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Reuben Fine
Number of games in database: 518
Years covered: 1930 to 1986
Overall record: +279 -64 =145 (72.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      30 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E33 E37 E43 E23 E40
 Orthodox Defense (30) 
    D51 D55 D63 D50 D52
 Queen's Gambit Declined (25) 
    D37 D30 D06 D35 D31
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D83 D81 D82 D70 D73
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C86 C70 C83 C79 C68
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 E00 E10 A40 D05
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E33 E34 E43 E22 E45
 Sicilian (22) 
    B45 B84 B50 B40 B29
 French Defense (21) 
    C01 C14 C11 C13 C02
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C74 C83 C71 C73 C79
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D38 D30 D37 D39
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D51 D50 D68 D65 D63
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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
   Fine vs Lasker, 1936 1-0
   Fine vs Flohr, 1938 1-0
   Fine vs Gruenfeld, 1936 1-0
   Fine vs J Rappaport, 1931 1-0
   Fine vs Alekhine, 1937 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   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 Western Chess Champ 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
   Nottingham 1936 by Hesam7
   Semmering/Baden 1937 by suenteus po 147
   AVRO 1938 by Benzol
   US Open 1941, St. Louis by Phony Benoni

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

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REUBEN FINE
(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 (http://www.olimpbase.org/players/rn...). 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: 2016-08-04 14:54:53

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 518  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F Reinfeld vs Fine  0-134 1930 Marshall Chess Club-ch, PrelimC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
2. Dake vs Fine 1-035 1930 young mastersB24 Sicilian, Closed
3. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-055 1930 Rice Club Junior MastersC14 French, Classical
4. Fine vs Dake 0-117 1931 New York, USAE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
5. F Reinfeld vs Fine  1-024 1931 Marshall CC ChampionshipD65 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line
6. Fine vs J Rappaport 1-028 1931 USA Intercollegiate ch -32, USAA00 Uncommon Opening
7. Fine vs F Reinfeld  ½-½18 1931 New York State ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Fine vs H Steiner  1-043 1932 Western ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
9. J Harris vs Fine  0-138 1932 Western ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
10. Fine vs H Steiner  1-037 1932 New York m, USAE41 Nimzo-Indian
11. F Reinfeld vs Fine 0-132 1932 PasadenaE16 Queen's Indian
12. Fine vs H Steiner 0-129 1932 Pasadena (USA)D67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
13. S Osher vs Fine  ½-½41 1932 Western ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
14. Fine vs J Araiza Munoz  ½-½23 1932 PasadenaA28 English
15. H Steiner vs Fine  1-040 1932 New York m, USAC49 Four Knights
16. F Reinfeld vs Fine  ½-½20 1932 Western ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
17. Kevitz vs Fine 1-038 1932 Metropolitan LeagueA90 Dutch
18. H Steiner vs Fine  ½-½75 1932 New York m, USAE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. Alekhine vs Fine ½-½57 1932 PasadenaB02 Alekhine's Defense
20. Fine vs H Steiner  ½-½58 1932 New York m, USAA15 English
21. Fine vs A J Fink 1-030 1932 Pasadena (USA)A00 Uncommon Opening
22. G S Barnes vs Fine  0-138 1932 Western ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
23. Fine vs H Steiner  1-038 1932 New York m, USAE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
24. H Steiner vs Fine  1-061 1932 New York, USAD90 Grunfeld
25. Fine vs Kashdan  ½-½40 1932 PasadenaD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 518  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <The style of the Grandmaster Fine is best described as technically very good, but for the rest, relatively neutral.

The truth is that he handled all sorts of positions well, without showing definite preference for any.

His style was polished, his games streamlined.

After the war Fine virtually withdrew from competitive Chess.>

Max Euwe

From his book: The Middlegame book 2.

Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <Euwe is a methodical player who is not at his best in wild and woolly positions, and here, too, he did not pick the most resourceful line."

-Reuben Fine>

Euwe vs Fine, 1938 (kibitz #2)

Mar-29-16  Petrosianic: Fine got lost in several such positions. In addition to that one, the loss to Denker, and the draw with Reshevsky that cost him the 1940 US Championship leap to mind.
Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <chancho> Had forgotten Euwe's assessment; have not seen my copy of that in a good many years.

Good overview by Euwe, though: the impression I had was that Fine was a superb technician, but I did not glean any clearcut preferences, unlike about any other top player of the time.

Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: At his best, Fine was terrific in the opening. Reshevsky was not, but there was something in Reshevsky's nature that made him more of a fighter than Fine. There were definitely some Fine vs. Reshevsky struggles where Fine had Reshevsky on the ropes, but Reshevsky would escape.
Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  luftforlife: On May 29, 2005, Canadian tournament player Neil Sullivan (described by Keith Spraggett in 2012 as "considered a respected and authoritative voice in the Montreal chess community") posted online at <chessbanter> the PGN header and moves for Reuben Fine's March 9, 1937 second-round victory over Ilya Kan at the Moscow International. Fine won this tournament, and while his other tournament victories are hosted here, this win has not yet been uploaded.

Here's a tournament crosstable from Rusbase:

http://al20102007.narod.ru/it/1937/...

I've gleaned from the <chessbanter> discussion thread that Sullivan may have derived the score from Aidan Woodger's Reuben Fine: A Comprehensive Record of an American Chess Career, 1929-1951 (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. 2004). I do not have this volume, but perhaps another member does, and might be so kind as to verify the score.

Here is the score as Sullivan posted it:

[Event "Moscow"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1937.03.09"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Kan, I."]
[Black "Fine, R."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D02"]
[PlyCount "68"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. d4 Bf5 5. O-O e6 6. c3 Nf6 7. Nbd2 h6 8. a3 a5 9. Qb3 Qc7 10. dxc5 Bxc5 11. Qb5 Ba7 12. c4 Rd8 13. c5 e5 14. b4 Bd7 15. bxa5 e4 16. Ne1 Nxa5 17. Qb1 Bxc5 18. Nb3 Nxb3 19. Qxb3 Bc6 20. Nc2 O-O 21. Bb2 d4 22. Nb4 Bb5 23. Rfe1 Qb6 24. Bf1 d3 25. e3 Rfe8 26. Rab1 Qe6 27. Qxe6 Rxe6 28. Bxf6 Rxf6 29. Nd5 Rxd5 30. Rxb5 Bxe3 31. Rxd5 Bxf2+ 32. Kg2 Bxe1 33. Rd4 Rf2+ 34. Kg1 d2 0-1.

Here is the link to the <chessbanter> thread:

http://www.chessbanter.com/rec-game...

NICBase has this game from Schaakwereld 1937 with the identical score (though the figurine minimal algebraic notation reproduced there is not disambiguated).

I enjoyed playing through this game, and I hope others do, too. Best to all.

Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  luftforlife: GM Dr. Reuben Fine briefly analyzes his pawn-capture tactics and eventual victory in Kan-Fine Moscow 1937 in his The Middle Game in Chess (New York: David McKay Co. 1952, Tartan softcover reprint, September 1972), at 120.
Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <luftforlife> I have the book.

It has a price of $2.95. on the cover.

Too bad they are not that cheap today.

Mar-29-16
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  luftforlife: <chancho>: Good to hear from you. The Middle Game in Chess I have (I usually buy hardcover, but this was mint and inexpensive), and I find it rewarding and informative. Aidan Woodger's volume has been favorably reviewed, and I look forward to buying a copy at some point. Kind regards.
Mar-30-16  Granny O Doul: Speaking of post-chess career blitz games, Fine also played two vs. Kasparov at the Manhattan Chess Club in '88, I guess. Was about the time of that clock simul GK gave vs. six top juniors at the Russian Tea Room. Fine was rather overmatched, but no one else that night scored any better, except for Dlugy who managed one draw out of four games. This was some time after Max had taken Garry to the limit at the World Blitz up in Canada.
Mar-30-16
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  Gejewe: <luftforlife>
I have verified the score of I.Kan-R.Fine with the one in Woodger's "Reuben Fine" from 2004, page 145, game 355 and it matches. Just as playing- date and round. Woodger also provides the full tournament table on page 144. The notes to game 260, Alatortsev-Fine where 4..Nf6 was played give : "In the game with Kan I played 4..Bf5 but after 5.0-0 e6 White can reach an attacking position with good prospects by 6.c4!." So in retrospect Fine was not happy about his earlier choice.
Mar-30-16
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  luftforlife: <Gejewe>: Thank you very much! Kind regards to you.

For those who might be interested, and who do not have Aidan Woodger's volume, the scores from the Moscow International of Reuben Fine's draws in the fifth round against Vasily Panov on March 13, 1937 and in the seventh round against Vladimir Alatortsev on March 16, 1937 may be found in the same May 29, 2005 <chessbanter> post by Neil Sullivan that I linked above.

Aug-26-16  Herald Tutt: It is truly regretful that Reuben Fine turned out a racist as clearly shown in his unjustified harsh comments against a great World Champion like Tigran Petrosian. Shame on Fine for spoiling his name forever. It is also worth noting his cowardice by way of giving groundless excuses to avoid facing Alekhine for the title. Shame on Fine.
Aug-26-16
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  MissScarlett: <It is truly regretful that Reuben Fine turned out a racist as clearly shown in his unjustified harsh comments against a great World Champion like Tigran Petrosian.>

Sure you haven't confused him with Nigel Short?

Aug-26-16  unferth: <It is also worth noting his cowardice by way of giving groundless excuses to avoid facing Alekhine for the title.>

say what?? when was Fine ever given the chance to play a title match with Alekhine--or anyone else?

Aug-26-16  Herald Tutt: check your records more carefully gentlemen: 1) Fine indeed made those undue racist comments. 2) Fine certainly proved a coward in the end, as he avoided Alekhine excusing himself that he had no money to buy a ticket (?!) and that he was out of practice. These are actual facts and not some rumor or personal comment. Once again shame on Fine!
Aug-26-16
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  perfidious: <Herald Tutt: check your records more carefully gentlemen....2) Fine certainly proved a coward in the end, as he avoided Alekhine excusing himself that he had no money to buy a ticket (?!) and that he was out of practice. These are actual facts and not some rumor or personal comment. Once again shame on Fine!>

Whatever are you on about here?

Aug-26-16
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  Boomie: <Herald Tutt: Fine certainly proved a coward in the end, as he avoided Alekhine...>

Reuben Fine beat Alexander Alekhine 3 to 2, with 4 draws

Yeah, he must have been shaking in his boots.

Aug-27-16  Herald Tutt: Before you comment further, READ the invalid excuses given by Fine before all else; Fine knew well Alekhine was at his weakest point in the mid 30's whereas Fine chickened out when Alekhine was at his peak in the 40's. Fine's ''peak'' was never ever anywhere close to Alekhine's. At any rate Fine is forever put to shame in history for his inexcusable racism as seen against Petrosian.
Aug-27-16
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  perfidious: <Herald Tutt: Before you comment further, READ the invalid excuses given by Fine before all else; Fine knew well Alekhine was at his weakest point in the mid 30's whereas Fine chickened out when Alekhine was at his peak in the 40's. Fine's ''peak'' was never ever anywhere close to Alekhine's....>

Alekhine's career peak was before Fine became a top-class player, as they only met in one serious encounter before 1935, and never after 1938.

There were, moreover, a whole lot of players whom Alekhine never played after the latter date: have you ever heard of World War II, a block to, inter alia, international chess for some years?

Whilst Alekhine compiled a fine tournament record in events held under Nazi auspices, the <only> opponent of those whom he played at AVRO 1938 in any tourney during the war was Keres, and the latter had some explaining to do for his participation when accounts were settled afterwards.

Aug-27-16  Herald Tutt: perfidious: What have you to say about Fine's undue racist comments against Petrosian? Are you a defender of Fine no matter what he had said or done, even in the wrong?
Aug-28-16  unferth: you're one odd troll, Mr. Tutt.
Aug-28-16  Herald Tutt: unferth you are too ordinary for a reply.
Aug-28-16
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  morfishine: The Curse of King Tutt

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-l...

*****

Aug-28-16  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: The Curse of King Tutt >

How'd you get so funky?

(Anyone not understanding should google it.)

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