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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.

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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(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. 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.

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 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 518  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Dake vs Fine 1-035 1930 young mastersB24 Sicilian, Closed
2. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-055 1930 Rice Club Junior MastersC14 French, Classical
3. F Reinfeld vs Fine  0-134 1930 Marshall Chess Club-ch, PrelimC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
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 C Elison  1-051 1932 Western ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
9. Factor vs Fine  ½-½49 1932 PasadenaD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Fine vs A Simonson 1-022 1932 New York Marshall CC ch -33, USAA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Reshevsky vs Fine  ½-½35 1932 Western ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. H Borochow vs Fine 1-011 1932 Pasadena USA ch, USAB02 Alekhine's Defense
13. Fine vs F Hazard  1-041 1932 Western ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Fine vs Factor  1-054 1932 MinnepolisE00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Fine vs H Steiner 0-131 1932 New York m, USAD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Fine vs M C Palmer  1-060 1932 Western ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Dake vs Fine  ½-½31 1932 PasadenaC14 French, Classical
18. Fine vs Kevitz 1-032 1932 New York, USAA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
19. Fine vs H Steiner  0-137 1932 New York m, USAA09 Reti Opening
20. J Harris vs Fine  0-138 1932 Western ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
21. Fine vs H Steiner  1-043 1932 Western ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
22. Fine vs H Steiner  1-037 1932 New York m, USAE41 Nimzo-Indian
23. F Reinfeld vs Fine 0-132 1932 PasadenaE16 Queen's Indian
24. S Osher vs Fine  ½-½41 1932 Western ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
25. Fine vs J Araiza Munoz  ½-½23 1932 PasadenaA28 English
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 518  PGN Download
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Sep-19-12  ozmikey: Another instructive minority attack game:

Reshevsky vs Myagmarsuren, 1967

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  Shams: <Helios727> I would only add one comment to what's already been said, which is that the pawn structure in both the Evans and Reshevsky games is the Carlsbad formation:

click for larger view

If you play 1.d4 you'll end up with this a fair amount of the time, most commonly in the QGD Exchange variation. As you can see the defining feature is that White has traded his c-pawn for Black's e-pawn. Typically each side will reinforce its central pawn, as in the diagram.

The reason you have to know the Minority Attack, as I understand it, is that there really aren't any other reliable ways to generate play from the above diagram. Enforcing e3-e4 looks like a pipe dream, and occupying e5 with pieces is off the menu as long as Black retains the possibility of ...f7-f6. Ergo, we have no choice but to turn to the queenside, and send our a- and b-pawns forward like spears.

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  perfidious: <Shams> In my playing days, I used to play the Exchange QGD all the time, and the only viable deviation is Alekhine's Nge2 in place of Nf3, which may lead to a sharper struggle, as in Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927.
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  Shams: <perfidious> Thanks, that's quite helpful. All this 1.d4 theory is new to me.
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  perfidious: <Shams> Here's the tabiya of the main line of the Exchange QGD: as you'll see, almost every legal move has been tried at least once in this DB!

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Sep-19-12  Conrad93: Thanks for the info, Benoni.

Wow, Smyslov dominated that tournament.

Even Bronstein didn't come close.

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  thomastonk: <QoT: "I never read a [chess] book until I was already a master." --- Fine>

And in the end he was a author of note.

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  thomastonk: <QoT: "I never read a [chess] book until I was already a master." --- Fine>

When I tried to find the original source of this quote, I found a longer quote containing this statement in "Blindfold Chess: History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World Records" by Eliot Hearst and John Knott on page 110. They give the reference "Fine, 1951, page 210". Unfortunately I cannot view their bibliography. So, can anybody complete the reference (and the quote)? Thank you in advance!

Oct-13-12  Karpova: I think 'The World's Great Chess Games' was published in 1951 but I don't own that book.
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  thomastonk: <Karpova> Thank you for the hint.

I have the first German edition of that book from 1976. Within the chapter entitled "Reuben Fine", he reports briefly on his blindfold games and on his career as a chess book author, but there is nothing that corresponds to that quote.

Oct-29-12  Conrad93: This is his wife?


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  brankat: By looking at the photo, frankly, I can't even tell whether that is R.Fine. But if it is him (and his wife), why would it be absurd? Because she happens to be pretty?
Oct-29-12  Conrad93: What is a babe like that doing with a nerd? It shouldn't be possible. Especially if she's a blonde.

Brankat, you need to get out more.

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  OhioChessFan: It's my experience the pretty blondes at the beach are always fascinated by people reading books like "Chess Openings", and love to spend the day making chessboards in the sand.
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  waustad: Besides, he was also a shrink. That pays a lot better than being a chess player most of the time.
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  OhioChessFan: Don't be silly. She was interested in his chess mind, not his psychologist money.
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  RookFile: Learn something new every day. The picture is an amazing find.
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  FSR: <OhioChessFan: It's my experience the pretty blondes at the beach are always fascinated by people reading books like "Chess Openings", and love to spend the day making chessboards in the sand.>

I seem to recall that the brawny guy in the Charles Atlas ad who kicked sand in the skinny guy's face had a copy of MCO under his brawny arm. No doubt that was key to his success with the ladies.

Nov-01-12  HeMateMe: Some chicks dig the nerd. It's a proven fact.
Nov-02-12  Conrad93: Hot chicks dig nerds? Where do you live? I need to move there.
Nov-08-12  stanleys: A pic from Fine's simultaneous in Leningrad, 1937 (score +14 -7 =9)

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  RookFile: You can tell they put some ringers in that simul, 7 losses would be a high total for a world class player like Fine.
Nov-11-12  stanleys: <RookFile> It's a brilliant result when you compare it to those of Capablanca (+7-14=9), Flohr (+11-20=19). Well some of their opponents were already of master strenght
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  RookFile: Right. Not like Fine was stronger than those guys - maybe they brought out senior master guys for Capa, as opposed to masters for Fine. In any event, any time you give a simul in Russia and come out with a plus score, you've done well.
Nov-12-12  stanleys: Here is the list of Flohr's opponents (in Russian) -

There are names like Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush, Grigory Ionovich Ravinsky, Nikolay Novotelnov, Alexey Sokolsky, Dmitry Osipovich Rovner, Andrey Mikhailovich Batuev, Alexander S Budo

The simultaneous lasted nearly 11 hours!

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