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Alexander Borisovich Roshal
A Roshal 
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Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1962 to 1966
Overall record: +13 -9 =4 (57.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-26-1936, died May-21-2007, 70 years old) Russia

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Alexander Borisovich Roshal was born on August 26, 1936. He was a merited chess trainer of the Soviet Union when in 1968 he switched to journalism and, together with Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian he founded the chess magazine "64", the most influential chess magazine in the USSR.

Vera Tsvetkova wrote: "For many, Roshal embodies chess journalism, acting as the public voice of chess for the greater masses. This energetic and sociable person completely belies his age--he is active, sharp-witted, and talkative--one could listen to him for hours, like a nightingale".

Monologues of a Chess Guru, by Vera Tsvetkova, 2006.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karasev vs A Roshal  1-0231962Leningrad-MoscowE70 King's Indian
2. A Roshal vs Karasev  1-0281962Leningrad-MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
3. V Liberzon vs A Roshal  0-1531964Burevestnik CC-chE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
4. A Roshal vs Sosonko  0-1401964URSA07 King's Indian Attack
5. A Kuznetsov vs A Roshal 0-1411964USSRB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. A Roshal vs J Vatnikov  0-1421964Burevestnik CC-chC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Y Gusev vs A Roshal  1-0391964Moscow mA05 Reti Opening
8. A Roshal vs E S Stoliar  0-1341964Burevestnik CC-chA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Y Gusev vs A Roshal  0-1561964Moscow mA48 King's Indian
10. A Roshal vs J Vatnikov  ½-½411964URSA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Y Gusev vs A Roshal  0-1451964Moscow mE83 King's Indian, Samisch
12. A Roshal vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½431964Burevestnik CC-chA04 Reti Opening
13. A Roshal vs Y Gusev  ½-½491964Moscow mA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Volovich vs A Roshal  1-0431964Burevestnik CC-chA48 King's Indian
15. A Roshal vs Y Gusev  1-0621964Moscow mC70 Ruy Lopez
16. A Roshal vs Volovich  1-0271965Burevestnik-ch sfA07 King's Indian Attack
17. A Roshal vs Ravinsky  ½-½551965Burevestnik-ch sfA06 Reti Opening
18. A Roshal vs G Fridstein  0-1411965Burevestnik-ch sfA04 Reti Opening
19. I Kanko vs A Roshal  0-1401966MGU FinlandA02 Bird's Opening
20. A Roshal vs Vladimir Lepeshkin  1-0451966MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
21. E Gik vs A Roshal  1-0631966MoscowE91 King's Indian
22. A Roshal vs A Khenkin  1-0181966MoscowA06 Reti Opening
23. M Beilin vs A Roshal  0-1221966MoscowB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
24. A Roshal vs A R Bitman  1-0341966MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
25. A Roshal vs Razuvaev 1-0301966MoscowC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
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May-04-06  Caissanist: Alexander Roshal is a longtime Russian (he would probably say "Soviet") chess journalist. Chesscafe has a bizarre and fascinating interview with Roshal here: Many thanks to <keypusher>, who first posted the link on the Reshevsky forum.
May-22-07  Resignation Trap: Roshal just died yesterday at age 71.


May-23-07  stanleys: Many things could be said about him(unfortunately not only positive),but in such moments it's useless

RIP Mr Roshal

May-25-07  BIDMONFA: Alexander Borisovich Roshal

ROSHAL, Alexander B.

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  wordfunph: Interesting is the interview with the 69-year-old Alexander Roshal who is the long-standing editor of "64". In the course of his 40 years as a journalist, he has witnessed the rising of many Russian talents (and future world champions). Once, he played a blitz game with a very young Anatoly Karpov. Karpov won and Roshal went on to explain the spectators exactly why he had lost. They played the next game, the same result, and again Roshal indulged in lengthy didactic explanations for his defeat. And so it went on and on, until Karpov shyly said, "Maybe it's just because I'm better than you."
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  wordfunph: "I have often written that Karpov is like an iceberg. Well, Kasparov was the Titanic."

- Alexander Borisovich Roshal

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