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Arthur Feuerstein
A Feuerstein 
Number of games in database: 166
Years covered: 1950 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2088
Overall record: +53 -70 =43 (44.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-20-1935, died Feb-02-2022, 86 years old) United States of America

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Arthur Feuerstein, originally from the Bronx, played in several Manhattan Chess Club championships. In 1955, he took 2nd in the New York State Championship. In 1956, he was the highest scorer on board one in the US Intercollegiate Championship and won the US Speed Championship. He played in several US Chess Championships, finishing =6th-8th in the 1957/58 event. In 1960, the first United States Armed Forces Chess Championship (USAFCC) was held at the American Legion Hall of Flags in Washington, D.C.. There were 12 invited participants. Air Force Captain John Hudson and Army SP4 Feuerstein tied for 1st place. Feuerstein was four times New York state champion. Hudson was a bombardier-navigator on B-52 bombers and a former US Amateur champion.

At age 21, Feuerstein won the U.S. Junior Blitz Championship, leaving newcomer Bobby Fischer in a close second place. The game between them ended in a draw. Feuerstein had a record of (+1−1=3) against Fischer, Feuerstein getting a win against Fischer in the 1956 Greater New York City Open.

In 1957, Feuerstein was selected alongside Anthony Saidy and William Lombardy to play in the Fourth World Student Team Chess Championship, where the United States team took fifth place.

The following year, the team was chosen to represent the U.S. again, in Varna, where they finished sixth.

In 1973 Feuerstein was involved in a car accident that left him in a coma for 6 weeks. When he recovered, he wasn't able to speak English very well, but he did remember how to play chess. He continued to play chess after the accident, and in fact was rated as one of the top 10 players in his age group in the world when he was 65 years old.

Wikipedia article: Arthur Feuerstein

Last updated: 2022-02-04 20:04:08

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 166  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Strelak vs A Feuerstein  1-0121950YUG U20-ch Final BA09 Reti Opening
2. M Svetlik vs A Feuerstein  1-0131950YUG U20-ch Final BC13 French
3. Jahoda vs A Feuerstein  1-0211950YUG U20-ch qual 4D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
4. Mencl vs A Feuerstein  0-1331950YUG U20-ch qual 4C03 French, Tarrasch
5. A Feuerstein vs E Marchand 1-0381954N.Y. State ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A Feuerstein vs Bennett 1-0131955New YorkE60 King's Indian Defense
7. S Bernstein vs A Feuerstein  1-0601955Manhattan CC-ch 5556E73 King's Indian
8. R Klugman vs A Feuerstein  0-1491955Manhattan CC-ch 5556A48 King's Indian
9. A Feuerstein vs Lombardy  0-1361955Manhattan CC-ch 5556D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. B Owens vs A Feuerstein  0-1581955Manhattan CC-ch 5556A62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
11. A Feuerstein vs M Pavey  1-0341955Manhattan CC-ch 5556A02 Bird's Opening
12. A Pinkus vs A Feuerstein  ½-½421955Manhattan CC-ch 5556A73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
13. A Feuerstein vs A Reiter  ½-½241955Manhattan CC-ch 5556D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
14. M Schroeder vs A Feuerstein  0-1541955Manhattan CC-ch 5556A07 King's Indian Attack
15. A Feuerstein vs M Siegel  1-0281955Manhattan CC-ch 5556A02 Bird's Opening
16. A Turner vs A Feuerstein  0-1431955Manhattan CC-ch 5556A74 Benoni, Classical, 9...a6, 10.a4
17. A Feuerstein vs R Benedicto  1-0691955Manhattan CC-ch 5556A04 Reti Opening
18. A Feuerstein vs Bisguier  0-1471955Manhattan CC-ch 5556E45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
19. Denker vs A Feuerstein  0-1321955Manhattan CC-ch 5556A48 King's Indian
20. M Harrow vs A Feuerstein  1-0411955Manhattan CC-ch 5556B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. A Feuerstein vs A Kevitz  ½-½201955Manhattan CC-ch 5556A02 Bird's Opening
22. A Feuerstein vs Lombardy  1-0451956New YorkA03 Bird's Opening
23. Shainswit vs A Feuerstein 0-1291956Third Rosenwald TrophyA65 Benoni, 6.e4
24. A Feuerstein vs E Hearst  1-0391956Third Rosenwald TrophyD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Bisguier vs A Feuerstein ½-½401956Third Rosenwald TrophyA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
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  GrahamClayton: "Profile of a Prodigy" by Frank Brady has the following:

"My own first close glimpse of Fischer took place during the Greater New York Open Championship Tournament at the seedy and poorly lit Churchill Chess and Bridge Club in January, 1956."

Do any users have recollections of the Churchill Chess and Bridge Club?

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  perfidious: <TheFocus> Must be I'm getting old-this was 1956, and I got to play each of the first three finishers once in my active career, though only much later.

Was Edward Jackson E Schuyler Jackson?

Jan-19-11  TheFocus: Arthur Feuerstein's win against Bobby Fischer has been entered at the following websites:

Feb-08-11  TheFocus: Here is a link to the Feuerstein article.

Mar-11-11  BIDMONFA: Arthur Feuerstein


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  GrahamClayton: A slight correction to Feuerstein's biography. He finished =1st with Captain John Kudson of the US Air Force in the 1960 US Armed Forces Championship, with both players scoring 10-1 in the 12 player round-robin event held at Washington, DC. At this time, Feuerstein was ranked as a Specialist Fourth Class, and was serving in the US Army in France.
Jan-03-12  wordfunph: Feuerstein (FYOORsteen)

"Horowitz’s and Reinfeld’s book How to Think Ahead in Chess really helped me with the openings."

- Arthur Feuerstein

Jan-10-12  TheFocus: In January 2012 <Chess Life>, there is an article about Arthur Feuerstein.

My article <The Feuerstein - Fischer Connection> is mentioned in Jim West's blog which also has a link to the <Chess Life> story.

Mar-01-12  wordfunph: "You have to remember to kibbitz your games."

- Arthur Feuerstein (he meant that it is helpful to walk away from the board and come back in the role of observer, seeing the position as if it were new)

*Chess Life March 2012, as related by his friend Sherman Boim

Dec-20-15  TheFocus: Happy Birthday, Arthur!

Very thankful you allowed me to interview you. It was a good article.

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  perfidious: <wordfunph: "You have to remember to kibbitz your games.">

The one time we met at the board afforded me but little chance to put this piece of advice into practice: I had to make my final twenty moves to the time check in under a minute.

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  thegoodanarchist: <TheFocus>

Is he titled? What year, if any?

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  Check It Out: I see several of his draws and a loss to Fischer. Where is his win over Fischer?
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  FSR: According to Al Lawrence on Facebook, Arthur Feuerstein died yesterday.
Feb-04-22  Granny O Doul: He seemed like a pleasant guy when I met him, which seems to have been most people's experience, so let me just call him a pleasant guy. I had heard about the car accident mentioned in his Wikipedia article, but never was very clear about its actual effect on him, and this seems likely to remain the case.
Feb-04-22  TheFocus: <Granny O Doul: He seemed like a pleasant guy when I met him, which seems to have been most people's experience, so let me just call him a pleasant guy. I had heard about the car accident mentioned in his Wikipedia article, but never was very clear about its actual effect on him, and this seems likely to remain the case.>

I remember when I interviewed Arthur, that he lost all his chess memory and ability to play after that car wreck. He had to relearn how to play chess, and successfully became a master again.

Very sad to hear about Arthur's death. He treated me very nicely in our e-mails.

Feb-04-22  Granny O Doul: I remember that in 1983, he was only about 2200 and ten years later, 2300.
Feb-05-22  chessperson2222222: Farewell, Mr. Art. You will be sorely missed. RIP
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  fredthebear: From the USCF page:
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  MissScarlett: Is the DOD confirmed as the 2nd?
Feb-08-22  tryany2: 1) Does anyone have a copy of the fischer-feuerstein connection article? I've been trying to track it down.

2) He forget everything in that accident. He lost almost all of his memories. As the article suggests, this included what a toothbrush was. But he actually never forgot how to play chess. It was part of him.

3) He died Feb 2. He had the latest issue of Chess life, a chess book, and his chess set all within arms reach.

Feb-08-22  tryany2: thegoodanarchist: <TheFocus>

Is he titled? What year, if any?

He def achieved master. After the accident, the USCF gave him the title of "Lifetime Master".

Feb-08-22  Z free or die: Better take a snapshot of his FIDE card before they retire his number.

He didn't have any FIDE titles.

Feb-08-22  tryany2: His highest rating I'm aware of was a 2395 in 72. I'm not sure if it was higher before the accident. His FIDE rating card doesn't include a lot of information. Would love to find out if there's a way to see the peak rating of folks from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

He was def a master. And then received Life Master. I think he was just shy of Intl master but not 100 sure.

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  nizmo11: from the Chessmetrics site:
Chessmetrics Player Profile: Arthur William Feuerstein Born: -
Best World Rank: #85 (on the July 1957 rating list) [2559]
Highest Rating: 2559 on the June 1957 rating list, #86 in world
Best Individual Performance: 2533 in New York, 1956, scoring 2/5 (40%) vs 2601-rated opposition

from the same July 1957 rating list:
#88 Bobby Fischer 2558 14y4m (#6 all-time among players aged 14y4m)

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