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Hector Rossetto
H Rossetto 
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Number of games in database: 945
Years covered: 1935 to 2000
Last FIDE rating: 2285
Highest rating achieved in database: 2420
Overall record: +351 -254 =340 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (77) 
    A45 A46 D02 D01 D05
 Sicilian (73) 
    B20 B90 B50 B40 B56
 King's Indian (44) 
    E94 E95 E80 E97 E67
 English (19) 
    A15 A18 A10 A17 A16
 Grunfeld (16) 
    D79 D91 D78 D70 D93
 French Defense (16) 
    C12 C14 C18 C11 C00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B33 B32 B95 B20 B23
 French Defense (36) 
    C05 C18 C17 C03 C19
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C61 C62 C79 C74 C78
 English (31) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A16
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    A40 A46 D02 E10 A45
 Orthodox Defense (28) 
    D55 D66 D63 D50 D52
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Rossetto vs R Cardoso, 1958 1-0
   H Rossetto vs R Martins Lisboa, 1957 1-0
   H Rossetto vs Stahlberg, 1947 1/2-1/2
   H Rossetto vs J Behrensen, 1958 1-0
   V Palermo vs H Rossetto, 1965 0-1
   Fischer vs H Rossetto, 1958 1/2-1/2
   H Rossetto vs Euwe, 1947 1-0
   H Rossetto vs Benko, 1960 1-0
   H Rossetto vs J Canepa, 1942 1-0
   H Rossetto vs Aguilar, 1935 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata (1949)
   Mar del Plata (1952)
   Rio de Janeiro (1952)
   Fortaleza Zonal (1963)
   Argentine Championship (1955)
   Mar del Plata (1961)
   Rio de Janeiro Zonal (1957)
   Argentine Championship (1973)
   Sao Paulo (1979)
   Pan American Championship (1968)
   Mar del Plata (1950)
   Club Argentino (1955)
   Mar del Plata / Buenos Aires Zonal (1954)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   Mar del Plata Zonal (1951)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata 1959 by suenteus po 147
   1945 Hollywood by crawfb5
   Pan-American Chess Congress, Hollywood,1945 by Phony Benoni

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(born Sep-08-1922, died Jan-22-2009, 86 years old) Argentina

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Hector Decio Rossetto was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1960, he was Argentine champion in 1942, 1944, 1947, 1961 and 1972. He was also Champion of South America at Fortaleza, zt 1963.

Rossetto won the Mar del Plata chess tournament in 1949 and again in 1952 (shared with Julio Bolbochan ). He also won in Mar del Plata (KIM) in 1962.

Wikipedia article: Héctor Rossetto

Last updated: 2022-07-04 07:29:26

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 945  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Rossetto vs Aguilar 1-0261935Bahia BlancaB03 Alekhine's Defense
2. H Rossetto vs Graf-Stevenson 1-0381940ch19 MayorC45 Scotch Game
3. H Rossetto vs A Liebstein  0-1411941MontevideoC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. M Luckis vs H Rossetto  1-0361941MontevideoD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
5. H Rossetto vs L Roux Cabral  1-0431941MontevideoC58 Two Knights
6. Eliskases vs H Rossetto 1-0281941MontevideoD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. H Rossetto vs J C Balparda  ½-½821941MontevideoA07 King's Indian Attack
8. H Rossetto vs A Olivera  1-0621941MontevideoC07 French, Tarrasch
9. J Canepa vs H Rossetto  0-1601941MontevideoC05 French, Tarrasch
10. H Rossetto vs P Santos Isain  1-0411941MontevideoC58 Two Knights
11. S Ledesma Iglesias vs H Rossetto  0-1191941MontevideoC00 French Defense
12. H Rossetto vs A Pons  1-0771941MontevideoD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. L Engels vs H Rossetto  ½-½401941MontevideoC12 French, McCutcheon
14. H Rossetto vs C Guimard  1-0421942ARG-ch mE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
15. C Guimard vs H Rossetto  1-0341942ARG-ch mC50 Giuoco Piano
16. H Rossetto vs C Guimard  ½-½411942ARG-ch mE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
17. J Bolbochan vs H Rossetto  1-0411942Mar del PlataC12 French, McCutcheon
18. H Rossetto vs C Guimard 1-0741942ARG-ch mE08 Catalan, Closed
19. H Rossetto vs C Guimard  1-0341942ARG-ch mA44 Old Benoni Defense
20. H Rossetto vs C Guimard  ½-½401942ARG-ch mA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
21. C Guimard vs H Rossetto  ½-½171942ARG-ch mD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. H Rossetto vs C Guimard  1-0391942ARG-ch mA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. H Rossetto vs V Fenoglio  ½-½231942Mar del PlataB10 Caro-Kann
24. C Guimard vs H Rossetto  1-0231942Mar del PlataD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. C Guimard vs H Rossetto  1-0571942ARG-ch mE17 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 945  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-07-03  Ribeiro: Another player from the "golden age" of chess in Argentina.
Aug-07-03  Sylvester: Was Miguel Najdorf the best player of the golden age?
Aug-07-03  Ribeiro: <Sylvester> Hard question! In the 50s, he usually was chosen to be the first player of the national team. Beyond any doubt, he has always been a VERY important figure in the chess scene of Argentina.

But, to complicate things a bit, there were the "rising star" Oscar Panno (who has a very good record against Najdorf in the aforementioned decade), the very strong Julio Bolbochán, Pilnik...:-)

Aug-07-03  Sylvester: It says Hector Rossetto started playing in 1941. When did the golden age begin?
Aug-08-03  Ribeiro: <Sylvester> This "golden age" is just a personal opinion...:-) I feel that the 50s were certainly a great moment, some think that Argentina was the second force in the chess world. But these concepts are fuzzy, I do not want to coin terms or definitions.
Jul-11-04  molinov: In a book called "Brillant Argentine games" by Guillermo Puiggrós there is a game that Rosetto played in 1935, aged twelve, that he thought was amongst his best. Game Héctor Rossetto-Pedro Aguilar. Site:Bahia Blanca, 1935 1. e4 Nf6
2. e5 Nd4
3. c4 Nb6
4. d4 d3
5. f4 dxe5
6. fxe5 Bf5
7. Nc3 e6
8. Be3 Nc6
9. Be2 Qd2
10. Nf3 0-0-0
11. 0-0 Bg4
12. Nd2 Bf5
13. Nb3 f6
14. exf6 gxf6
15. a4 Rg8
16. a5 Qg7
17. Rf7 Nd7
18. Bf3 Nde5
19. a6 Bg4
20. axb7 Kb8
21. Bxc6 Nxc6
(21. ... Bxd1 22. dxe5 winning)
22. d5 exd5
23. fxe5 Qe7
24. dxc6 Rxd1
25. Nxd1 Qxe6
26. Nxe6
Rossetto thought that maybe he was better as a youngster than as a grown man. I played against him in a simul that he played at my school. It was in 1998, when I was 12. There was a moment in which he had destroyed all the other kids and it was just him and I in the caffeteria. My memory tells me the game was a bit over 30 moves. He won fairly easy, but said that I had resigned before it was time to. The opening was a Two Knights. I am not sure if he is still alive.
Jul-12-04  vonKrolock: <molinov>: i believe this help to answer your question :<FEDERACION ARGENTINA DE AJEDREZ. LISTADO ELO-FIDE (Julio 2004) ROSSETTO, Hector> more details in Contenidos/FADA/ArgElo010704.htm
Jan-15-05  activechess: Rossetto el mas grande de todos!!
Sep-08-06  BIDMONFA: Hector Rossetto


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  Fusilli: It appears that Rosetto is the GM playing in this picture, with Che Guevara observing:
Jan-24-09  molinov: Rossetto passed away yesterday. He was 86 years old. May he rest in peace.
Jan-25-09  Augalv: R.I.P. GM Hector Rossetto.
Jan-27-09  Eastfrisian: According to this article: he died already on 22.01.2009. TWIC has this date, too. R.I.P.
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  Benzol: Another well known GM gone.
RIP GM Rossetto.
Jan-27-09  capanegra: RIP GM Rossetto. Descanse en paz, Maestro.

<Fusilli> Indeed it is Rossetto playing with Black while Che Guevara is observing behind him at the Capablanca memorial in 1964. The game is actually S Garcia-Martinez vs H Rossetto, 1964 and the picture seems to be taken after 9…Rd7

Apr-21-09  myschkin: . . .

Bio/Review in German :

- If you don't mind have a look at the pics anyway! -


Article in Spanish:

"Héctor Decio Rossetto: caballero del tablero"

Apr-22-09  vonKrolock: A key tournament victory, the South American Zonal in Fortaleza 1963, complete with crosstable and games - online grâces to A. Nóbrega and his brasilbase site
May-10-09  Augalv:
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  Chessical: The gentlemen in the centre of the photograph with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall is actually the American master Herman Steiner and not Hector Rossetto.

For pictures of the Hollywood stars of the 1940s with both Steiner and Rosetto see:


Sep-11-09  vonKrolock: ... and, being in <SBC> article linked above by <Chessical> You can search for M Dietrich as a kibitzer in one of Rossetto's games in Hollywood
Jan-22-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Hector Rossetto.

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