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Reuben Fine
Number of games in database: 519
Years covered: 1930 to 1986

Overall record: +279 -65 =145 (71.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 30 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E33 E37 E43 E40 E23
 Orthodox Defense (30) 
    D51 D55 D63 D50 D60
 Queen's Gambit Declined (25) 
    D37 D30 D06 D35 D39
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D83 D81 D70 D82 D95
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C86 C70 C83 C84 C61
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 E00 E10 A40 D04
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E33 E34 E43 E23 E45
 Sicilian (22) 
    B45 B29 B20 B50 B84
 French Defense (21) 
    C01 C14 C11 C02 C13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D38 D30 D37 D39
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C73 C83 C74 C71 C84
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D51 D50 D65 D68 D60
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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 Gruenfeld, 1936 1-0
   Fine vs Flohr, 1938 1-0
   Fine vs Lasker, 1936 1-0
   Fine vs J Rappaport, 1931 1-0
   Fine vs N Grossman, 1933 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zandvoort (1936)
   Margate (1937)
   Fine - Steiner (1944)
   Amsterdam (1936)
   Hastings 1936/37 (1936)
   AVRO (1938)
   Semmering/Baden (1937)
   Syracuse (1934)
   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
   Semmering/Baden 1937 by suenteus po 147
   Nottingham 1936 by Hesam7
   AVRO 1938 by Benzol
   US Open 1941, St. Louis by Phony Benoni

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 519  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Dake vs Fine 1-035 1930 young mastersB24 Sicilian, Closed
2. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-055 1930 Rice Club Junior MastersC14 French, Classical
3. F Reinfeld vs Fine  0-134 1930 Marshall Chess Club-ch, PrelimC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. Fine vs J Rappaport 1-028 1931 USA Intercollegiate ch -32, USAA00 Uncommon Opening
5. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-024 1931 Marshall CC ChampionshipD65 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line
6. Fine vs Dake 0-117 1931 New York, USAE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
7. Fine vs F Reinfeld ½-½18 1931 New York State ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Fine vs R Levenstein  1-063 1932 Ch Marshall Chess Club, New York (USA)A53 Old Indian
9. Kevitz vs Fine 1-038 1932 Metropolitan LeagueA90 Dutch
10. H Steiner vs Fine  ½-½75 1932 New York m, USAE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. H Steiner vs Fine  1-040 1932 New York m, USAC49 Four Knights
12. H Steiner vs Fine  1-061 1932 New York, USAD90 Grunfeld
13. Fine vs H Steiner  1-038 1932 New York m, USAE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
14. H Steiner vs Fine  0-165 1932 New York m, USAB03 Alekhine's Defense
15. Fine vs H Steiner 0-131 1932 New York m, USAD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Fine vs H Steiner  0-137 1932 New York m, USAA09 Reti Opening
17. Fine vs H Steiner  1-037 1932 New York m, USAE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. H Steiner vs Fine 0-128 1932 New York m, USAD90 Grunfeld
19. Fine vs H Steiner  ½-½58 1932 New York m, USAA15 English
20. F Reinfeld vs Fine  ½-½20 1932 Western ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
21. Fine vs Factor  1-054 1932 Western ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. J Harris vs Fine  0-138 1932 Western ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
23. Fine vs F Hazard  1-041 1932 Western ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Fine vs H Steiner  1-043 1932 Western ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. A Hermann vs Fine 0-118 1932 Western ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Aug-31-16  Herald Tutt: Thank you I rest my case.
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  brankat: There has been no case here to begin with.
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  perfidious: Gawd! Murka! Apple pie!

Trump forever! Clinton is a crook! (laughs)

Aug-31-16  thegoodanarchist: <I don't think there's that much ennui in the universe.>

You'd be surprised......

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  saffuna: I'd respond to that foolishness but I can't find the energy.
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  perfidious: Must be <saffuna> is feeling a touch of that ennui.

If that poster plied his wares elsewhere, I would send him to iggydom; as matters stand, the one-trick pony is not worth the bother.

Ennui calls....

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  saffuna: Too much work to put someone on ignore...
Aug-31-16  devere: <saffuna: Make America great again!! Trump 2016!>

<perfidious: Trump forever! Clinton is a crook!>

Pigs are flying, and Big Pawn is so happy! LOL

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  Boomie: <Herald Tutt - Member since Aug-26-16>

This moron came to CG for this?

Count your days here, HT, for they are numbered.

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  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!
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  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.
Jan-06-17  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.

Jan-06-17  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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