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|Dec-19-10|| ||wordfunph: "What am I supposed to do? Trade in my romantic, combinative style for today's style and become a hunter of points at any price? No, I will not do so, I will fight for the art of chess. I will not become a monster."|
- GM Nicolas Rossolimo
|Jan-05-11|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Here are some of the highlights of <<<Rossolimo's>>> career:>|
<1948 Paris:> First, French Championship
<1948 Bad Gastein:> Shared second with Benko behind Eric Lundin
<1948 Paris:> Drawn match with Tartakower
<1949 Southsea:> First, over Pachman and Tartakower
<1949 Paris:> ABORTED Match with Wade
<1949 Venice:> Second behind Szabo, ahead of Prins, Gligoric, and Foltys
<1949 Paris:> Drawn match with Tartakower
<1950 Dubrovnik Olympiad:> France 9th- Tartakower first board, Rossolimo on second board, scores 75%, wins bronze medal.
<1953 Beverwijk:> First, over O'Kelly, Euwe, and Donner
<1955 Long Beach:> US Open, first over Reshevsky (on tie break)
<1958 Munich Olympiad:> America 4th- Rossolimo 66% on reserve board
<1960 Leipzig Olympiad:> America 2d behind USSR- Fischer bronze medal on first board, Rossolimo only plays 6 games on first reserve board.
<1966 Havana Olympiad:> America 2d behind USSR- Fischer silver medal on first board with 88.2%.
Rossolimo plays on second reserve board, but scores 70% on 10 games.
<1969 Monte Carlo:> Finishes in middle of field but beats David Bronstein.
<1972 Skopje Olympiad:> France finishes 48th- Rossolimo first board but only scores 52.9%
<1975 New York:> World Open, third behind Benko and Treffler
|Jan-06-11|| ||jessicafischerqueen: Aha- please add these as the first three to the list of notable results:|
<1938 Paris:> Second with +6 =3 -1, a half point behind Capablanca, ahead of Znosko-Borovsky and Cukierman
<1939 Paris:> First, over Tartakower, undefeated +9 =5 -0
<1947 France-Czechoslovakia Match>: Scores +2 =0 -0, beating Foltys in their individual encounter. Only Rossolimo and the Czech Jaromír Florián got 100%, outscoring Tartakower, Pachman, and Opocensky
|Jan-06-11|| ||MaxxLange: baby, you can drive my car|
|Feb-28-11|| ||kingfu: The happiest of birthdays to Grandmaster Rossolimo.
The game of my life was played in his studio in The Village while he was playing five other opponents.
I had just spent about three years on an aircraft carrier where we spent every free moment playing chess. What else do you do in the middle of the ocean?
I played the black side of a French Tarrasch and got a draw.
I will never do better in any chess game in my lifetime.
I will never meet a better Chess player.
I will never meet a better man.
|Feb-28-11|| ||Benzol: Speak of the devil. <Jess>, <Richard> and myself were discussing Rossolimo and Bob Wade on my forum. The finish to Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967 game is one I really like.|
|Feb-28-11|| ||chancho: http://www.ajedrezdeataque.com/04%2...|
|Feb-28-11|| ||parisattack: I visited Chess Studio Rossolimo a few times when I went to NY to see Al Buschke the bookseller in the 1970s. It was a bit of a dive but had tons of great chess ambiance!|
Rossolimo's play reminds me a little of Leonid Stein - Agressive with a touch of hypermodernism.
|Feb-28-11|| ||kingfu: In the afore mentioned Rossolimo game, I had won the exchange but Grandmaster got a perpetual check.|
He asked me my rating.
"I have no rating Grandmaster. I just got out of the military." He shrugged and went on to the next table.
It was $5 an hour to play a Grandmaster! I should have stayed there for a week, forever.
I cannot believe that only three people are celebrating the birth of Rossolimo.
On your feet peasants! We are talking about a great Chess player.
Anybody out there have an opening named after you?
|Feb-28-11|| ||Penguincw: < kingfu > Well,it looks like I'm fourth.|
|Feb-28-11|| ||drnooo: this is the place and day for anybody else with any recollections of him to open up. He wounds like a fine guy: usually chess brings out the worst in a human being, usually, though there are plenty of exceptions. Larry Evans put it best: there are bad losers and good actors, but there are a few whom it truly just a game to, Tal I suspect never cried over a lost combat ever, not once. For Nick, well he undoubtedly sounds like he took the game more seriously, but retained his perspective. Maybe a list should be compiled on this site of all the decent chaps who attained some kind of greatness within the sixty four squares buttressed by anecdotes about them. Rossolimo certainly seems to belong fairly high up on that list.|
|Feb-28-11|| ||parisattack: I helped a player a few years ago who was researching Rossolimo. Seems he had dug quite deep...lost track, unfortunately. My chess mentor, Eugene Salome, knew him quite well and told me a few stories. But insofar as they are third-hand I will abstain.|
But Nick would certainly be a good subject for a chess bio and book!
|Feb-28-11|| ||TheFocus: <paris> Is Eugene Salome still alive?|
|Feb-28-11|| ||parisattack: <The Focus> No, Eugene passed away in 1992 or so. He gave an Honors class at the university for several years, The Chess Tradition in Man's Culture relating chess to other disicplines such as art, mathematics, philosophy, literature ... |
It was enormously popular with a huge waiting list each semester and he had some fairly big names come lecture. We had Stanislaw Ulam a couple of times and his pal Vladimir Nabokov recorded a lecture on Lushin's Defence for the class.
I taught it on occasion when he was ill and also gave a lecture once a semester myself. The classes were always taped and his wife, Nancy, gave all those to me.
|Feb-28-11|| ||TheFocus: <parisattack> In a recently discovered cross-table from the 1956 Greater New York City Open, Bobby Fischer met and defeated Eugene Salome. Did Mr. Salome ever mention it?|
The game-score is lost however.
|Feb-28-11|| ||parisattack: Probably but not that I remember, <TheFocus> - its been a long time, though we chummed from 1968-1975 or so. Nancy and I went through all his papers (many boxes!) but I don't remember seeing a scoresheet w/Fischer; sure I would have noted it! :)|
|Feb-28-11|| ||TheFocus: We can always dream!|
|Feb-28-11|| ||parisattack: :) He was some stronger than the 'A' and 'B' classes he played in NY. Not sure on that but I know 1) He played on the same team as Rellstab in Germany and 2) He held his own against full masters and a couple of senior masters who passed through town.|
|Feb-28-11|| ||TheFocus: Big thanks on that information.|
|Mar-01-11|| ||perfidious: On a visit to New York in May 1975, weeks before his last triumph and accidental death, I got to play the old maestro in a simul during my first visit to his chess studio. While I don't remember much about the game, I believe he despatched me fairly quickly.|
|Mar-02-11|| ||kingfu: Rossolimo got to play many great games against a list of Chess History's best:|
Capablanca, CH Alexander, O'Kelly, Tartakower, Euwe, Pirc, Smyslov, Najdorf, Reshevsky, Tal, Bronstein, Benko, Korchnoi and Fischer.
|May-07-11|| ||jessicafischerqueen: Here is a video documentary on the life and games of <IGM Nicolas Rossolimo>, featuring voice-over narration:|
Written by Jessica Fischer
Narrated by Richard Dewoskin
Researched by Jessica Fischer, Larry Crawford, and Annie Kappel
This link below features biographical details about <Nicolas Rossolimo> posted by his son, Alexander, and also one of his grandsons. Go to the bottom of page two of this link to see the posts.
According to Alexander Rossolimo, his mother Vera wrote an autobiography (in Russian) that included all manner of historical details on her husband- she handed it over to a person who promised to translate it into English. She never saw her autobiography (only copy) or the man again.
<My late mother, Mme Vera A. Rossolimo, showed me her autobiography (which included much information about my father) in 1975, shortly after my father's death. She had typed it in Russian, and wanted to have it published. My mother had a fascinating life and background. Shortly afterwards, it was borrowed by someone who promised to have it translated into English and published. He was a visitor to my father's "Rossolimo Chess Studio" in Greenwich Village. However the autobiography was never returned. I hope that it still exists somewhere, and WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT IT, including any recollection of its contents from anyone who might have heard it from my mother.>
|Feb-28-12|| ||talisman: happy birthday to one of the greats.|
|Feb-28-12|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Rossolimo.|
|Jun-27-12|| ||SBC: I published an article called, The Village Gambit," from Prof. Frank Brady's "Chessworld" magazine. It highlights the chess scene in NYC in 1964. Rossolimo's and Lisa Lane's chess venues are featured in it and anyone interested in that time might really enjoy it:
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