|Jan-01-05|| ||Benzol: Carlos Enrique Guimard
Born 6th April 1913 in Santiago del Estero
An IM in 1950 and a GM in 1960 he was Argentine champion in 1937, 1938 and 1941.
|Dec-27-06|| ||Caissanist: According to Arnold Denker, Guimard was Miguel Najdorf's partner in the insurance business that made them both rich.|
|Dec-27-06|| ||Resignation Trap: Is Guimard still alive?|
|Dec-27-06|| ||Benzol: Looks like he might have passed away in 1998.
|Aug-13-07|| ||Fusilli: <Benzol: Looks like he might have passed away in 1998.> I believe the entry on Wikipedia is wrong (notice that it doesn't have a source). I found an Argentine chess website from his province of birth (Santiago del Estero) reporting his death in 2001... but I can't find it now. If I do, I'll post a link.|
|Apr-06-08|| ||BIDMONFA: Carlos Enrique Guimard|
GUIMARD, Carlos E.
|Apr-06-08|| ||wouldpusher: Some online sources point out that indeed GM Guimard died in 1998.|
|Apr-06-08|| ||whiteshark: Player of the Day
|May-01-09|| ||Augalv: The year Guimard died is missing on this site:
And according to this one, he died in 2001:
|Apr-06-10|| ||wordfunph: Najdorf and Guimard played a tournament and Najdorf knew that he would be tempted to gamble a lot of money at the Casino, so he gave Guimard all his "reserve" money and told him to take it with him to his hotel room and not give it to him even if he begged for it. That night, Guimard was already asleep when Najdorf woke him up banging on his room door. Then Najdorf begged for his money and the situation became heated, but Guimard refused to give him the money. Morning after, the story goes, Najdorf was the most thankful man in the world."|
|Apr-06-11|| ||gulliver: Was the French defense was contributed by him|
|Apr-06-11|| ||perfidious: <gulliver: Was the French defense was contributed by him>|
Guimard often played the French; the line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 bears his name, and the following game is likely the most famous played in the variation: Fischer vs R Byrne, 1965, though White played very weakly.
Byrne's play was an improvement on this game: Keres vs Botvinnik, 1955.
|Aug-11-12|| ||backrank: I've always wondered how to pronounce his name (which appears to be French, but I doubt it's pronounced in the French manner).|
|Aug-12-12|| ||perfidious: <backrank> Believe the pronunciation is he-MAR or he-MARD. Bet <Jim Bartle> would be able to clarify this for us.|
When I got a copy of Botvinnik's 100 Selected Games long ago, on reading through, there was one in the book where he referred to a player called Himar, having pulled off a similar combination in that game to the one in text.
|Aug-12-12|| ||backrank: <When I got a copy of Botvinnik's 100 Selected Games long ago, on reading through, there was one in the book where he referred to a player called Himar, having pulled off a similar combination in that game to the one in text.>|
Thank you, very interesting!
|Aug-12-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I would pronounce it with a hard G and the accent on the first syllable. The H sound for the G would come more likely with a "Gi" than a "Gui."|
|Aug-12-12|| ||perfidious: <Jim> Muchas gracias, senor!|
|Aug-12-12|| ||perfidious: <Jim> A postscript: of course it's pronounced with a G; old age creeping up, I guess. When Botvinnik translated it, he was probably getting confused with the Cyrillic G, which I believe is pronounced the same as the English H.|
|Aug-12-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Now I'm not sure where the accent should fall.|
|Aug-13-12|| ||achieve: Car- -Ri- -Mard
Accent on first, middle, last, respectively.
|Oct-19-12|| ||Wyatt Gwyon: So how's it pronounced? lol. Been working on the Guimard French, been curious.|
|Nov-11-12|| ||Infohunter: <perfidious: <Jim> A postscript: of course it's pronounced with a G; old age creeping up, I guess. When Botvinnik translated it, he was probably getting confused with the Cyrillic G, which I believe is pronounced the same as the English H.>|
Well, as a matter of fact, Russian cannot render "h" directly; most often a foreign name with the letter "h" gets it turned into a "g". That's how a Russian GM whose ancestral family name was the German "Heller", for example, comes to bear the name Efim Geller. The Cyrillic letter you mention is "г", and in Russian it is always pronounced "g", never "h". (Though in Ukrainian it DOES stand for the sound of "h", the sound of "g" being rendered by the similar-looking letter "ґ"--but that's another story.)
|Nov-12-12|| ||EdZelli: Infohunter:, wrote 'Russian cannot render "h" directly;'|
So true ! The real name of Vaganian is actually Vahanian. In case of Akobian, they dropped the letter H. His name is is actually Hakopian.
|Feb-24-13|| ||thomastonk: I wondered why he got the GM title in 1960, but according to the biography his best tournament result is Berlin 1937. In Game Collection: Buenos Aires 1960 <sneaky pete> mentioned that he received the GM title from this event, and that seems a much better tournament result, too.|