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Arturo Pomar Salamanca
A Pomar Salamanca 
Number of games in database: 482
Years covered: 1943 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2345
Highest rating achieved in database: 2460
Overall record: +133 -137 =209 (49.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (34) 
    E70 E72 E97 E62 E79
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E43 E53 E45 E46 E52
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A40 E10 D02 A41 A46
 English, 1 c4 c5 (18) 
    A31 A32 A33 A30 A37
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D83 D78 D90 D82 D85
 Queen's Indian (13) 
    E19 E17 E15 E12 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (64) 
    B14 B19 B11 B18 B13
 Sicilian (36) 
    B56 B29 B65 B89 B63
 Semi-Slav (23) 
    D47 D48 D43 D49 D45
 Reti System (19) 
    A04 A06
 English (15) 
    A12 A15 A14 A11 A13
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E54 E58 E57 E30 E21
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Pomar Salamanca vs Smejkal, 1972 1-0
   A Pomar Salamanca vs M Johansson Sr, 1966 1-0
   Alekhine vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1944 1/2-1/2
   A Pomar Salamanca vs Geller, 1962 1-0
   A Pomar Salamanca vs Hug, 1972 1-0
   I Rivise vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1954 0-1
   A Pomar Salamanca vs Robatsch, 1966 1-0
   P Trifunovic vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1966 0-1
   Timman vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1972 0-1
   A Pomar Salamanca vs Ljubojevic, 1974 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   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)

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

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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 20; games 1-25 of 482  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Pomar Salamanca vs Perdol  1-045 1943 MadridC01 French, Exchange
2. E Gomez vs A Pomar Salamanca  ½-½58 1943 MadridC52 Evans Gambit
3. Alekhine vs A Pomar Salamanca 1-033 1943 MadridC21 Center Game
4. Nicolas vs A Pomar Salamanca  0-147 1943 MadridC20 King's Pawn Game
5. A Pomar Salamanca vs Saemisch 1-038 1943 Madrid (Spain)C50 Giuoco Piano
6. A Pomar Salamanca vs A Ingelmo  1-055 1943 Madrid (Spain)C50 Giuoco Piano
7. Keres vs A Pomar Salamanca 1-025 1943 MadridC78 Ruy Lopez
8. A Pomar Salamanca vs A Medina Garcia 0-151 1944 Gijon itC47 Four Knights
9. A Pomar Salamanca vs V Gonzalez  ½-½72 1944 Gijon itC53 Giuoco Piano
10. A Pomar Salamanca vs N Ticoulat  1-019 1944 Balearic Islands ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
11. Alekhine vs A Pomar Salamanca ½-½71 1944 GijonC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
12. M Mampel vs A Pomar Salamanca 1-035 1944 Gijon itC55 Two Knights Defense
13. A Bonet vs A Pomar Salamanca  1-071 1944 Gijon itD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. A Pomar Salamanca vs L Gallegos 1-016 1944 Gijon itA84 Dutch
15. J Salas Romo vs A Pomar Salamanca  0-117 1944 Gijon itD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. A Pomar Salamanca vs A Rico Gonzalez  1-054 1944 Gijon itD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Alekhine vs A Pomar Salamanca 1-040 1945 GijonE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
18. Seeger vs A Pomar Salamanca  0-163 1945 MadridB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. A Pomar Salamanca vs J Sanz  ½-½12 1945 MadridB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. A Pomar Salamanca vs A Rico Gonzalez  1-031 1945 BilbaoB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. J M Ribeiro vs A Pomar Salamanca  0-137 1945 Spain v. PortugalC44 King's Pawn Game
22. A Pomar Salamanca vs F J Perez Perez  0-129 1945 MadridC77 Ruy Lopez
23. A Pomar Salamanca vs Alekhine 0-148 1945 MadridC01 French, Exchange
24. A Pomar Salamanca vs Ribeiro  1-034 1945 Spain vs. Portugal Team MatchE20 Nimzo-Indian
25. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs A Pomar Salamanca 1-064 1946 Barcelona Int.Tourn.A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
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May-26-16  Resignation Trap: Sad news: the veteran Spanish Grandmaster has died at age 84:
May-26-16  sonia91: R.I.P.
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  cro777: Spanish chess legend, "el mejor jugador español de todos los tiempos", passed away today in Barcelona. R.I.P.

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  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

May-27-16  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
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  RookFile: A man who had a clear memory of drawing with Alekhine. Amazing life. RIP.
May-30-16  RookedFileFan: Descansa en Paz Sñr Pomar.
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  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.>

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  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:

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  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..
Jul-31-16  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!
Sep-01-16  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.
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