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Rossolimo, Nicolas

Nicolas Rossolimo (1910-1975) was an International Grandmaster (1953).  Born in Kiev of Greek parents who moved to France, winning the Paris championship ten times.  He won the French championship in 1948. In 1948/49 he was 1st at Hastings.  He took 2nd at Hastings in 1949/50.  He later moved to the U.S. in 1953.   His first job was a bellhop at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.  He won the U.S. Open in Long Beach in 1955 (winning a new Buick).  He made a record of Russian folk songs, earned a brown belt in judo, and was a taxi driver in Paris and New York City. He played on three U.S. Olympic teams (1958, 1960, 1966) and was on the French Olympic team in 1972.  He operated a chess studio in Greenwich Village on Thompson Street.  His son earned a Ph.D. at Harvard.  He played in five U.S. Championships.  He died in Greenwich village after falling down two flight of stairs after giving chess lessons late at night.  He was found the next morning unconscious and died a few days later.  A few weeks earlier he had taken 3rd place at the World Open.  He learned chess at the age of 7 from his mother.

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