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|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:
|Aug-22-13|| ||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.|
|May-22-15|| ||TheFocus: <When one plays a weaker rival, one should always play for beauty for the benefit of both the players and the spectators, or else the game is a waste> - Nicholas Rossolimo, as recollected by William Lombardy on page 216 of his memoir Understanding Chess: My System, My Games, My Life.|
|Feb-28-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Nicolas Rossolimo.|
|Feb-28-16|| ||WannaBe: Very nice, when he plays B31 (Sicilian Rossolimo Variation), he is undefeated!! +3 -0 =2|
|Nov-14-18|| ||Telemus: E. Winter published a C.N. on the Rossolimo variation: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...|
He asks <When were the moves 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 first played?> and offers a game Williams vs Withers from the CPC 1845 to set a mark.
Jay Whitehead's database (always interesting for games played between 1800 and 1867) has three games between James Alexander Robertson and a Harry Slater Wilson supposedly played in Portsmouth 1840 and London 1841. As usual with this database the sources still have to be found.
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