On 20th May, 2016 I had posted (on FB page of Indian Chess School) a beautiful composition by the Spanish GM Arturo Pomar and just 6-days later we got the sad news of passing away of this legend after a long illness. Perhaps, the human inventor could no longer wait for a game of chess against his creation and therefore decided to call him back! RIP Arturito.

Before you read the timeline of the then prodigious talent, here goes my post of 20/05/2016: 

We all have experienced that chess compositions have great aesthetic values and gives endless hours of joy! Compositions by notable composers and great players are always admired and, here I would like to share one composition by the Spanish GM Arturo Pomar (considered a prodigious talent in his time, he still holds the record of being the 'Youngest player to draw the game with a reigning world ches champion (Alexander Alekhine) at a tender age of 13!

It's White to play & checkmate in 3:


An experienced player might just be wondering as to what is so special about this problem? Well, Pomar composed this when he was just 10!!

Take a bow!

Back to his timeline, Pomar was born at Palma de Mallorca in the year 1931 and shot into limelight when he drew his game against Alekhine at Gijon, 1994 from black-side of the Ruy Lopez opening. As can be seen from the game posted, the mighty Alekhine was at the receiving end for most part of the game until a much needed reprieve from the young kid, who just missed the winning line to help the world champion in escaping with a draw!


[Event "Gijon"]
[Site "Gijon"]
[Date "1944.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Alekhine, Alexander"]
[Black "Pomar Salamanca, Arturo"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C84"]
[PlyCount "142"]
[EventDate "1944.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "8"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1997.11.17"]

Success followed Pomar very quickly as he won the spanish championship at the age of 14 and thereafter figured in the national team for an astonishing period of 23 years from 1958 to 1980!

It's indeed a great loss for the chess fraternity and more in particular for Spain.