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Akiba Rubinstein vs Sidney Norman Bernstein
Simul, 15b (1928), Brooklyn CC, New York, NY USA, Apr-23
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Larsen-Haakert Variation (B04)  ·  0-1


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  keypusher: Can anyone help with this? Did Rubinstein ever visit the U.S.? Was Sidney Bernstein playing chess in 1928?
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  Pawn and Two: <keypusher>
As noted in Donaldson's and Minev's book, "Akiba Rubinstein: The Later Years", Rubinstein made his first and only visit to America in 1928.

From Donaldson's and Minev's book, <Akiba Rubinstein arrived for the first and only time in the New World on February 9, 1928. His visit appears to have been made with little advance notice, as two proposed events in which he was to participate, a strong, eight-player round robin and a match with Marshall, were canceled at the last moment. As consolation he gave several exhibitions in New York, made a short tour of the Midwest, visiting Chicago and Cincinnati, and finally played a series of individual games against some of America's top players.>

The proposed masters tournament was to held at the same site as the New York 1927 tournament, the Hotel Manhattan Square. The eight invitees were: Capablanca, Marshall, Rubinstein, Maroczy, Edward Lasker, N. T. Whitaker, Kupchik and J.S. Morrison with Kashdan and Tholfsen as reserves. The dates of play were set for April 6-16. The time control was set for 35 moves in 2 hours.

The failure to hold the tournament was due to the inability of raising adequate funds in conjunction with the players financial demands.

To support this claim, Donaldson and Minev provide the following letter from Norbert Lederer to Capablanca.

<Dear Capa, Just a line to tell you that the proposed little tournament is off, as it is quite impossible to work with these masters on any rational basis.

Rubinstein asked for living expenses and $500 for traveling expenses from Europe and back, which, however, he was willing to reduce to a flat guarantee of $500, including his prize.

Marshall writes as per copy enclosed which needs no comment.

Kupchik likewise needs about $150 and Whitaker claims, with some justification, that he should receive his cash outlay for the tournment. Under these conditions there is no possible chance of raising the funds and personally I am so far too disgusted with their various attitudes, especially Marshall's, to proceed any further in the matter.

I supopose that you have heard that Chajes died.

Kindest regards, Norbert Lederer>

The American Chess Bulletin of March 1928, p.56, repeats Lederer's claim that "the hitch came when he and Marshall could not reach an agreement.

In the simultaneous display on April 23, 1928, held at the Brooklyn Chess Club, Rubinstein scored 11 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws. The young Sydney Bernstein scored the above win.

Hermann Helms said in his column of April 26th:

<The names of Rubinstein and Bernstein have been coupled together on a number of occasions. In 1907 Rubinstein and Ossip Bernstein shared first at Ostende. At Carlsbad 1923 Jacob Bernstein distinguished himself winning a nice game against Rubinstein. On Monday evening Sydney Bernstein, the youngest member of the Brooklyn Chess Club (age 16), continued the tradition.>

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  keypusher: Thanks, <pawn and two>!
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