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Reuben Fine
Number of games in database: 524
Years covered: 1930 to 1986

Overall record: +279 -65 =146 (71.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 34 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E33 E37 E40 E23 E43
 Orthodox Defense (29) 
    D51 D55 D63 D50 D60
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D37 D30 D06 D35 D39
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D83 D81 D82 D70 D75
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C86 C70 C83 C61 C79
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D02 E10 E00 D05 D04
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E33 E34 E43 E22 E23
 French Defense (21) 
    C01 C14 C11 C18 C13
 Sicilian (21) 
    B45 B40 B84 B72 B50
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C73 C74 C71 C83 C86
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D51 D68 D50 D65 D63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D38 D39 D30 D37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fine vs Botvinnik, 1938 1-0
   Fine vs Dake, 1933 1-0
   Fine vs W Winter, 1936 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs Fine, 1934 0-1
   Fine vs Alekhine, 1938 1-0
   Reshevsky vs Fine, 1941 1/2-1/2
   Fine vs Lasker, 1936 1-0
   Fine vs Gruenfeld, 1936 1-0
   Fine vs Flohr, 1938 1-0
   Fine vs J Rappaport, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zandvoort (1936)
   Hastings 1935/36 (1935)
   Margate (1937)
   Fine - Steiner (1944)
   Syracuse (1934)
   Hastings 1936/37 (1936)
   AVRO (1938)
   Amsterdam (1936)
   Semmering/Baden (1937)
   Fine - Najdorf (1949)
   US Championship (1936)
   Nottingham (1936)
   Hastings 1937/38 (1937)
   Wertheim Memorial (1951)
   Kemeri (1937)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Passion for Chess (Fine) by Qindarka
   Finesse by Garre
   Match Fine! by amadeus
   Fines - Lessons From My Games by scheidt
   Fine by Morten
   US Open 1935, Milwaukee = 36th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1934, Chicago = 35th ACF Tournament by Phony Benoni
   1938 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Open 1940, Dallas by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1939, New York = 40th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   1936 US Championship by crawfb5
   Semmering/Baden 1937 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1941, St. Louis by Phony Benoni
   Nottingham 1936 by JoseTigranTalFischer

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FINE: [what is this?]
   Fine vs Botvinnik, 1938

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(born Oct-11-1914, died Mar-26-1993, 78 years old) United States of America

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Reuben Fine was born in 1914. He grew up in New York City and first learned to play chess at the age of eight. After winning several strong American tournaments as a youth, Fine turned to international competition. He played on three US Olympiad teams from 1933 to 1937, winning one gold and one silver individual medal, while all three teams finished first ( In 1937 he tied with Paul Keres for first at Margate, and at the AVRO tournament the next year he again finished tied for first with Keres.

During World War II he was employed by the Navy to calculate where enemy submarines might surface.

After World War II, he was offered an invitation to the World Championship tournament in 1948, but declined to participate. He retired from chess a few years later in order to pursue a career in psychology. In his foreshortened career, Fine played tournament games against five world champions. He had overall plus scores against Emanuel Lasker, Alexander Alekhine, and Mikhail Botvinnik, and even records against Jose Raul Capablanca and Max Euwe.

He was an author of note, his most recognized works being Ideas Behind the Chess Openings and Basic Chess Endings.

Wikipedia article: Reuben Fine

Last updated: 2016-10-11 14:00:38

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 524  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dake vs Fine 1-0351930young mastersA07 King's Indian Attack
2. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-0551930Rice Club Junior MastersC14 French, Classical
3. F Reinfeld vs Fine  0-1341930Marshall Chess Club-ch, PrelimC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. Fine vs J Rappaport 1-0281931USA Intercollegiate ch -32, USAA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Fine vs Dake 0-1171931MatchE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
6. Fine vs F Reinfeld ½-½181931New York State ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. Fine vs R Levenstein 1-0631932Ch Marshall Chess ClubA53 Old Indian
8. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-0241932Marshall CC ChampionshipD65 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line
9. Kevitz vs Fine 1-0381932Metropolitan LeagueA90 Dutch
10. H Steiner vs Fine  ½-½751932MatchE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. Fine vs H Steiner 0-1311932MatchD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Fine vs H Steiner  0-1371932MatchA13 English
13. H Steiner vs Fine  1-0401932MatchC49 Four Knights
14. H Steiner vs Fine  1-0611932MatchD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Fine vs H Steiner  1-0381932MatchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
16. H Steiner vs Fine  0-1651932MatchB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. Fine vs H Steiner  1-0371932MatchE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. H Steiner vs Fine 0-1281932MatchD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Fine vs H Steiner  ½-½581932MatchA15 English
20. F Reinfeld vs Fine  ½-½201932Western ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
21. Fine vs Factor  1-0541932Western ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
22. J Harris vs Fine  0-1381932Western ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
23. Fine vs F Hazard  1-0411932Western ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Fine vs H Steiner  1-0431932Western ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. G S Barnes vs Fine  0-1381932Western ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 524  PGN Download
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  Dionysius1: I don't agree <Dizzy Bishop>. All I find necessary for me to respect and admire an exponent of this great game is that he excel at it. His character away from the board is nothing to do with it.
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  stoy: I believe that Garry Kasparov called Reuben Fine "one of the most underrated players in the history of chess".
Feb-06-17  Howard: There was at least one other alleged reason why Fine turned down his invitation for the 1948 tournament--he suspected the three Soviets would probably collude to make sure that no outsider won the tournament.

Yes, Fine was apparently jealous of Fischer. CL&R wrote back when his "book" on the 1972 match came out that "Fine's envy of Fischer" showed throughout the "book".

And for Fine to claim in it that it seemed "only fair" for him and Keres to be declared "co-champions of the world from 1946-48".....if that's not totally ludicrous, then I dunno what is.

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  zanzibar: There is no game of Fine's in the 2010 edition of the <Mammoth Book>.

That's just not right!

May-23-17  Retireborn: <z> Which game(s) of Fine would you advocate for such a book?

Fine vs Gruenfeld, 1936

is the only one that comes to mind. Perhaps he's something of a forgotten figure on this side of the pond, though.

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  zanzibar: <RB> (or is that <RR>?) -

Fine--Dake (Detroit 1933) is a fine Fine too.

I think Fine was at one time on the path to becoming a leading contender for WCC, just before he retired.

Euwe thought highly enough of his play to include him in his <Meet the Masters> book. Maybe one of those.

In addition, Fine also wrote the "book" (take your pick - Opening, Middle Game, or Endgame).

May-23-17  Retireborn: Either will do, maybe just <r> as well :)

I have 68 Fine games in my collection, of which he won 39 - the wins against Lasker, Alekhine, Euwe and Botvinnik are certainly impressive - but I suppose books like the Mammoth book are aiming for spectacular messy games, on the whole.

May-23-17  Retireborn: Just looked again at Fine-Dake (it's the oldest Fine game I have) and with 32.Nxf6!! it certainly qualifies.
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  zanzibar: Here's Euwe's choices (Fine served as a 2nd to Euwe during one of his WCC matches - btw):

<Keen and efficient play is required, in a case like this, to make the abstract advantage turn thd scale against the concrete. Fine succeeds convincingly.>

1. Keres vs Fine, 1936

<Fine provides a magnificent specimen of positional play in the following game, which differs from the last in that it is his opponent who first seizes the initiative. The way in which Fine not only parries but punishes these attempts, gains the upper hand, and eventually consolidates the win is indeed memorable.>

2. Fine vs Alekhine, 1937

<Now follows a game which illustrates above all Fine's combinative intrepidity.>

3. W Winter vs Fine, 1936

<Fine excels in defence. He is almost unbeatable when he gets into his stride. He has gone through many tournaments, among them the exceptionally strong tournaments at Nottingham in 1936 and Semmering-Baden in 1937, without losing a game.>

4. Botvinnik vs Fine, 1936


May-24-17  Retireborn: <z> Thanks - the Keres and Winter games are new to me.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Here is a TV interview with Fine from 1980, subtitled in Spanish. He had a strong NY accent:

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  zanzibar: Doll (kibitz #1476)
Mar-02-18  CountryGirl: Fine sure had some killer results - eg scored 79% using the NimzoIndian. Pity his competition at home was so weak - I wonder how he would have fared as a Soviet?
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  ChessHigherCat: <I wonder how he would have fared as a Soviet?>

As a Soviet, he would have been Fine.

Mar-14-18  madlydeeply: i read a Fine book wherein he referred to soviet players as using "harem scarem" tactics.
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  TheFocus: <madlydeeply: i read a Fine book wherein he referred to soviet players as using "harem scarem" tactics.>

Must have been an Elvis fan.

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  offramp: <zanzibar: There is no game of Fine's in the 2010 edition of the <Mammoth Book>. That's just not right!>

Perhaps the editors thought, "There is no Reuben Fine game - it takes too much time to find a game by him which one can enjoy."

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May-31-18  sudoplatov: We do have an estimate of how well Fine would have done in the USSR.

Leningrad 1937 won by Fine.
Moscow 1937 won by Fine.
Neither in the database.

May-31-18  Retireborn: Fine did play in Moscow in 1946 (as part of the US team) and his observations of Botvinnik etc then may have played a part in his 1948 decision, perhaps.
Jun-01-18  Granny O Doul: That footage linked by Jonathan Sarfati above is from "the Great Chess Movie", which is watchable on youtube and without the subtitles, at least at this moment.
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  Sally Simpson: Horowitz was giving a simultaneous display in Portland.

Ruben Fine adopted a disguise and took a board. (Chess Review 1942)

Jul-13-18  JimNorCal: Sally, that is a cool photo! I'd never heard of this stunt before, what a great joke.
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  HeMateMe: He looks like father guido sarducci.
Nov-15-18  anjumskhan: His plus scores against all greats is enough for him to earn my respect.
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