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Game of the Month (Chess Review, etc.)
Compiled by Phony Benoni

May 1942 was a seminal issue of <Chess Review>, being the first issue co-edited by enneth Harkness.. An experience magazine editor, Harkness immediately browght a new focus and appearance to the magazine aimed at popularizing the game.

One new feature was <Game of the Month>, written by Reuben Fine. Its introduction stated:. Its introduction stated:

""Each month Grand Master Fine will analyze and discuss a recently-played game consisidered of greatest general interest to Chess Review's readers." (May 1942, p. 107.)

Game 9 March 1942, p. 62.
Alexander, L - Mieses, Jaques
London London (6), 1941

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3 Bb4 7.Bg2 d5 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.c3 Be7 12.Be3 Ne5 13.h3 Nc4 14.Bc1 Nb6 15.Kh2 f5 16.f4 Rf6 17.Re1 Bd6 18.Qe2 Bd7 19.Be3 Kh8 20.Rad1 Qf8 21.Qd3 Re8 22.Bf2 Re4 23.Bxe4 fxe4 24.Qe2 Rxf4 25.Rf1 Rh4 26.Be1 Rxh3+ 27.Kg2 Qc8 28.Rh1 Bg4 29.Rxh3 Bxh3+ 30.Kh2 Bg4 31.Qc2 Nc4 32.Rc1 Qe8 33.Qf2 Ne5 34.Rc2 e3 35.Qf1 Bc5 36.Kh1 Bxd4 37.cxd4 Nf3 0-1

The feature continued through the in <Chess Life> in (1969-1979) and back to Chess Life (1980-). By that point, under the editorship of Svetozar Gligoric, It had evolved into what was largely a lengthy and detailed and technical analysis of the opening involved in the game. This was not popular among the post-Fischer Boom readers who preferred simpler articles on more basic subjects. Unable to justify the excessive length of the feature (often 5-6 pages), editors began running it sporadically until it disappeared completely after 1981.


Reuben Fine (Chess Review, May 1941-
Max Euwe
Svetozar Gligoric

I will be revising this introduction as more facts come to light.

Following are GOTM's not yet in the database. Sorry, but I will not include the analysis. Life is too short.

May 1941, p. 107
I A Horowitz vs Reshevsky, 1941 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

June / July 1941, p. 123
A Pinkus vs R Durkin, 1941 
(C10) French, 25 moves, 1-0

August / September 1941, p. 154
Fine vs H Steiner, 1941 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

October, p. 177
Reshevsky vs Fine, 1941 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

November 1942, p. 200
Bogoljubov vs Euwe, 1941 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 35 moves, 0-1

December 1941, p. 222
C Guimard vs M Czerniak, 1941
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 42 moves, 1-0

January 1942, p. 9
Santasiere vs L Levy, 1941
(A06) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

February 1942, p. 32.
B Blumin vs W Adams, 1941
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 32 moves, 0-1

April 1942, p. 88
H Seidman vs Reshevsky, 1942 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

May 1942, p. 114
Reshevsky vs I A Horowitz, 1942 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

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