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Sidney Norman Bernstein
Number of games in database: 191
Years covered: 1926 to 1987
Overall record: +72 -67 =49 (51.3%)*
   * 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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (20) 
    B20 B23 B40 B65 B74
 King's Indian (6) 
    E62 E60 E73
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D02 A46
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E33 E43
 French Defense (5) 
    C04 C18 C11 C13 C01
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    A00 B00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B58 B29 B32 B74 B37
 Semi-Slav (8) 
    D47 D45 D43 D49
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C86 C89 C85 C70 C66
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E22 E34 E30 E24 E28
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A50 D02 A46 E10 E00
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C86 C89 C85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Bernstein vs Dake, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Reshevsky vs S Bernstein, 1936 0-1
   Fischer vs S Bernstein, 1956 1/2-1/2
   S Bernstein vs E B Heal, 1940 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1936)
   Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   COMBAT: Fifty Years of Sidney Bernstein by Resignation Trap
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   Third L. J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournament, 1956 by Resignation Trap
   US Open 1974, New York by Phony Benoni

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SIDNEY NORMAN BERNSTEIN
(born Jul-13-1911, died Jan-30-1992) United States of America

[what is this?]
Sidney Norman Bernstein was born in 1911 in New York, New York, USA. In 1977 he published a collection of his own games "Combat: My 50 Years at the Chessboard". He passed away in New York in 1992.

Wikipedia article: Sidney Norman Bernstein


 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 191  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Grossman vs S Bernstein  1-020 1926 Individual High School Student ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
2. Capablanca vs S Bernstein ½-½37 1928 New York simulA52 Budapest Gambit
3. Lasker vs S Bernstein  1-046 1928 New York simB03 Alekhine's Defense
4. Rubinstein vs S Bernstein 0-124 1928 Rubinstein simulB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
5. L Matibet vs S Bernstein  0-134 1933 Rive Gauche Ch.C42 Petrov Defense
6. Reshevsky vs S Bernstein 0-141 1936 US ChampionshipE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
7. Denker vs S Bernstein  ½-½41 1936 US ChampionshipE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
8. W Adams vs S Bernstein 1-024 1936 US ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
9. S Bernstein vs Kashdan  0-167 1936 US ChampionshipD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. S Bernstein vs Kashdan  0-132 1936 ACF Congress (Final)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
11. A Simonson vs S Bernstein  1-039 1936 US ChampionshipD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
12. I A Horowitz vs S Bernstein 1-038 1936 ACF CongressE10 Queen's Pawn Game
13. S Bernstein vs G Treysman  ½-½40 1936 US ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Factor vs S Bernstein  0-152 1936 US ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
15. S Bernstein vs H Morton  0-144 1936 US ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Fine vs S Bernstein 1-045 1936 US ChampionshipD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
17. S S Cohen vs S Bernstein  1-035 1936 ACF CongressB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
18. H Steiner vs S Bernstein 1-040 1936 US ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
19. Kupchik vs S Bernstein  ½-½68 1936 US ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
20. S Bernstein vs Dake ½-½70 1936 US ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. S Bernstein vs M L Hanauer  ½-½31 1936 US ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. S Bernstein vs Kevitz  0-158 1936 US ChampionshipC13 French
23. S Bernstein vs Marshall 1-025 1937 freeD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. S Bernstein vs Marshall  0-144 1937 ch Marshall CCE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
25. S Bernstein vs Kashdan  0-126 1938 USA-chD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 191  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-05-05  pazzed paun: PLEASE somebody say something about him! I saw a book of his games once-he seemed like quite the"colorful Character" -AND this is not OSSIP BERNSTEIN
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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. samhsloan@gmail.com
Apr-29-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Is that the real Sam Sloan? =)
May-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: A long and very interesting feature article by Edaward Winter: "A Great Chess Figure", 2004

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

R.I.P. Mr.Berstein.

Jul-13-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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