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Reuben Fine
Number of games in database: 517
Years covered: 1930 to 1986
Overall record: +278 -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 (14) 
    D02 E00 E10 A40 D05
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E33 E34 E43 E45 E23
 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
   Fine vs Alekhine, 1938 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs Fine, 1934 0-1
   Fine vs Lasker, 1936 1-0
   Fine vs Flohr, 1938 1-0
   Fine vs Gruenfeld, 1936 1-0
   Keres vs Fine, 1936 0-1
   Fine vs G A Thomas, 1936 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zandvoort (1936)
   Margate (1937)
   Syracuse (1934)
   Hastings 1936/37 (1936)
   Amsterdam (1936)
   Semmering/Baden (1937)
   AVRO (1938)
   US Championship (1936)
   Hastings 1937/38 (1937)
   Nottingham (1936)
   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 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
   AVRO 1938 by Benzol
   Semmering/Baden 1937 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1941, St. Louis by Phony Benoni
   Nottingham 1936 by Hesam7

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

[what is this?]
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.

Wikipedia article: Reuben Fine


 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 517  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  0-137 1932 New York m, USAA09 Reti Opening
9. Fine vs H Steiner  1-043 1932 Western ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
10. J Harris vs Fine  0-138 1932 Western ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
11. Fine vs H Steiner  1-037 1932 New York m, USAE41 Nimzo-Indian
12. F Reinfeld vs Fine 0-132 1932 PasadenaE16 Queen's Indian
13. Fine vs H Steiner 0-129 1932 Pasadena (USA)D67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
14. S Osher vs Fine  ½-½41 1932 Western ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. Fine vs J Araiza Munoz  ½-½23 1932 PasadenaA28 English
16. H Steiner vs Fine  1-040 1932 New York m, USAC49 Four Knights
17. F Reinfeld vs Fine  ½-½20 1932 Western ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
18. H Steiner vs Fine  ½-½75 1932 New York m, USAE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. Kevitz vs Fine 1-038 1932 Metropolitan LeagueA90 Dutch
20. Alekhine vs Fine ½-½57 1932 PasadenaB02 Alekhine's Defense
21. Fine vs H Steiner  ½-½58 1932 New York m, USAA15 English
22. Fine vs A J Fink 1-030 1932 Pasadena (USA)A00 Uncommon Opening
23. G S Barnes vs Fine  0-138 1932 Western ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
24. Fine vs H Steiner  1-038 1932 New York m, USAE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
25. H Steiner vs Fine  1-061 1932 New York, USAD90 Grunfeld
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 517  PGN Download
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May-09-15
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  TheFocus: <The King is a strong piece - use it!> - Reuben Fine.
May-12-15
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  TheFocus: <I'd rather have a Pawn than a finger> - Rueben Fine.
May-15-15
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  TheFocus: <A plan is made for a few moves only, not for the whole game> - Rueben Fine.
May-15-15
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  TheFocus: <The first principle of attack - don't let the enemy develop!> - Rueben Fine.
May-16-15
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  TheFocus: <Discovered check is the dive bomber of the chess board> - Reuben Fine.
May-25-15
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  TheFocus: <Combinations have always been the most intriguing aspect of Chess. The masters look for them, the public applauds them, the critics praise them. It is because combinations are possible that Chess is more than a lifeless mathematical exercise. They are the poetry of the game; they are to Chess what melody is to music. They represent the triumph of mind over matter> - Reuben Fine.
Aug-04-15  zanzibar: Everybody always seems to show pictures of Fine from when he was young. But Edward Winter has a few good shots of an older Fine here:

In particular, here: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

<In an e-mail message dated 7 January 2001 Arnold Denker wrote to us regarding Fine:

‘... as a young man he was terribly mixed up and a horrible liar. That is one of the reasons my wife and I both allowed him plenty of space. He had a screwed-up youth and never really overcame his strong feelings of inferiority. Thus the bragging. My fondness for him was more a feeling of sadness.’>

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Aug-10-15  zanzibar: Fine is somewhat (in)famous for his psychoanalytical interpretation of chess.

But has anybody ever heard of Alexander Cockburn and his work,

<Idle Passion: Chess and the Dance of Death>?

Aug-11-15
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  offramp: <zanzibar: Fine is somewhat (in)famous for his psychoanalytical interpretation of chess.>

Poor Reuben Fine. His works are scattered to ashes like that Eloi bookcase in The Time Machine.

His games lie strewn in the dust and rubbish, trampled on by laughing conquerors.

For is it not written (on this page, in fact):
"Babylon has fallen! Babylon has fallen!
All her idols lay scattered on the floor."

The ruined city lies desolate.
The entrance to every house is barred shut.
People in the streets call for wine.
All joy passes away,
and the earth's happiness is banished.
The city is left in ruins.
Its gate is battered to pieces!

Poor, poor Reuben!

Aug-11-15  Retireborn: <z> I *have* heard of Cockburn (awkward name!) although I've avoided his book(s).

Edward Winter savages him here:-

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Aug-11-15  zanzibar: I generally try to stay away from names in my pursuit of humor, as too easy a target for an item gotten by virtue of name alone.

On the other hand, I can't help but wonder how the name Cockburn came about. It's apparently quite rare in the US:

<Out of 5,647,426 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the name "Cockburn" was not present. >

http://www.names.org/n/cockburn/about

Where I was informed of the following:

<I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Yugoslavia approximately on 1750. Your profession was entertainer, musician, poet, and temple-dancer.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.>

Not sure how much I like being referred to in the past tense, even if reincarnated.

Oh well, better re-incarnated than re-incarcerated.

Aug-11-15  zanzibar: If Cockburn's book contained sentences like this:

<‘Lasker is interesting not so much on the pathobiographical level as on the sociocultural one.’ (Page 55)>

as Winter cites, then it should indeed be subject to savaging.

<The Pathobiographical Study has been designed to deal with specific situations that require a rapid but deep therapeutic intervention, a situation which doesn't commonly fit in the traditional frame of brief psychotherapy or in the frame of classical psychoanalysis.>

http://www.weizsaecker.com/estudio....

And I thought savaging and pathobiographical antics were entirely confined to the <Biographer's Bistro> here on <CG>.

Aug-11-15  zanzibar: Apparently, we got the Oxford Concise edited version:

<The lonely house by the graveyard is uninhabited. No soul will live there. The spider pitches her web in the solitude. The nocturnal rat peers from his hole. A curse is on it. It is haunted. Murderer's ground.

Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.

In his tomb in the graveyard Reuben Fine waits sleeping.

wherein is pieced together that which I hope may never be pieced together again. I have looked upon all that the universe has to hold of horror, and even the skies of spring and the flowers of summer must ever afterward be poison to me

The ruined city lies desolate.
The entrance to every house is barred shut.
People in the streets call for wine.
All joy passes away,
and the earth's happiness is banished.
The city is left in ruins.
Its gate is battered to pieces. >

* * * * *

<The lonely house by the graveyard is uninhabited. No soul will live there. The spider pitches her web in the solitude. The nocturnal rat peers from his hole. A curse is on it. It is haunted. Murderer's ground.

Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.

In his tomb in the graveyard Reuben Fine waits sleeping.

wherein is pieced together that which I hope may never be pieced together again. I have looked upon all that the universe has to hold of horror, and even the skies of spring and the flowers of summer must ever afterward be poison to me

The ruined city lies desolate.
The entrance to every house is barred shut.
People in the streets call for wine.
All joy passes away,
and the earth's happiness is banished.
The city is left in ruins.
Its gate is battered to pieces.
>

* * * * *

<Poor Reuben. Even his quotes are mocked mercilessly. Repeated ad nauseam like students quoting <The Eye of Argon> or dimwits shouting at the screen during <Plan 9 From Outer Space>!

Who now knows what are these "dive-bombers" about which he wrote. They have been obsolete, like Fine's ideas, for at least 50 years.

"Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and it has become the habitation of devils, and a jail for every unclean spirit, and a store of every unclean and detestable animal." >

* * * * *

< In his desolate and neglected tomb Reuben Fine waits sleeping. The lonely house by the graveyard is uninhabited. No soul will live there. The spider pitches her web in the solitude. The nocturnal rat peers from his hole. A curse is on it. It is haunted.

The books, books on openings, books on endings, huge books, all turn to dust on their shelves. No eyes now behold them. Their ideas are mocked.

His games lie strewn in the dust and filth, trampled on by laughing passers-by.

"Babylon has fallen! Babylon has fallen!
All her idols lay scattered on the floor."

The ruined city lies desolate.
The entrance to every house is barred shut.
People in the streets call for wine.
All joy passes away,
and the earth's happiness is banished.
The city is left in ruins.
Its gate is battered to pieces!

Poor, poor Reuben! >

* * * * *

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!t...

alt.boomerang?!

Aug-11-15  zanzibar: From the first ref:

<The Pathobiographical Study is justified mainly whenever a psychoanalytical treatment performed according to the rules of the art "should abandon the direction of the synthesis to the unconscious" to achieve such goals.>

And it even found its way to the Lancet:

<Who killed Cockrobin? The limitations of pathobiography>

http://

www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS01-
40-6736(08)61021-1/fulltext

Somehow tying it all up.

Aug-11-15  zanzibar: <Cockburn went on to write Idle Passion: Chess and the Dance of Death (1975) as a class history of chess, and a lot of "bogus Freudian stuff", as he would later put it, in a critical evaluation of the claims made for chess.[8]>

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexa...

http://www.c-span.org/video/?196500...

Aug-11-15
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  offramp: <Zanzibar> well spotted. I was using a newsgroup as a sandbox because NGs only allow plaintext, like cg.com. I think the effect of the whole, long quote is quite good. It's quite poetic. It's not me. Some bits are me but most are some favourite bits of the Bible sellotaped©® together. That's pretty obvious, surely?
Aug-11-15
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  offramp: <Zanzibar> I changed something:

<His games lie strewn in the dust and rubbish, trampled on by laughing conquerors...>

Because I was SO annoyed that I had used the rubbishy word Passersby in the first version. The whole effect was ruined by one word.

Aug-11-15  zanzibar: <offramp> you are a true artist, crafting each phrase to perfection (or as need perfection as mortals are allowed).
Aug-11-15
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  offramp: <zanzibar> Thank you!!
Aug-11-15  Retireborn: <z> The English are very frivolous people on the whole, and I'm afraid we do find awkward names funny.

<offramp> I actually have a hardback copy of BCE (a 1972 reprint) in good condition, so his books aren't completely turned to dust yet :)

Aug-11-15
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  offramp: <Retireborn: <offramp> I actually have a hardback copy of BCE (a 1972 reprint) in good condition, so his books aren't completely turned to dust yet :)>

I understand, but I specifically mentioned the Eloi bookcase from The Time Machine which Rod Taylor smashes up at 7:55am on Thursday,October 12th <802,701 AD>!. I'm pretty sure one of the books (possibly the first) was BCE.

I'm only joking :-) ... BCE is a tremendous achievement. It hadn't been done before and was the foundation of many subsequent books.

Aug-11-15
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  offramp: <Retireborn: <z> The English are very frivolous people on the whole, and I'm afraid we do find awkward names funny.>

Most English people, at least the English people <I> know, pronounce Cockburn identically to Coburn.

Aug-11-15
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  perfidious: It is Coburn to me, same as with the musician Bruce Cockburn, well known Over Here.

My recollection is of Larry Evans noting in his column that Cockburn was being interviewed on one show or another here in the States and the interviewer insisted on pronouncing the surname Cock-burn, despite knowing the correct pronunciation.

Aug-11-15  Retireborn: <offramp> BCE is certainly a monumental work.

My copy has a preface in which he thanks Irving Chernev for use of his excellent library, and his (Fine's) wife for typing the manuscript.

Aug-12-15  zanzibar: It's a bit hard to know where to begin, or when to quit...

Now that I know how to properly pronounce Cockburn, does the same rule apply to the Cockrobin of the Lancet article?

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cock...

I guess it doesn't.

* * * * *

<Retireborn: <z> The English are very frivolous people on the whole, and I'm afraid we do find awkward names funny.>

I once had a particularly English friend, in a purely friendly fashion. Well I remember how she characterized the English to me:

<The English are a war-like people.>

She was not the kind of women with whom I was inclined to lightly disagree on small matters, (or large matters, for that matter).

* * * * *

I shall defer comment on BCE for another time, then.

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