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Stewart Reuben
Number of games in database: 93
Years covered: 1963 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 1991 (2043 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2165
Overall record: +33 -34 =26 (49.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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B27 Sicilian (8 games)
B32 Sicilian (6 games)
A16 English (6 games)
A20 English (6 games)
B30 Sicilian (5 games)
A10 English (5 games)
E30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad (4 games)
A36 English (3 games)
A34 English, Symmetrical (3 games)
A37 English, Symmetrical (3 games)

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   S Reuben vs Ivan Cano Sevilla (Jan-30-19) 1/2-1/2
   J Heinemann vs S Reuben (Jan-29-19) 1-0
   S Reuben vs R Christophe-hayot (Jan-28-19) 1-0
   Said Francois-Haugrin vs S Reuben (Jan-26-19) 1/2-1/2
   S Reuben vs A Vila Dupla (Jan-24-19) 0-1

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(born Mar-14-1939, 83 years old) United Kingdom

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Stewart Reuben is a Candidate Master, an International Arbiter and an International Organizer, as well as a former professional poker player and author of books on chess and poker.

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 93  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs S Reuben 1-0231963Manhattan blitzB32 Sicilian
2. S Reuben vs Fischer ½-½531963New York blitzA16 English
3. S Reuben vs R G Eales 0-1191969CambridgeD71 Neo-Grunfeld
4. J M Aitken vs S Reuben  ½-½391969CastlebarB32 Sicilian
5. S Reuben vs S Grabow  0-1401969CastlebarD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. G McCurdy vs S Reuben  0-1401969CastlebarA37 English, Symmetrical
7. N J Patterson vs S Reuben  ½-½231969CastlebarB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
8. S Reuben vs L Blackstock  1-0551969CastlebarA10 English
9. S Reuben vs D B Pritchard  1-0421969CastlebarA65 Benoni, 6.e4
10. S Reuben vs Huebner  0-1301969CastlebarE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
11. S Reuben vs B Green ½-½521970British ChampionshipA10 English
12. P H Clarke vs S Reuben  ½-½251970British ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
13. S Reuben vs B Eley  0-1571970British ChampionshipA21 English
14. V W Knox vs S Reuben  1-0531970British ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
15. S Reuben vs R O'Kelly  0-1401970British ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
16. J M Ripley vs S Reuben  0-1401970British ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
17. D Lees vs S Reuben  ½-½671970British ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
18. S Reuben vs M J Haygarth  ½-½271970British ChampionshipA21 English
19. M Corden vs S Reuben  1-0311970British ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. S Reuben vs J A Sutton  ½-½161970British ChampionshipA84 Dutch
21. Adorjan vs S Reuben 1-0151973EnglandB30 Sicilian
22. G Szaszvari vs S Reuben 0-1171976Surrey CongressA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
23. S Reuben vs C Crouch  0-1241978Aaronson MastersD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. H D MacPherson vs S Reuben  1-0181978Aaronson MastersA14 English
25. C Duxbury vs S Reuben  0-1551984Regency MastersB25 Sicilian, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-27-06  mack: One of the nicest men you'll ever meet.
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  Eric Schiller: I'm pleased to report that Stewart seems to have recovered nicely. He fainted during the opening ceremony here in Gibraltar, but was released from hospital yesterday.
Jan-27-06  mack: <He fainted during the opening ceremony here in Gibraltar, but was released from hospital yesterday.>

Oh dear, really? Is he okay? That's quite upsetting news.

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  Eric Schiller: <mack>He seems to be fine and has been helping me out at the Arbiter's course here, just taking it easy a bit.
Jan-29-06  Karpova: <He seems to be fine> it's good to hear that reuben is fine.
especially after i heard that carl was schlechter.
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  TheAlchemist: <Karpova> Lol. That's why he lost against Lasker, he was simply worse :-)
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  GrahamClayton: Stewart also does restaurant reviews:

As well as giving guided tours of chess venues as well!

Jul-09-11  wordfunph: Stewart Reuben, the Director of the Hastings Premier Tournament, told GM Paul Motwani an amusing true story about two Russian girls. Girl A burst into tears, having just left her queen en prise against Girl B, who feels sorry for her and goes to ask the coach what she should do. The coach quite rightly says that he cannot give her advice; she must make up her own mind. B returns to the board, which is now drenched in the tears of A, and finally decides to capture the queen. The sobbing immediately stops, and with a huge smile A plays the next move and announces 'Checkmate!'


Source: C.O.O.L. Chess by Paul Motwani

Jul-25-13  James D Flynn: I lost to Stewart in the !st round of a London Boys chamionship held at William Ellis school in Highgate rd adjacent to Hampstead Heath. That must have been in 1956 or 1957.I saw him frequently at various tournaments in the last 1950s and early 1960s. He returned to the UK from the USA about the same time I emigrated there in 1969. Thoroughly nice chap, I am glad to hear he is alive and reasonably well.
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  MissScarlett: The December 1990 <BCM> (pp.528-29) has a 'Viewpoint' piece by Stewart:

<I have met relatively few chessplayers who have impressed me as being vastly my intellectual superiors. Bent Larsen, Jonathan Mestel and Jon Speelman are examples with whom you will be familiar. It is also true that I have met few such people outside chess either. This may of course simply be insufferable arrogance or my lack of a wide circle of acquaintances. However commonsense and experience suggest that indeed chess ability is highly specific.

What then is the basic equipment needed to be a good chessplayer? A reasonably high standard of intellectual intelligence comes first. Larry Evans suggested that an IQ of 130 should be enough to become a strong grandmaster.>

For the record, I've never met Stewart Reuben.

Nov-30-14  offramp: I'm gonna meet that man. I'm gonna make that list.
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  perfidious: <mack: One of the nicest men you'll ever meet.>

Have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Stewart on the circuit, but perhaps one day I will get to London for some poker.

Judging from comments here, Reuben is another example of someone who is perfectly agreeable to spend time with, but embodies plenty of aggro in his game--from his writings on poker, that tendency is much in evidence, as well as the sharp opening repertoire with Black.

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  MissScarlett: Where/when did Reuben write about his games with Fischer?
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlett,

Stewart would occasional drop a Fischer tale
on the English Chess Forum.

' Bobby Fischer used Descriptive when writing moves when I knew him in the 1960s. But, when conversing, he used algebraic.'

'Fischer gave odds in the early days at the C&CC. They were almost invariably played without a clock. One opponent played so slowly, that Bobby resigned.

He never played at material odds when I knew him. Nor would he give time odds. What he gave me was 10/1 money odds at blitz. if he won he got a dollar. If I won, which I never did, I would have got $10. That is why I can claim that I drew with him. I lost 8.'

'Bobby and I played 9 games. he won 8 and we drew one. 7 were junk and have been lost to posterity. You can find one of his wins on chessbase and, of course, my draw. I should have won that king and pawn endgame.

One of my friends recorded the games. We stopped play to enable him to catch up.

He and I recorded the Fischer v Fine game that you can find in 'My 60 Memorable Games.' I recorded the White moves and he the Black.

We played two sessions. In the first I could equalise from the opening with the White pieces. There was never any contest when I had Black. In the second session I could no longer equalise with the White pieces.

There was no further point in playing. After all, it cost $1 a game!

Did Bobby have Asperger's? I'm not qualified to judge. I had never heard of the conditions until about 1999.

He definitely laughed and sometimes made jokes. He was certainly very focused and single-minded. He respected me because he admired a tailor-made suit I had brought the me from England. We often ate at Jewish delicatessens.

How could you be an anti-Jewish chessplayer in New York in the 1960s? I like to think his mental health deteriorated because of the decline in his untreated physical health.

Robert Byrne v Bobby US Closed 1963-4. That was a neo-Gruenfeld, not a true one.

I wrote a very long article for Chess Magazine on the tournament. Originally I wrote that the whole game had to be pre-preparation as Bobby had played so quickly. He looked at the draft and exclaimed, 'Do you really think I spent ages studying such a dull line?'

So after he left my home, I amended that section.


These and other such gems from the golden olden days by him and Leonard Barden are dotted all over that site. Fascinating reading.

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  MissScarlett: <Stewart would occasional drop a Fischer tale on the English Chess Forum.>

Well, if you've got it, flaunt it.

<These and other such gems from the golden olden days by him and Leonard Barden are dotted all over that site. Fascinating reading.>

Thanks. Now you post it, I recognise seeing it before.

Feb-18-22  Nosnibor: I first met Stewart in Aberystwyth in August 1961 when he competed in the British Championship and I took part in the U18 British Boys Championship. After the penultimate round of the British Championship Stewart organised a Quick-play all-play all event with an entry fee of a shilling (0.5p).There was 10 entries and two prizes on offer which was shared by N.J.Argyris and a young local rival of mine W.N.Gregory with 7/9.Yours truly finished third with 6.5/9. Stewart was busy with the pairings and after three rounds dropped out with 1/3. I did not really meet him again until the World Seniors of 2014 which was held in Katerini,Greece. There we would discuss our games over a glass of his favourite red wine. Funnily enough he could not remember that Quick-Play event from 53 years before!
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  MissScarlett: Looking over the variety of venues for the British championships down the years (, I'm wondering what's been the overriding principle used by the BCF/ECF in selecting locations - i) a desire to serve/promote the game in every part of the country, or ii) anywhere they could get a cheap deal on the playing hall and accommodation.

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