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by Sergei S. Markoff
Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The mystery of Alex Bernstein
Replies: 35
Views: 8421

Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Oh and I meant to add that Alex was born in Milan so that all fits. Thank you very much! BTW, Alex's full name at birth was Alex, Alexander or Alexei? Some sources claims that he was the U.S. Intercollegiate chess champion, but I'm failed to find any records on it or even exact year of this achieve...
by Sergei S. Markoff
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The mystery of Alex Bernstein
Replies: 35
Views: 8421

Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Some more intriguing details from here: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-02280296/document «Finally, the trajectory of Vladimir Bernstein (1900-1936) constitutes another singular case, described in detail in Finzi (1936). Born in 1900 in St. Petersburg, Bernstein entered the local university whe...
by Sergei S. Markoff
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The mystery of Alex Bernstein
Replies: 35
Views: 8421

Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Dear Liz, Thank you for information about your father and grandfather! I've found some info on Vladimir Bernstein: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Bernstein https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimiro_Bernstein He was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on 13-Jul-1900 and died in Milan on 23-Jan-1936....
by Sergei S. Markoff
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Widely unknown pioneering chess "paper machine" by Gunter Sсhliebs
Replies: 9
Views: 2534

Re: Widely unknown pioneering chess "paper machine" by Gunter Sсhliebs

I never seen [4] (but started some attempts to obtain the scan of this article) <...> 4. Sсhliebs G. (1953). Über die Gründzuge eines Programms für eine Schachspielende Rechenmaschine / Funk und Ton, 1953, vol. 7, pp. 257—265. Hooray!! Here is the paper: https://yadi.sk/d/my7VqYaYaaLc1w And it look...
by Sergei S. Markoff
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The mystery of Alex Bernstein
Replies: 35
Views: 8421

Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

The most intriguing part from my point of view is "his flagging interest in mathematics revived by a kind woman who had known his father, a well-known European mathematician". Who was his father?.. Benjamin Abram Bernstein [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Abram_Bernstein]? Felix Bernstein [h...
by Sergei S. Markoff
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The mystery of Alex Bernstein
Replies: 35
Views: 8421

Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Great finding! Pamela McCorduck was married to Joseph F. Traub , whose academic successors were important figures in computer chess history... The most intriguing part from my point of view is "his flagging interest in mathematics revived by a kind woman who had known his father, a well-known Europ...
by Sergei S. Markoff
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The mystery of Alex Bernstein
Replies: 35
Views: 8421

Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

MikeB wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:47 am
An article written by Alex regarding his chess program in 1958.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tpnrylkdr5ahd ... 9.pdf?dl=1
Thank you!
by Sergei S. Markoff
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The mystery of Alex Bernstein
Replies: 35
Views: 8421

Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

updated cpw pages with some more links https://www.chessprogramming.org/Alex_Bernstein https://www.chessprogramming.org/The_Bernstein_Chess_Program Finally I've got some progress! :) "Samuel has long maintained that his ignorance of checkers was helpful in getting the program going, that he was nev...
by Sergei S. Markoff
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The mystery of Alex Bernstein
Replies: 35
Views: 8421

Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

I guess a big handicap to Soviet research and development in this field was the total embargo and economic sanctions preventing equipment availability. I’m not sure of how reflective of reality was the scene in Deutschland 86 when a DDR agent in NATO HQ sent a vitally important 8” floppy back to DD...
by Sergei S. Markoff
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The mystery of Alex Bernstein
Replies: 35
Views: 8421

Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Thank you both Roman and Sergei for providing that information on Shura-Bura's Program ! Thank you, Gerd! BTW, some small corrections on the role of Smilga. He wasn't a programmer and he never worked in Steklov's institute. He was a physicist and science journalist [1]. He wrote a paper with popula...