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Carlos Enrique Guimard
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Number of games in database: 586
Years covered: 1934 to 1996
Highest rating achieved in database: 2405

Overall record: +215 -160 =211 (54.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (78) 
    A46 D05 D04 D02 A45
 King's Indian (31) 
    E69 E60 E67 E72 E65
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E17 E16 E15 E19 E12
 Slav (19) 
    D11 D12 D15 D17
 Grunfeld (17) 
    D96 D75 D97 D79 D94
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D52 D61 D57 D55 D66
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (72) 
    C04 C11 C14 C10 C13
 Orthodox Defense (36) 
    D63 D52 D57 D55 D56
 Dutch Defense (35) 
    A95 A92 A94 A84 A91
 French (29) 
    C11 C10 C13 C12 C00
 French Tarrasch (26) 
    C04 C07 C03 C05
 Queen's Gambit Declined (22) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Pachman vs Guimard, 1955 0-1
   Spassky vs Guimard, 1955 1/2-1/2
   Pelikan vs Guimard, 1945 0-1
   Z Franco Ocampos vs Guimard, 1980 0-1
   P Cherta Clos vs Guimard, 1946 0-1
   Najdorf vs Guimard, 1945 0-1
   Guimard vs Prins, 1954 1-0
   Martinez vs Guimard, 1948 0-1
   Guimard vs Boleslavsky, 1954 1-0
   Bolbochan vs Guimard, 1941 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Argentine 1940 Championship Match (1941)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-3 (1939)
   Mar del Plata (1949)
   Mar del Plata (1950)
   Mar del Plata / Buenos Aires Zonal (1954)
   Mar del Plata (1944)
   Mar del Plata (1936)
   Mar del Plata Zonal (1951)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   Argentine Championship (1955)
   Mar del Plata (1941)
   Mar del Plata (1942)
   Mar del Plata (1953)
   Havana (1952)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Buenos Aires 1939 by Tabanus

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(born Apr-06-1913, died Sep-11-1998, 85 years old) Argentina

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Carlos Enrique Guimard was born in Santiago del Esterona. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1960 he was Argentine champion in 1937, 1938 and 1941. He won matches against Roberto Grau (+4, =4, -0) in 1937, Luis Roberto Piazzini (+7, =1, -2) and Carlos Hugo Maderna (+7, =2, -0) and his best tournament result was at Berlin in 1937 where he was 1st= with Ludwig Rellstab ahead of Friedrich Saemisch and Alfred Brinckmann. He also played in the Olympiads of 1937, 1939, 1950 and 1954. Sub-champion of South America behind Alexander Alekhine at Montevideo 1938 [brasilbase-1] and Rio de Janeiro 1938 behind Virgilio Fenoglio and ahead of Julio Bolbochan, but these three players had the same score. 1st (jointly) with Erich Eliskases at Águas de São Pedro, 1941 [brasilbase-2]

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 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 601  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Guimard vs G Holtey  0-1371934Mar del PlataA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Guimard vs I Pleci  0-1261935Buenos AiresD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
3. A Pons vs Guimard  1-0591936Mar del PlataC66 Ruy Lopez
4. Guimard vs C Hounie Fleurquin  1-0371936Mar del PlataD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. R Charlier vs Guimard  0-1221936Mar del PlataA47 Queen's Indian
6. Guimard vs M Castillo  1-0271936Mar del PlataA84 Dutch
7. J Vinuesa vs Guimard  ½-½301936Mar del PlataD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
8. Guimard vs B H Villegas  0-1431936Mar del PlataD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. J C Balparda vs Guimard  ½-½701936Mar del PlataD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. Guimard vs I Pleci  0-1481936Mar del PlataD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. J Traian Iliesco vs Guimard  0-1471936Mar del PlataA53 Old Indian
12. Guimard vs A Schwartzman  1-0411936Mar del PlataA47 Queen's Indian
13. J Bolbochan vs Guimard  ½-½411936Mar del PlataA53 Old Indian
14. Guimard vs R Flores Alvarez 0-1231936Mar del PlataD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
15. V Fenoglio vs Guimard  ½-½611936Mar del PlataA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. L Piazzini vs Guimard 0-1841936Mar del PlataC41 Philidor Defense
17. Guimard vs Letelier ½-½911936Mar del PlataE16 Queen's Indian
18. A R Thomas vs Guimard 1-0221937Worcester CentenaryA47 Queen's Indian
19. Guimard vs Stoltz  1-0491937Stockholm OlympiadD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. Guimard vs Kostic 1-0431937Stockholm OlympiadD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. E Steiner vs Guimard  ½-½511937Stockholm OlympiadC14 French, Classical
22. Guimard vs Kashdan 0-1341937Stockholm OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Pelikan vs Guimard  ½-½331937Stockholm OlympiadA03 Bird's Opening
24. I Appel vs Guimard  1-0481937Stockholm OlympiadA16 English
25. Guimard vs T D van Scheltinga  ½-½331937Stockholm OlympiadE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 601  PGN Download
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Apr-06-08  BIDMONFA: Carlos Enrique Guimard

GUIMARD, Carlos E.

Apr-06-08  wouldpusher: Some online sources point out that indeed GM Guimard died in 1998.

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May-01-09  Augalv: The year Guimard died is missing on this site:

And according to this one, he died in 2001:

Apr-06-10  wordfunph: Najdorf and Guimard played a tournament and Najdorf knew that he would be tempted to gamble a lot of money at the Casino, so he gave Guimard all his "reserve" money and told him to take it with him to his hotel room and not give it to him even if he begged for it. That night, Guimard was already asleep when Najdorf woke him up banging on his room door. Then Najdorf begged for his money and the situation became heated, but Guimard refused to give him the money. Morning after, the story goes, Najdorf was the most thankful man in the world."
Apr-06-11  gulliver: Was the French defense was contributed by him
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  perfidious: <gulliver: Was the French defense was contributed by him>

Guimard often played the French; the line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 bears his name, and the following game is likely the most famous played in the variation: Fischer vs R Byrne, 1965, though White played very weakly.

Byrne's play was an improvement on this game: Keres vs Botvinnik, 1955.

Aug-11-12  backrank: I've always wondered how to pronounce his name (which appears to be French, but I doubt it's pronounced in the French manner).
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  perfidious: <backrank> Believe the pronunciation is he-MAR or he-MARD. Bet <Jim Bartle> would be able to clarify this for us.

When I got a copy of Botvinnik's 100 Selected Games long ago, on reading through, there was one in the book where he referred to a player called Himar, having pulled off a similar combination in that game to the one in text.

Aug-12-12  backrank: <When I got a copy of Botvinnik's 100 Selected Games long ago, on reading through, there was one in the book where he referred to a player called Himar, having pulled off a similar combination in that game to the one in text.>

Thank you, very interesting!

Aug-12-12  Jim Bartle: I would pronounce it with a hard G and the accent on the first syllable. The H sound for the G would come more likely with a "Gi" than a "Gui."
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  perfidious: <Jim> Muchas gracias, senor!
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  perfidious: <Jim> A postscript: of course it's pronounced with a G; old age creeping up, I guess. When Botvinnik translated it, he was probably getting confused with the Cyrillic G, which I believe is pronounced the same as the English H.
Aug-12-12  Jim Bartle: Now I'm not sure where the accent should fall.
Aug-13-12  achieve: Car- -Ri- -Mard

Accent on first, middle, last, respectively.

Oct-19-12  Wyatt Gwyon: So how's it pronounced? lol. Been working on the Guimard French, been curious.
Nov-11-12  Infohunter: <perfidious: <Jim> A postscript: of course it's pronounced with a G; old age creeping up, I guess. When Botvinnik translated it, he was probably getting confused with the Cyrillic G, which I believe is pronounced the same as the English H.>

Well, as a matter of fact, Russian cannot render "h" directly; most often a foreign name with the letter "h" gets it turned into a "g". That's how a Russian GM whose ancestral family name was the German "Heller", for example, comes to bear the name Efim Geller. The Cyrillic letter you mention is "г", and in Russian it is always pronounced "g", never "h". (Though in Ukrainian it DOES stand for the sound of "h", the sound of "g" being rendered by the similar-looking letter "ґ"--but that's another story.)

Nov-12-12  EdZelli: Infohunter:, wrote 'Russian cannot render "h" directly;'

So true ! The real name of Vaganian is actually Vahanian. In case of Akobian, they dropped the letter H. His name is is actually Hakopian.

Feb-24-13  thomastonk: I wondered why he got the GM title in 1960, but according to the biography his best tournament result is Berlin 1937. In Game Collection: Buenos Aires 1960 <sneaky pete> mentioned that he received the GM title from this event, and that seems a much better tournament result, too.
Feb-14-15  Caissanist: Up until 1957 there were no formal criteria at all for awarding GM and IM titles--they were just decided on by committee votes, in much the same way that many sport choose members for a hall of fame.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: One little curiosity--Guimard fared badly with the Guimard in the database (Repertoire Explorer: Carlos Enrique Guimard (black)). Presumably, he played dozens of other games with 3...Nc6 with better results that do not appear in CG.
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  Fusilli: <Wyatt Gwyon: So how's it pronounced?>

In Argentina it is pronounced this way:

The "Gui" part, same as the Gui part in Guinness.

The "mard" part, same as the planet Mars, but d instead of s. The "r" is strong (the rolling type) and most Argentines would produce only a faint "d" in this case.

The emphasis is on "mard".

Dec-01-19  spingo: He has a symmetric "Overall record":
+123 -121 =123.
Aug-29-21  waustad: His grand daughter is the marvelous mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard.
Aug-29-21  offramp: <waustad: His grand daughter is the marvelous mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard.>

She is an <MMS>.

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