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Ramon Rey Ardid
R Rey Ardid 
Jaime Casás (on left) vs. Ramón Rey Ardid  
Number of games in database: 68
Years covered: 1921 to 1944
Overall record: +28 -21 =19 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-20-1903, died Jan-21-1988, 84 years old) Spain

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Dr. Ramón Rey Ardid was born in Zaragoza. He was a psychiatrist and professor at Zaragoza University. He was Spanish champion from 1929 to 1942.

In 1924, he played for Spain in the first unofficial Chess Olympiad in Paris, scoring +4 –5 =4, where his team took 10th place. He shared 21st in the Consolation Cup (B tournament, won by Karel Hromádka).2 In 1928, he won the pre-Olympic tournament in Madrid, but later resigned from participation in the 2nd Olympiad at The Hague.

In 1929, he tied for 4-5th in Barcelona (José Raúl Capablanca won) and took his first Spanish Championship title. In 1929 he won a match for the Spanish title against Manuel Golmayo (+4 –1 =2). He successfully defended the title, winning matches against R. Casas (+5 –1 =0) in 1933, Vicente Almirali Castall (+5 –0 =2) in 1935, and Juan Manuel Fuentes (+5 –1 =1) in 1942. He lost the title to José Sanz Aguado (+3 –4 =3) in 1943.

In tournaments and matches, he took 2nd, behind Andor Lilienthal, at Sitges (1934) ; won a match against Victor Kahn (+2 –0 =4) at Zaragoza 1935; and shared 1st at Hastings 1935/36 (B tournament).3

In 1944, Rey Ardid lost a match to Alexander Alekhine (+0 –1 =3) and won against Francisco Lupi (+5 –1 =0), both in Zaragoza. He won at Madrid 1946 (Casa de Alba).

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Last updated: 2022-03-13 02:15:27

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 68  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs R Rey Ardid 1-0441921Simul, 20bA03 Bird's Opening
2. Lasker vs R Rey Ardid 1-0261921Simul, 20bD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. R Rey Ardid vs Alekhine 0-1171922Exhibition gameD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
4. R Rey Ardid vs L Loewenton  1-0411924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. R Rey Ardid vs E Voellmy  ½-½331924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. G Renaud vs R Rey Ardid  ½-½521924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
7. D Daniuszewski vs R Rey Ardid  1-0281924Paris Unofficial OlympiadE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
8. F Jonet vs R Rey Ardid  0-1381924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. S Rosselli del Turco vs R Rey Ardid  1-0211924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC08 French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed
10. R Rey Ardid vs G Cenni  0-1281924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
11. R Rey Ardid vs K Vanek  0-1441924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA48 King's Indian
12. R Rey Ardid vs J Kleczynski Jr  1-0241924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. K Behting vs R Rey Ardid  ½-½651924Paris Unofficial Olympiad final-BC11 French
14. R Rey Ardid vs Tartakower  0-1361929BarcelonaB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
15. Yates vs R Rey Ardid 0-1291929BarcelonaC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Capablanca vs R Rey Ardid 1-0211929BarcelonaA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
17. R Rey Ardid vs Colle  0-1361929BarcelonaE16 Queen's Indian
18. R Rey Ardid vs M Golmayo De La Torriente ½-½321929BarcelonaB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. R Rey Ardid vs Menchik 0-1341929BarcelonaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. R Rey Ardid vs H Geiger  1-0421932IFSB Bundesmeisterschaft 3233D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
21. R Rey Ardid vs E Dyckhoff  1-0331932Germany-Spain MatchD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. N Tegelman (Johansson) vs R Rey Ardid 1-0471933ESP-SWE corrC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
23. Lilienthal vs R Rey Ardid 1-0281934ZaragozaD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Tartakower vs R Rey Ardid 0-1191934SitgesD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
25. R Rey Ardid vs R Llorens  1-0571934SitgesC46 Three Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-20-03  CapablancaRules: Chessgames, I am looking for a game of Rey Ardid often called the "Immortal something", I don´t remember... Can you or anybody else tell me if one of these games is the mentionated?
Jan-31-05  meloncio: Dr. Ramón Rey Ardid (1903-1987, Zaragoza, Spain), psychiatrist and reputable professor at the Zaragoza University. Spanish Chess Champion from 1930 to 1942, but never was a professional player.
Jan-21-06  BIDMONFA: Ramon Rey-Ardid

Apr-26-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <CR> looks for N Johansson vs R Rey-Ardid, 1933
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  GrahamClayton: The Rey-Ardid variation of the QGD is 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. ♘c3 c5 4. cd5 ed5 5. ♘f3 ♘c6 6. g3 c4 7. e4

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", OUP, 1992

Jul-31-09  myschkin: . . .

Ramon Rey-Ardid (blindfold) – NN

Venue?, 1939
King’s Fianchetto Defence

1 e4 g6 2 d4 Bg7 3 f4 e6 4 Nf3 Ne7 5 Be2 O-O 6 Be3 c5 7 c3 cxd4 8 cxd4 Nec6 9 Nc3 Qb6 10 Qd2 Qb4 11 g4 f5 12 gxf5 exf5 13 a3 Qb3 14 e5 Na6 15 d5 Ne7 16 Nd4 Qb6 17 Nc6 Qc7 18 Nb5 1-0

(Los principios del ajedrez, p. 181-182)

Dec-20-11  brankat: A man of many talents.

He drew against Alekhine 3 times. Had a win against Tartakower and Yates. Not shabby.

R.I.P. Dr.Ardid.

Apr-25-12  wordfunph: <Dr Ramon Rey Ardid (1904-88), a medical doctor from Zaragoza, was one of Spain's strongest players for three decades. He represented his country at the 1924 Paris Olympiad, won the Spanish Championship four times and in 1944 he played a short match with world champion Alekhine, losing only one game. Dr Rey only seems to have played CC for a brief period in the early 1930s.>

taken from the book 64 Great Chess Games by Tim Harding.

Dec-20-12  Kikoman: Rest In Peace Dr. Ramoy Rey Ardid.
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  moronovich: Played him in Las Palmas 75.A very nice and gentle man.

It was only later I realised that he played a match vs the great Alekhine.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Ramon Rey Ardid.
Dec-20-15  TheFocus: Happy Birthday!!

Thank you for babysitting Alekhine.

Dec-20-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Ramon.


Dec-20-16  hemy: Alexander Alekhine y Ramón Rey Ardid - Zaragoza 1935
Sep-02-19  blackburne: Complete biography of Rey Ardid. Includes 263 games, 93 chess problems and several photographs. In spanish.


Mar-13-20  fridgefluff27: Ardid's variation (cited by Graham Clayton above) does much to sort out the farcical QGD - Tarrasch - Prague pantomime (10 contorted moves & all that's achieved is black's isolated d5 pawn!). Of course, it's the transitional 6...c4 (the Folkestone (Swedish) variation) that finally gives black something of worth. If he is discerning, he will quickly play Be6, guarding the rear pawn in the manner of the Bogolyubov variation, & can scarcely lose...
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  GrahamClayton: Rey Ardid achieved the unusual feat of winning consecutive Spanish championship titles, but separated by 7 years - after winning in Zaragoza in 1935, the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 and World War II meant he didn't defend his title until in Barcelona in 1942.

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