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Fred Reinfeld
Number of games in database: 121
Years covered: 1926 to 1942

Overall record: +43 -40 =38 (51.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D51 D55 D63 D50 D61
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C83 C68 C73 C97 C78
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D30 D37 D35
 Slav (4) 
    D18 D13 D17
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E16 E17
 Sicilian (4) 
    B58 B62
With the Black pieces:
 English (6) 
    A13 A12 A10 A17
 English, 1 c4 e5 (4) 
    A22 A25 A28 A20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F Reinfeld vs Reshevsky, 1932 1-0
   F Reinfeld vs S L Thompson, 1927 1-0
   Reshevsky vs F Reinfeld, 1932 0-1
   F Reinfeld vs Alekhine, 1932 1/2-1/2

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Open 1932, Minneapolis = 33rd Western Champ. by Phony Benoni

   Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914
   A Brinckmann vs Kieninger, 1932
   Steinitz vs Lasker, 1895

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(born Jan-27-1910, died May-29-1964, 54 years old) United States of America

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Fred Reinfeld, born in New York, was an American master best known as a chess writer. He won the New York State Championship twice (Rome 1931 and Syracuse 1933) and played in several national level tournaments, but gradually abandoned play for writing. He tied for 1st with Sidney Norman Bernstein in the Manhattan Chess Club championship in 1942.

Reinfeld was an editor for Chess Review. His first books from the 1930s were geared toward experienced players, but he soon discovered a knack for writing instructional books and compiling quiz collections that appealed to the novice and sold well enough for him to make a living.

Eventually Reinfeld wrote over 100 books on chess and other topics, though many were repackaged versions of earlier works. However, they helped teach several generations of new players and remain popular today.

Wikipedia article: Fred Reinfeld

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 121  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L Shedlovsky vs F Reinfeld 1-031 1926 Dimock Tournament, 2nd sectionC51 Evans Gambit
2. W Frere vs F Reinfeld  0-162 1926 New YorkC51 Evans Gambit
3. F Reinfeld vs S L Thompson 1-043 1927 North American Championship - corrC29 Vienna Gambit
4. O Tenner vs F Reinfeld  1-033 1928 Metropolitan LeagueC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
5. C Jaffe vs F Reinfeld 0-150 1928 New York, NY USAB83 Sicilian
6. M L Hanauer vs F Reinfeld  1-023 1928 Marshall CC ChampionshipE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
7. F Reinfeld vs Marshall 1-042 1929 Dimock TournamentA20 English
8. F Reinfeld vs J Narraway 1-024 1929 CorrespondenceC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. A S Kussman vs F Reinfeld  0-127 1929 NCF IntercollegiateC45 Scotch Game
10. F Reinfeld vs N Grossman 1-023 1929 NCF IntercollegiateB58 Sicilian
11. F Reinfeld vs R L Bornholz  1-029 1929 Marshall CC vs. Manhattan CCC78 Ruy Lopez
12. E Tholfsen vs F Reinfeld  1-029 1929 Dimock TournamentA20 English
13. F Reinfeld vs A Cass  0-152 1930 Marshall CC ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
14. R Smirka vs F Reinfeld  1-041 1930 Marshall CC ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
15. E Tholfsen vs F Reinfeld  1-074 1930 Marshall CC ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
16. F Reinfeld vs Santasiere  1-030 1930 Marshall CC ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-055 1930 Rice Club Junior MastersC14 French, Classical
18. F Reinfeld vs Fine  0-134 1930 Marshall Chess Club-ch, PrelimC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
19. F Reinfeld vs T Dunst 1-023 1931 Marshall CC ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
20. F Reinfeld vs T Barron  1-038 1931 New York State ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. N Grossman vs F Reinfeld 0-126 1931 New York State ChampionshipA08 King's Indian Attack
22. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-024 1931 Marshall CC ChampionshipD65 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line
23. Fine vs F Reinfeld ½-½18 1931 New York State ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. F Reinfeld vs Santasiere  0-121 1932 MatchA09 Reti Opening
25. Santasiere vs F Reinfeld 1-051 1932 MatchD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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  TheFocus: <The pin is mightier than the sword> - Fred Reinfeld.
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  TheFocus: <But alas! Like many another consummation devoutly to be wished, the actual performance was a disappointing one> (on the long awaited Lasker-Capablanca match in 1921) - Fred Reinfeld.
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  TheFocus: <Short of actual blunders, lack of faith in one's position is the chief cause of defeat. To be sure, it is easy to recommend faith and not so easy to practice it> - Fred Reinfeld.
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  parisattack: Interesting bio information on Reinfeld here from Bill Wall -

Does anyone have a comprehensive list of his privately published course, tournament and opening books (often referred to as the 'mimeos')?

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  wwall: I also have a Reinfeld bio at
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  parisattack: Excellent work <wwall>. Thx!
Jul-06-15  sleepyirv: QOTD: <After we have paid our dutiful respects to such frigid virtues as calculation, foresight, self-control and the like, we always come back to the thought that speculative attack is the lifeblood of chess.>

I don't even bother giving respect to calculation, foresight, and self-control. Speculative attack from the first move to the last! (This philosophy usually gets you to a last move quickly.)

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Fred Reinfeld.

I have a lot of your books.

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  keypusher: Rot in Hell, Fred!

(No offense, Focus, just mixing it up a little)

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  Jim Bartle: <Rot in Hell, Fred!>

Re-posted five days later as "Fred, how hot is it?"

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  perfidious: <sleepyirv: I don't even bother giving respect to calculation, foresight, and self-control. Speculative attack from the first move to the last! (This philosophy usually gets you to a last move quickly.)>

Seems a fine way to an early train home.

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  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday Fred.

Thank you for the Tarrasch book. An instructive writer (a teacher by trade) noting up the best games of player who played to instruct. You could hardly go wrong. This book more than any other gave me leg up's.

I regret you did not see Fischer - Spassky '72. Your books were flying off the shelves as the world caught the chess disease.

Jan-27-16  kamagong24: my first book on chess was Attack and Counter Attack in Chess by Fred Reinfeld, the chess notation was still i guess the alphabetic or old school notation i.e. 1.P-K4 P-K5 2. N-KB3 N-QB3 3. B-PQB4 B-PQB5, and the first opening i learned from that book was Giuoco Piano Greco Variation, while the first 1. d4 opening i learned was the Nimzo-Indian Saemisch, then there was this opening in the book called Hamppe-Allgaier Gambit which is a Variation of the Vienna gambit which turned out to be a surprise opening played against Capablanca when he was still a kid, Capablanca - Corzo (1901), great memories!...

Happy Birthday!

Jan-27-16  Granny O Doul: I'm struck by Fred's lifetime score here (+40-39=36). He knew the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and the eh of neither. Don't know that I'd call it MY first chess book, but "How to Win Chess Games Quickly" was the chess book we had around the house growing up.
Jan-28-16  kamagong24: <Granny O Doul> <How to Win Chess Games Quickly> i have that book too! im not sure if that was my second chess book or Bruce Pandolfini's Chess Openings Traps and Zaps! , one of the reasons why i bought the latter, was because it was the first time i've seen the algebraic notation! now i really cant remember which my second chess book was hahaha!

“The Pin is mightier than the sword”
- Fred Reinfeld

Feb-19-16  pazzed paun: Does anyone have a list of chess books ghostwritten by reinfeld,besides marshals fifty years of chess?
Mar-10-16  kamagong24: and Candidates starts tomorrow!!!
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  plang: ...but there haven't been any debates
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Fred Reinfeld.

I am almost afraid to count how many of your books I have!

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  Kafelnikov64: Reinfeld's books were also translated and published in Spain (Editorial Bruguera). I remember reading " My first book of chess" and the "1001..." in the 80s. Those books belonged to my father and had been published in the 60s. He still has them at his home (he is 78 years old now, so he must have bought them on his twenties).
Apr-14-17  Helios727: In Fred Reinfeld's book "1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations", position 808 has the following position with Black to move:

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He gives the winning line as 1... Ba6 2 Qxa6 Qd2 3 Ne2 Qe3+ 4 Kh1 Qf3+ 5 Bg2 Nef2+ 6 Kg1 Nh3+ 7 Bxh3 Qf2+ 8 Kh1 Qxh2#.

However, Fritz 5.32 gives 2 Nc6 as its response of choice for White. I can see no clearly winning line for Black after that move. Is there one?

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  RookFile: 1....Ba6 2. Nc6 Bxd3 3. Nxa5 Bxf1 4. Rxf1 Nd2 5. Bxg7 Kxg7 gives this position:

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The problem for white is if he plays something like 6. Rd1, black replies ....Re2 with mating ideas.

Apr-14-17  Helios727: Okay, let's go to position 882 in his book "1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations" (see below, White to move):

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Reinfeld gives the winning line for White as: 1. Rxe6+ Kd7 2. Rxd6+ Kxd6 3. Nf5+ Ke6 4. Re3+ Kd7 5. Re7+, which will force the Black King to the back rank and result in the loss of the h8-Rook and either the other Rook or Queen.

However, if Black variates with 4... Kd5, how does White force an advantage?

Apr-17-17  Helios727: I think I have it. If 4... Kd5 5. Qf4 gxf5 6. Rd3+ Kc5 7. Qd4+ Kb5,

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8. Rb3+ Ka6 9. Ra3+ Kb5 10. c4+ Kb4 11. c5+ wins the Queen.

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Apr-26-17  Helios727: Whoops. In the final position the White Rook should be on a3.
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