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Hector Decio Rossetto
Number of games in database: 468
Years covered: 1935 to 2000
Last FIDE rating: 2285
Highest rating achieved in database: 2420

Overall record: +146 -149 =173 (49.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (40) 
    A45 A46 D02 D01 E10
 Sicilian (36) 
    B56 B88 B90 B20 B71
 King's Indian (21) 
    E94 E80 E97 E60 E61
 English (12) 
    A15 A10 A18 A17 A16
 Grunfeld (10) 
    D79 D96 D95 D91 D94
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C86 C99 C77 C90 C64
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (22) 
    B32 B54 B43 B90 B20
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C90 C79 C61 C74 C99
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A40 D02 E10 A45 D04
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D55 D66 D50 D63 D62
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D37 D38 D30 D35
 English (15) 
    A14 A13 A16 A15 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Rossetto vs Rodolfo Cardoso, 1958 1-0
   V Palermo vs H Rossetto, 1965 0-1
   H Rossetto vs J Behrensen, 1958 1-0
   H Rossetto vs R Lisboa, 1957 1-0
   H Rossetto vs Stahlberg, 1947 1/2-1/2
   Fischer vs H Rossetto, 1958 1/2-1/2
   H Rossetto vs Euwe, 1947 1-0
   H Rossetto vs Korchnoi, 1960 1-0
   H Rossetto vs Pedro Aguilar, 1935 1-0
   L Bauza vs H Rossetto, 1952 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   Portoroz Interzonal (1958)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Lone Pine (1975)

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.

Wikipedia article: H%C3%A9ctor Rossetto

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 468  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Rossetto vs Pedro Aguilar  1-0261935Bahia BlancaB03 Alekhine's Defense
2. H Rossetto vs Graf-Stevenson 1-0381940ch19 MayorC45 Scotch Game
3. M Luckis vs H Rossetto  1-0361941MontevideoD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
4. H Rossetto vs F Roux Cabral  1-0431941MontevideoC58 Two Knights
5. E Eliskases vs H Rossetto 1-0281941MontevideoD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. J Canepa vs H Rossetto  0-1601941MontevideoC05 French, Tarrasch
7. H Rossetto vs P Santos Isain  1-0411941MontevideoC58 Two Knights
8. H Rossetto vs Guimard 1-0741942ARG-ch mE08 Catalan, Closed
9. H Rossetto vs Guimard  ½-½411942ARG-ch mE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
10. H Rossetto vs J Canepa  1-0221942Mar del PlataA02 Bird's Opening
11. H Rossetto vs Graf-Stevenson  1-0381942Mar del PlataC53 Giuoco Piano
12. Najdorf vs H Rossetto  1-0211942Mar del PlataA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. M Czerniak vs H Rossetto  0-1511942Mar del PlataC47 Four Knights
14. H Rossetto vs J Traian Iliesco  1-0211943Mar del PlataB20 Sicilian
15. Najdorf vs H Rossetto  1-0261943Mar del PlataD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. H Rossetto vs P Michel 0-1121943Mar del PlataD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. M Czerniak vs H Rossetto  ½-½251943Mar del PlataA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. H Rossetto vs C Rebizzo  1-0271944La Plata Jockey ClubC34 King's Gambit Accepted
19. H Rossetto vs M Czerniak  ½-½431944La Plata Jockey ClubE61 King's Indian
20. B H Villegas vs H Rossetto  0-1271944La Plata Jockey ClubC18 French, Winawer
21. H Rossetto vs C H Maderna  1-0401944Mar del PlataC30 King's Gambit Declined
22. H Rossetto vs Graf-Stevenson  1-0381944La Plata Jockey ClubA20 English
23. H Rossetto vs E Reed Valenzuela  1-0311944Mar del PlataA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Najdorf vs H Rossetto  1-0451944Mar del PlataD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
25. Najdorf vs H Rossetto  ½-½271945Mar del PlataD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 468  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.
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  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"

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  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:


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  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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