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GM Ossip S Bernstein

Ossip S Bernstein
Photo: Jac. de Nijs/Dutch National Archives, CC.
Full name
Ossip Bernstein
Sep 20, 1882 - Nov 30, 1962 (age 80)‎
Place of birth
Zhytomyr, Russia (now Ukraine)


Ossip Bernstein was a Russian and later French grandmaster, leaving Russia after the Communist revolution in 1918. Although he never played for the world championship, he did draw a four-game training match against reigning world champion Alexander Alekhine in 1933.

Bernstein's chess career lasted over half a century. In 1904 at Coburg, he finished fourth and won the fine game above against Jacques Mieses. In 1954 at Montevideo, Bernstein finished tied for second and won the brilliancy prize for his sacrificial victory below over GM Miguel Najdorf. Bernstein was 72 years old at the time, still going strong. He passed away in 1962 at the age of 80.

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