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Reuben Fine
Number of games in database: 525
Years covered: 1930 to 1986

Overall record: +280 -65 =146 (71.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 34 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E33 E37 E23 E40 E43
 Orthodox Defense (29) 
    D51 D55 D63 D50 D60
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D37 D30 D06 D35 D39
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D83 D81 D82 D70 D95
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C86 C83 C70 C90 C61
 Slav (11) 
    D17 D11 D12 D18 D10
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E33 E34 E43 E22 E45
 French Defense (21) 
    C01 C14 C11 C02 C18
 Sicilian (21) 
    B45 B29 B84 B20 B50
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C73 C83 C74 C71 C68
 Queen's Gambit Declined (17) 
    D38 D39 D30 D35 D37
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D51 D50 D68 D65 D61
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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 Lasker, 1936 1-0
   Capablanca vs Fine, 1938 1/2-1/2
   Reshevsky vs Fine, 1941 1/2-1/2
   Fine vs J Rappaport, 1931 1-0
   Fine vs Flohr, 1938 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zandvoort (1936)
   Hastings 1935/36 (1935)
   Fine - Steiner (1944)
   Fine - Najdorf (1949)
   Amsterdam (1936)
   AVRO (1938)
   Semmering/Baden (1937)
   Margate (1937)
   Syracuse (1934)
   Hastings 1936/37 (1936)
   US Championship (1936)
   Hastings 1937/38 (1937)
   Nottingham (1936)
   Wertheim Memorial (1951)
   Kemeri (1937)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Passion for Chess (Fine) by rookchat9
   Passion for Chess (Fine) by neontheorist
   Passion for Chess (Fine) by Qindarka
   Match Fine! by amadeus
   Fines - Lessons From My Games by rookchat9
   Fines - Lessons From My Games by scheidt
   Fine by Morten
   American Chess Bulletin 1933 by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1935, Milwaukee = 36th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1934, Chicago = 35th ACF Tournament by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1939, New York = 40th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   1938 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Open 1940, Dallas by Phony Benoni
   1936 US Championship by crawfb5

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 525  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dake vs Fine 1-0351930young mastersA07 King's Indian Attack
2. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-0551930Rice Club Junior MastersC14 French, Classical
3. F Reinfeld vs Fine  0-1341930Marshall Chess Club-ch, PrelimC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. Fine vs J Rappaport 1-0281931USA Intercollegiate ch -32, USAA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Fine vs Dake 0-1171931MatchE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
6. Fine vs F Reinfeld ½-½181931New York State ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. F Reinfeld vs Fine 1-0241932Marshall CC ChampionshipD65 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line
8. Kevitz vs Fine 1-0381932Metropolitan Chess LeagueA90 Dutch
9. H Steiner vs Fine  ½-½751932MatchE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Fine vs H Steiner 0-1371932MatchA13 English
11. H Steiner vs Fine 1-0401932MatchC49 Four Knights
12. H Steiner vs Fine  1-0611932MatchD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Fine vs H Steiner 1-0381932MatchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
14. H Steiner vs Fine 0-1651932MatchB03 Alekhine's Defense
15. Fine vs H Steiner 0-1311932MatchD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Fine vs H Steiner 1-0371932MatchE41 Nimzo-Indian
17. H Steiner vs Fine 0-1281932MatchD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Fine vs H Steiner  ½-½581932MatchA15 English
19. F Reinfeld vs Fine  ½-½201932Western ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
20. Fine vs Factor  1-0541932Western ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
21. J Harris vs Fine  0-1381932Western ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
22. Fine vs F Hazard  1-0411932Western ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Fine vs H Steiner  1-0431932Western ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
24. G S Barnes vs Fine  0-1381932Western ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. A Hermann vs Fine 0-1181932Western ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 525  PGN Download
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  Retireborn: <z> Thanks - the Keres and Winter games are new to me.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Here is a TV interview with Fine from 1980, subtitled in Spanish. He had a strong NY accent:

Dec-20-17  zanzibar: Doll (kibitz #1476)
Mar-02-18  CountryGirl: Fine sure had some killer results - eg scored 79% using the NimzoIndian. Pity his competition at home was so weak - I wonder how he would have fared as a Soviet?
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  ChessHigherCat: <I wonder how he would have fared as a Soviet?>

As a Soviet, he would have been Fine.

Mar-14-18  madlydeeply: i read a Fine book wherein he referred to soviet players as using "harem scarem" tactics.
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  TheFocus: <madlydeeply: i read a Fine book wherein he referred to soviet players as using "harem scarem" tactics.>

Must have been an Elvis fan.

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  offramp: <zanzibar: There is no game of Fine's in the 2010 edition of the <Mammoth Book>. That's just not right!>

Perhaps the editors thought, "There is no Reuben Fine game - it takes too much time to find a game by him which one can enjoy."

May-31-18  takchess:
May-31-18  sudoplatov: We do have an estimate of how well Fine would have done in the USSR.

Leningrad 1937 won by Fine.
Moscow 1937 won by Fine.
Neither in the database.

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  Retireborn: Fine did play in Moscow in 1946 (as part of the US team) and his observations of Botvinnik etc then may have played a part in his 1948 decision, perhaps.
Jun-01-18  Granny O Doul: That footage linked by Jonathan Sarfati above is from "the Great Chess Movie", which is watchable on youtube and without the subtitles, at least at this moment.
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  Sally Simpson: Horowitz was giving a simultaneous display in Portland.

Ruben Fine adopted a disguise and took a board. (Chess Review 1942)

Jul-13-18  JimNorCal: Sally, that is a cool photo! I'd never heard of this stunt before, what a great joke.
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  HeMateMe: He looks like father guido sarducci.
Nov-15-18  anjumskhan: His plus scores against all greats is enough for him to earn my respect.
Jul-03-19  Chesgambit: Fine vs Alekhine 1963
Jul-03-19  csmath: Alekhine died 1946 so unless he played as a ghost that 1963 game was impossible.
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  beatgiant: He probably transposed 1936 to 1963.
Jul-04-19  csmath: Well, there is a 1963 Evans Gambit game where 20-year-old Bobby Fischer absolutely annihilated Reuben Fine and destroyed all the chess mystique associated with Fine.
Oct-11-19  Cibator: <csmath: Well, there is a 1963 Evans Gambit game where 20-year-old Bobby Fischer absolutely annihilated Reuben Fine and destroyed all the chess mystique associated with Fine.>

And that, my friends, is more or less what Morphy would have done to Staunton a century earlier. The players' ages and circumstances in each case are near-exact parallels.

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  Ron: I was in a used bookstore today, and I came across a book by Rueben Fine, _A History of Psychoanalysis_.

I browsed through it, wondering, Reuben Fine gave up chess for this intellectual garbage?

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  HeMateMe: I'm just happy there are still used bookstores <somewhere> in the USA. We no longer have them in NYC except for Goodwill stores, and the books there are mostly garbage.
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  Ron: I wonder if Reuben Fine had any psychoanalytic patients who were chess enthusiasts. I think it would be pretty cool if Reuben Fine discussed chess with his patients.
Mar-18-20  Parachessus: I forget who said it, but someone said that Fine's leaving chess was a loss for chess and a draw at best for psychoanalysis.
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