|May-10-16|| ||luftforlife: Here is my translation of the biographical sketch of "Ajedrecista Soledad Gonzales Pomes de Huguet," featured at the bottom of the web entry at http://solhug.blogspot.com/, made on December 4, 2012 by <analeshermanosdelalejia>:|
"Soledad Gonzalez Pomes de Huguet was the niece of Pepin de la Lejia. Extraordinarily intelligent, she was at various times Argentinian and South American chess champion. She was born at Madrid and was exiled in Argentina with her parents. The two families -- that of Pepin de la Lejia and that of Juan Gonzalez Olmedilla -- shared a home as soon as they arrived in Buenos Aires, and soon Pepin and his wife took to Soledad as if she were their own daughter."
|May-10-16|| ||luftforlife: Christian Sánchez, Secretary of the Asociación Rosarina de Ajedrez based in Rosario, Argentina, has chronicled the history of the Club Rosarino de Ajedrez. His "Cronología del ajedrez rosarino 1957" contains the following entry, drawn from the September and October 1957 issues of "Ajedrez," which I have translated as follows:|
"Soledad González [Pomés] de Huguet, current Argentinian champion [1956?], won the zonal at Río de Janeiro, classified as a candidates' tournament, which began on August 20th. Other competitors included Odile L. de Heilbronner (runner-up), champion of the 1955/56 season, and the ex-champion María A. Berea de Montero (fifth-place)."
Christian Sánchez, "Cronología del ajedrez rosarino 1957" (citing "Ajedrez," Sept. 1957, at 285; id., Oct. 1957, at 321) (brackets in original).
|May-10-16|| ||luftforlife: There is on the face of the Internet listings some question whether Soledad González Pomés de Huguet won the 1952 women's individual chess championship of Argentina (the "Campeonato Argentino, Superior Femenino"). |
Compare, e.g., https://ajedrezhistorico.wordpress.... (listing "Soledad Huguet" as 1952 women's individual chess champion of Argentina) with https://web.archive.org/web/2011050... (listing "Paulette Schwartzmann" as 1952 women's individual chess champion of Argentina).
|May-10-16|| ||luftforlife: Written in cursive (possibly in her own hand) on the identity card evincing her membership in Club Argentino de Ajedrez is the name "Soledad G.P. de Huguet":|
|May-10-16|| ||luftforlife: On July 23, 2011, Catalonian journalist and historian Gil Toll published an entry on his weblog "Germans Busquets" entitled "Juan G. Olmedilla en el general Miaja." |
In her post under this entry dated August 8, 2011, biochemist Dra. Selvia Garcia Pomés (<brais custardoy>) identified herself as the daughter of Pilar Pomés, whose oldest sister, Carmen Pomés, married Juan González Olmedilla:
Juan González Olmedilla and Carmen Pomés González were the Spanish parents of Soledad González Pomés (he was born at Sevilla) who circa 1937 took refuge in exile at Buenos Aires during the Spanish Civil War. They lived and worked in the intellectual communities of their native Spain and of their adopted Argentina.
According to Gil Toll's web entry, Juan González Olmedilla worked as a newspaper editor in Madrid, and cultivated in his work as a translator, poet, and fiction writer a kind-hearted, gallant humanism. His work as a founding editor of the Heraldo de Madrid dealt with political themes, and also encompassed his writing of reviews as a theatrical critic. He covered the Spanish Civil War at the front in Andalucía in 1934, and wrote numerous articles dedicated to General Miaja, who he followed closely.
Juan González Olmedilla continued his political writing and journalism in Argentinian exile, publishing the Editorial Madrid from Buenos Aires in 1937, and also collaborated with a well-known Argentinian actor on radio-broadcast performances. This was fitting, as was his work as a theatrical critic, for, according to Dra. Selvia Garcia Pomés, his wife, Carmen Pomés González, had been a trained professional actress, and, according to poster <selvatia> (http://www.germansbusquets.com/2011...), she herself was a literary intellectual, translating books from the French, publishing as a journalist critical reviews of theatre, cinema, and art, and adapting the classics for children.
It was in this heady intellectual milieu, and in this liberally humanistic, politically activist, and supportive family environment, that Soledad González Pomés was born and raised.
In her subsequent post on August 11, 2011, Dra. Selvia Garcia Pomés (<brais custardoy>), cousin of Soledad González Pomés de Huguet, confirmed that her cousin Soledad married quite young, and took her husband's surname:
|May-10-16|| ||luftforlife: The foregoing sketches and summaries, which barely scratch the surface, stem from my research and reading in the original sources written in Spanish. Any errors of translation or of understanding are mine alone.|
I hope to write more about this formidable, trailblazing chess player and her professional career, personal life, and engaging and compelling family history. For now, I have submitted a correction slip regarding her name; there are games yet to be unearthed (one not hosted here is reproduced from <chess.com> on the solhug blogspot, and merits further research), and tournament accomplishments to be researched, verified, and described in fuller detail. For now, I hope these preliminary entries make for profitable reading, and bring this preeminent player into clearer view.
|May-11-16|| ||luftforlife: Sorry for the typographical error in the first entry; it should of course read "Soledad González Pomés de Huguet" (with diacritics added).|
|May-11-16|| ||Nosnibor: <lustforlife> The games shown here do not reflect any great skill. In the 1959 Women Candidates Tournament held in Plodiv, Bulgaria from May 2 to May 23 of that year she finished last with the unremarkable score of 2.5/14. I know this may sound ungallant but I doubt whether her abilities has a chess player would have exceeded an elo rating above 1800.|
|May-11-16|| ||luftforlife: <Nosnibor>: Thanks for your comments, and for your analytical assessment. I hope to find more games for this player, who not only won at least two women's individual championships of Argentina (no mean feat), but apparently also won some other championships in South America. I make no claim (at least not at present) about her skill at the chessboard, but her accomplishments are noteworthy in and of themselves, and certainly she deserves commemoration under her proper name.|
|May-11-16|| ||luftforlife: I should think Soledad González Pomés de Huguet's games played in tournaments she won might more accurately reveal her capabilities, her strengths, and her style. Again, I'll try to find and to post more of her games; her oeuvre may well be more estimable, and her skills more formidable, than the two games hosted here would indicate.|
|May-11-16|| ||luftforlife: From chess.com, here is the first-round victory by Soledad González de Huguet with the White pieces over Ewalda Cordioli in the Zonal Candidates tournament held at Río de Janeiro in August 1957 and won by Soledad González de Huguet (see Soledad Huguet Gonzalez (kibitz #2)):|
[Event "Zonal Candidates"]
[Site "Río de Janeiro, BRA"]
[White "Soledad González de Huguet"]
[Black "Ewalda Cordioli"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.Be3 a6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.Rad1 Qc7 11.h3 Bd7 12.Nb3 b5 13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.exd5 Ne5 15.Bd4 Rac8 16.c3 Nc4 17.Bxc4 bxc4 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Qd4+ Kg8 20.Nc1 a5 21.Rfe1 Bb5 22.Re3 Qb7 23.Ne2 Ba6 24.Rd2 Rc7 25.Qh4 Qa7 26.Nd4 Re8 27.Nc6 Qb6 28.Nxe7+ Kg7 29.Nf5+ gxf5 30.Qg5+ 1-0.