grandmaster in 1962.

12 years and 10 months young, Arturo (Arturito) Pomar drew with Alexander Alekhine in a closed tournament at Gijón in July 1944, becoming still the youngest player ever to draw an official game with a reigning World Champion at classical time control.

Portrait and Palmarès: by Angel Jiménez Arteaga

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  piltdown man: Another chess hero gone.


May-27-16  LoveThatJoker: Que descanse en paz esta leyenda!


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  juan31: R.I.P. Arturito Pomar
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, GM Pomar!!
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  ketchuplover: I agree
May-27-16  RookFile: A man who had a clear memory of drawing with Alekhine. Amazing life. RIP.
May-30-16  RookedFileFan: Descansa en Paz Sñr Pomar.
May-31-16  diagonal: Peter Doggers today published a marvelous and comprehensive biography of Arturo Pomar (including archival footage, film and games):

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  diceman: I never heard of "Salamanca."

Every reference I saw was: "Arturo Pomar."

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  keypusher: < diceman: I never heard of "Salamanca." Every reference I saw was: "Arturo Pomar.">

I'm sure you know this, but it's normal in Spanish to have two surnames/apellidos -- the father's family name first, the mother's family name second. Most people wind up using one of the surnames, usually the first, more or less exclusively. Certainly seemed to be Pomar's practice.

English speakers encountering these names often assume that the first surname is a middle name and the second is the "real" surname, which causes confusion.

For cg maybe it's a good idea to keep both surnames for tracking/disambiguation purposes.

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  diceman: <Macnamara:

He was a mailman and had little earnings. He had to ask in his post office for a free month without receiving his wage in order to play that tournament! When the interzonal tornament finished, Bobby Fischer was quoted to say "Poor spanish mailman, now you'll have to put stamps on envelopes again".>

Poor Fischer, he drew with a <Spanish mailman.>

Jun-30-16  diagonal: <Poor Fischer, he drew with a <Spanish mailman>> :))

These are the most notable international tournament achievements of Arturo Pomar:

Santa Fé 1949:

U.S. Open, New Orleans 1954: 55th US Open (1954)

Madrid 1959:

Costa del Sol series, three-time (Torremolinos 1961, Malaga 1964 and 1971):

Palma de Mallorca, 1965 (inaugural edition):

Runner-up at Palma de Mallorca, 1966:
Palma de Mallorca (1966)

Runner-up at Wijk aan Zee, Hoogovens 1972:

Alicante 1975:

Jun-30-16  diagonal: To avoid confusion: Madrid 1959 was an Invitation tournament, Madrid 1960 (mentioned in the bio box) a Zonal: (four way-tie, Gligoric won the play-off, Portisch and Pomar advancing too, Donner failed)
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  wordfunph: rest in peace..
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  sfm: Didn't know he was gone. Great player!
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  offramp: He died as he lived. Very close to Viktor Kortschnoi.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Arturo Pomar.
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  whiteshark: Yet another direct line into the past has been cut.

RIP, Arturo!

Sep-01-16  gars: Victories over Smejkal, Geller and Lubojevic: a great player, no doubts on that!
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: He died as he lived. Very close to Viktor Kortschnoi.>

On the same cul de sac, I hear.

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  brankat: RIP GM Pomar.
Sep-01-19  Ironmanth: Always admired this man. RIP, GM Arturo Pomar.
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  MissScarlett: Yes, one of the better Bond villains.
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