What I didn't mention was that Bernstein took up postal chess after his last championship tournament in 1961. In the preliminary round of the 5th Postal Chess Olympiad, Hans Berliner played board 1 and Bernstein was on board 2. The other players were John T. Westbrock and Fred Tears. Bernstein's score earned him a medal for the best board 2 score and in the finals he moved up to board 1 when Berliner decided not to play. Berliner had decided to concentrate on the world correspondence championship which, as you know, he won.
|Post card used in international play|
The US team fared poorly in the finals which started in 1965 and ended in 1968; they finished 8th out of 9 teams. In the following postal game which was played in the preliminary round of the V Postal Olympiad when Bernstein met his Polish opponent he misplayed the opening and was obliged to give up his Queen with only two Bishops as compensation, but thanks to a little careless play on the part of his opponent Bernstein went on to win! You just couldn't play like that today...engines, you know. Such a game as this one could never be played today.