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Cecilia A Rock
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1959 to 1963

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(born Feb-16-1947, 74 years old) United States of America

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Daughter of Henry E Rock.

Comment by Cecilia A. Rock: "I stopped playing in tournaments in 1965, the year I entered college. My father, Henry E. Rock Sr., did play on. I had one other game published in Chess Life...probably in 1963, 64 or 65...when I was playing in Ithaca NY at Cornell U. I think. That game I won and it was probably the best I ever played. I'm honored that people are still interested today in the teenage chess player that I once was."

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Sloan vs C A Rock 1-041195960th US OpenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. G Tiers vs C A Rock 1-020196364th US OpenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. C A Rock vs J McCormick  0-130196364th US OpenE20 Nimzo-Indian
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  Phony Benoni: I like to imagine she had an unhappy relationship with Paul Simon which she broke off. And when he said, "Cecilia, you're breaking my heart", she replied, "I am a Rock."
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  Stonehenge: Is this her?

(In formal writing, Is this she is correct. Is this her is, however, normal and therefore correct informal spoken English.

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Aug-17-12  geniokov: Common guys! How can it be? Cecilia was born 1899?...Imagine the age gap between those two?...LOL!
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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> Definitely not her. I just found a picture in a 1964 issue of <Chess Life>, and she's still a young woman.
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  wordfunph: <PB> i guess she rocks! :)
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  FSR: A pity she didn't play in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2012) tournament.
Feb-13-14  SBC:

Cecelia A. Rock was likely born on Feb. 16, 1947 and co-won the US Women's Championship at age 17 (when the championship was played in Boston, in reasonable proximity to her home in Washington, Mass.). Happy impending Birthday.

Feb-19-14  SBC: That should read "Women's Open Championship."
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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> She played at her first US Open in 1959, when she would have been 12. There is also a "Henry E Rock" from Massachusetts, who played during the same years she did. He may have been a father or brother.

Game Collection: US Open Player List, 1900-1964 (L-Z)

Feb-23-14  SBC:

Henry E. Rock, Sr. was her father. He played in 6 U.S. Opens, 5 with his daughter. After the first couple of Opens, she started outperforming her father.

Feb-23-14  SBC: That should be 5, not 6 US Opens that H.E. Rock played in
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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> I have Henry E. Rock with at least six Opens, each year from 1958-1963. (I haven't gotten byeond 1964 yet.)

This link goes to a report with the 1958 crosstable. There are links to the next year at the end of each report..

Game Collection: US Open 1958, Rochester

Feb-23-14  SBC:

Did he play in the 1963 Open? I couldn't find him these. I know he played in 1958 thru 1962.

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  Phony Benoni: Game Collection: US Open 1963, Chicago

Henry E Rock is #191. I just doublechecked the source ("Chess Life", November 1963, p.296), and he is there.

Feb-23-14  SBC:


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  HeMateMe: This song appears on the new Paul Simon Basement Tapes, a compilation of outtakes and different versions of well known songs, with a few alternate titles, too.
Feb-24-14  SBC:

Here is an article about Cecelia Rock -

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC>: You've put in a lot of work on this!

Looking at her USCF ratings, it is evident she was active though 1966:

1959: 1408
1960: 1574
1961: 1689 (Nenry at 1642)
1962: 1739
1963: 1835
1964: 1753
1965: 1687
1966: 1702

She does not appear in rating lists after 1966, though Henry continued to play. In fact, I see he was at the US Opens at Seattle 1966 and Atlanta 1967; I haven't looked beyond that.

I'm very interested in the correct spelling of her first name. USCF uses both forms, and the entries in the scrapbook don't appear to prefer one over the other. If you know for sure that <Cecelia> is definitely correct, I'll want to change my records.

There is a picture of her with Kathryn Slater in "Chess Life", September 1964, p.216. Here's another one available on the Internet, with a tiny bit of information:

For this one, it's too bad the game is not available.

Feb-25-14  SBC:

I've seen her name as Cecelia and Cecilia from equally authoritative, sources. So I just used the most common spelling.

To answer Stonehenge: No, that is definitely not the same person. Rock is her maiden name.

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> She graduated from Clark College in June, 1969, with a Bachelor's degree in psychology, and planned to go to New York University, School of Law, in the fall.

And they're still using that old picture. Looks like it should be a picture of Henry.

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  Phony Benoni: By the way, I'm now convinced your instincts were right and her first name is spelled "Cecelia". Here's an obituary of one of her brothers, from 2006:

Feb-28-14  SBC: I have the article of her graduation and intent to go to law school in my article.

I also have the obit of 2 of her brothers, Louis in 2006 and Henry jr. in 2012. In Louis' obit her name is Cecelia; in Henry's obit, her name is Cecilia. Six of one, half dozen of the other....

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> Looks like you have this piece of research well under control.
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  monopole2313: Well now, let's get a least one win posted - perhaps the one mentioned in the bio. C. Rock(1828)-E. Kotski(1905) NY Amateur, Geneva 1963: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Bg5 0-0 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 c5 7. d5 Na6 8. f4 Nc7 9. e5 Ne8 10. Nf3 Bg4 11. Ne4 Bxf3 12. exd6 Nxd6 13. gxf3 Nf5 14. Ng3 Nxg3 15. hxg3 Bxb2 16. Rb1 Bc3+ 17. Kf2 Bd4+ 18. Kg2 Rb8 19. Rh3 f6 20. Bh6 Rf7 21. Qh1 b5 22. Bd3 a5 23. Bxg6 hxg6 24. f5 gf 25. Bf8 Rxf8 26. Rh8+ Kf7 27. Qh5+ 1-0. Although there were questionable moves on both sides (as annotated by John W. Collins in Chess Life Oct 1963), she did manage to sac both her bishops. As Collins put it, "White evinced daring and imagination." I hope this brings a fond memory, wherever she may be. Well done!

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