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Reuben Fine
Number of games in database: 522
Years covered: 1930 to 1986

Overall record: +279 -65 =146 (71.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 32 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    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 C90 C79
 English, 1 c4 e5 (11) 
    A20 A28 A27 A21
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E33 E34 E43 E37 E23
 Sicilian (21) 
    B45 B20 B84 B50 B40
 French Defense (21) 
    C01 C14 C11 C02 C18
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C83 C73 C71 C74 C68
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D51 D68 D50 D65 D52
 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 Gruenfeld, 1936 1-0
   Fine vs Flohr, 1938 1-0
   Fine vs Lasker, 1936 1-0
   Fine vs J Rappaport, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Margate (1937)
   Zandvoort (1936)
   Fine - Steiner (1944)
   Fine - Najdorf (1949)
   Semmering/Baden (1937)
   Syracuse (1934)
   Amsterdam (1936)
   AVRO (1938)
   Hastings 1936/37 (1936)
   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 1934, Chicago = 35th ACF Tournament by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1935, Milwaukee = 36th ACF Congress 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
   AVRO 1938 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Semmering/Baden 1937 by suenteus po 147

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 522  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  1-0381932MatchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
12. H Steiner vs Fine  0-1651932MatchB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. Fine vs H Steiner 0-1311932MatchD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Fine vs H Steiner  0-1371932MatchA13 English
15. H Steiner vs Fine  1-0401932MatchC49 Four Knights
16. H Steiner vs Fine  1-0611932MatchD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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 522  PGN Download
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Sep-19-12  ozmikey: Another instructive minority attack game:

Reshevsky vs Myagmarsuren, 1967

Sep-19-12  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.
Sep-19-12  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.

Oct-13-12  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.

Oct-13-12  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.
Oct-13-12  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.
Oct-30-12  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.
Oct-30-12  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.

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  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)

Nov-08-12  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
Nov-11-12  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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