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Fred Reinfeld

Number of games in database: 143
Years covered: 1925 to 1942
Overall record: +53 -42 =48 (53.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D55 D63 D51 D65 D62
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C83 C86 C78 C97 C73
 Slav (7) 
    D18 D11 D13 D17 D10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D30 D35 D37
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E16 E17
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A22 A25 A27 A20
With the Black pieces:
 English (6) 
    A13 A12 A17 A10
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C91 C84 C99
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D64 D63 D56
 Sicilian (4) 
    B70 B74 B20 B83
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C91 C84 C99
 English, 1 c4 e5 (4) 
    A28 A25 A22 A20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F Reinfeld vs J Battell, 1940 1-0
   F Reinfeld vs T Dunst, 1931 1-0
   F Reinfeld vs Denker, 1934 1-0
   O Ulvestad vs F Reinfeld, 1939 1/2-1/2
   F Reinfeld vs Reshevsky, 1932 1-0
   Reshevsky vs F Reinfeld, 1932 0-1
   F Reinfeld vs R Smirka, 1937 1-0
   F Reinfeld vs N Grossman, 1929 1-0
   F Reinfeld vs Fine, 1932 1-0
   F Reinfeld vs N Grossman, 1936 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ventnor City (1939)
   Ventnor City (1941)
   United States Championship (1938)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ventnor City 1939 by Phony Benoni
   Ventnor City 1941 by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1932, Minneapolis = 33rd Western Champ. by Phony Benoni

   Tarrasch vs Marotti / Napoli / de Simone / del, 1914
   A Brinckmann vs G Kieninger, 1932
   Steinitz vs Lasker, 1895

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(born Jan-27-1910, died May-29-1964, 54 years old) United States of America

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Fred Reinfeld, born in New York, was an American master best known as a chess writer. He won the New York State Championship twice (Rome 1931 and Syracuse 1933) and played in several national-level tournaments, but gradually abandoned play for writing. He finished second at Ventnor City (1939) and Ventnor City (1941). He tied for 1st with Sidney Norman Bernstein in the 1942 Manhattan Chess Club championship.

He was ranked sixth in the country, with a rating of 2593, on the first rating list issued by the United States Chess Federation in 1950, after Reuben Fine, Samuel Reshevsky, Alexander Kevitz, Arthur Dake, and Albert Simonson. Chessmetrics ranks him as the 64th best player in the world in March and April 1943. During his playing career, he won tournament games against such eminent players as Reshevsky (twice), Fine, Frank Marshall, and Denker, and drew against world champion Alexander Alekhine.

Reinfeld was an editor for Chess Review. His first books from the 1930s were geared toward experienced players, but he soon discovered a knack for writing instructional books and compiling quiz collections that appealed to the novice and sold well enough for him to make a living.

Eventually Reinfeld wrote over 100 books on chess and other subjects, though many were repackaged versions of earlier works. However, they helped teach several generations of new players and remain popular today.

On May 29, 1964, Reinfeld died at the age of 54 in East Meadow, New York, reportedly from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. In 1996, he became the 26th person inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame, and the first inducted primarily for his writing.

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Last updated: 2022-04-29 21:12:36

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 144  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Pimsler vs F Reinfeld 1-0401924Morris v. DeWitt Clinton MatchD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. F Reinfeld vs NN 1-0201925Casual gameC37 King's Gambit Accepted
3. W Frere vs F Reinfeld 0-1621926New YorkC51 Evans Gambit
4. L Shedlovsky vs F Reinfeld 1-0311926Dimock Tournament, 2nd sectionC51 Evans Gambit
5. F Reinfeld vs S L Thompson 1-0431927North American Championship - corrC29 Vienna Gambit
6. C Jaffe vs F Reinfeld 0-1501928New York, NY USAB83 Sicilian
7. O Tenner vs F Reinfeld  1-0331928Metropolitan LeagueC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
8. M L Hanauer vs F Reinfeld 1-0231928Marshall CC ChampionshipE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
9. F Reinfeld vs Marshall 1-0421929Dimock TournamentA20 English
10. F Reinfeld vs F K Perkins  0-1451929Dimock Thematic TournamentA27 English, Three Knights System
11. F Reinfeld vs J Narraway 1-0241929CorrespondenceC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. A S Kussman vs F Reinfeld  0-1271929NCF IntercollegiateC45 Scotch Game
13. F Reinfeld vs N Grossman 1-0231929NCF IntercollegiateB58 Sicilian
14. F Reinfeld vs R L Bornholz  1-0291929Marshall CC vs. Manhattan CCC78 Ruy Lopez
15. E Tholfsen vs F Reinfeld  1-0291929Dimock TournamentA20 English
16. E Tholfsen vs F Reinfeld 1-0741930Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. F Reinfeld vs Santasiere 1-0301930Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. R Smirka vs F Reinfeld  1-0411930Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
19. J McClure vs F Reinfeld 0-1551930CorrespondenceB20 Sicilian
20. F Reinfeld vs A Cass  0-1521930Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
21. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-0551930Rice Club Junior MastersC14 French, Classical
22. F Reinfeld vs Fine  0-1341930Marshall Chess Club-ch, PrelimC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
23. F Reinfeld vs Fine  1-0361931Impromptu matchE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
24. F Reinfeld vs T Dunst 1-0231931Marshall CC ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
25. N Grossman vs F Reinfeld 0-1261931New York State ChampionshipA08 King's Indian Attack
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Jan-27-16  Granny O Doul: I'm struck by Fred's lifetime score here (+40-39=36). He knew the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and the eh of neither. Don't know that I'd call it MY first chess book, but "How to Win Chess Games Quickly" was the chess book we had around the house growing up.
Jan-28-16  kamagong24: <Granny O Doul> <How to Win Chess Games Quickly> i have that book too! im not sure if that was my second chess book or Bruce Pandolfini's Chess Openings Traps and Zaps! , one of the reasons why i bought the latter, was because it was the first time i've seen the algebraic notation! now i really cant remember which my second chess book was hahaha!

“The Pin is mightier than the sword”
- Fred Reinfeld

Feb-19-16  pazzed paun: Does anyone have a list of chess books ghostwritten by reinfeld,besides marshals fifty years of chess?
Mar-10-16  kamagong24: and Candidates starts tomorrow!!!
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  plang: ...but there haven't been any debates
Jan-27-17  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Fred Reinfeld.

I am almost afraid to count how many of your books I have!

Jan-27-17  Kafelnikov64: Reinfeld's books were also translated and published in Spain (Editorial Bruguera). I remember reading " My first book of chess" and the "1001..." in the 80s. Those books belonged to my father and had been published in the 60s. He still has them at his home (he is 78 years old now, so he must have bought them on his twenties).
Apr-14-17  Helios727: In Fred Reinfeld's book "1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations", position 808 has the following position with Black to move:

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He gives the winning line as 1... Ba6 2 Qxa6 Qd2 3 Ne2 Qe3+ 4 Kh1 Qf3+ 5 Bg2 Nef2+ 6 Kg1 Nh3+ 7 Bxh3 Qf2+ 8 Kh1 Qxh2#.

However, Fritz 5.32 gives 2 Nc6 as its response of choice for White. I can see no clearly winning line for Black after that move. Is there one?

Apr-14-17  RookFile: 1....Ba6 2. Nc6 Bxd3 3. Nxa5 Bxf1 4. Rxf1 Nd2 5. Bxg7 Kxg7 gives this position:

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The problem for white is if he plays something like 6. Rd1, black replies ....Re2 with mating ideas.

Apr-14-17  Helios727: Okay, let's go to position 882 in his book "1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations" (see below, White to move):

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Reinfeld gives the winning line for White as: 1. Rxe6+ Kd7 2. Rxd6+ Kxd6 3. Nf5+ Ke6 4. Re3+ Kd7 5. Re7+, which will force the Black King to the back rank and result in the loss of the h8-Rook and either the other Rook or Queen.

However, if Black variates with 4... Kd5, how does White force an advantage?

Apr-17-17  Helios727: I think I have it. If 4... Kd5 5. Qf4 gxf5 6. Rd3+ Kc5 7. Qd4+ Kb5,

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8. Rb3+ Ka6 9. Ra3+ Kb5 10. c4+ Kb4 11. c5+ wins the Queen.

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Apr-26-17  Helios727: Whoops. In the final position the White Rook should be on a3.
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  Richard Taylor: Reinfeld! I recall learning ideas from him and had a book by Chernev and others. Also Purdy, and Capa of Chess Fundamentals as well as Lasker and his 'Manual'.

Actually I enjoyed that much as if I was reading a long novel. It seemed to me to be about life as much as chess.

Reinfeld co-edited a book of about 182 games by Tarrasch. My son and I during lunch hours played over every single one. Those were almost the most fascinating games I have ever played through. What made it was the addition of Tarrasch's annotations. Reinfeld also added his points to the games. Tarrasch is (among many) greatly underestimated. Some great combinations and endings etc.

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  yiotta: I remember a Reinfeld book called <How To Think One Move Ahead>. I recall it being pretty good, although I didn't really absorb the message.
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  ketchuplover: Thanks for your contribution to chess history Mr.Reinfeld :)
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  Diocletian: His were some of my first books as a child, and I suppose that is the case for most of us.

I have heard him described as the nerd's nerd. I keep his picture on my desktop to remind me to stay home, play chess, collect stamps, study rocks and minerals, collect coins and stay out of trouble.

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  Sally Simpson: I Need Some Help.

In his 1950 book: 'A Treasury of British Chess Masterpieces' Fred writes he did not include a Staunton game because " takes to much time to find a game by him which one can enjoy."

Fair enough.

But in his 1947 book 'British Chess Masters: Past and Present 'I'm 99% sure he does give a Staunton game.

I do not have the 'British Chess Masters: Past and Present ' too hand can anyone tell me which Staunton game(s) he has in this book

I think it may be this one:

Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843.

Thanks in advance.

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  chancho: <SallySimpson> You're right... that's the game.

It's on page 5 of the aforementioned book:

Just press on the look inside button.

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  Sally Simpson: Thanks Chanco, You are a star. I knew someone here would not let me down else I would have had to wait till Monday.

I'm writing something about defending Reinfeld because he never had the databases we now have.

Hence no Staunton-Cochrane games a handful of which he would have enjoyed noting up.

Thanks Again.

Naiditsch vs M Bluebaum, 2018 (kibitz #35)

Robert Shaw was also the blonde baddie Donald "Red" Grant: in 'From Russia with Love' which of course is famous chess wise due to the Spassky - Bronstein game.

(see how easily I can turn every post onto chess - it's my only gift.)

Jul-10-19  The17thPawn: Does anyone else find it oddly symmetrical that Reinfeld's top rating was 64th in the world?
Jul-11-19  Granny O Doul: <pazzed paun> Not a complete list, but I remember hearing "Reshevsky's Best Games of Chess" was among them. I actually had a chance to buy that one for a buck at the local used book store, but leafing through I found it so pedestrian and impersonal that I didn't bother. I admit that the fact that I was already aware of this rumor, have little room for new books and don't really buy chess books anymore also contributed to my decision.

Regarding the post immediately previous, I mostly find it mind-blowing that he ever ranked so high, though according to Jeff Sonas, he did.

Sep-07-19  Parachessus: "The noted American analyst Fred Reinfeld has recently attempted to rehabilitate this opening (the Center Counter Game), but he has not found any support among tournament players." --Reuben Fine, 1938.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

'Fred Reinfeld: The Man Who Taught America Chess, with 282 Games' by Alex Dunne.

(that is 282 games played by Fred Reinfeld, not Fred Reinfeld teaching America how to play chess with 282 games.)

Review here on page 53 (8 of 10) of this CHESS sample


Oct-16-20  login:

Chess wisdom

'.. “Mr. Reinfeld crams into his new books a large amount of chess wisdom,” Dana Brannan wrote in The New York Times in 1949, referring to “How to Play Better Chess” and “Relax With Chess,’ “If the amateur will keep these books within reach and remember what he reads, he will soon be surprising his chess friends—and enemies.” Mr. Reinfeld did not confine his writings to chess, however. He was the author of “Coin Collections’ Handbook,” “Uranium and Other Miracle Metals” and “What’s New in Science.” He possessed a phenomenal memory and was able to compete research on as many as 13 books a year and then write them often without revising more than a few sentences. A book that he had, however, completely revised recently was “A Catalogue of the World’s Most Popular Coins,” which the Sterling Publishing Company published in 1956 and plans to reissue in the fall. Among his popular books were “Miracle Drugs and the New Age of Medicine” and “They Almost Made It,” which is a documented account of the many inventors who were forerunners of those to whom history gives credit for their inventions. His works have been translated into several languages and used by the United States Information Service. They have been published by most of the leading book companies, may in paperback, editions. Mr. Reinfeld, a graduate of City College, taught chess at New York University. In 1959 he received the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation Award for his historical work “The Great Dissenters.” He was an editor of the Chess Review and he wrote for the Encyclopedia Britannica. Surviving are his widow, the former Beatrice Levine; a son, Don; a daughter, Judith, and a sister, Mrs. Lillian Blake. A funeral service will be held at Gutterman’s Chapel in Rockville Centre on Sunday at 10 A.M. ..'

from obituary excerpts in 'Great Moments in Chess' by Kent Nelson, July 2015

Link also contains a varity of themes all included in the special issue of 'The Gambit' a recap of most of Nebraska chess in 2014.

Courtesy of Editor Kent Nelson.

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  fredthebear: Thank you <Kent Nelson>!

Most members do not know Kent Nelson, but I've had the pleasure of meeting Kent at various times over the years (combining my trips to visit family and play chess tournaments), and watching him deal squarely with others. Kent Nelson is a kind, helpful, fair, honorable man; he walks tall! He's a steady competitor, yet humble and gracious. You cannot tell if he won or lost. He's an excellent organizer of various chess functions over the years, sometimes stepping in to save the day when others couldn't/wouldn't.

I think of Kent Nelson as having become the "Dean of Nebraska Chess" this century but perhaps others unknown to me might be deserving of that title too. (As a visitor, it's not my place to bestow such an honor, but it's what I think of him.) Certainly, Kent is The Informant of Nebraska chess, having edited The Gambit publication for many years, benefitting so many in the area.

Without going into details, I can think of a handful of ways Kent took the time to help other competitors, many that he did not know, including myself. Kent does not seem to be an outgoing socialite, but clearly a person of principle. There's a right way to do things, and he subscribes to this consistently.

This is my A1 Blue Ribbon Award. I know nothing of Kent Nelson's personal life other than he lives in Lincoln, NE. Through chess, Kent Nelson has consistently set a good example for all of us to follow year after year, decade after decade. Kent Nelson -- THANK YOU for your service, and your gentleman presence!! (Kent is not thrilled by being put in the spotlight, but he's more than earned my compliments.) May we all be a little more like Kent!

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