He grew up in southern Spain, mostly in Seville. From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, Manuel Rivas Pastor was one of Spain's leading chess players. He has competed many times in the finals of the Spanish Chess Championships, played every year in a different location in Spain. He has won it outright four times: 1978, 1979, 1981 (played in Seville), and 1991. His first international success was in 1977, when he shared 7th place in the U20 World Junior Chess Championships in Innsbruck. Manuel Rivas Pastor achieved another significant result at the turn of 1979 and 1980 in Groningen, where he shared the 4th place (with Zurab Azmaiparashvili and James Plaskett) in the European Junior Chess Championship in the same age category.
Manuel Rivas Pastor has achieved several successes in international chess tournaments, including in Medina del Campo (1980, 2nd place), Torremolinos (1983, 1st place), Isla de Santa Catalina (1987, shared 1st place), Salamanca (1989, shared 1st place), Albacete (1989, shared 1st place), Lorca (2005, 1st place), Malaga Open (2006, 2nd place), Almería (2006, 2nd place; 2007, 1st place), Ourense (2008, shared 2nd place), San Cristóbal de La Laguna (2008, shared 2nd place), Seville (2009, 1st place) and in Paul Keres Memorial Tournament (Vancouver, 2010, shared 1st place).
Manuel Rivas Pastor played for Spain in the Chess Olympiads:
In 1978, at second reserve board in the 23rd Chess Olympiad in Buenos Aires (+2, =2, -1),
In 1980, at fourth board in the 24th Chess Olympiad in La Valletta (+5, =4, -3),
In 1984, at first board in the 26th Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki (+2, =4, -1),
In 1988, at second board in the 28th Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki (+4, =6, -1),
In 1992, at first board in the 30th Chess Olympiad in Manila (+2, =6, -3).
Manuel Rivas Pastor played for Spain in the European Team Chess Championships:
In 1989, at first board in the 9th European Team Chess Championship in Haifa (+4, =0, -3),
In 1992, at first board in the 10th European Team Chess Championship in Debrecen (+2, =4, -2)
Wikipedia article: Manuel Rivas Pastor