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Reuben Fine vs Reginald Pryce Michell
Hastings (1935/36), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-30
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Spielmann. Karlsbad Variation (E23)  ·  1-0



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Feb-24-08  Ulhumbrus: A game worthy of the great classics.

Fine annotates this game in his book "Lessons from my games : a passion for chess", a book reprinted under the title "Reuben Fine's best games"

Fine conceives his entire plan for the game after the move 10....f5 when Black has a backward d pawn.

First Fine exchanges his QN for Black's QB by the manoeuvre Nc3-a4-b6-xc8.

Then Fine doubles his Rooks on the d file, and so attacking Black's d6 pawn, inducing Black's Rs to follow suit.

Fine then prepares the advance g4 with the moves g3, Bf1-h3 and g4.

Then after an exchange of pawns on f5 comes the pawn sacrifice 27 e4!! If Black accepts it by 27...fxe4, 28 Qc2 regains the pawn for a reason which is not obvious. If Black's d pawn comes to d5 to support the e4 pawn, White's pawn on c4 can take it, but Black's e6 pawn cannot then retake, as it is pinned to the R on d7 by the B on h3.

Thus the doubling of Black's Rooks has made the advance e4 possible.

Black declines the pawn by 27...f4 but then Fine offers a pawn again by 28 e5! for a white square attack on the king side, and this leads to a win.

The win is instructive as well as attractive.

The plan followed by Fine in this game brings the name of Tarrasch to mind, and it may be that it can be called worthy of the other great classical players as well.

Apr-23-09  PeterB: Restrain, blockade, destroy. Fine at his best. Black's backward d pawn is first deprived of motion, then support, and eventually White crashes in!
Jan-20-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Restrain, blockade and destroy !!
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