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Arturo Pomar Salamanca
Pomar Salamanca 
Number of games in database: 770
Years covered: 1943 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2345
Highest rating achieved in database: 2460

Overall record: +225 -193 =349 (52.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (50) 
    E70 E72 E97 E79 E78
 English, 1 c4 c5 (30) 
    A31 A32 A33 A36 A34
 Nimzo Indian (29) 
    E46 E54 E53 E43 E45
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    A40 E10 A41 A46 D02
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D83 D78 D82 D93 D90
 Orthodox Defense (23) 
    D59 D63 D52 D57 D58
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (104) 
    B18 B14 B11 B13 B10
 Sicilian (67) 
    B56 B63 B29 B88 B73
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D47 D48 D45 D43 D44
 Reti System (24) 
    A04 A06
 Slav (24) 
    D14 D10 D13 D11 D12
 English (21) 
    A12 A15 A14 A11 A13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Pomar Salamanca vs Smejkal, 1972 1-0
   Alekhine vs Pomar Salamanca, 1944 1/2-1/2
   Pomar Salamanca vs M Johansson Sr, 1966 1-0
   Pomar Salamanca vs L Gallegos, 1944 1-0
   Pomar Salamanca vs Geller, 1962 1-0
   Pomar Salamanca vs Hug, 1972 1-0
   J M Ribeiro vs Pomar Salamanca, 1945 0-1
   I Rivise vs Pomar Salamanca, 1954 0-1
   Pomar Salamanca vs Robatsch, 1966 1-0
   Pomar Salamanca vs Ljubojevic, 1974 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   4th Costa del Sol (1964)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-1 (1964)
   53rd US Open (1952)
   Madrid Zonal (1960)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-3 (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Madrid (1957)
   Olot (1969)
   55th US Open (1954)
   Enschede Zonal (1963)
   London A (1946)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1972 by suenteus po 147
   Hoogovens 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1974 by suenteus po 147
   Palma de Mallorca 1966 by Tabanus
   London A 1946 by Tabanus
   Hollywood, 1952 by Resignation Trap

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(born Sep-01-1931, died May-26-2016, 84 years old) Spain

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Arturo Pomar Salamanca was born on the 1st of September 1931 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1962, he has been Spanish Champion seven times (1946, 1950, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1966) and represented Spain in the Olympiads between 1958 and 1976. A child prodigy and a pupil of Alexander Alekhine, he became quite famous. He drew a game with his teacher at the age of twelve, becoming the youngest player ever to draw a reigning World Champion at a normal time control. His record still stands today.

His best tournament results were 1st= at Madrid 1960 and Torremolinos 1961, 1st at Malaga 1964, 2nd at Palma 1966 and 1st at Malaga 1971. He suffered nervous breakdowns in 1965 and 1966 and this greatly interfered with his ability to compete subsequently.

Wikipedia article: Arturo Pomar

Last updated: 2016-07-31 13:43:23

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 786  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Pomar Salamanca vs Perdol  1-0451943MadridC01 French, Exchange
2. E Gomez vs Pomar Salamanca  ½-½581943MadridC52 Evans Gambit
3. Pomar Salamanca vs A Brinckmann  ½-½761943MadridD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
4. F J Perez Perez vs Pomar Salamanca  1-0241943MadridD05 Queen's Pawn Game
5. J M Fuentes vs Pomar Salamanca  1-0651943MadridD05 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Nicolas vs Pomar Salamanca  0-1471943MadridC20 King's Pawn Game
7. J Sanz vs Pomar Salamanca  1-0351943MadridA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
8. Pomar Salamanca vs A Ingelmo  1-0551943MadridC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Pomar Salamanca vs J Alonso Leira  ½-½201943MadridE46 Nimzo-Indian
10. Pomar Salamanca vs Saemisch 1-0381943MadridC50 Giuoco Piano
11. Willy Kocher vs Pomar Salamanca  ½-½291943MadridD05 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Pomar Salamanca vs M de Agustin  0-1611943MadridA51 Budapest Gambit
13. Pomar Salamanca vs M Navarro  ½-½491943MadridA84 Dutch
14. Pomar Salamanca vs A Medina Garcia  0-1231943MadridD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
15. Keres vs Pomar Salamanca 1-0251943MadridC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Alekhine vs Pomar Salamanca 1-0331943Clock simul, 8bC21 Center Game
17. Pomar Salamanca vs N Ticoulat  1-0191944Balearic Islands ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
18. M Mampel vs Pomar Salamanca 1-0351944GijonC55 Two Knights Defense
19. Pomar Salamanca vs A Medina Garcia 0-1511944GijonC47 Four Knights
20. Alekhine vs Pomar Salamanca ½-½711944GijonC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
21. Pomar Salamanca vs A Rico Gonzalez  1-0541944GijonD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. J Salas Romo vs Pomar Salamanca  0-1171944GijonD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Pomar Salamanca vs L Gallegos 1-0161944GijonA84 Dutch
24. A Bonet vs Pomar Salamanca  1-0711944GijonD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Pomar Salamanca vs V Gonzalez  ½-½721944GijonC53 Giuoco Piano
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May-26-16  diagonal: R.I.P.

Child Prodigy and Legend. IM 1950 (as youngest of all 94 players, awarded with an International Master title by FIDE at its inception). First Spanish Grandmaster in 1962.

12 years and 10 months young, Arturo (Arturito) Pomar drew with Alexander Alekhine in a closed tournament at Gijón in July 1944, becoming still the youngest player ever to draw an official game with a reigning World Champion at classical time control.

Portrait and Palmarès: by Angel Jiménez Arteaga

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  piltdown man: Another chess hero gone.


May-27-16  LoveThatJoker: Que descanse en paz esta leyenda!


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  juan31: R.I.P. Arturito Pomar
May-27-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, GM Pomar!!
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  ketchuplover: I agree
May-27-16  RookFile: A man who had a clear memory of drawing with Alekhine. Amazing life. RIP.
May-30-16  RookedFileFan: Descansa en Paz Sñr Pomar.
May-31-16  diagonal: Peter Doggers today published a marvelous and comprehensive biography of Arturo Pomar (including archival footage, film and games):

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  diceman: I never heard of "Salamanca."

Every reference I saw was: "Arturo Pomar."

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  keypusher: < diceman: I never heard of "Salamanca." Every reference I saw was: "Arturo Pomar.">

I'm sure you know this, but it's normal in Spanish to have two surnames/apellidos -- the father's family name first, the mother's family name second. Most people wind up using one of the surnames, usually the first, more or less exclusively. Certainly seemed to be Pomar's practice.

English speakers encountering these names often assume that the first surname is a middle name and the second is the "real" surname, which causes confusion.

For cg maybe it's a good idea to keep both surnames for tracking/disambiguation purposes.

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  diceman: <Macnamara:

He was a mailman and had little earnings. He had to ask in his post office for a free month without receiving his wage in order to play that tournament! When the interzonal tornament finished, Bobby Fischer was quoted to say "Poor spanish mailman, now you'll have to put stamps on envelopes again".>

Poor Fischer, he drew with a <Spanish mailman.>

Jun-30-16  diagonal: <Poor Fischer, he drew with a <Spanish mailman>> :))

These are the most notable international tournament achievements of Arturo Pomar:

Santa Fé 1949:

U.S. Open, New Orleans 1954: 55th US Open (1954)

Madrid 1959:

Costa del Sol series, three-time (Torremolinos 1961, Malaga 1964 and 1971):

Palma de Mallorca, 1965 (inaugural edition):

Runner-up at Palma de Mallorca, 1966:
Palma de Mallorca (1966)

Runner-up at Wijk aan Zee, Hoogovens 1972:

Alicante 1975:

Jun-30-16  diagonal: To avoid confusion: Madrid 1959 was an Invitation tournament, Madrid 1960 (mentioned in the bio box) a Zonal: (four way-tie, Gligoric won the play-off, Portisch and Pomar advancing too, Donner failed)
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  wordfunph: rest in peace..
Jul-31-16  sfm: Didn't know he was gone. Great player!
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  offramp: He died as he lived. Very close to Viktor Kortschnoi.
Sep-01-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Arturo Pomar.
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  whiteshark: Yet another direct line into the past has been cut.

RIP, Arturo!

Sep-01-16  gars: Victories over Smejkal, Geller and Lubojevic: a great player, no doubts on that!
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: He died as he lived. Very close to Viktor Kortschnoi.>

On the same cul de sac, I hear.

Sep-01-16  brankat: RIP GM Pomar.
Sep-01-19  Ironmanth: Always admired this man. RIP, GM Arturo Pomar.
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  MissScarlett: Yes, one of the better Bond villains.
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  offramp: <thegoodanarchist: <offramp: He died as he lived. Very close to Viktor Kortschnoi.> On the same cul de sac, I hear.>

LOL! I used the silly word <close>. I am not sure the best word.

Here is what I meant:
(born Sep-01-1931, died May-26-2016, 84)
(born Mar-23-1931, died Jun-06-2016, 85)

Korchnoi won by a few days.

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