Arthur William Feuerstein (born December 20, 1935) is an American chess player and winner of the first U.S. Armed Forces Chess Championship.[1] According to the U.S. Chess Federation, Feuerstein is the shared 53rd ranked chess player over 65, regardless of country, residence or federation.[2]

At age 21, Arthur won the U.S. Junior Blitz Championship, leaving newcomer Bobby Fischer in a close second place. The game between them ended in a draw. Feuerstein had a record of (+1−1=3) against Fischer, Feuerstein getting a win against Fisher in the 1956 Greater New York City Open.[3]

In 1957, Feuerstein was selected alongside Anthony Saidy and William Lombardy to play in the 4th World Student Team Chess Championship, where the United States team took 5th place.[4]

The following year, the team was chosen to represent the U.S. again in Varna, where they took 6th place.[5]

In 1960, the first United States Armed Forces Chess Championship (USAFCC) was held at the American Legion Hall of Flags in Washington, D.C. There were 12 invited participants. Air Force Captain John Hudson and Army SP4 Arthur Feuerstein tied for 1st place. Feuerstein was four times New York state champion. Hudson was a bombardier-navigator on B-52 bombers and a former US Amateur champion.


  1. ^ "The chess games of Arthur Feuerstein". Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  2. ^ "The United States Chess Federation". Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Biography of Bobby Fischer". Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  4. ^ "OlimpBase :: 4th World Student Team Chess Championship, Reykjavik 1957, United States". Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  5. ^ "OlimpBase :: 5th World Student Team Chess Championship, Varna 1958, team results". Retrieved 2016-04-07. 

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