Bernard Scott was born in London on 27 August 1915. At the time
of his birth
his name was Schultz. He was the only son of a Jewish family of fur and
merchants who lived in North London; he had two sisters.
Bernard attended the City of London School from 1925 to 1934. From school
records it appears that he evinced an early taste for argument and debate.
also testimony of his enthusiasm for sport, especially rugby. His talents
mathematics and for chess became evident at an early stage. While mathematics
became his profession, it was the game of chess that aroused in him an
passion and made him a first-class player throughout his life.
Bernard won an Open Scholarship in Mathematics to Magdalene College,
Cambridge. He graduated with First Class Honours and a Distinction in Part
the Mathematical Tripos in 1937. While pursuing his mathematical studies
evident success, he continued to cultivate his talent as a chess player.
B. H. Neumann,
who was a research student at Cambridge at that time, relates that he and
Schultz (as he then was) went to London to take part in a weekend tournament
returned with all the prize money between them (about £7).