The Gijón International Chess Tournaments
252 pages, paperback, McFarland, 1. edition 2019
Focusing on the recovery of chess in Spain and Europe after World War II, this book traces the development of the International Chess Tournaments in Gijón from 1944 to 1965. The authors cover the decline of world champion Alekhine and the rise of the child prodigy Arturo Pomar, along with the great chess of Euwe, Rossolimo, Prins, Medina, Larsen and others.
Drawing on primary sources and testimonies of former players and organizers, chapters feature the tournament tables, winner’s biographies, historical commentaries and 213 games.
Appendices with biographical notes and tables of participants for each year are included.
Foreword by Eugene Salomon
Pedro Méndez Castedo is an amateur chess player, a school guidance counselor, a member of the Asturias Chess History Commission, a bibliophile and a researcher of the history of Spanish and Asturian chess. He lives in San Martín del Rey Aurelio, Spain.
Luis Mendez Castedo is an amateur chess player, a teacher at a state school, a member of the Asturias Chess History Commission, a bibliophile and an investigator of the history of Spanish chess. He lives in Gijón, Spain.
001 Foreword by Eugene Salomon
003 Preface and Acknowledgments
007 1. 1944: The Victory of a Lesser God
032 2. 1945: The Victory of a Great Amateur
050 3. 1946: Portuguese Versus Spaniards
063 4. 1947: Many Surprises
081 5. 1948: A New Dawn for Rico
090 6. Aviles Emulated Gij6n: Aviles International Tournaments, 1947 and 1948
103 7. 1949: The Parisian Cab Driver
117 8. 1950: Cherchez la Femme
133 9. 1951: A Lot ofVery Good Chess
146 10. 1954: Roman Toran, a Prophet in His Own Land
157 11. 1955: The Spanish Variation Comes Onto the Scene
171 12. 1956: Masterful Chess Came In from the Cold
189 13. 1965: Twenty-One Years Later
201 14. Special Personages
213 Appendix 1. Players Participation Table
215 Appendix II. Biographical Summaries
231 Index of Opponents
233 Index of Openings-ECO Codes
235 Index of Openings- Traditional Names
236 General Index