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Raymond Weinstein: What Ever Happened to Him???

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Default Raymond Weinstein: What Ever Happened to Him???

On Thursday, June 6, 1996 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-7, Kaneyasu wrote:

by Sam Sloan

In the April, 1996 Chess Life, I happened to notice that the name of
Raymond Weinstein was missing from the list of American International
Masters, so I inquired at the New York Open about this. I was told that
Raymond Weinstein had been dead for several years and that he had
committed suicide in his prison cell.

However, later the person who made that statement retracted it and said
that this was just a rumor he had heard. Even Weinstein's cousin, Arthur
Bisguier, did not really know about this. I later checked the Family
History Library of the Mormon Church, which maintains a list of Social
Security numbers of deceased persons on CD ROM disk, and Weinstein's name
was not listed, but that data was not up to date, so this left the matter

I am sure that many of you will be shocked to hear that International
Master Norman Weinstein may have killed himself but, never fear, that is
not the person to whom I am referring. Norman Weinstein is a different
person from Raymond Weinstein. They are no relation whatever. Raymond
Weinstein was an International Master who was institust one person. Norman
Weinstein was weaker than Raymond and did not become a strong chess player
until more than ten years later. Neither of them are to be confused with
another player named Weinstein who changed his name to the more
politically correct name of "Kasparov" during the Cold War.

Raymond Weinstein was once one of the most promising and talented junior
players in the world, almost next only to Bobby Fischer. Raymond Weinstein
certainly would have become a top grandmaster, had he not been
institutionalized and sent either to prison or a hospital for the
criminally insane. (Nobody seems to know which).

Raymond A. Weinstein was born on April 25, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. His
paternal grandfather had migrated from Russia. His other grandparents had
migrated from Poland. I first met Raymond Weinstein at the 1958 US Junior
Championship in Homestead Florida, which he won on tie-breaking points
over Larry Remlinger.

Already at the US Junior in Homestead, Raymond Weinstein was a known
player. He had won the 1957 Long Island Amateur in Brooklyn. However,
16-year-old Larry Remlinger of California was the overwhelming favorite to
win the US Junior. Nobody but Myron Zelitch of Philadelphia gave Weinstein
any chance.

Weinstein got some breaks in this part of this life. As a promotional
deal, Bob Eastwood had made an agreement with the USCF that the winner of
the US Junior Championship would be seeded directly into the US
Championship. The reason that Eastwood had been able to make this deal,
which had never been done before, was that in the previous year, 1957,
Bobby Fischer had won first the US Junior Championship, and then the US
Open Championship and finally the US Championship.

The next break for Raymond Weinstein came when, in the individual game
between Weinstein and Remlinger, there was a three fold repetition of
position in time pressure. Remlinger was lost but could have claimed a
draw. Neither player claimed it. Remlinger resigned in a hopeless position
a few moves later.

However, Remlinger won all his games in that tournament, with the
exception of his loss to Weinstein, whereas Weinstein gave up draws to
Stephen Jones and John Freeman. Going into the last round, Remlinger was
ahead in tie-breaking points. The tie breaks came down to two games.
Remlinger had defeated two experts. Weinstein had defeated two 1800
players. In the final round, their respective "horses" faced each other.
If either expert won, Larry Remlinger would become US Junior Champion.
However, Max Burkett, one of the 1800 players who had lost to Remlinger,
held a draw against Steve Sholomson, an expert who had lost to Weinstein.
The other expert whom Remlinger had played lost to a class B player that
Weinstein had defeated. Thus, Raymond Weinstein won the 1958 US Junior
Championship. His prize was a trophy, a $100 savings bond and the right to
play in the US Championship. Remlinger, who had finished second in the US
Junior Championship three years in a row, gave up chess and was not heard
from again for about ten years. Around 30 years later, Remlinger became an
International Master, too.

So, Raymond Weinstein, still a mere expert, made it in to the 1958-59 US
Championship. There, he tied for last with Mednis but made a reasonable
score of 3-8. Weinstein drew with Sherwin, Bisguier, Donald Byrne, Robert
Byrne, Kalme and Mednis. Weinstein lost to Fischer, Reshevsky, Evans,
Lombardy and Benko. This was not bad for a 17-year-old kid.

The experience gained by playing in such a strong event clearly had a
beneficial effect on Raymond Weinstein. Weinstein tied for second in this
1959 Greater New York Open, behind Benko, drawing with Lombardy. At the
1959 US Junior Championship in Omaha, Weinstein had a bad tournament.
Weinstein defeated Ault, the eventual winner, but lost to Larry Gilden and
Arthur Wang and drew with Gilbert Ramirez, to finish fourth with a score
of 6 1/2 - 2 1/2. However, in the US Open in Omaha which immediately
followed, Benko was in clear first place going into the last round, when
he lost to Raymond Weinstein. This enabled Weinstein's cousin, Arthur
Bisguier, to win the tournament. Weinstein tied for second with Benko,
each scoring 9 1/.2 - 2 1/2. Hearst and Berliner followed with 9-3.

Over Labor Day Weekend, Weinstein tied for first with Walter Shipman and
Herbert Avram in the 1959 New Jersey Open.

By the 1959-1960 US Championship, Raymond Weinstein, still only 18 years
old, was clearly one of the strongest players in the US. This time, he was
able to get into the US Championship on the basis of rating. Weinstein
scored 6-5. The tournament was won by Fischer with 9-2, followed by Robert
Byrne 8-3, Reshevsky 7 1/2 - 3 1/2, Benko 7-4, Bisguier 6 1/2 - 4 1/2,
Raymond Weinstein 6-5, Seidman 5 1/2 - 5 1/2, Sherwin 5-6, Mednis 4 1/2 -
6 1/2, Sidney Bernstein 4-7, Denker 3-8 and Robin Ault 0-11. Weinstein
drew with Fischer.

Ault, by the way, had gotten into the tournament as a result of winning
the 1959 US Junior Championship. However, as a result of getting wiped out
0-11 in the US Closed, the US Junior Champion was never again seeded into
the US Championship for the next decade.

As a result of his sixth place finish in the US Championship, Raymond
Weinstein played sixth board (second alternate) for the USA in the 1960
World Chess Olympiad in Leipzig, East Germany. Weinstein scored 6 1/2 - 1
1/2. The US finished second that year. Weinstein had the best percentage
score on the American team and it was largely due to his results that the
US finished second.

Raymond Weinstein played third board for the USA in the 1960 World Student
Team Championship in Leningrad. The USA team won the World Championship.
Raymond Weinstein won the 1960 North Central Open in Milwaukee.

The greatest achievement of Raymond Weinstein came in the 1960-1961 US
Championship. There, Weinstein finished third behind Fischer and Lombardy.
As this was a zonal year, this result qualified Weinstein to play in the
World Interzonal tournament. This result also gave Weinstein the automatic
International Master title. Weinstein defeated Lombardy, Reshevsky,
Bisguier and Robert Byrne in this tournament.

The results of this tournament were Fischer 9-2, Lombardy 7-4, Raymond
Weinstein 6 1/2 - 4 1/2, Bisguier, Reshevsky, Sherwin and Kalme 6-5,
Benko, Berliner, Robert Byrne and Saidy 4 1/2 - 6 1/2, Seidman 2 1/2 - 8

However, with this great achievement by the still 19-year-old Weinstein,
his flame suddenly began to flicker. Weinstein never played in the
Interzonal tournament. It was reported that the tournament would conflict
with his studies at the City College of New York. (Lombardy did not play
either, because he picked that particular time to join the priesthood.
Their places were taken by Sherwin and Bisguier, who bombed out.)

Suddenly, Weinstein stopped improving and started getting worse. A bunch
of ridiculous losses by Weinstein were published in Chess Review over the
next two years. Weinstein was still a strong player who could beat players
like Reshevsky on occasion, but his tremendous potential seemed to be no
longer there.

Weinstein participated the 1961-1962 US Championship. Several of the top
players refused to play, including Fischer, Reshevsky, Lombardy and
Bisguier. I was in Lynchburg, Virginia and, not realizing that something
had gone terribly wrong with Raymond Weinstein, confidently predicted that
he would win the tournament. Instead, Weinstein finished a dismal 8th with
4 1/2 - 6 1/2.

That tournament was won by Evans with 7 1/2 - 3 1/2, followed by Robert
Byrne 7-4, Benko, Mednis, Seidman and Sherwin 6 1/2 - 4 1/2, Hearst 5 1/2
- 5 1/2, Donald Byrne 5-6, Raymond Weinstein 4 1/2 - 6 1/2, Turner 4-7,
Kramer 3 1/2 - 7 1/2, Bernstein 3-8.

Weinstein did not play in the 1962-63 US Championship. There were no games
by Weinstein published in Chess Review for the entire year of 1963. Then,
Weinstein reappeared for one last moment. In December, 1962, Raymond
Weinstein played first board for the Brooklyn College "A" team. His team
won the US Intercollegiate Championship. Immediately after that, Weinstein
played in the 1963-1964 US Championship. Weinstein had the unusual result
of 5 wins, 6 loses and no draws! Weinstein defeated Robert Byrne,
Reshevsky, Donald Byrne, Evans and Steinmeyer. Weinstein lost to Mednis,
Addison, Saidy, Bisguier, Benko and Fischer.

Results of the tournament we Fischer 11-0 (the famous sweep), Evans 7
1/2 - 3 1/2, Benko 7-4, Reshevsky and Saidy 6 1/2 - 4 1/2, Robert Byrne 5
1/2 - 5 1/2, Weinstein 5-6, Bisguier 4 1/2 - 6 1/2, Addison and Mednis 3
1/2 - 7 1/2, Steinmeyer 3-8, and Donald Byrne 2 1/2 - 8 1/2.

That was the end of the chess career of Raymond Weinstein. He apparently
never played again. Some say that he killed one person. Others say that he
killed two people. I have been told that an article which appeared in the
New York Times in 1964 said that he had killed someone. I have never been
able to find that article. Rumors have placed Weinstein in the Mattawan
State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in New Jersey or in a sanitarium
in Europe. Weinstein's family has always been completely secretive about
this. Arthur Bisguier, who should know, refuses to talk about it.

The last published photo of Raymond Weinstein appeared in the February,
1963 Chess Review, page 26. It shows a fresh faced kid with thick glasses
and a trophy for the US Intercollegiate Team Championship. Also, the
September, 1958 Chess Review, page 260, shows the face of a nice young
kid. This does not appear to be the face of a crazed murderer. I met the
parents of Raymond Weinstein, Harvey Mark Weinstein and Esther Weinstein,
several times at such events as at the 1959 US Open in Omaha and the 1960
US Open in St. Louis. They seemed to be nice people.

If Raymond Weinstein is still alive, he would be 55 years old now. I
believe that he would still be strong and able to play chess. Years ago, I
had a dream that I broke him out of prison and entered him into a chess
tournament. He won. I have searched for him many times and have never been
able to find him.

Elo's book, "The Rating of Chess Players", gives Raymond Weinstein's
rating as 2480. Weinstein was awarded the title of International Master in
1962, when he was still only 21.

Obviously, somebody out there must know the answer to this question. Does
anybody know where is Raymond Weinstein?

Sam Sloan

[Event "U. S. Junior Championship"]
[Site "Homestead Fla. (USA)"]
[Date "1958.07.11"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Remlinger Larry"]
[Black "Weinstein Raymond A "]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B20"]

1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nf3 e6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 a6 6. O-O Qc7 7. Nc3 Nf6
8. h3 b5 9. Bb3 b4 10. Nxc6 bxc3 11. Nd4 Nxe4 12. bxc3 Bb7 13. Be3 Be7 14.
Ne2 O-O 15. a4 a5 16. Nd4 Nxc3 17. Qg4 Bf6 18. Nb5 Nxb5 19. axb5 Bxa1 20.
Rxa1 f5 21. Qd4 f4 22. Bd2 Rf5 23. Re1 Raf8 24. h4 Rxb5 25. Bc3 Rf7 26.
Rxe6 dxe6 27. Bxe6 Kh8 28. Bxf7 Qxf7 29. Qd8+ Qg8 30. Qd7 Rb1+ 31. Kh2 h6
32. h5 Kh7 33. Qf5+ Kh8 34. Qg6 Qh7 35. Qf7 Qg8 36. Qg6 Qh7 37. Qf7 Qg8
38. Qg6 Qf8 39. Qxh6+ Kg8 40. Qg5 Rb6 41. Bxg7 Qxg7 42. Qd8+ Kh7 0-1

[Event "U. S. Junior Championship"]
[Site "Homestead Fla. (USA)"]
[Date "1958.07.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Sholomson Steve"]
[Black "Weinstein Raymond A "]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B91"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 g6 7. Bg2 Bg7 8.
O-O O-O 9. h3 e5 10. Nde2 Nc6 11. Be3 b5 12. a3 Bb7 13. f4 exf4 14. Nxf4
Ne5 15. Bd4 Rc8 16. Nfd5 Nxd5 17. Nxd5 Bxd5 18. exd5 Nc4 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20.
Qd4+ Ne5 21. Rf2 Rc4 22. Qd2 Qb6 23. c3 a5 24. Kh2 b4 25. axb4 axb4 26.
Bf1 bxc3 27. bxc3 Rxc3 28. Rxf7+ Rxf7 29. Qxc3 Rf3 30. Qe1 Rf2+ 31. Kh1
Qb2 32. Qe3 Rh2+ 33. Kg1 Qxa1 0-1

[Event "Long Island Amateur"]
[Site "Brooklyn NY (USA)"]
[Date "1957.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Weinstein Raymond A "]
[Black "McCormick Edgar T "]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D28"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 dxc4 4. e3 a6 5. Bxc4 e6 6. O-O b5 7. Bb3 c5 8.
Qe2 Nc6 9. Nc3 cxd4 10. exd4 Nxd4 11. Nxd4 Qxd4 12. Nd5 Nxd5 13. Rd1 Nf4
14. Qf3 Nh3+ 15. gxh3 Qa7 16. Qc6+ Ke7 17. Be3 Qb7 18. Qd6+ Kf6 19. Qf4+
Ke7 20. Rac1 Ke8 21. Rc7 Qb8 22. Qxf7# 1-0

[Event "Long Island Amateur"]
[Site "Brooklyn NY (USA)"]
[Date "1957.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Weinstein Raymond A "]
[Black "Scher Edward"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A51"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 4. a3 Nc6 5. Qc2 Nc5 6. Nf3 a5 7. Bf4 Ne6
8. Bg3 Bc5 9. e3 b6 10. Nc3 Bb7 11. Bd3 Ng5 12. Nxg5 Qxg5 13. O-O O-O-O
14. Nd5 Ne7 15. b4 axb4 16. axb4 Nxd5 17. cxd5 Bxb4 18. Ba6 Qg6 19. Qc4
Ba5 20. e6 d6 21. Qc6 1-0

[Event "US Open)"]
[Site "Omaha (USA)"]
[Date "1959.08.??"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Weinstein Raymond A"]
[Black "Benko Pal C"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C81"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8.
dxe5 Be6 9. Qe2 Nc5 10. Rd1 b4 11. Bg5 Qd7 12. Nbd2 h6 13. Be3 Na5 14. Nd4
Be7 15. c4 bxc3 16. bxc3 Naxb3 17. axb3 O-O 18. Ra5 Bg4 19. f3 Bh5 20. Nf5
Nb7 21. Nxe7+ Qxe7 22. Rxd5 c6 23. Rd4 Qxe5 24. g4 Bg6 25. f4 Qb5 26. Qxb5
cxb5 27. f5 Rfe8 28. Kf2 Bh7 29. b4 Re7 30. Ne4 Rae8 31. Kf3 a5 32. Bxh6
f6 33. Rd7 axb4 34. cxb4 Kh8 35. Rxe7 Rxe7 36. Be3 Bg8 37. Bf4 Bc4 38. Rd2
Kg8 39. h4 Kf7 40. g5 fxg5 41. hxg5 Ke8 42. g6 Bb3 43. f6 1-0

[Event "Rosenwald Memorial, US Championship"]
[Site "USA"]
[Date "1959.12.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Fischer Robert J"]
[Black "Weinstein Raymond A"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B11"]

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Nf6 6. d3 e6 7. g3 Be7 8.
Bg2 dxe4 9. dxe4 e5 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Nd1 O-O 12. Ne3 g6 13. Rd1 Qc7 14.
Ng4 h5 15. Nxf6+ Nxf6 16. Bg5 Nh7 17. Bh6 Rfd8 18. Bf1 Bg5 19. Bxg5 Nxg5
20. Qe3 Qe7 21. h4 Ne6 22. Bc4 b5 23. Bxe6 Qxe6 24. Qc5 Qc4 25. Qxc4 bxc4
26. b3 Rd4 27. Rxd4 exd4 28. Kf1 Re8 29. f3 Re5 30. Rd1 c5 31. c3 dxc3 32.
Rc1 f5 33. exf5 Rxf5 34. Rxc3 cxb3 35. Rxb3 c4 36. Ra3 Rc5 37. Ke2 c3 38.
Kd1 c2+ 39. Kc1 a5 40. Rb3 Kg7 41. Rb7+ Kf6 42. Rb6+ Kg7 43. g4 1/2-1/2

[Event US Open]
[Site Saint Louis USA]
[Date 1960.??.??]
[Round "?"]
[White Kause Robert]
[Black Weinstein Raymond A]
[Result 0-1]
[ECO B87]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.f3 Be7
9.Be3 O-O 10.g4 d5 11.g5 Ne8 12.exd5 Bxg5 13.Qd2 Bh4+ 14.Bf2 e5 15.Nde2
Bxf2+ 16.Kxf2 Nd6 17.Rag1 Ra7 18.Rg5 f6 19.Rh5 Qe8 20.Ng3 f5 21.Qg5 Nd7
22.Rg1 Nf6 23.Rh4 e4 24.Nh5 Nxh5 25.Rxh5 b4 26.Ne2 exf3 27.Kxf3 f4 28.Nc1
Rf5 0-1

[Event "Olympiad"]
[Site "Leipzig (Germany)"]
[Date "1960.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Weinstein Raymond A"]
[Black "Jimenez Zerquera Eleazar (Cuba)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A55"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. e4 c6 6. Be2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8.
Qc2 Re8 9. Rd1 Qc7 10. Rb1 a6 11. d5 c5 12. a3 a5 13. Ne1 Rf8 14. f4 exf4
15. Bxf4 Rd8 16. Nd3 Bf8 17. Nb5 Qb8 18. Bf3 Re8 19. Re1 Ne5 20. Nxe5 dxe5
21. Bg5 Ra6 22. d6 Bxd6 23. Bxf6 gxf6 24. Bh5 Bf8 25. Re3 Bh6 26. Rg3+ Kf8
27. Qf2 Rc6 28. Rd1 f5 29. Rgd3 f4 30. Rd8 Bg5 31. Rxe8+ Kxe8 32. Qd2 Be7
33. Qxa5 b6 34. Qa4 Rh6 35. Nd6+ Kf8 36. Qe8+ Kg7 37. Qxf7+ Kh8 38. Qe8+

[Event USA Ch]
[Site New York USA]
[Date 1960.12.??]
[Round "?"]
[White Weinstein Raymond A]
[Black Reshevsky Samuel]
[Result 1-0]
[ECO B48]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qc7 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be3 a6 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.O-O
b5 9.Nxc6 dxc6 10.f4 e5 11.f5 Bb7 12.a4 Rd8 13.Qe2 Bd6 14.Kh1 Qe7 15.Bg5
Bc5 16.Nd1 h6 17.Bh4 Qc7 18.Ne3 Be7 19.c4 b4 20.c5 a5 21.Rac1 O-O 22.Rf3
Rd4 23.Rg3 Kh8 24.Rh3 Rfd8 25.Nc4 Ba6 26.Bf2 Bxc4 27.Rxc4 Rxc4 28.Bxc4 Qa7
29.g4 Bxc5 30.g5 Nh7 31.gxh6 gxh6 32.Rxh6 1-0

[Event USA Ch]
[Site New York USA]
[Date 1963.12.??]
[Round "?"]
[White Weinstein Raymond A]
[Black Byrne Robert]
[Result 1-0]
[ECO E99]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Nf3 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7
9.Ne1 Nd7 10.f3 f5 11.g4 h5 12.g5 h4 13.Nd3 f4 14.Kh1 Kf7 15.Bd2 Rh8
16.Rg1 Ng8 17.b4 Rh5 18.c5 Nf8 19.Rc1 Bd7 20.Nxf4 exf4 21.Bxf4 Qe7 22.Qd2
Nh7 23.Be3 h3 24.Bd3 Kf8 25.Ne2 Qf7 26.Rg3 Ne7 27.cxd6 cxd6 28.Rc7 Ke8
29.Rxb7 Be5 30.f4 Bg7 31.Rxa7 Rxa7 32.Bxa7 Nf8 33.b5 Bc8 34.Bb8 Bb7
35.Bxd6 Nf5 36.Bxf8 Bxf8 37.Rf3 Nd6 38.Nd4 Bc8 39.Qc3 Bb7 40.Ne6 Rh7 41.b6

[Event USA Ch]
[Site New York USA]
[Date 1963.12.??]
[Round "?"]
[White Evans Larry]
[Black Weinstein Raymond A]
[Result 0-1]
[ECO D38]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.e3 Qc7 8.Qc2
O-O 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 c4 11.Bf5 Bxf5 12.Qxf5 Nc6 13.O-O Rad8 14.Nd2 Rfe8
15.Rb1 Re6 16.f3 Rxe3 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.Bxe3 Nxc3 19.Rbe1 Nb5 20.a4 Nbxd4
21.Bxd4 Nxd4 22.Qxd5 h6 23.Qe5 Qc6 24.Rc1 c3 25.Qe3 Qc4 26.Kh1 c2 27.Rf2
Qxa4 28.Rd2 Rd6 29.Qd3 Rb6 30.h3 Rb4 31.Kh2 Qc6 32.Qe3 Qc4 33.Qe4 g6
34.Qe8+ Kh7 35.Qe7 a5 36.Qf6 Qe6 37.Qf4 Nb3 0-1


Ray became seriously paranoid during his college days and had an unhealthy family relationship (sorry, I won't go into details) which further disturbed his mental balance. The last I heard, he was institutionalized. I don't know what happened after that.

Ray was a very strong chess player, but I can't agree that he was second only to Fisher. William Lombardi, who placed ahead of Ray in Ray's best tournament, comes to mind, but there are quite a few others.

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