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Raymond Weinstein
R Weinstein 
Number of games in database: 107
Years covered: 1957 to 1964
Overall record: +47 -33 =27 (56.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-25-1941, 81 years old) United States of America

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Raymond Allen Weinstein, born in New York City, was an IM (1961) who had a very short chess career. He was US Junior Champion in 1958, 3rd in the US 1960-61 Championship and played on board six for the 1960 US Olympiad team at Leipzig. His last tournament was the 1963-64 US Championship, where he finished 7th.

Weinstein graduated from Brooklyn College in 1963 with a degree in psychology. It was around this time that he began to manifest symptoms of mental illness, described by some as schizophrenia. In 1964 he killed an elderly roommate after an argument, and since then he has been confined in mental institutions.

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Last updated: 2022-11-29 23:26:00

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 107  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Weinstein vs A Saidy  0-150195758th US OpenA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
2. R Weinstein vs A Kraus  1-031195758th US OpenD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
3. Z Szabo vs R Weinstein  0-138195758th US OpenA02 Bird's Opening
4. R Weinstein vs G Ramirez  0-127195758th US OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
5. J Araiza Munoz vs R Weinstein  ½-½22195758th US OpenD85 Grunfeld
6. R Weinstein vs G Hartleb  1-047195758th US OpenD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. L Dubeck vs R Weinstein 1-0181958New Jersey Open ChampionshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
8. W R Jones vs R Weinstein  1-054195859th US OpenB50 Sicilian
9. R Weinstein vs G Fiechtner  1-033195859th US OpenE51 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. W Grombacher vs R Weinstein  0-129195859th US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
11. R Weinstein vs J W Collins  ½-½33195859th US OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. R Weinstein vs G A Koelsche  1-038195859th US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
13. D Byrne vs R Weinstein 1-028195859th US OpenA15 English
14. R Weinstein vs P Lapiken  ½-½43195859th US OpenD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
15. C Henin vs R Weinstein  ½-½44195859th US OpenE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
16. R Weinstein vs M Green  1-038195859th US OpenE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
17. C Kalme vs R Weinstein  ½-½671958United States Championship 1958/59A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. Fischer vs R Weinstein 1-0581958United States Championship 1958/59B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
19. R Weinstein vs Reshevsky 0-1271958United States Championship 1958/59E60 King's Indian Defense
20. Evans vs R Weinstein  1-0381958United States Championship 1958/59D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Mednis vs R Weinstein  ½-½261958United States Championship 1958/59B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. R Weinstein vs R Byrne  ½-½281958United States Championship 1958/59E55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
23. R Weinstein vs Bisguier  ½-½551958United States Championship 1958/59D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Lombardy vs R Weinstein 1-0421958United States Championship 1958/59B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. R Weinstein vs J Sherwin  ½-½381958United States Championship 1958/59A97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
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Feb-22-15  zanzibar: First look at comments for this player - a bit hard to see the reason for the poem/limerick theme... I'll have to go back over the comments to see who gets the blame - ha!

Sorry no rhymes from me, instead I have a pointer to a USCF article about US world team chess championship at Leningrad (summer 1960), where Weinstein was a contributor:

<In the summer of 1960, for the first and only time, the USA won a world team chess championship ahead of the USSR. This achievement is still on a short list of the most significant events in American chess history, especially as it happened on enemy ground during the Cold War


Ray Weinstein played strong chess and shared the board three prize with Nikitin of the USSR, both scoring 7½ points out of 10 (75.0%). Saidy finished fourth among the board four players, with 4½ points out of 7 (64.3%) and Mednis ended up fifth among the first reserve players with the same record as Saidy (64.3%).


The news is perhaps sadder about Raymond Weinstein. He did well in U.S. championships from 1960-1963 and was awarded the title of international master after qualifying for the World Interzonal tourney as a result of finishing third behind Fischer and Lombardy in the 1960-61 U.S. Championship event. He chose not play in the Interzonal tournament. Unfortunately, around 1963-64 Ray began to exhibit erratic, even dangerous behavior, was reportedly diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia, and has been confined to mental institutions for more than 40 years. He is now 69 years old.> (Photo)

<L to R: Raymond Weinstein, Jerry Spann, Eliot Hearst [author of article], William Lombardy, Charles Kalme, Edmar Mednis. Not pictured: IM Anthony Saidy.>

Feb-22-15  zanzibar: The poetry theme was started early in the forum, initially as haiku - the first being from User: woodenbishop:

Raymond Allen Weinstein (kibitz #14)

<Haiku (俳句, About this sound listen (help·info), haikai verse?) (plural: same or haikus) is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterised by three qualities:

The essence of haiku is "cutting" (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji ("cutting word") between them,[2] a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.

Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.[3]

A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words.

Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句 gendai-haiku?) are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject, but the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.[4] There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.[5]>

And so it begins...

Snow falling outside
forum posts get read inside
insanity guide

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Feb-22-15  zanzibar: So I decide to cull over the pages and manually put into effect my "group-filter" idea, specifically looking for biographical posts...

So far up to page 6 and it's not looking good, only two haiku by <OCF> in the offering:

Raymond Allen Weinstein (kibitz #105)

User: OhioChessFan

Both are actually pretty good.

Another find, 9 years later, is quite apropos -

Raymond Allen Weinstein (kibitz #108)

<suenteus po 147> is still looking for games from <US ch (1960/61)>:

Biographer Bistro (kibitz #9669)

We've made some progress though, more than just Fischer's games are now on <CG>!

<offramp> offers this bizarre post from Sam Sloan:

Biographer Bistro (kibitz #9669)

Sam Sloan actually tracked Weinstein down for a visit (this might show up in the forum, but I'll put the link here):

It was a very bizarre visit, Sloan trying to establish some chess connection from the past with a patient who basically stares catatonically at Sloan during the entire visit.

Later, Sloan makes a public plead to get Weinstein "out of jail" (really, he is confined in a mental institute, not a jail):

I never saw a Sloan appeal to make Weinstein a USCF delegate - it's possible, but I'd like to see a ref.

Perhaps it's mentioned here here:

(From Jun 06 - when <offramp> posted)

See also: Raymond Allen Weinstein (kibitz #182) (Schiller on Sloan)

There is some more detail about <Weinstein> here (scroll down to item #64):

It seems too bad that this incident didn't cause Weinstein to get the help he badly needed, instead he returned to the US where he killed a man in 1964.

I'll post the entire content later.

Oh, some advice, be careful making predictions while rhyming:

Raymond Allen Weinstein (kibitz #180)

More content/haiku's by <OCF>

Raymond Allen Weinstein (kibitz #170)

Raymond Allen Weinstein (kibitz #243) (Re: Weinstein's crime)

First limerick by <Phony>: Raymond Allen Weinstein (kibitz #251)

Feb-22-15  zanzibar: <64. 27 May: Raymond Weinstein in Amsterdam

A few years ago, Sam Sloan posted a moving story on and on his own website about how he had found Raymond Weinstein, a great American chess hopeful of around 1960, who had disappeared from chess, and from the world it seemed, after the US Championship of 1963/64. Weinstein turned out to have killed a man in 1964, and had been confined to a mental institution ever since. For more details, see Sloan's stories on his site, I have found Raymond Weinstein, and Getting Raymond Weinstein out of jail.

When I contacted Sloan to ask him if he knew anything about Weinstein's episode in Amsterdam, he replied: 'I have heard that he assaulted somebody and got into trouble over there and had to be rushed back to the USA, where he got into even more trouble.'

That was indeed the footnote I wanted to add to the Weinstein story.

In the early sixties, in the Amsterdam chess café which was then still on Leidseplein, I met a nice American guy of around twenty with incredibly thick glasses: Raymond Weinstein. He was already a celebrity in chess; had been third in the US Championship at 18, had played for the US Olympiad team, and had won the student's World Team Championship with the US - he was a future top level grandmaster.

I don't think I ever played chess with him and I also don't remember him coming to the chess café very often - but we did talk a few times there, and I clearly remember that one time I brought him, on the back seat of my scooter, from the chess café to some other place in Amsterdam, and that he didn't seem at ease with my style of riding.

He was not in Amsterdam for chess, but to study psychology; he wanted to be a psychiatrist. He was in contact here with Johan Barendregt, who was both a psychology professor and an international chessmaster, and whose name lives on in chess mainly for his 5.0-0 in the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez. Weinstein stayed with Barendregt for a while - perhaps I brought him there that time.

One day, there was a rumor at the chess café that Weinstein had tried to kill Barendregt. He had become mad at something and had attacked Barendregt with a weapon; Barendregt had been injured, but had been able to ward off Weinstein. We didn't see Weinstein any more after that.

Several chessplayers in Amsterdam remember that story, but nobody remembers details. Barendregt died in 1982. One chess friend, also a psychologist, who had been friendly with Weinstein in 1960 in Leningrad at that Students Olympiad which the US had won, had found him quite paranoid there already. Weinstein was hot-tempered, always felt treated badly, and accused my friend of double-crossing him for buying Russian chessbooks that Weinstein had wanted to buy himself.

This friend also remembers that after the Barendregt-incident, Weinstein was institutionalized briefly in Amsterdam. He was brought back to the US where indeed, he got into even worse trouble. To the chessworld at the time, he had vanished. There were rumors, but it was over 30 years before Sloan found out what had really happened to Raymond Weinstein.>

Feb-23-15  zanzibar: BTW- I think I found a post by Sam Sloan that shows when he became interested in finding Weinstein (due to Weinstein's name being dropped from Chess Life's April 1996 rating listings, and an erroneous report of his death):!t...

Sloan chronicles much of Weinstein's playing history, etc.

Feb-23-15  zanzibar: Same article also has quite a few of his games, maybe some not on <CG> as well...
May-23-15  TheFocus: <If you think your intelligence matches that of your opponent, then it is only a matter of out-concentrating them. The moves are there - if he can see them, so can you> - Raymond Weinstein (British Chess Magazine, February 1964, p. 49).
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  OhioChessFan: Interesting haiku I got today when trying to access The Motley Fool:

It's not you, it's us. We appear to have done something to knock offline. We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible.


Bugs in the system
keep you from seeing this site.
Try hitting refresh.

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  OhioChessFan: He's died, has Safer, Morley
He'll be missed, oh so sorely
The beloved 60 Minutes correspondent
Has left all his fans despondent
Apr-22-19  norami: Quiz: In the 1963-64 USA championship, what goal did both Fischer and Weinstein achieve?
Apr-22-19  Nosnibor: <norami> In answer to your quiz Fischer went through unbeaten and Weinstein did not draw a single game by making his best finish in all USA Championships to date.The same could be said of Fischer by achieving a 100% score.
May-09-19  Petrosianic: <Nosnibor>: <Weinstein did not draw a single game by making his best finish in all USA Championships to date.>

Not correct. This was not Weinstein's best finish.

May-09-19  morfishine: Well then Dear <Petrosianic> what was Weinstein's best finish?

The World is waiting on the edge of its collective seat

May-09-19  Petrosianic: It's not hard to look up, but it was, in fact, in 1960/1.
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  MissScarlett: Weinstein's last event, apparently, was the 1964 Student Olympiad (, which ended in early August.

I haven't been able to find any newspaper record of Weinstein's arrest or trial for murder, which suggests he was committed to a mental institution with little or no publicity. But surely the contemporary American chess press must have given some notice. A leading player can't just disappear without trace.

Jan-01-22  jerseybob: <MissScarlett: Weinstein's last event, apparently, was the 1964 Student Olympiad(, which ended in early August.> Olimpbase is often a good source of games that can't be found anywhere else, and checking Weinstein's performance in that event, it was a very bad tourney for him. His one victory, a nice game, came in Rd.3 of qualifying group 4, on July 20, 1964 against Luis Rabassa of Cuba, as black in a Reti-English in 49 moves. It's a little long for me to post but it belongs in this database. And it's a sad reminder of what might have been.
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  MissScarlett: A little bonnet de douche:

L Rabassa vs R Weinstein, 1964

Jan-01-22  jerseybob: Wow! Happy New Year.
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  Dionysius1: "bonnet de douche" made me snort my tea! Thanks <MissScarlett> - was that one of DelBoy's?
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  MissScarlett: Just a slip of the tongue. I meant, of course, <bonne bouche>.
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  Dionysius1: Bain marie. Easy mistake to make.
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  MissScarlett: Boeuf a la mode!

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  OhioChessFan: Seems the world's a a fright
Many deaths, now Betty White
Almost 100 years she was on top of her game
The last of a breed, comedy's Grand Dame
Nov-29-22  jerseybob: From the 1961 Marshall Championship - White: Charles Henin Black: Raymond Weinstein 1.d4, f5 2.g3,Nf6 3.Bg2,g6 4.Nf3,Bg7 5.00,00 6.b3,d6 7.Bb2,c6 8.Nbd2,Na6 9.c4,c5 10.a3,Bd7 11.Ng5,Rb8 12.dxc5,Nxc5 13.b4,Na4 14.Bd4,e5 15.Bxa7,Ra8 16.Be3,f4 17.gxf4,Nc3 18.Qe1,Ng4 19.N2e4,exf4 20.Bd2,Nxe4 21.Nxe4,Bc6! 22.h3,Bxa1 23.Qxa1,Nf6 24.Qd4,Nxe4 25.Bxe4,Qg5+ 26.Kh1,Bxe4+ 27.Qxe4,Qe5 28.Qxe5,dxe5 29.b5,Rfc8! 30.Rc1,Rxa3 31.c5,Ra2 32.Bb4,Rxe2 33.Kg2,Rb2 34.Bc3,Rxb5 35.Bxe5,Rcxc5 36.Rxc5,Rxc5 37.Bxf4,b5 38.Bd6,Rd5 39.Bb4,Rd4 40.Bc5,Rc4 41.Bd6,b4 (0-1)
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