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Rossolimo 
Rossolimo ponders his move at a simultaneous exhibition, 1951.  
Nicolas Rossolimo
Number of games in database: 394
Years covered: 1936 to 1975
Overall record: +156 -70 =164 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B31 B52 B30 B62 B23
 French Defense (22) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Giuoco Piano (21) 
    C54 C53 C50
 French Tarrasch (19) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B17 B10 B11 B13 B18
 Reti System (12) 
    A04 A06 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C89 C85 C84 C77 C86
 Sicilian (25) 
    B91 B28 B54 B90 B32
 King's Indian (22) 
    E67 E60 E80 E90 E61
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C89 C85 C84 C86 C91
 Dutch Defense (18) 
    A97 A99 A95 A91 A84
 Queen's Indian (17) 
    E17 E19 E14 E12 E18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967 1-0
   Rossolimo vs I Romanenko, 1948 1-0
   Schmid vs Rossolimo, 1949 0-1
   Rossolimo vs Livingstone, 1961 1-0
   Rossolimo vs C Kottnauer, 1948 1-0
   L Barden vs Rossolimo, 1950 0-1
   E Paoli vs Rossolimo, 1949 0-1
   Rossolimo vs O'Kelly, 1949 1-0
   Rossolimo vs Zuckerman, 1966 1-0
   Unzicker vs Rossolimo, 1949 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Oldenburg (1949)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   56th US Open (1955)
   U.S. Championship (1966)
   55th US Open (1954)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   1950 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Hastings 1950/51 by suenteus po 147
   1951 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Hastings 1948/49 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1949/50 by suenteus po 147
   Nicolas Rossolimo by ChessPraxis
   Piano Theme by haconly

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NICOLAS ROSSOLIMO
(born Feb-28-1910, died Jul-24-1975) United States of America

[what is this?]
Nicholas Rossolimo was born in Kiev in the Ukraine. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1953, he moved to Paris with his Russian mother in 1929. Whilst in France he finished 2nd behind Jose Raul Capablanca in 1938 in a tournament in Paris, won the French Championship in 1948, was Paris Champion 5 times and drew 2 matches in 1948 and 1949 with Savielly Tartakower. In 1953 he moved to the USA to be with his father and mother. He worked as a bellhop, a taxi driver, played the accordion and worked as a singer as well as running a chess studio to support himself. A multi-talented man, he spoke five languages and earned a brown belt in judo. He died of head injuries three days after accidentally falling down two flights of stairs in New York in 1975.

YouTube documentary made by <jessicafischerqueen>, <Crawfb5> and <Annie K.>: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...

Wikipedia article: Nicolas Rossolimo


 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 394  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tartakower vs Rossolimo 1-027 1936 ParisB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
2. Rossolimo vs Capablanca ½-½16 1938 ParisC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Capablanca vs Rossolimo 1-029 1938 ParisD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. C Chaude de Silans vs Rossolimo ½-½34 1939 Paris FRAA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
5. Rossolimo vs Blau  1-048 1947 ZonalA04 Reti Opening
6. Rossolimo vs Foltys  1-046 1947 FRA-CSRA14 English
7. P Trifunovic vs Rossolimo  ½-½25 1947 ZonalA47 Queen's Indian
8. Rossolimo vs K Plater  ½-½34 1947 ZonalA04 Reti Opening
9. C H Alexander vs Rossolimo 0-138 1947 ZonalC17 French, Winawer, Advance
10. Rossolimo vs Pachman 0-139 1947 Hilversum ztA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
11. Rossolimo vs C Doerner  1-057 1947 ZonalA04 Reti Opening
12. Rossolimo vs V Castaldi 1-016 1947 Hilversum ztD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
13. Rossolimo vs Y Porat  ½-½45 1947 ZonalA15 English
14. Rossolimo vs Szabo  0-144 1947 HilversumA09 Reti Opening
15. A Tsvetkov vs Rossolimo  1-063 1947 ZonalB06 Robatsch
16. O'Kelly vs Rossolimo 1-041 1947 ZonalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. T van Scheltinga vs Rossolimo  1-066 1947 Hilversum zt 04A56 Benoni Defense
18. B O'Sullivan vs Rossolimo 0-110 1947 HilversumE17 Queen's Indian
19. Rossolimo vs E R Lundin  1-067 1948 Bad GasteinB30 Sicilian
20. Rossolimo vs Wade  ½-½29 1948 Hastings 4849A06 Reti Opening
21. Rossolimo vs Tartakower  0-140 1948 MatchA06 Reti Opening
22. Rossolimo vs K Galia  1-035 1948 Bad GasteinB30 Sicilian
23. T van Scheltinga vs Rossolimo  ½-½29 1948 Beverwijk NEDE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. G A Thomas vs Rossolimo  ½-½25 1948 Hastings 4849B19 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. Rossolimo vs I Romanenko 1-017 1948 SalzburgB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 394  PGN Download
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Feb-28-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: http://www.ajedrezdeataque.com/04%2...

http://www.ajedreznd.com/2006/Unmae...

Feb-28-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?

ANYBODY???

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <paris> Is Eugene Salome still alive?
Feb-28-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: We can always dream!
Feb-28-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Big thanks on that information.
Mar-01-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Great stuff.

May-07-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: Here is a video documentary on the life and games of <IGM Nicolas Rossolimo>, featuring voice-over narration:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=A...

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.

http://www.chessbanter.com/rec-game...

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.

Alexander Rossolimo:

<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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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: http://blog.chess.com/batgirl/the-g...
Aug-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Article from page 263 of the September 1969 'Chess Review' - <Today's Style in Ches>: http://sgchess.net/2013/08/22/840-i...
Aug-22-13  JoergWalter: <SBC>,<karpova> nice. thanks.
Feb-28-14  kereru: Very flashy player, his games are a lot of fun if not always sound.
Feb-28-14  chesssalamander: We should include in his bio that

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5

is the Rossolimo Variation of the Sicilian Defense.

Feb-28-14  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Nicolas Rossolimo.
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