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Manuel Golmayo De La Torriente
M Golmayo De La Torriente 
Casino of Madrid, May 1921. Spanish Champion Manuel Golmayo (left) plays
against King Alphonse XIII, inaugurating the Great National Tournament.
(from Temas Clásicos de Ajedrez, Ed. Ricardo Aguilera, Madrid 1969.)
Number of games in database: 59
Years covered: 1896 to 1946

Overall record: +20 -24 =14 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C68 C82 C83 C66 C72
 Ruy Lopez, Open (4) 
    C82 C83
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (6) 
    B40 B32 B45 B73
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D05 A46 E10 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Golmayo De La Torriente vs Alekhine, 1931 1/2-1/2
   M Golmayo De La Torriente vs Alekhine, 1922 1/2-1/2
   M Golmayo De La Torriente vs H K Mattison, 1928 1-0
   M Golmayo De La Torriente vs C S Howell, 1922 1-0

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(born Jun-12-1883, died Mar-07-1973, 89 years old) Cuba (federation/nationality Spain)

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Manuel Golmayo de la Torriente was born in Havana, Cuba. He was Spanish Champion on numerous occasions and passed away in Madrid in 1973.

Wikipedia article: Manuel Golmayo Torriente

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 59  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Corzo vs M Golmayo De La Torriente 1-0241896HavanaC55 Two Knights Defense
2. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs Lasker ½-½261921Simul ExhibitionC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
3. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs C S Howell 1-0281922Friendly MatchD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Alekhine vs M Golmayo De La Torriente 1-0341922Exhibition gameA53 Old Indian
5. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs Alekhine ½-½771922Exhibition gameD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
6. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs Euwe  ½-½581924Paris f-A ;HCL 33C83 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. A Chepurnov vs M Golmayo De La Torriente  0-1461924Paris f-AA00 Uncommon Opening
8. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs K Havasi 1-0191924Paris ol (Men) f-AC66 Ruy Lopez
9. Colle vs M Golmayo De La Torriente 1-0421924Paris FRAA53 Old Indian
10. A Vajda vs M Golmayo De La Torriente  1-0341924Paris ol (Men) f-AA55 Old Indian, Main line
11. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs I Gudju  1-0361924Paris prel-6C83 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. R Grau vs M Golmayo De La Torriente  1-06919271st olm finalE10 Queen's Pawn Game
13. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs G Nyholm  1-04019271st olm finalD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs Tarrasch 1-05319271st olm finalC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Yates vs M Golmayo De La Torriente  ½-½5219271st olm finalC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs S Rosselli del Turco  ½-½7319271st olm finalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. O Krause vs M Golmayo De La Torriente  1-03019271st olm finalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs Hromadka  0-14219271st olm finalB01 Scandinavian
19. A Cheron vs M Golmayo De La Torriente  ½-½231928Wch AmateurA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
20. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs A Tyroler  1-0431928Wch AmateurD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. N Whitaker vs M Golmayo De La Torriente 1-0291928Wch AmateurB40 Sicilian
22. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs H K Mattison 1-0411928Wch AmateurB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
23. W Henneberger vs M Golmayo De La Torriente  0-1291928Wch AmateurB40 Sicilian
24. A Becker vs M Golmayo De La Torriente 0-1211928Wch AmateurD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
25. M Golmayo De La Torriente vs L Steiner 0-1251928Wch AmateurC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
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  meloncio: Manuel Golmayo was Spanish Chess Champion from 1912 until 1930. He played against the best of his time but never was a professional player. His true job was military man(!).

He wrote some interesting chess books and articles, and had a long life of 90 years (1883-1973).

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  vonKrolock: As can be seen from the statistics of the earliest Chess Olympics, he was the standing leader (first board) in the Spanish Teams, scoring habitually much better than his mates...
Oct-19-04  checkpat: how many amateurs have drawn against Euwe and Alekhine? I m impressed!
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  Benzol: Manuel Golmayo de la Torriente
Born 12th June 1883 in Havana
Died 7th March 1973 in Madrid
My information has him as Spanish champion in 1902 as well as the years listed by <meloncio> previously.
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  meloncio: <Benzol> You're right. I have found a reference about him as Spanish Chess Champion in 1902, after a tournament celebrated by the coronation of the king Alfonso XIII.

Pablo Morán had an interview with him in Madrid in 1968, and wrote about it: "He was then very old, still a true gentleman, very kind and nice, but his mind was almost lost and he confused names and dates. I couldn't get the exact information I needed for my book; anyway I felt a great respect and thankfulness for him, a living piece of the Spanish Chess".

Feb-13-05  petechka: There is a biographical chess book authored by Manuel Golmayo. The book name is Temas Clasico de Ajedrez by Manuel Golmayo Madrid 1966 171 pages. I own one of the biggest in the world collection of biographical chess books, but this one is still missing. Does anybody know who to get it?
Yakov Zusmanovich (California, USA)
Feb-13-05  petechka: My e-mail address is
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  meloncio: <petechka> I have the book you're looking for (second edition, Madrid 1969), but today it's positively out of print. The book is not a true biography, because there are just two pages about it. In fact, the first part of the book is a collection of newspaper articles and lectures; the second part is a collection of his best 50 commented games.

I know there is another previous Golmayo's book: 'Temas de Ajedrez', but I've never seen it.

Jun-12-06  BIDMONFA: Manuel Golmayo De La Torriente


Jul-29-07  Mibelz: Manuel Golmayo won unofficial and official Spanish championships in 1902, 1912, 1919, 1921, 1927, and 1928.
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  whiteshark: <Stonehenge> Some people think, they cannot confuse reft and light. :D
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  Stonehenge: Well, <on left> is a double mistake and the comma after <Spanish Champion> is strange.

At least it was a <Great National Touranment>.

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  GrahamClayton: Photo:
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  HeMateMe: Does this guy's name mean "Man from the storm", in Spanish?
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  Check It Out: I enjoy those pics from yesteryear with a bunch of distinguished gentleman, all dressed to the nines and packed closely together, watching a single chess game. You'd never see that today.
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  HeMateMe: The only guy who wears a tuxedo to a chess game now is 007.
Mar-05-11  rapidcitychess: <checkpat: how many amateurs have drawn against Euwe and Alekhine? I m impressed!>

Euwe has beaten both of them. He's an amateur.

Apr-17-11  dedgard: Golmayo De La Torriente also draw with Tarrasch, Tartakower, Rubinstein. His father Celso Golmayo bit and draw Paul Morphy and Steinitz. Amazing chess family. They initiated chess in Cuba, where Capablanca learned.
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  Stonehenge: Golmayo is indeed the chap in uniform, see Biographer Bistro.
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  brankat: Senor Golmayo De La Torriente did have good results against some great players: Alekhine, Spielmann, Euwe, Tarrasch.

R.I.P. master De La Torriente.

Jun-12-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Fantastic chess family . Just curious if his decendants also distinguished themselves at chess. Any news from Spain?
Oct-08-13  Karpova: Spanish Championship in Barcelona, 1926:

1. Golmayo 8.0
2-3. Cortes 7.0
2-3. Vilardebo 7.0
4. Rey 5.5
5. Dr. Lafora 5.0
6-8. Marin 4.5
6-8. Domenech 4.5
6-8. Fernandez 4.5
9. Ivanov 4.0
10. Avellan 3.0
11. Castella 2.0

From page 317 of the October 1926 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Spanish Champion Manuel Golmayo De La Torriente.

By the way, does anyone know the result of his game against King Alphonse XIII?

Jun-12-14  kramputz: <result of his game against King Alphonse XIII?> Gentlemen don't ask questions like that.
Jun-12-14  Eduardo Bermudez: Forty years ago I enjoyed reading the excellent book: TEMAS CLÁSICOS DE AJEDREZ of Manuel Golmayo
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