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Jacob Bernstein
Number of games in database: 77
Years covered: 1910 to 1932
Overall record: +21 -35 =21 (40.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1890, died Dec-1958, 68 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Jacob Bernstein (Bernšteinas) was born in Kaunas, Lithuania. (1) He won the New York State Chess Championship three times in a row (1920-1922) (2).

His score of 7-10 at Karlsbad 1923 included victories over Bogoljubow and Rubinstein.

(1). Lietuvos žinios, May 1st 1923, p. 4;
(2). Wikipedia article: Jacob Bernstein

Last updated: 2022-12-17 17:03:16

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Bernstein vs H Helms  ½-½561910NYSCA chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. L B Meyer vs J Bernstein  1-0351910NYSCA chC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Capablanca vs J Bernstein 1-0291913Rice CC MastersD04 Queen's Pawn Game
4. G Beihoff vs J Bernstein 0-1241913Rice CC MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
5. E Tenenwurzel vs J Bernstein 1-0391913Rice CC MastersD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. J Bernstein vs Duras  0-1411913Rice CC MastersD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. R T Black vs J Bernstein 1-0401913Rice CC MastersC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Marshall vs J Bernstein 1-0311915New York MastersD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
9. J Bernstein vs E Michelsen 1-0481915New York MastersA84 Dutch
10. J Bernstein vs Capablanca 0-1891915New York MastersC48 Four Knights
11. O Chajes vs J Bernstein  1-0581915New York MastersC49 Four Knights
12. J Bernstein vs A Hodges  1-0751915New York MastersC66 Ruy Lopez
13. Kupchik vs J Bernstein 1-0411915New York MastersA28 English
14. J Bernstein vs Ed. Lasker  ½-½171915New York MastersC49 Four Knights
15. J Bernstein vs Marshall 0-1411915New York MastersC49 Four Knights
16. E Michelsen vs J Bernstein ½-½361915New York MastersC51 Evans Gambit
17. Capablanca vs J Bernstein 1-0531915New York MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. J Bernstein vs O Chajes 1-0701915New York MastersC48 Four Knights
19. A Hodges vs J Bernstein  0-1431915New York MastersC77 Ruy Lopez
20. J Bernstein vs Kupchik 1-0751915New York MastersC87 Ruy Lopez
21. Ed. Lasker vs J Bernstein  ½-½471915New York MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. J Bernstein vs C Jaffe  1-0381915NYSCA Midsummer Meeting. MastersC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. J Bernstein vs Kupchik  0-1431916Manhattan Chess Club-chC87 Ruy Lopez
24. Kupchik vs J Bernstein  1-0371916Rice-Progressive CC-chD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
25. J Bernstein vs A Hodges 1-0451916Rice MemorialC87 Ruy Lopez
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Jan-09-07  vonKrolock: His games from Carlsbad 1923 (and his photo) are -provisionally, I hope- in Ossip Bernstein's page
May-01-08  Karpova:

Sidney Norman Bernstein tells us more about this player:

<Our letters also discussed his namesake Jacob Bernstein, a rather mysterious player who participated in the great Carlsbad, 1923 tournament. Below is a compilation of S.B.’s comments:

‘I met Jacob Bernstein (who had completely given up chess and was running a gambling parlor) when I was in my prime. He seemed very old to me. We played some offhand games (I was never much good at offhand play) and he trounced me mercilessly – I must have scored 2 or 2½ points out of 15 or 20’ (17 April 1987). ‘I don’t know the exact address of the “dive” where I met Bernstein – it was on E. 14th St in Manhattan between 4th and 3rd Aves. ... Jacob Bernstein was Jewish and probably died in 1959’ (29 April 1987). ‘The “chess club” I visited when Jacob Bernstein drubbed me was actually a gambling house. On my second visit, I played chess with the youngster Tobias Stone, who later became (and still is, no doubt) a world-renowned bridge player who achieved notoriety by accusing the famous Italian team of cheating ... Anyway, in the middle of play, the police raided the place, confiscating lots of gambling equipment and arresting everyone but us. And I remember Jacob Bernstein complaining loudly that under Mayor LaGuardia it was impossible any longer to “make a living” because the police could no longer be bribed’ (16 May 1987). ‘I do remember that one of the famous habitués there was Abraham Kupchik (the most “neglected” and underrated player in US history – on the occasion of the Manhattan Chess Club centenary celebration a few years ago Chess Life did not mention the fact that he had won the club championship 11 times). I just learned last month from IM Walter Shipman that he (Kupchik) was most unhappy at not being chosen for the US team that journeyed to Moscow (in the 1950s). I was picked (though I did not go) and I find it interesting in retrospect that I have never given a thought to the fact that he was overlooked in my favor. He was a completely insignificant personality – at least on the surface’ (29 May 1987).>

May-02-08  Karpova: Picture from Pasadena, 1932:

Not the best quality but there are also other players like Alekhine, Dr. Fine, Reshevsky, Kashdan, Reinfeld, Factor...

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  GrahamClayton: <karpova>Sidney Norman Bernstein tells us more about this player:

<Our letters also discussed his namesake Jacob Bernstein, a rather mysterious player who participated in the great Carlsbad, 1923 tournament>

It would be interesting to discover the circumstances behind Bernstein's invitation to compete in the 1923 Carlsbad tournament. He seems at the most a minor master who would not be considered one of the top players in the world.

Jan-06-11  vonKrolock: His photo can still be be seen in the Ossip Bernstein page
Mar-24-11  Caissanist: <GrahamClayton> - I don't know anything particular about Carlsbad, but in the teens and early twenties, European organizers seem to have been in something of a quandary about American players. Clearly the level of American play had increased, but American chess wasn't organized enough to know who the very best players were. The famous example, of course, was Capablanca's exclusion from the San Sebastian 1911 tournament until Marshall launched a noisy lobbying campaign on his behalf.

The second-best American player in 1923 was probably Abe Kupchik. Noisy lobbying was not his style, though, so he mostly kept quiet when he was left out of tournaments where he should have been invited.

Oct-25-16  hemy: Article in Lithuanian newspaper "Lietuvos žinios" May 1st, 1923 p.4 - Bernšteinas, who was born in Kaunas, the strongest chess player in New York state, participated in Karlsbad chess masters tournament.

In this tournament participated many of the strongest players in the world: Alechinas, Rubinšteinas, Tarašas and more.

After the end of the tournament, mister Bernšteinas, on the way back to America, visited Kaunas and held simultaneous exhibition. Maestro donated to Kaunas chess club amount of 50 Lit that he was paid for this event.

May-31-17  hemy: After I checked once more the article in Lithuanian newspaper "Lietuvos žinios" (May 1st, 1923 p.4) I fixed translation of the article:

"Mr. Bernštein, a native of Kaunas, is the strongest New York state player and has been delegated to Carlsbad, where now will be held the chess maestros tournament. In this tournament participating world strongest maestros like: Alechinas, Rubinšteinas, Tarašas and more. Tournament will last about a month.  At the end of the tournament, Mr. Beršteinas, on the way back to America will visit Kaunas again and will held organized by chess club simultaneous exhibition. The exhibition date and time will be announced, and those who want to take part in an exciting exhibition will be able to register. Many chess amateurs and other audience attended his first exhibition.  Maestro donated to the club needs amount of 50 Lit he was paid for this event."

According to the article "Bound for Carlsbad" ("The Brooklyn daily Eagle", 29 Mar 1923, p.23) Jacob Bernstein together with Oscar Chajes "will sail on board the S.S. President Fillmore Saturday morning."

The schedule of ocean liners I found in archive of Hoboken historical museum Brochure: United States Lines. Proposed Sailings. Sailing List No. 16. February 24th, 1923. Sailing from Hoboken, N.J. ( S.S. President Fillmore was scheduled for departure on Saturday 31 March 1923 from Hoboken NJ and arriving to Bremen (Germany) on April 12 1923.

The Carlsbad 1923 tournament started on April 27 1923. Jacob Bernstein had enough time between April 12 to April 27 for his visit in Kaunas.

Sep-04-20  hemy: The photo of Jacob Bernstein is on the page 38 of the "Pasadena 1932 International Chess Tournament" by Sherwood, Brandreth, and Monson, 2011, Caissa Publishing.

The low quality image of this page can be seen online:

If someone have this book, please let me know. I'm looking for the better scan of this page.

Sep-05-20  hemy: <born 1890>
According to Wikipedia Jacob Bernstein was born February 24, 1885.
The page was last edited on January 29th 2020.

Ukraine and Spain versions: "Народження 1890" and "Nacimiento 1890".

Sep-06-20  hemy: Jacob Bernstein (born February 24, 1885 and died December 21, 1959) was an American chess master.

JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry - USA - New York. Burial Record.
BERNSTEIN, Jacob; Date of Death 22-Dec-1959; Age 74;
Mt. Golda Cemetery / Triboro Renaissance Benevolent Association, Huntington Station / USA

The Statue of Liberty―Ellis Island Foundation, Inc
Ship manifest from

Sailing from Hamburg 29 August 1906 arriving at Port of New York 8 September 1906

LAST NAME: Bernstein
Nationality: Russia, Hebrew
Last Place of Residence: Kowno
Age at Arrival: 19y
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Date of Arrival: September 8th, 1906
Ship of Travel: Kaiserin Auguste Victoria
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Line Number: 0027

The <age at arrival 19> may be not accurate, (19 instead of 21).

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