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|Feb-13-13|| ||SirChrislov: Quote of the Day
<Development is better than riches.>
--- Fred Reinfield
Yes but not clueless development but harmonious development.
<"There is no development without harmony.">
-- Carlos Torre
Once, it was considered a sin in chess to break the 'rules' and fundamental principles (bring out knights before bishops, don't mobilize queen too early, castle quickly, etc.) Today with the computer boom, Chess has been transformed into a stuggle where more concrete considerations are paramount.
|Feb-13-13|| ||HeMateMe: The Fred books need an upgrade. The diagrams are crappy print quality, there are errors in the answers and they need to go algebraic.|
|Feb-13-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <HeMateMe> Kids today have it too easy. You need to suffer like we did! Why, we had to use Descriptive Notation all the time! The only time anybody ever learned Algebraic was to satisfy their foreign language requirement!|
|Feb-14-13|| ||HeMateMe: Well, for what it's worth, I prefer the old descriptive annotation. It was a sort of language, and one could remember games by the annotations, or at least fragments of games.|
I guess the algebraic change was another metric type change, where the USA and england had to follow what the rest of the world was doing. Algebraic is probably easier for annotators to work with, too.
I prefer reading chess in descriptive language, myself.
|Feb-14-13|| ||Phony Benoni: People like what they're used to. But from being a chess journalist in the days before ChessBase and the like, when all material had to be typed, I can assure you that algebraic is a hundred times easier to work with. Less shifting needed, and it saves space over the long haul.|
|Feb-14-13|| ||FSR: <Phony Benoni> Chess has never been a lucrative activity in the United States, and particularly not in the Great Depression, when Reinfeld was coming of age as a chessplayer and as a man. He probably realized he could make a decent living as a writer, but could barely survive as a player.|
|Feb-14-13|| ||perfidious: <Reinfeld: .....In the first place, (these disparaging remarks) are generally made by players who have considerable ability but who have never quite reached the first rank....>|
The man had second sight-he knew there would be countless posters in a computer age, who would criticise the greatest players at the drop of a hat, all with a maddeningly superior air.
Take those engines away and-voila-many of the critics vanish into thin air.
<....Finally, the critics forget that the level of play has risen considerably in the last three decades. The more evenly that players are matched, the harder it is to win brilliantly, and the more likely it is that victory will be achieved on the basis of one player cracking psychologically, or being tricked in the opening, or making a time pressure mistake, or having to play for a win when the position does not justify it....>
This snippet should be required reading for those who maunder on ad infinitum on the topic of all the draws in top-level play. This tendency has, if anything, become more pronounced and is simple evolution.
|Feb-14-13|| ||Phony Benoni: Speaking of the second sight of Fred Reinfeld:
click for larger view
This position comes from the game Turoverov--Arzumanyan, USSR correspondence, 1975, and was quoted by Edmar Mednis in "Player's Chess Annual", #6. The game continued: <41.c5 Bxb5 42.cxd6? Bxf1! 43.d7>, reaching this position:
click for larger view
And the finish was <43...Nc5! 44.d8Q Nd3+ 45.Kxf1 Ng3#>
Very pretty. Now you're probably asking yourself, where did the pawn on h7 in the second diagram come from? Perhaps you are even suspecting that I am not a FEN master.
Well, Fred Reinfeld put it there. He used the second diagram in his book, "The Way to Better Chess", published in 1958--<17 years before the Tureverov--Arzumanyan game>.
There's no doubt about it. Reinfeld was psychic.
|Mar-10-13|| ||backrank: Last night I had a dream: Reinfeld had in fact published a book of his own best games, but they were faked. All the games in the book turned out having in fact been played by some unknown German player called Sternheim or Stelkheim (someone told me the name in my dream, but I didn't get it clearly enough). Reinfeld had been accused of plagiarism, but he had disappeared and the police were after him. I was assisting the police while they were making investigations in empty 2nd hand book stores, turning over some tattered and yellowed pages of rare Reinfeld books ...|
Why am I dreaming such junk?
|Mar-10-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <Why am I dreaming such junk?>|
Would you rather have the one I had two days ago?
I walked into our bedroom at night and tried to switch on the light, but apparently the bulb was burnt out because nothing happened.
I thought I saw a hint of movement in the corner next to the head of the bed. Peering into the deep shadows in that corner, I saw a something on the floor, no bigger than my head.
In fact, I think a head is exactly what it was.
Then it muttered, in a voice like half-congealed grease, "Do bloody razors make good eating?"
Thankfully I awoke then.
|Mar-10-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <Abdel Irada> And now you know why I grew a beard.|
|Nov-09-14|| ||MissScarlett: <C.N. 644 cited the view of Irving Chernev, in a letter to us dated 19 January 1977: ‘I thought I was the only one who saw that <The Human Side of Chess> was written with venom. But then, Reinfeld hated impartially! He hated Morphy, Alekhine and Capablanca most of all. He hated all chessplayers – except those who bought his books. Those he despised!' |
On page 127 of <America's Chess Heritage>, Walter Korn reported that in 1950 he had questioned Reinfeld about the contrasting quality of his early and later writing. Reinfeld replied:' In those days I played and wrote seriously - and got nothing for it. When I pour out the mass-produced trash, the royalties come rolling in.'> (Edward Winter, <Chess Explorations>, p.265)
|Jan-27-15|| ||FSR: Hmm, I see that I am now slightly older than my near-namesake was when he died suddenly. Hope that doesn't portend anything for me.|
|Jan-27-15|| ||domradave: Reinfeld's book, THE COMPLETE CHESSPLAYER
is a great place to start.
I just finished his book on Capablanca.
In his book, THE UNKNOWN ALEKHINE, he claims Alekhine was the greater player.
|Jan-27-15|| ||RookFile: The guy Reinfeld was writing about was whatever Reinfeld needed him to be. But he taught a lot of us about chess and got us fascinated in the game.|
|Jan-27-15|| ||pedro99: I used to subscribe to Chess Review. It had good articles by Gligoric on openings and Euwe on endings along with the usual news and games. Everyone else was lapping up Keene & Hartston's analyses in 'Chess' magazine so it gave me a chance to surprise them from time to time.|
Reinfeld wrote some good stuff. Along with the 1001 sacs mentioned earlier, I liked his Keres book- not one of his potboiler.s but well researched analysis.
|Jan-27-15|| ||offramp: One of my favourite chess quotations - and one of my favourite quotes of all - was about Fred Reinfeld. I first saw it at
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... ...and it runs thuslywise:|
<‘I thought I was the only one who saw that <The Human Side of Chess> was written with venom. But then, Reinfeld hated impartially! He hated Morphy, Alekhine and Capablanca most of all. <He hated all chessplayers – except those who bought his books. Those he despised.’>>
It's those destructive last 13 words that I love!
I mean, don't we all!
|May-04-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: < domradave:
In his book, THE UNKNOWN ALEKHINE, he claims Alekhine was the greater player.>
Since most serious chess players consider Capa the better player, the title of the book is apt.
|May-04-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: < pedro99:
Reinfeld wrote some good stuff. Along with the 1001 sacs mentioned earlier, I liked his Keres book>
I wish he had written "1001 winning Zwischenzugs".
That would be a great book.
|May-07-15|| ||TheFocus: <Threats are the very warp and woof of chess. Every game is an unspoken dialogue of threats and counterthreats> - Freddie Reinfeld.|
|May-07-15|| ||TheFocus: Another book was reprinted - "1,001 Excuses For Why You Lose at Chess" - Fred Reinfeld.|
Disclaimer - not a real book.
|May-07-15|| ||WannaBe: Don't remember where I read this one:
Confused A20 with B20, dropped queen on move 8.
|May-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <The pin is mightier than the sword> - Fred Reinfeld.|
|May-10-15|| ||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.|
|May-10-15|| ||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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