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Salo Finkelstein
Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 1941 to 1947

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Wikipedia article: Salo Finkelstein

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Finkelstein vs Santasiere  0-1241941New YorkB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
2. Koltanowski vs S Finkelstein  1-0391947Simul blind 1/8C50 Giuoco Piano
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-24-10  krippp: Apparently, Mr. Finkelstein was among the greatest mental calculators of all time, as told by the Wikipedia-article on him at

Curious is the note that "After failing to secure himself a job that matched his abilities and unwilling to become a stage calculator, he attempted a career playing chess between 19411949."

It seems like his awesome calculating abilities did him little good in chess, if his two games here on are of any indication. Especially atrocious is his loss to the blindfolded Koltanowski, which shows very little strategic understanding on Finkelstein's part.

It's also curious how he seems to have disappeared, or rather, was forgotten about so thoroughly, that not even his death-date is known. But hey, maybe he never died...

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  vonKrolock: Another source (NICbase online) attributes the S Finkelstein vs Santasiere, 1941 game to Milton Finkelstein , a player <"from the USA, born 1920">
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  Stonehenge: 365chess too:
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