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Jacob Altusky
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Years covered: 1954

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(born Mar-24-1931, 91 years old) United States of America

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Jacob Altusky was born in Bronx, New York, as the third child of Rabbi Judah Altusky (1892-1983) from Brest, Belarus (1921-1945: Poland) and Ruchama# (1904-1998) from Slutsk, Belarus, who married in 1923 in Bialystok, Poland. They immigrated to New York from Le Havre, France, in 1925. Jacob became a student at the Talmudical Academy* in Brooklyn (Yeshiva University High School for Boys), and was a member of the chess club there. He went to the Marshall Chess Club and got a draw vs Hans Kmoch in his simul there in 1947. Later, he also met Robert James Fischer, who joined the Brooklyn Chess Club in 1951.

#Also spelled Nachoma, Ruchanna, Ruchomo, etc. *Wikipedia article: Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs J Altusky 1-0121954Offhand gameE90 King's Indian
2. J Altusky vs Fischer 0-181954Offhand gameC71 Ruy Lopez
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Mar-09-09  number 23 NBer: Fascinating. Who is this Jacob Altusky who played offhand with Fisher when Fischer was 10/11 years old?
Sep-21-09  piroflip:
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  GrahamClayton: <number 23 NBer>Fascinating. Who is this Jacob Altusky who played offhand with Fisher when Fischer was 10/11 years old?

<number 23 NBer>,
According to the following USCF postal chess rating list, there is a Jacob Altusky with a rating just under 1900:

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  Tabanus: New York Evening Post 13 Oct. 1945:

Arnold Denker, U. S. Chess Champion, met 27 opponents in the simultaneous display, winning 23, drawing three with Jose M. Vidal, Robert Cohen and Julius Hans, and losing three to George E. McHugh, Louis Petsinger and Richard Vogel. Hans Abicht, <Jacob Altusky>, [……] and Stanley Zeitlin were defeated.

New York Evening Post 20 Oct. 1947:

Former Austrian Grandmaster Hans Kmoch, the biographer of the great Akiba Rubinstein, made his initial American appearance at the Marshall Chess Club and emerged with flying colors. He won 13 games, drew two (with <Jacob Altusky> and William Gompert) and lost one to Leyton Blenkinsop in his simultaneous display.

“Elchanite” (Yearbook of the Talmudical Academy), 1947:

<Jacob Altusky>. "Yankel" is the class scholar. He can't decide whether to become a Talmid Chochom or the world's champion chess player. Whichever he picks, we're sure he'll succeed.


It seems he still lives in Brooklyn.

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  Tabanus: Looks like Fischer and Jacob Altusky were not exactly neighbors, as the former lived in Union Street and later in Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, while the latter lived in Elder Avenue (Bronx) in 1940 and later in 12th Avenue (Brooklyn). According to Bill Wall (, Fischer played in the Brooklyn Chess Club already in 1953. Probably he became a *formal* member there in 1955.
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  Tabanus: However, the Yeshiva University High School for Boys (= Brooklyn branch of Talmudical Academy = BTA, which existed 1945-1981) was located in Brooklyn near to Fischer's home (about 5 km away). That school also had a chess club, so perhaps Altusky met Fischer there.
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  Tabanus: Hmm, according to Bill Wall, Fischer played in the Brooklyn Chess Club already in early <1951> (as a 7-year-old). He and Altusky must have met there (most likely), or in the Academy's chess club, or both.
May-16-13  TheFocus: <Tabanus> Bobby attended Erasmus High School.
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  Tabanus: <The Focus> Ok. So I guess they met in Brooklyn Chess Club, which was also near to Altusky's home.

At least nearer than Marshall and Manhattan chess clubs.

May-16-13  TheFocus: I believe you are right. I am currently looking through Brooklyn Daily Eagle for Fischer stuff. If I run across anything you can use regarding Altusky and/or news of Brooklyn Chess Club, I will drop it in your Forum.
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  GrahamClayton: " 'Yankel' is the class scholar. He can't decide whether to become a Talmid Chochom or the world's champion chess player. Whichever he picks, we're sure he'll succeed."

1947 Talmudical Academy yearbook.

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  MissScarlett: Wrote a book called <Chess Rules for Radicals> that greatly influenced Bobby Fischer.

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