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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 E43 E23
 Orthodox Defense (30) 
    D51 D55 D63 D50 D52
 Queen's Gambit Declined (26) 
    D37 D30 D06 D35 D39
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D83 D81 D70 D82 D95
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C86 C83 C70 C90 C84
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    E00 D02 E10 D05 A50
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E33 E34 E43 E22 E45
 Sicilian (22) 
    B45 B40 B29 B84 B50
 French Defense (21) 
    C01 C14 C11 C13 C02
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C71 C73 C83 C74 C84
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D38 D30 D37 D39
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D51 D65 D50 D68 D52
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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 Flohr, 1938 1-0
   Fine vs Gruenfeld, 1936 1-0
   Fine vs Lasker, 1936 1-0
   Reshevsky vs Fine, 1941 1/2-1/2
   Fine vs J Rappaport, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zandvoort (1936)
   Margate (1937)
   Fine - Steiner (1944)
   Syracuse (1934)
   AVRO (1938)
   Amsterdam (1936)
   Hastings 1936/37 (1936)
   Semmering/Baden (1937)
   Fine - Najdorf (1949)
   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 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 1939, New York = 40th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1940, Dallas by Phony Benoni
   1936 US Championship by crawfb5
   Nottingham 1936 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Semmering/Baden 1937 by suenteus po 147
   AVRO 1938 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   AVRO 1938 by Benzol

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 mastersB24 Sicilian, Closed
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 Club, New York (USA)A53 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  ½-½751932New York m, USAE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. Fine vs H Steiner  0-1371932New York m, USAA09 Reti Opening
12. H Steiner vs Fine  1-0401932New York m, USAC49 Four Knights
13. H Steiner vs Fine  1-0611932New York, USAD90 Grunfeld
14. Fine vs H Steiner  1-0381932New York m, USAE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
15. H Steiner vs Fine  0-1651932New York m, USAB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. Fine vs H Steiner 0-1311932New York m, USAD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Fine vs H Steiner  1-0371932New York m, USAE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. H Steiner vs Fine 0-1281932New York m, USAD90 Grunfeld
19. Fine vs H Steiner  ½-½581932New York m, USAA15 English
20. F Reinfeld vs Fine  ½-½201932Western ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
21. Fine vs Factor  1-0541932Western ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
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
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Sep-01-16  Boomie: As amusing as all of this has been (NOT), let's all blow the whistle on this guy and send him back under the rock from which he came.
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  moronovich: Tutt Tutt is the sound of my ignore bottom.
Sep-04-16  Herald Tutt: hey Boomie under the rock is still better than in the sewer where you've been all your life. And MORONovich, well your name says it all.....
Sep-06-16  mckmac: Reuben Fine was a special player. In the immediate pre-war and post-war years, he and Samuel Reshevsky were really the only English-speaking masters with the skill and moxie to hold their own at the top level.
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  MissScarlett: What's so special about English-speaking players? That's racist.
Sep-06-16  Herald Tutt: You are right MissScarlett> >
Reuben Fine was also a racist. Please check the cruel and undue racist remarks which he made against extraordinary World Champion Tigran Petrosian mainly he did not like his skin color and where he came from. This fact is in historical records and not some junk rumor.
Sep-06-16  unferth: The internet puts the collected knowledge of humankind at one's fingertips, and Mr. Tutt chooses to use it to troll a handful of likeable, intelligent posters on an obscure subforum of a niche website. Funny, pathetic, or both? You make the call!
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Fine!
Oct-12-16  posoo: DIS MAN is handsum DOS ANYONE HAVE A LINKS to more lovely pics??
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  MissScarlett: The Falkirk Herald, June 19th, 1940, p.8:

<A "Fine" Tourney: Mr H. Meek notes in London "Evening Times" :- "Reuben Fine, the famous young U.S.A. master, has recently made a tour which took him as far south as Mexico and as far north as Ottawa. He gave twenty exhibitions altogether, including blindfold, consultation and "serious" games. Out of a total number of 418 games, including 21 blindfold, Fine had the remarkable record of 393 wins, 22 draws and only 3 losses. Of the blindfold games alone, he wone [sic] 17, drew 4 and lost none. His biggest display was against 51 opponents in Mexico City, where he won 47, drew 4 and lost none - a single achievement that must rank with anything ever done by Alekhine or Capablanca. On no occasion did he lose more than one game in any display, the three losses being one each at Mexico City (another display to the one mentioned above), Chicago and Minneapolis.">

Jan-06-17  Dizzy Bishop: It is not sufficient to excel in this greatest of all games. Character is essential. Fine was an outright racist as per his undue comments against Petrosian. Fine was also a coward who gave unfounded and unbelievable excuses for chickening out of the world championship match against Botvinnik. Shame on Fine; a good player having a shameful character.
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  Petrosianic: <Herald Tutt>: <petrosianic the only sad problem here is the endorsement of racism by keypusher, saffuna, perfidious and yourself. You will all be voting for Trump no doubt.>

You've got this backwards, haven't you? It's not racist for me to disagree with you, it's racist for you to disagree with me under any and all circumstances.

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  Petrosianic: <Dizzy Bishop>: <It is not sufficient to excel in this greatest of all games. Character is essential. Fine was an outright racist as per his undue comments against Petrosian.>

Calling him the weakest world champion is hardly evidence of racism. Fine was jealous of all the world champions, including Fischer, whom he also supported. Advertisements in CL&R for his (poorly written) book on the Fischer-Petrosian Match openly labeled Fine as "The Man Who Should Have Been World Champion", which is positively hilarious. It's hard to think of any other player who would say, or allow that to be said about him. It very clearly killed Fine that he never won that title so badly that he eventually tried to rationalize himself as co-world champion after Alekhine's death (based, of course, on his 2nd place finish at AVRO).

Nutty, yes (in fact, a whole book could probably be written about nutty psychiatrists). But racist? That's wishful thinking.

Fine was not cowardly for dropping out of the tournament. He simply decided, correctly, that he couldn't make a living at chess and wanted a real career. Nobody wants to end up like Schlechter. But it was dishonest of him years later to claim he'd dropped out out of dissatisfaction with a tournament format that he'd actually enthusiastically endorsed at the time.

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  Dionysius1: I don't agree <Dizzy Bishop>. All I find necessary for me to respect and admire an exponent of this great game is that he excel at it. His character away from the board is nothing to do with it.
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  stoy: I believe that Garry Kasparov called Reuben Fine "one of the most underrated players in the history of chess".
Feb-06-17  Howard: There was at least one other alleged reason why Fine turned down his invitation for the 1948 tournament--he suspected the three Soviets would probably collude to make sure that no outsider won the tournament.

Yes, Fine was apparently jealous of Fischer. CL&R wrote back when his "book" on the 1972 match came out that "Fine's envy of Fischer" showed throughout the "book".

And for Fine to claim in it that it seemed "only fair" for him and Keres to be declared "co-champions of the world from 1946-48".....if that's not totally ludicrous, then I dunno what is.

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  zanzibar: There is no game of Fine's in the 2010 edition of the <Mammoth Book>.

That's just not right!

May-23-17  Retireborn: <z> Which game(s) of Fine would you advocate for such a book?

Fine vs Gruenfeld, 1936

is the only one that comes to mind. Perhaps he's something of a forgotten figure on this side of the pond, though.

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  zanzibar: <RB> (or is that <RR>?) -

Fine--Dake (Detroit 1933) is a fine Fine too.

I think Fine was at one time on the path to becoming a leading contender for WCC, just before he retired.

Euwe thought highly enough of his play to include him in his <Meet the Masters> book. Maybe one of those.

In addition, Fine also wrote the "book" (take your pick - Opening, Middle Game, or Endgame).

May-23-17  Retireborn: Either will do, maybe just <r> as well :)

I have 68 Fine games in my collection, of which he won 39 - the wins against Lasker, Alekhine, Euwe and Botvinnik are certainly impressive - but I suppose books like the Mammoth book are aiming for spectacular messy games, on the whole.

May-23-17  Retireborn: Just looked again at Fine-Dake (it's the oldest Fine game I have) and with 32.Nxf6!! it certainly qualifies.
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  zanzibar: Here's Euwe's choices (Fine served as a 2nd to Euwe during one of his WCC matches - btw):

<Keen and efficient play is required, in a case like this, to make the abstract advantage turn thd scale against the concrete. Fine succeeds convincingly.>

1. Keres vs Fine, 1936

<Fine provides a magnificent specimen of positional play in the following game, which differs from the last in that it is his opponent who first seizes the initiative. The way in which Fine not only parries but punishes these attempts, gains the upper hand, and eventually consolidates the win is indeed memorable.>

2. Fine vs Alekhine, 1937

<Now follows a game which illustrates above all Fine's combinative intrepidity.>

3. W Winter vs Fine, 1936

<Fine excels in defence. He is almost unbeatable when he gets into his stride. He has gone through many tournaments, among them the exceptionally strong tournaments at Nottingham in 1936 and Semmering-Baden in 1937, without losing a game.>

4. Botvinnik vs Fine, 1936


May-24-17  Retireborn: <z> Thanks - the Keres and Winter games are new to me.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Here is a TV interview with Fine from 1980, subtitled in Spanish. He had a strong NY accent:

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  zanzibar: Doll (kibitz #1476)
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