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Jacqueline Piatigorsky
J Piatigorsky 
Number of games in database: 18
Years covered: 1952 to 1965
Overall record: +5 -7 =6 (44.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-06-1911, died Jul-15-2012, 100 years old) France (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Jacqueline Piatigorsky (née Jacqueline Rebecca Louise de Rothschild) was a French-American chess and tennis champion, author, sculptor and a member of the Rothschild banking family of France. In her memoirs she wrote, on her introduction to chess at the age of six, "I loved the game, the pieces, how they moved, the challenge to find a solution to the infinite combinations. I had actually fallen in love. ... With a chess set, it was impossible to be bored."(1) She came to the United States following the Nazi occupation of France with her husband, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

During the 1950s and 1960s she was one of the strongest women players in the United States, winning a bronze medal on board two for the 1957 Women's Olympiad team and finishing second in the 1965 U.S. Women's Championship. In the 1960s, she was the second highest USCF-rated female chess player in the United States.

She was perhaps best known as a tournament organizer and sponsor, particularly of the unfinished Fischer - Reshevsky (1961) match between Robert James Fischer and Samuel Reshevsky, and the First Piatigorsky Cup (1963) and Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966) tournaments.

As an American, Piatigorsky was also a tennis player of note, being competitive at the national level.

(1) Jump in the Waves: A Memoir. Jacqueline Piatigorsky, pp. 26, 31.

(2) Source: Wikipedia article: Jacqueline Piatigorsky


Last updated: 2021-12-10 21:37:55

 page 1 of 1; 18 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Piatigorsky vs Gligoric  ½-½251952Clock simul, 10bC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
2. J Piatigorsky vs Edward P Lebzeltern 1-033195253rd US OpenB32 Sicilian
3. D Byrne vs J Piatigorsky  1-026195253rd US OpenA04 Reti Opening
4. J Piatigorsky vs R Cintron  1-052195253rd US OpenC10 French
5. J Piatigorsky vs A C Ludwig  ½-½26195253rd US OpenC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
6. J Piatigorsky vs W A Bills 1-018195253rd US OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
7. J Piatigorsky vs C Brasket  ½-½34195253rd US OpenB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
8. G A Koelsche vs J Piatigorsky  1-034195253rd US OpenA13 English
9. J Piatigorsky vs R Hurttlen ½-½18195253rd US OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. J Piatigorsky vs P Lapiken  0-147195556th US OpenC47 Four Knights
11. J Piatigorsky vs V Pupols 0-120195556th US OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. H Gross vs J Piatigorsky  1-029195556th US OpenC47 Four Knights
13. J Piatigorsky vs R Brieger  0-1471956Herman Steiner MemorialC02 French, Advance
14. J Piatigorsky vs E Ladanyike-Karakas ½-½2919571st olw qual. group 2C47 Four Knights
15. J Piatigorsky vs M Haahr 1-02719571st olw final BC46 Three Knights
16. M Litmanowicz vs J Piatigorsky ½-½6419571st olw final BD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. J Piatigorsky vs R L Wheeler  0-1361962Utah OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. J Piatigorsky vs M Karff 1-0411965US Women's ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
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Jul-21-12  wordfunph: rest in peace, Jacqueline..

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Ms. P passed away july 15, age 100. I do wish she had kept her tournament running, we have so few good ones here, these days.

Jul-23-12  brankat: A very fine person!

I didn't know about her being also a sculptor. After seeing the photos of some of her work (provided here by <Riverbeast>) I'd say she was a talented artist, too.

R.I.P. Mrs.Piatigorsky.

Jul-23-12  andrewjsacks: Those of us who had the honor and great good fortune to know her personally benefited in many ways, as did American chess as a whole. She was truly one of a kind, and in terms of our nation's chess heritage, her name should be emblazoned shoulder to shoulder with the greatest players we have produced.
Jul-23-12  talisman: thanks for the memories.
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Oct-20-12  brankat: A fabulous chess sets' collection!
Sep-08-13  Karpova: Edward Winter's feature article <Chess: Jacqueline and Gregor Piatigorsky>:
Sep-08-13  TheFocus: Nice article. I am mentioned in it.
Sep-08-13  JoergWalter: <TheFocus> respect. <Nikolai Brunni (Honolulu, HI, USA) has found several of Jacqueline Piatigorsky’s games in Chess Life, 1955>

Now, I have an indication that you are not <Eric Schiller> :-)

Sep-08-13  TheFocus: It's a ficticious name to throw <AJ> off my tracks.
Sep-08-13  TheFocus: It's a shame that only 6 of her games are available. I have several not in here I will submit.

Don't you think her life would make a good chess movie?

Sep-08-13  JoergWalter: With Merryl Streep in "the devil plays 3 knights"?
Sep-08-13  JoergWalter: <TheFocus: It's a ficticious name to throw <AJ> off my tracks.>

Oh, how tricky you are. But <AJ> is a first class watchdog and won't let you off.

Nov-06-14  PhilFeeley: Since she was quite an active player, there should be more of her games here.
Nov-06-14  Nosnibor: <PhilFeely> To help your request for more games of this lady despite <TheFocus> offering to submit more games of this player I append a game that she won in Los Angeles in 1952 during a County Championship. White:J.Piatigorsky,Black:Madrid Sicilian,Plycount B58.1e4,c5.2Nf3,Nc6.3d4,cxd4.4Nxe4,Nf6.5Nc3,d6.6- Bg5,e6.7Qd2,Be7.80-0-0,a6.9f4,0-0.10Be2,Bd7.11Bf-
+,R5xN.40Qg8+,Rxg8.41hxg8=Q mate.
Nov-06-14  TheFocus: <Nosnibor> I submitted all I had.
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  Stonehenge: Some great stuff here:

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  MissScarlett: That's some nose on her.
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  WannaBe: <Stonehenge> Thanks for that, great read!! (Bobby Fischer throws a fit, what else is new?)
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  chancho: <Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Chess Renaissance Woman>

Jun-08-18  wrap99: I am wondering if anyone knows when she quit completely playing tournament chess? Was she still around LA-area chess tournaments in the late 1970s or early 1980s? There were very few female players in those days but I have vague recollections of someone who might have been her.
Jun-08-18  andrewjsacks: <wrap99> Ever-busy and creative, she got interested in sculpting and basically abandoned chess organizing and patronizing and playing around 1977, after her husband, Gregor's, death in 1976. Some of her fine sculptures can be found by Googling. She had works on display in several art galleries in the L.A. area.
Jun-10-18  wrap99: <andrewjsacks> Hmm, still not impossible. I definitely met people who knew her. In those pre-Internet days, the significance of who a person was was not as easily discovered but there were many world-class intelligent/talented people at tournaments in non-chess fields who just played chess for fun. Also more than one actor who one would recognize even if not top stars.
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  AylerKupp: <<wrap99> No, it’s not impossible that she was playing tournament chess in the 1970s and 1980s. But both <andrewjsacks> and I met Mrs. Piatigorsky several times while we were both active in the Herman Steiner Jr. / Student Chess Club which she sponsored. I don’t know about <andrewjsacks> but I don’t remember any mention of her tournament chess activities in the 1960s, and her tournament chess participation was not mentioned in, for example, , although some of her earlier tournament activities were. And there is no mention of her tournament activities in So I suspect that she was not active in tournament play in the 1960s, at least not in a major way.

Of course, she could have taken a break from tournament activities in the 1960s and resumed in the 1970s and 1980s. But I doubt it. She had many interests and I think that by the 1960s she shifted her efforts from playing in chess tournaments to sponsoring chess tournaments and matches such as the first and second Piatigorsky cups in 1963 and 1966 and the 1961 Fischer-Reshevsky match plus her support and encouragement of the development of junior chess. For which many of us are very grateful.

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