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|Apr-22-06|| ||Resignation Trap: Sidney Bernstein was born in New York City on July 13, 1911. He was a participant in eight US Championship events (1936, 1938, 1940, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1959 and 1961). In 1977 he published a book of his life and games: <<Combat: My 50 Years at The Chess Board>>. He died in New York City on January 30, 1992.|
|Apr-18-08|| ||Petrosianic: <Sidney Bernstein was born in New York City on July 13, 1911.>|
His biography above says 1931, which would indeed be impressive if he played in the US Championship at the age of 5.
Yes, he does get confused with Ossip Bernstein a lot (when he gets noticed at all). The 30's/40's crowd is largely forgotten today, except for the biggies, Reshevsky/Fine/Kashdan, and the ones who became big through their writing, like Horowitz, Reinfeld and Chernev.
|Apr-18-08|| ||Riverbeast: <PLEASE somebody say something about him!>|
I remember him stopping by the old 'Bar Point' Chess Club in New York City to observe a tournament. This was in the 1980s, I was a kid and he was in his seventies or thereabouts.
Everyone was gathered around him, talking to him and treating him with reverence. He was a true old schooler and a link to the past.
|Apr-18-08|| ||Petrosianic: A shame that somebody can play that long and only have 79 games in the database.|
I've been going back through old US Championships, trying to build complete .pgn files for the events. While the 1940 championship is complete, and the 1936 one is nearly complete, it's extremely difficult to get games from any other championship before 1950. Chess Review in those days only published a handful of annotated games. There were years in the 60's and 70's when Chess Life published every game from the championship.
I wonder if Bernstein's book has got any that aren't in the databases?
There are even some championship games from as late as 1961 that don't appear in any databases. Scary.
|Apr-18-08|| ||suenteus po 147: <Petrosianic> I have found in my years of uploading games and complete tournaments in the database that US Championships are so deficient because few to no complete records exist, at least online. You're more likely to find a complete tournament PGN from 1859 than to find even one game played in the 1953 US Championship.|
|Apr-18-08|| ||technical draw: He writes a book, "My 50 years at the chessboard".. He must have been a darn slow player.|
|Apr-18-08|| ||Riverbeast: <technical draw> Good one.|
Guess he came from the pre-clock era
|Apr-18-08|| ||Petrosianic: <suenteus po 147> <I have found in my years of uploading games and complete tournaments in the database that US Championships are so deficient because few to no complete records exist, at least online.>|
That could be. The 1940 championship is probably easy to find because there was a book published on it which was easy to get fairly recently.
<You're more likely to find a complete tournament PGN from 1859 than to find even one game played in the 1953 US Championship.>
Well, by the 50's it's pretty good. There's only one game from the 1951 championship that I couldn't find.
Similarly, there's only one game missing from the 1961 championship (which Bernstein played in, making it marginally on topic.) Chess life printed every game from this tournament, but left out Seidman's win over Benko, either by mistake, or because Benko was proofing that issue.
Oddly though, there are a dozen missing games from the 1960 championship, including about 4 played by Robert Byrne. You wouldn't think any tournament Fischer had been in would have that many missing games. Neither Chess Life or Chess Review printed a complete set of games that year, so they're probably gone for good.
|Apr-18-08|| ||unsound: <<Sidney Bernstein was born in New York City on July 13, 1911.>
His biography above says 1931, which would indeed be impressive if he played in the US Championship at the age of 5.>|
I find it still more impressive that, according to the database, he won his first game at the age of minus eight.
|Apr-29-08|| ||samsloan: I am writing a book about Sidney Bernstein. I need to get as many of his games as possible. If you have any of his games, in any format, please send them to me by email. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Apr-29-08|| ||WannaBe: Is that the real Sam Sloan? =)|
|May-01-08|| ||Karpova: A long and very interesting feature article by Edaward Winter: "A Great Chess Figure", 2004|
Sidney N. Bernstein was a contributor to Chess Notes and Edward Winter therefore gives insight into their correspondence (taking place during the late eighties): Reinfeld (Reinfeld as a ghostwriter, the end of their friendship), Dr. Fine (Bernstein contacted him several times to gather information (on Bogoljubov) for Chess Notes), Bernstein's own simul events (especially the encounters with Capablanca and Alekhine are mentioned) and recent (i.e. 1988) events also.
|May-03-08|| ||samsloan: Yes. I am the Real Sam Sloan. (This is a legitimate question because the Fake Sam Sloan is still posting out there.)|
Does Karpova suggest that Reinfeld was a Ghost Writer for Bernstein or the other way around?
The Real Sam Sloan
|May-03-08|| ||Karpova: <samsloan: Does Karpova suggest that Reinfeld was a Ghost Writer for Bernstein or the other way around?>|
No, quite obviously not as is evident from Edward Winter's article.
|Jul-13-08|| ||brankat: The biographical data here on Mr Bernstein is a mess. There are 3 sets of conflicting data:|
-- data below his name at the top of the page contradicts
-- the first line of the Bio which
-- contradicts the second line of the Bio.
|Jul-13-08|| ||Benzol: <brankat> <The biographical data here on Mr Bernstein is a mess. There are 3 sets of conflicting data:
-- data below his name at the top of the page contradicts |
-- the first line of the Bio which
-- contradicts the second line of the Bio.>
<brankat> The first game given here might have been played by someone else.
How does the first line in the bio contradict the second line?
|Jul-14-08|| ||brankat: <Benzol> The first game was probably played by Dr.Ossip Bernstein. Looks like a simul game.|
<How does the first line in the bio contradict the second line?>
It doesn't any more :-)
But only yesterday the first line read:
"...born July 13/1931.."
the second line:
"...born July 13/1911..".
So, it has been corrected.
|Jul-15-08|| ||Resignation Trap: I've been steadily (but not systematically) uploading games by Sidney Bernstein to our database. My goal is to have all the games from his book here, as well as all available games from the various U.S. Championships and from the Ventnor City events.|
Meanwhile, I hope that www.chessgames.com properly deals with the games S Bernstein vs Fischer, 1968 and S Bernstein vs NN, 1903 by giving other players named Bernstein credit for playing them.
|Sep-19-08|| ||Mibelz: Sidney Bernstein did not play against Bobby Fischer at Netanya 1968. Actually, it was Yaacov Bernstein who took 14th place there (http://netanyachess.com/en_ev/ev_Ne...).|
|Dec-24-10|| ||Lonnie Lurko: Has there been a stronger chessplaying Sidney than this?|
|Dec-24-10|| ||vonKrolock: Probably not, but for <Norman> and <Bernstein> we have Norman Weinstein and Ossip Bernstein as candidates|
|Feb-14-11|| ||wordfunph: In 1931, U.S. Master Sidney Bernstein turned up 1 hour 59 1/2 minutes late for a match, but he overcame the obstacle of 40 moves in 30 seconds and drew his game!|
(Source: S.T.A.R. Chess by Paul Motwani)
|Jul-01-11|| ||Gaius Marius: Sidney Bernstein has played a game before he was born!
Date of birth July 13 - 1911
Date of his first game S. Bernstein vs NN 1-0 1903 Berlin.
|Jul-13-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Sidney Bernstein.|
|Jul-13-14|| ||Strongest Force: I played Bernstein only once in a tournament that Danny Kopec won. It was a 19-move draw. I was on adjacent boards, in that tournament, a couple of rounds with Joel Bejamin and we both viewed each other's games as much as our own. In between rounds Kopec wanted to play me in blitz but when I tried to get him to play Max Dlugy Kopec though Max was some kind of fish. Little did he know.|
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