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Manuel Golmayo
M Golmayo 
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: 88
Years covered: 1896 to 1948
Overall record: +28 -31 =28 (48.3%)*
   * 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
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A46 D02 D05 D01 D04
 French Defense (4) 
    C12 C11 C01 C13
 Ruy Lopez, Open (4) 
    C82 C83
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (11) 
    B40 B45 B32 B50 B25
 English (4) 
    A15 A13 A18
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    E10 D02 A46 D05
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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 Mattison, 1928 1-0
   M Golmayo De La Torriente vs C S Howell, 1922 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Sitges (1934)
   Barcelona (1946)
   Paris Unofficial Olympiad (1924)
   Hamburg Olympiad (1930)
   London Olympiad (1927)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)

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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 y de la Torriente (12 June 1883 in Havana, Cuba – 7 March 1973 in Madrid) was a Cuban-Spanish chess master. He was widely regarded as the best Spanish player for the first three decades of the 20th century and frequently referred to as the "Spanish champion" during that time, though no official title existed until 1928. He did not play in international events, however, until the 1920s, devoting himself to service in the Spanish army.

Born into a 'chess family' (father Celso Golmayo Zupide, elder brother Celso Golmayo Torriente), he was Spanish Champion on numerous occasions (1902, 1912, 1919, 1921, 1927, 1928) and Sub-Champion in 1929/30 (he lost the title in a match (+1 –4 =2) to Ramón Rey Ardid).

In 1922, he lost a mini match to Alexander Alekhine (+0 –1 =1) in Madrid.3 In 1924, he took 8th in first unofficial Chess Olympiad (Championship Final) at Paris 1924 (Hermanis Matisons won). In 1928, he took 4th in the Amateur World Championship in The Hague (Max Euwe won).

He played for Spain in three official Chess Olympiads:

In 1927, at first board in 1st Chess Olympiad in London (+2 –4 =9); In 1930, at second board in 3rd Chess Olympiad in Hamburg (+3 –4 =3); In 1931, at first board in 4th Chess Olympiad in Prague (+3 –5 =7). In tournaments, he took 6th at Barcelona 1929 (José Raúl Capablanca won),7 took 7th at Sitges 1934 (Andor Lilienthal won),8 took 3rd at Madrid 1934 (Torneo Gromer), took 4th at Paris 1938 (L'Echiquier, Baldur Hönlinger won),9 tied for 9-10th at Barcelona 1946 (Miguel Najdorf won),10 took 6th at Gijon 1948 (Antonio Rico won), tied for 8-9th at Almeria 1948, and won both at Madrid 1947 and Linares 1951.

In 1951, FIDE awarded Golmayo the title International Arbiter.

Wikipedia article: Manuel Golmayo Torriente

Last updated: 2023-09-19 07:05:11

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 88  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Corzo vs M Golmayo 1-0241896HavanaC55 Two Knights Defense
2. Antonio Maria Autran vs M Golmayo  0-1511921MadridB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. M Golmayo vs Lasker ½-½261921Exhibition gameC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. M Golmayo vs C S Howell 1-0281922Friendly MatchD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Alekhine vs M Golmayo 1-0341922Exhibition gameA53 Old Indian
6. M Golmayo vs Alekhine ½-½771922Exhibition gameD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
7. M Golmayo vs H Mattison  0-1311924Paris Unofficial OlympiadB03 Alekhine's Defense
8. L Palau vs M Golmayo  ½-½171924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC01 French, Exchange
9. M Golmayo vs J Schulz Sr  1-0471924Paris Unofficial OlympiadB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
10. C W Brown vs M Golmayo  0-1491924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC13 French
11. A Vajda vs M Golmayo  1-0341924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA55 Old Indian, Main line
12. M Golmayo vs K Havasi 1-0191924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC66 Ruy Lopez
13. A Chepurnov vs M Golmayo  0-1461924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA00 Uncommon Opening
14. M Golmayo vs Euwe  ½-½581924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Colle vs M Golmayo 1-0421924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA53 Old Indian
16. M Golmayo vs I Gudju  1-0361924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. R Grau vs M Golmayo  1-0691927London OlympiadE10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M Golmayo vs G Nyholm  1-0401927London OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. M Golmayo vs Tarrasch 1-0531927London OlympiadC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. Yates vs M Golmayo  ½-½521927London OlympiadC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. M Golmayo vs S Rosselli del Turco  ½-½731927London OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. O Krause vs M Golmayo  1-0301927London OlympiadB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
23. M Golmayo vs Hromadka  0-1421927London OlympiadB01 Scandinavian
24. A Cheron vs M Golmayo  ½-½231928World Amateur ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
25. M Golmayo vs A Tyroler 1-0431928World Amateur ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Oct-19-04  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.
Dec-31-04  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
Feb-13-05  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.
Sep-02-10  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.
Jun-12-13  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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  WTHarvey: Here is a small collection of checkmates and combinations from his games: Find the winning move.
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