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Nicolas Rossolimo
Rossolimo ponders his move at a simultaneous exhibition 1951  
Number of games in database: 517
Years covered: 1927 to 1975

Overall record: +208 -90 =218 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (78) 
    B31 B23 B52 B30 B85
 French Defense (30) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C12
 Giuoco Piano (24) 
    C54 C53 C50
 French Tarrasch (21) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Caro-Kann (21) 
    B10 B17 B18 B13 B11
 Two Knights (17) 
    C56 C58 C55 C57
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B45 B28 B92 B54 B90
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C84 C85 C77 C89 C91
 King's Indian (30) 
    E80 E60 E67 E94 E85
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C84 C85 C89 C91 C98
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E59 E21 E33 E32 E38
 Queen's Indian (21) 
    E17 E19 E14 E12 E15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967 1-0
   Rossolimo vs I Romanenko, 1948 1-0
   L Barden vs Rossolimo, 1950 0-1
   Rossolimo vs Livingstone, 1961 1-0
   Rossolimo vs C Kottnauer, 1948 1-0
   L Schmid vs Rossolimo, 1949 0-1
   Rossolimo vs O'Kelly, 1949 1-0
   Rossolimo vs W A Winser, 1950 1-0
   Rossolimo vs A Dunkelblum, 1950 1-0
   Evans vs Rossolimo, 1955 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens (1953)
   Southsea (1949)
   Venice (1949)
   Hastings 1949/50 (1949)
   Tarragona (1957)
   Venice (1950)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-D (1972)
   Oldenburg (1949)
   Reti Memorial (1949)
   Havana (1952)
   Kostic Memorial 3rd (1969)
   Mar del Plata (1950)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Championship 1968/69 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1949/50 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1948/49 by suenteus po 147
   1951 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Hastings 1950/51 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1948/1949 by WCC Editing Project
   1950 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww

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(born Feb-28-1910, died Jul-24-1975, 65 years old) United States of America

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Nicholas Rossolimo was born in Kiev. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1953, he moved to Paris with his Russian mother in 1929. Whilst in France he finished 2nd behind Jose Raul Capablanca in 1938 in a tournament in Paris, won the French Championship in 1948, was Paris Champion 5 times and drew 2 matches in 1948 and 1949 with Savielly Tartakower. In 1953 he moved to the USA to be with his father and mother. He worked as a bellhop, a taxi driver, played the accordion and worked as a singer as well as running a chess studio to support himself. In 1955, he won the U.S. Open in Long Beach. His first prize was a Buick automobile. A multi-talented man, he spoke five languages and earned a brown belt in judo. He died of head injuries three days after accidentally falling down two flights of stairs in New York in 1975.

YouTube documentary made by <jessicafischerqueen>, <Crawfb5> and <Annie K.>:

Wikipedia article: Nicolas Rossolimo

Last updated: 2022-08-24 11:27:38

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 517  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Petukhov vs Rossolimo  0-1291927Moscow Trade Workers' ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
2. Tartakower vs Rossolimo 1-0271936ParisB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
3. Capablanca vs Rossolimo 1-0291938ParisD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. Rossolimo vs Capablanca ½-½161938ParisC50 Giuoco Piano
5. C Chaude de Silans vs Rossolimo ½-½341939ParisA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
6. Rossolimo vs Foltys  1-0461947FRA-CSRA13 English
7. Rossolimo vs Pachman 0-1391947Hilversum ZonalA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
8. A Tsvetkov vs Rossolimo  1-0631947Hilversum ZonalA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
9. Rossolimo vs Szabo 0-1441947Hilversum ZonalA13 English
10. T D van Scheltinga vs Rossolimo  1-0661947Hilversum ZonalA57 Benko Gambit
11. Rossolimo vs C Doerner  1-0571947Hilversum ZonalA04 Reti Opening
12. Rossolimo vs K Plater  ½-½341947Hilversum ZonalA04 Reti Opening
13. B O'Sullivan vs Rossolimo 0-1101947Hilversum ZonalE17 Queen's Indian
14. Rossolimo vs M Blau  1-0481947Hilversum ZonalA04 Reti Opening
15. O'Kelly vs Rossolimo 1-0411947Hilversum ZonalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. Rossolimo vs Y Porat  ½-½451947Hilversum ZonalA15 English
17. C H Alexander vs Rossolimo 0-1381947Hilversum ZonalC18 French, Winawer
18. Rossolimo vs V Castaldi 1-0161947Hilversum ZonalD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
19. P Trifunovic vs Rossolimo  ½-½251947Hilversum ZonalA47 Queen's Indian
20. Rossolimo vs I Romanenko 1-0171948SalzburgB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
21. Rossolimo vs Tartakower 0-1401948MatchA06 Reti Opening
22. L Prins vs Rossolimo  1-0731948HoogovensB54 Sicilian
23. H van Steenis vs Rossolimo  1-0661948HoogovensB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. T D van Scheltinga vs Rossolimo  ½-½291948HoogovensE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
25. H Kramer vs Rossolimo  ½-½271948HoogovensA22 English
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 517  PGN Download
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Feb-28-11  TheFocus: <parisattack> In a recently discovered cross-table from the 1956 Greater New York City Open, Bobby Fischer met and defeated Eugene Salome. Did Mr. Salome ever mention it?

The game-score is lost however.

Feb-28-11  parisattack: Probably but not that I remember, <TheFocus> - its been a long time, though we chummed from 1968-1975 or so. Nancy and I went through all his papers (many boxes!) but I don't remember seeing a scoresheet w/Fischer; sure I would have noted it! :)
Feb-28-11  TheFocus: We can always dream!
Feb-28-11  parisattack: :) He was some stronger than the 'A' and 'B' classes he played in NY. Not sure on that but I know 1) He played on the same team as Rellstab in Germany and 2) He held his own against full masters and a couple of senior masters who passed through town.
Feb-28-11  TheFocus: Big thanks on that information.
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  perfidious: On a visit to New York in May 1975, weeks before his last triumph and accidental death, I got to play the old maestro in a simul during my first visit to his chess studio. While I don't remember much about the game, I believe he despatched me fairly quickly.
Mar-02-11  kingfu: Rossolimo got to play many great games against a list of Chess History's best:

Capablanca, CH Alexander, O'Kelly, Tartakower, Euwe, Pirc, Smyslov, Najdorf, Reshevsky, Tal, Bronstein, Benko, Korchnoi and Fischer.

Great stuff.

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  jessicafischerqueen: Here is a video documentary on the life and games of <IGM Nicolas Rossolimo>, featuring voice-over narration:

Written by Jessica Fischer
Narrated by Richard Dewoskin
Researched by Jessica Fischer, Larry Crawford, and Annie Kappel


This link below features biographical details about <Nicolas Rossolimo> posted by his son, Alexander, and also one of his grandsons. Go to the bottom of page two of this link to see the posts.

According to Alexander Rossolimo, his mother Vera wrote an autobiography (in Russian) that included all manner of historical details on her husband- she handed it over to a person who promised to translate it into English. She never saw her autobiography (only copy) or the man again.

Alexander Rossolimo:

<My late mother, Mme Vera A. Rossolimo, showed me her autobiography (which included much information about my father) in 1975, shortly after my father's death. She had typed it in Russian, and wanted to have it published. My mother had a fascinating life and background. Shortly afterwards, it was borrowed by someone who promised to have it translated into English and published. He was a visitor to my father's "Rossolimo Chess Studio" in Greenwich Village. However the autobiography was never returned. I hope that it still exists somewhere, and WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT IT, including any recollection of its contents from anyone who might have heard it from my mother.>

Feb-28-12  talisman: happy birthday to one of the greats.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Rossolimo.
Jun-27-12  SBC: I published an article called, The Village Gambit," from Prof. Frank Brady's "Chessworld" magazine. It highlights the chess scene in NYC in 1964. Rossolimo's and Lisa Lane's chess venues are featured in it and anyone interested in that time might really enjoy it:
Aug-22-13  Karpova: Article from page 263 of the September 1969 'Chess Review' - <Today's Style in Ches>:
Aug-22-13  JoergWalter: <SBC>,<karpova> nice. thanks.
Feb-28-14  kereru: Very flashy player, his games are a lot of fun if not always sound.
Feb-28-14  chesssalamander: We should include in his bio that

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5

is the Rossolimo Variation of the Sicilian Defense.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Nicolas Rossolimo.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <When one plays a weaker rival, one should always play for beauty for the benefit of both the players and the spectators, or else the game is a waste> - Nicholas Rossolimo, as recollected by William Lombardy on page 216 of his memoir Understanding Chess: My System, My Games, My Life.
Feb-28-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Nicolas Rossolimo.
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  WannaBe: Very nice, when he plays B31 (Sicilian Rossolimo Variation), he is undefeated!! +3 -0 =2

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  Telemus: E. Winter published a C.N. on the Rossolimo variation:

He asks <When were the moves 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 first played?> and offers a game Williams vs Withers from the CPC 1845 to set a mark.

Jay Whitehead's database (always interesting for games played between 1800 and 1867) has three games between James Alexander Robertson and a Harry Slater Wilson supposedly played in Portsmouth 1840 and London 1841. As usual with this database the sources still have to be found.

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  buharslayer: I played in his club twice in the Village in NYC. Freezing place. He had heaters on the floor; his wife served coffee. His dog's name was Bobby Fischer! He mopped us up, my friends and I. Extremely nice man. It was fifty cents ($.50) and hour to play and $1.00 and hour to play Rossolimo. They were dirt floor poor. God bless him.
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  OhioChessFan: 12 years a member and finally your first kibitz. And it was a good one.
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  MissScarlett: 50 cents an hour to play the wife or the dog?
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  MissScarlett: <Nicholas Rossolimo was born in Kiev in the Ukraine.>

Where or what is <the Ukraine>? No such country in 1910. Come on, people, do some work.

Oct-06-21  introuble2: maybe you'll find it nice. As the title says "Nicolas Rossolimo in Moscow & Paris before World War II... evolving into international" with all the games I've tracked between 1927-1939
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