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Salo Finkelstein
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1947

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Wikipedia article: Salo Finkelstein

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Koltanowski vs S Finkelstein  1-0391947Blindfold simul, 8bC50 Giuoco Piano

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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 1941–1949."

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...

Oct-24-10  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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  Phony Benoni: As does <American Chess Bulletin>, March / April 1941, p. 34. The game is from a Metropolitan League Match between the Marshall CC and City College of New York, where Milton Finkelstein was a student.

Santasiere, in his brief comments, specifically names Milton Finkelstein and notes that both players had served as captain of the CCNY team.

So there is no doubt that MIuton Finklsetein played the 1941 game against Santaserie, and I wil be sending in a correction.

As for the other game this kibitz could be significant, indicating lins between Finnelstein, Koltanowski and blindfold chess:

Milton Finkelstein (kibitz #1)

It seems to me a very good chance that Milton Finkelstein played the blindfold game as well; however, I don't have documentation to confirm that. But if it is so, it could that the "chess career" of Salo Finkelstein, based on the misattribution of two games, might not have happened.

Go figure.

Feb-01-21  savagerules: He had a friend named Garfunkel who could sing well, he played some guitar and they called themselves 'Finkelstein and Garfunkel'. Alas, the act didn't pan out. Too many people thought they were lawyers and kept interrupting their songs with questions about accidents, etc.

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