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In Memoriam - Michael Rossetti

In Memoriam – Michael Rossetti

It has been seven years since the premature decease of Michael [Jimmy] Rossetti (1945-2007), a great chess lover of a rare kind and a personal friend. Michael was a versatile person of culture and a keen fighter for peace and human rights. In his professional career he was a theatre actor and director, a journalist and editor and a guide of tourist groups abroad. And yet chess was Michael’s great passion. For many years he was an active player in my former municipal club of the city of Tel-Aviv as well as a dedicated leader of one of the club’s teams and a busy trainer of youth players. As an International arbiter he was involved in various major events notably in the International chess festival of Tel-Aviv and national championships. The above photo was taken in a simultaneous exhibition given by former world women champion Maya Chiburdenidze.

Michael was survived by his wife Otilia and his daughter Andrea. On his grave (see photo) a favourite key position from the world championship match between Lasker and Capablanca was shaped in stone. Otilia has recently posted a photo album in Michael’s memory on her Facebook page. She would be honoured to share it with Michael’s friends as well as with chess enthusiasts at large. Look it up here:

https://www.facebook.com/otilia.rossetti/media_set?set=a.96470724757.83743.599564757&type=3

Posted: November 2 - 2014

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