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Arthur Feuerstein
Number of games in database: 75
Years covered: 1954 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2088
Overall record: +20 -31 =24 (42.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-20-1935, 85 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, as an enlisted Army man, he finished =1st with Captain John A Hudson in the first US Armed Forces Chess Championship. Feuerstein later moved to New Jersey.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 75  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Feuerstein vs E W Marchand 1-0381954N.Y. State ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Feuerstein vs Bennett 1-0131955New YorkE60 King's Indian Defense
3. S Bernstein vs Feuerstein  1-0601955Manhattan CC-ch 5556E73 King's Indian
4. Feuerstein vs Lombardy  1-0451956New YorkA03 Bird's Opening
5. Shainswit vs Feuerstein 0-1291956Third Rosenwald TrophyA65 Benoni, 6.e4
6. Feuerstein vs E Hearst  1-0391956Third Rosenwald TrophyD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Bisguier vs Feuerstein ½-½401956Third Rosenwald TrophyA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
8. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½311956Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
9. S Bernstein vs Feuerstein  0-1561956Third Rosenwald TrophyB20 Sicilian
10. A Turner vs Feuerstein  1-0251956Third Rosenwald TrophyE92 King's Indian
11. Feuerstein vs Seidman  1-0721956Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
12. Reshevsky vs Feuerstein  ½-½251956Third Rosenwald TrophyA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
13. Feuerstein vs Mednis 0-1431956Third Rosenwald TrophyA05 Reti Opening
14. D Byrne vs Feuerstein 1-0401956Third Rosenwald TrophyE61 King's Indian
15. Feuerstein vs M Pavey  1-0441956Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½221956Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½501957West Orange 50-50E64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
18. Feuerstein vs Polugaevsky 0-1281957WchT U26 04thA06 Reti Opening
19. F Blatny vs Feuerstein  1-0271957WchT U26 04thB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. I Asmundsson vs Feuerstein  0-1411957WchT U26 04thA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
21. Fischer vs Feuerstein 1-0441957US Championship 1957/58A07 King's Indian Attack
22. A Turner vs Feuerstein  ½-½531957US Championship 1957/58A15 English
23. Feuerstein vs Seidman  1-0281957US Championship 1957/58A07 King's Indian Attack
24. Reshevsky vs Feuerstein 1-0261957US Championship 1957/58A05 Reti Opening
25. Feuerstein vs S Bernstein  0-1511957US Championship 1957/58A07 King's Indian Attack
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Dec-22-07  Petrosianic: The most interesting thing I can think of about Feuerstein, is that he used to hold the record for biggest gap between US Championship appearances. He played in his first one in 1956, and his next one in 1972.

I think Saidy broke the record recently, though, by playing in one of the US Championship Swisses a couple of years ago.

Apr-20-10  grasser: Arthur plays at Bergen Chess Mates in Ridgewood NJ Monday nights, and at the Suffern NY Chess club Wednesday nights.
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  whiteshark: Any relation to Fred?
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  GrahamClayton: Here is Feuerstein's blog:

Jul-15-10  grasser: Here he is at the club in Suffern NY.

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  TheFocus: I have been exchanging e-mail with Art lately. Super, super nice guy.

He is the unofficial champion of Suffern Chess Club, meaning that he won the most tournaments last year.

Jul-18-10  grasser: <TheFocus> Suffern runs continous tournaments every week. So if you miss a round you get a forfeit. So only the very serious have a chance. I would say Arthur is still very strong and the best player we have. You should come and play. We have a great club with nice people.
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  TheFocus: <grasser> Thank you for the invitation. If I am ever in the area, I will stop by.
Jul-20-10  grasser: <TheFocus> Sure anytime. I also do "Chess Now" in Manhattan and you can be on the show if you like.

Here is what the show is like. At the 3:50 mark I describe that I must stand trial for offering to teach chess without a permit. I face $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail.

You might expect a charge like that in North Korea or Cuba, but it happened in New Jersey.

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  TheFocus: <grasser> Looks like you guys are having a lot of fun.

When I publish my book on Fischer, you can invite me on when I am in the neighborhood.

Oct-02-10  jmactas: I took lessons with Arthur Feuerstein. He crushed me. It was quite humorous. Forced my knight to h1.
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  TheFocus: Feuerstein Beats Fischer!

In the books on Bobby by Wade & O’Connell; Lou Hays; and Karsten Mueller, the 1956 Greater New York City Open, won by William Lombardy, is considered a “lost” tournament. No cross-table was ever printed and very few details are known. We know that William Lombardy won the event on tie-breaks over Dr. Ariel Mengarini and Feuerstein finished in third place on tie-breaks over Edgar McCormick.

Bobby finished in a three-way tie for fifth place with Anthony Saidy and Edward Jackson, taking the “B” prize with a score of 5 – 2 along the way. Only his seventh round opponent is known: Rhys Hays.

In the latest issue of Atlantic Chess News (New Jersey), an article entitled The Feuerstein – Fischer Connection is presented in which the newly found cross-table shows that Arthur Feuerstein beat Bobby in the first round and the other results were:

rd. 2 win vs. Hans, Julius

rd. 3 win vs. Beach, Winthrop

rd. 4 loss to Steinberger, Eugene

rd. 5 win vs. Martinez, M.

rd. 6 win vs. Salome, Eugene

rd. 7 win vs. Hays, Rhys

The article has all the known games played between the two, and a bio and interview with Feuerstein.

This means that Feuerstein actually has an even score against Bobby and Steinberger has a plus score against him.

Would any New Jerseyites like to weigh in on this article?

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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?

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

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  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.
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  wordfunph: Feuerstein (FYOORsteen)

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

- Arthur Feuerstein

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  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.

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  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

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  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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