Nicolas Rossolimo

Nicolas Rossolimo

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Nicolas Rossolimo (February 28, 1910, Kiev - July 24, 1975, New York) was an American-French-Russian-Greek chess Grandmaster. He was awarded the International Master title in 1950 and the International Grandmaster title in 1953.

Nikolai Spiridonovich Rossolimo (Russian: Николай Спиридонович Россолимо) was born in Ukraine when it was part of the Russian Empire, to Spiridon Rossolimo, a painter and portraitist, and his wife, née Ksenia Nikolaevna Skugarevskaya, an aristocratic writer and war correspondent. He was a nephew of the famous Russian neurologist and psychiatrist Grigory Ivanovich Rossolimo. He lived in Moscow during the mid 1920s, and moved to Paris with his Russian mother in 1929. Having finished second behind former world chess champion José Raúl Capablanca in 1938 in a tournament in Paris, he won the French Chess Championship in 1948. Moreover he was Paris Champion a record seven times, and drew two matches in 1948 and 1949 with Savielly Tartakower. In 1955 he won the U.S. Open Chess Championship held in Long Beach, California, on tiebreaks ahead of Samuel Reshevsky. The prize was a new Buick automobile.

Rossolimo played for France in the Chess Olympiads of 1950 and 1972, and for the USA in 1958, 1960 and 1966.

In 1952, he moved to the U.S. with his wife Véra and son Alexander to rejoin...
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