Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

There are 4 clues unsolved right now on the Holiday Contest Clues Page!   [Official Contest Rules]
(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Reuben Fine vs Miguel Najdorf
New York Invitational (1948), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Dec-30
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1-0


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 57 times; par: 62 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 9 more Fine/Najdorf games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You should register a free account to activate some of's coolest and most powerful features.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-07-02  bishop: Fine first cuts off all counterplay (the black rook is not allowed in the white camp) then he proceeds to eat up black's pawns.So in the end blacks ..d5 does not turn out well.
Feb-20-04  Whitehat1963: No exit.
Nov-15-06  Ryan Razo: This only shows how important attacking initiative and cooperation between pieces are. Fine game from Fine.
Aug-31-09  sleepkid: Has to be opening preparation by Fine. Fine was renowned for being a Queen's Pawn player (the AVRO tournament of 1938 being a noted exception - see his loss to Keres there), and almost never played King's Pawn openings. Here he obviously had prepared a variation against Najdorf's Sicilian, and threw down the gauntlet by playing P-K4.

(As a side note: All of Fine's other games with white from this same tournament are Queen's Pawn openings.)

Jul-26-10  drnooo: Quite a record for boty guys: it makes you wonder who was better, also makes you wonder how Fine would have fared in the 48 worlds championship. He always did allright against Botvinnik. Behind Fischer Fine has to be the second best chess player ever from the States, flat out no contest.
Jan-28-11  ozmikey: A classic game. You couldn't get a much simpler or more compelling demonstration of the power of 2Bs versus B+N. 13...d5?! "smells" all wrong to me - loosening all of the pressure against e4. Even after the more logical 17...Bxe3 18. Qxe3 Black can't take on c2, because of 19. Rac1 Qxb2 20. Na5! winning a piece.

FWIW, I reckon both of these guys would have given Botvinnik a fair shake had they competed in 1948.

Feb-12-14  Eduardo Bermudez: Fine !!
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <

By Frederick R. ChevalierPrepared for The Christian Science Monitor; Feb 26, 1949; pg. 12

Crucial Game

This game, from the NY International Tourney, really determined the tournament winner. Fine was trailing Najdorf by a draw, but by winning this game seized the lead and held on to it.


After 14...Bc5
(a) In his Chess Review analysis, Fine questions this move and suggests 14....Kt-K5 (14...Ne4) >

Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: There are some very interesting variations in the opening that didn't get played, e.g.

(A) 9...b4!? 10.Nd5!

(B) 10.Nxe6! fxe6

Fine's 10.a3 isn't really necessary, and wastes a tempo on the flank that could be used in the center. Ditto for 12.h3.

Of course, I'm a little over my head here... still, my play through doesn't indicate 14...Bc5 is that terrible, even if 14...Ne4 is slightly preferred.

Premium Chessgames Member

click for larger view

The losing move is 17...Qxc2 when 17...Bxe3 is demanded. The Black Q+B are both needed to defend e4 until f5 can be played.

Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Just to be clear - it's not to save the pawn as a pawn, but rather to hold the position and give Black's pieces good play.

Ironically, grabbing the c-pawn opens the file for White, rather than Black. As the continuation shows, the queens go off and Black's lsb becomes rather horrible.

Jan-19-16  Aaron Wang: 14... Ne4 is a fabulous move
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Fine's two bishops decisively scissor Najdorfs position.
from Losing At Their Own Game by Bears092
Echoside's favorite games
by Echoside
from favorite games according to opening b00-b99 by mirage
ozmikey's favorite games
by ozmikey
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
from MKD's Sicilian Defense White Compiled by MKD by fredthebear
B91 Sicilian Najdorf Zagreb (6. b3 fianchettto)
by ECHOOooo
Mil y Una Partidas 1932-1949
by K9Empress
New York 1948/49
by suenteus po 147
Fine - former vice champion
Game 55
from Passion for Chess (Fine) by Qindarka
from Miguel Najdorf by Aaron Wang
Fine's two bishops decisively scissor Najdorfs position.
from Losing At Their Own Game by Nimzophile
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
from MKD's Sicilian Defense White by MKD
by Garre

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC