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O Bernstein 
Wiener Schachzeitung, May 1914, p 81.
ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Ossip Bernstein
Number of games in database: 251
Years covered: 1902 to 1961
Overall record: +100 -67 =81 (56.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C69 C66 C79 C80 C73
 Sicilian (18) 
    B73 B45 B23 B58 B54
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D37 D30 D38
 French Defense (11) 
    C14 C12 C01 C18 C00
 Tarrasch Defense (8) 
    D32 D34
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (6) 
    C69 C68
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C65 C66 C84 C63 C97
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D52 D56 D53 D50 D51
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C84 C97 C86 C91 C96
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D02 D00
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C50 C54 C53
 Sicilian (7) 
    B24 B25 B74 B57 B43
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   O Bernstein vs Mieses, 1904 1-0
   O Bernstein vs Smyslov, 1946 1/2-1/2
   Albin vs O Bernstein, 1904 0-1
   O Bernstein vs Najdorf, 1954 1-0
   O Bernstein vs Metger, 1907 1-0
   O Bernstein vs Kotov, 1946 1-0
   O Bernstein vs NN, 1927 1-0
   O Bernstein vs NN, 1932 1-0
   H Mueller vs O Bernstein, 1934 0-1
   O Bernstein vs NN, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm (1906)
   Vilnius All-Russian Masters (1912)
   London A (1946)
   Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904)
   Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
   St Petersburg (1909)
   Zurich (1934)
   Berne (1932)
   St Petersburg (1914)
   San Sebastian (1911)
   Groningen (1946)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Barmen Meisterturnier A by Phony Benoni
   Berne 1932 by Tabanus
   Zurich 1934 by suenteus po 147
   San Sebastian 1911 by suenteus po 147
   Vilnius 1912 (All-Russian Masters) by Phony Benoni
   London A 1946 by Tabanus
   Stockholm 1906 by Phony Benoni
   St Petersburg 1914 by Benzol

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(born Oct-02-1882, died Nov-30-1962) Ukraine (citizen of France)

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Ossip Samoilovich Bernstein was born in Zhitomir*. Awarded the GM title in 1950, he was Moscow Champion in 1911.

In tournaments he was 2nd after Mikhail Chigorin at the All-Russian tournament 1903, 4th= with Georg Marco at Coberg 1904, 4th= with Carl Schlechter at Barmen 1905, 1st= with Schlechter at Stockholm 1906, 5th at Ostend 1906, 1st= with Akiba Rubinstein at Ostend 1907, 5th at St Petersburg 1909, and 2nd after Rubinstein at Wilno (now Vilnius) in 1912 ahead of Aron Nimzowitsch and Alexander Alekhine.

After the First World War and the Russian revolution he moved to France. In 1933 he drew a training match (+1, =2, -1) with Alekhine. His last great result was at Montevideo in 1954 where he was 2nd= with Miguel Najdorf behind Rene Letelier Martner.

He passed away in a sanatorium in the French Pyrenees in 1962.

*Wikipedia article: Zhytomyr
Wikipedia article: Ossip Bernstein

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 251  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Pillsbury vs O Bernstein  ½-½26 1902 Hanover Blindfold ExhibitionC14 French, Classical
2. O Bernstein vs P P Benko 1-025 1903 RUS-ch03C41 Philidor Defense
3. Schiffers vs O Bernstein  0-128 1903 RUS-ch03B25 Sicilian, Closed
4. Chigorin vs O Bernstein 0-132 1903 Kiev-tm USSR/YUGC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. Znosko-Borovsky vs O Bernstein 1-020 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB24 Sicilian, Closed
6. O Bernstein vs Dus Chotimirsky  1-061 1903 RUS-ch03B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. O Bernstein vs Salwe ½-½53 1903 RUS-ch03C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Rubinstein vs O Bernstein 0-125 1903 Third All-Russian ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
9. Chigorin vs O Bernstein 1-011 1903 KievC30 King's Gambit Declined
10. S Izbinsky vs O Bernstein  ½-½60 1903 RUS-ch03C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. M Lowcki vs O Bernstein  ½-½41 1903 RUS-ch03D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. O Bernstein vs Mieses 1-049 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. O Bernstein vs Swiderski  1-056 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C12 French, McCutcheon
14. O Bernstein vs M Brody  1-073 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
15. O Bernstein vs H Suechting  ½-½52 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C42 Petrov Defense
16. H Caro vs O Bernstein 1-048 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)A84 Dutch
17. J N Berger vs O Bernstein  ½-½31 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. O Bernstein vs Von Bardeleben ½-½62 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. W John vs O Bernstein  0-133 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
20. O Bernstein vs G Marco  ½-½61 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Von Gottschall vs O Bernstein  ½-½39 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C28 Vienna Game
22. Albin vs O Bernstein 0-124 1904 ViennaC50 Giuoco Piano
23. L Forgacs vs O Bernstein  ½-½61 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
24. Spielmann vs O Bernstein ½-½28 1904 BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
25. Schlechter vs O Bernstein ½-½39 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Nov-29-05  Kangaroo: Another NOTABLE game is
O Bernstein vs Najdorf, 1954
Nov-29-05  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of puzzles from Ossip's games:
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  dakgootje: <In one tournament the veteran master Burn, who was a good friend of mine, offered me a draw on the twelfth move. I refused, played for a win and ended up in a completely lost position. For the fun of it, I then offered Burn a draw myself. With his eyes flashing slyly at me through his glasses, he replied frowningly: 'Had you accepted my offer then, I would accept yours now,' upon which I resigned.> Maybe this game?

Burn vs O Bernstein, 1906

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  keypusher: <dakgootje> That's funny, Tal recounts something similar in his autobiography about his famous win over Spassky in the 1958 championship. Tal offered a draw around move 25, Spassky refused and gained an advantage. Close to move 70 the advantage went to black and Spassky offered a draw, which Tal refused. The "journalist" interviewing Tal says, "So, if he had accepted the draw yesterday, you would have accepted it today?"

Spassky vs Tal, 1958

Bernstein seems to have been a witty man. In his best games collection Tartakower includes a casual game with Bernstein in which Tartakower won with a double rook sacrifice. "An immortal game!" said an onlooker. "'Mortal, rather, for me,' replied the ever-alert Bernstein."

Aug-29-06  syracrophy: I remember a position from one of his games, that appears in a book of chess problems, and does not appears here. It's just wonderful:

Bernstein - NN, San Petersburg, 1909

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White to play and win

Solutions? Ideas? Anyone?

Aug-29-06  ughaibu: c5 looks strong.
Aug-29-06  syracrophy: <ughaibu> You're right! It's a charming mate in three, indeed. After 1.c5!:

<a)>1...bxc5 2.Nc4+ Kb5 3.a4#

<b)>1...b5 2.a3! Ne6 3.Nb7#

<c)>1...Ne6 2.Nb7+ Kb5 3.a4#

Jan-09-07  vonKrolock: The photo presented here is from Jacob Bernstein More details and the entire caption here number 4796
Jan-09-07  vonKrolock: furthermore, the Bernstein who played the Carlsbad Tournament from 1923, was also Jacob
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  Oliveira: <syracrophy> Great puzzle of a great player!

1.c5!!, b5; 2.a3!, b4; 3.a4! - zugz!

Sep-28-08  ravel5184: 3. axb4#
Oct-02-08  BIDMONFA: Ossip Bernstein


May-09-09  myschkin: *+~

Ossip Bernstein (by Bill Wall):

* GeoCities (1995-2009)

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  Calli: We still have a picture of Jacob Bernstein and not Ossip on this page.
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  Tabanus: <Ziggurat: Larsen writes that before his game with Bernstein in Amsterdam 1954, a man came up to him and said: "Young man, it must be interesting for you to play Bernstein, who decided to give up chess already in 1907!">

Larsen also writes that he played Bernstein on his 72th birthday 20 September. has 20 Sept. (not 2 October) 1882.

Other pictures:

Oct-02-10  rapidcitychess: Happy Birthday to you, you played good chess Ossip.

Now guys! Cut the Ossip!

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  Caissanist: Wrt Sneaky's story, Bernstein told the story to Arnold Denker around 1946, who had this to say about it: <Yes, I know--yet another story about a last-minute reprieve from a firing squad. But Bernstein was absolutely convincing when he described at length how his hands were shaking when playing against the officer, and I believed his story then and I believe it still.>
Jul-11-11  Gaius Marius: I agree with both of VonKrolok's remarks already made on Jan-09-07! However to meet his remarks Ossip Bernstein's photograph is needed to exchange the present photograph of Jacob Bernstein, which has to be moved to his own site. I will sent by e-mail three photographs of Ossip Bernstein and one photograph with Jacob Bernstein & Oscar Chajes from the tournament Karlsbad 1923. It is obvious that the present photograph of Jacob Bernstein is the left half of the photograph with Jacob Bernstein & Oscar Chajes. The right half is the still missing photograph for the site of Oscar Chajes! Members of the Management have now the possibility to complete the three sites of Ossip Bernstein, Jacob Bernstein and Oscar Chajes with the own photograph!
Jan-02-12  King Death: <News is to hand that Dr. O. Bernstein, one of the great figures in chess, who was resident in Fance for the last 20 years, has been interned in unoccupied France, apparently solely for 'racial reasons.'...>

Bernstein was lucky to survive his internment. The Nazis would round up any Jews they could find and send them east especially as the tide turned against them.

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  Karpova: <Ein in Hannover nach Congressschluss gespielter Wettkampf zwischen Heinrich Wolf und S. O. Bernstein wurde als unentschieden abgebrochen, nachdem die ersten vier Partien remis geworden, jeder eine weitere Partie gewonnen und die 7. und 8. Partie wiederum remis geworden waren.>

Source: Page 183 of the 1902 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

So +1 =6 -1 between the two players. A remarkable result for Ossip who was still at the beginning of his chess career (Wolf was 7 years older).

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  Karpova: Bernstein won the 1911 Moscow Championship with +12 =2 ahead of Selezniev (+12 =1 -1) followed by K. Wygodtschikow with 9.5/14, K. I. Issakow with 8.5/14 and N. M. Pavlov together with Estrin (both 7.0). D. R. Pavlov was Bernstein's main competitor at the beginning but dropped due to an illness.

From pages 337-338 of the 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Caissanist: According to Denker, Bernstein was only interned in France for a short time, after which he and his wife fled over the Pyrenees and were allowed to stay in Spain for the remainder of the war.
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  Karpova: 1.5 years after quitting chess (temporarily), the <ingenious Russian Pillsbury> Dr. Bernstein gave two Simul exhibitions in 1909 to support the fund for St Petersburg (1909) - one in Moscow (+20 =2 -7) and one in St. Petersburg (+14 =1 -1). In the latter Simul, about 480 moves were played in 1.5 hours, with his opponent using up 1 hour.

Source: Page 56 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Oct-02-13  Penguincw: R.I.P. Bernstein.
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  Karpova: The Paris Chess Chlub "Fou du Roi" invited Dr. Bernstein to a 53-board Simul on June 6, 1926. It lasted 5 hours. The result was +37 -1 =15 (the sole winner was F. Guittet).

From pages 220-221 of the July 1926 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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