14 April 1916, New York, NY - 21 November 1967,
New York, NY
Neil Bernstein, an American student, came to Scotland
to study medicine at Edinburgh. He arrived at Southampton on 10 March
1937; another American student on the same ship,
Louis Geronimus, was also heading to
medical studies. At the time, there were limited places
for Jewish students in U.S. medical schools, so many of them chose to
come to Britain. Both commenced their studies in April 1937.
During his few years in the city, documents show that
Bernstein had several addresses: Harold Road (likely a typo for
Harelaw or Harlaw Road); Nicolson Street; 3 Glengyle Terrace.
Bernstein was a member of the Stockbridge Chess Club,
as was Geronimus.
Bernstein played in the Scottish Championships of 1938 and 1939.
The latter event also included Geronimus and yet another American
student and eventual winner of the championship, Max Pavey.
Neil Bernstein, left, and Max Pavey in
the last round of the 1939 Scottish championship
Aberdeen Press and Journal, Friday, April 14, 1939, p. 9.
Chess and Checkers Club, New York
University ca. 1934
Comparing with the first photo,
Bernstein might be standing far left.
Bernstein sailed to America in July 1939, but
didn't return to Edinburgh because of the outbreak of WWII. However,
he later continued his medical studies at Middlesex University in
Compiled by Alan McGowan
Historian/archivist, Chess Scotland