In the next couple of distinguished figure, the curiously left out of the national chess history. Vladimir F. Ostrogski (estimated life years 1877 - 1917) - a real phenomenon. He played a great blind. For the year before Ostrogski 28 (15) February 1904 broke the world record for Harry Nelson Pillsbury (of 23 parties won 8, lost 5, drawn 7, three parties have not been completed after 14 hours of play), he had a third category! In 1904 Ostrogski shared first prize in the Baltic tournament.
Typical bar, as reported by "Review theaters":
"Moscow fans were in St. Petersburg on April 24, when the Chess Meeting was supposed to give two simultaneous display turns maestro A.Alehina II and V.M.Blyumenfelda and playing blind V.F.Ostrogskogo. However, the public meeting was to be so small that the first session could not take place at all (write only 9 people), played one V.F.Ostrogsky not looking at the board 12 games. Played brilliantly and gave excellent results, winning one after 4.5 hours of play lost 7, with 2 and 3 draws. "
Unfortunately, VF an alcoholic and voluntarily gave up his life.