Reuben Fine - A Comprehensive Record of an American Chess Career, 1929-1951 - Aidan Woodger


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Paperback, 400 pages, 2018 McFarland Publishing 

American Grandmaster Reuben Fine grew up in the East Bronx in an impoverished Russian-Jewish family, learning to play chess from an uncle at the age of eight. During his high school years, his stake winnings and coins earned from playing at a Coney Island concession helped support his family.

After graduating from college, he decided to become a professional player. Though his active international career was brief, his accomplishment and talent are unmistakably significant. This comprehensive collection of 659 of Reuben Fine’s tournament and match games is presented chronologically, in context, and with annotations from contemporary sources. More than 180 other games and game fragments (rapid transit, correspondence, exhibition, blitz, and others) are also included. The work also includes a biography of Fine, and notes aspects of his career that merit further study: his contribution to endgame and middlegame theory, his methods and style of play, and his exhibition play. Fine’s career results, brief biographical data about his opponents, a comprehensive bibliography that includes his contributions to journals, and indexes of players and of openings complete the work.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction      1

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
Introduction      5
Early Years      5
A Spell in Europe      6
Annus Mirabilis—1938      7
Back to College and Domestic Chess      7
A Chess Amateur      8
Appreciations and Assessments      9

CAREER HISTORY AND COLLECTED GAMES
Junior Master in the New York Clubs, 1929–1932      11
United States Open Champion and the Pasadena International, 1932–1933      23
The International Team Tournament at Folkestone, 1933      31
Pushing to the Forefront of American Chess, 1933–1934      39
More International Experience, 1934-1935      57
Open Champion Once More      66
The Warsaw Olympiad and Łódź, 1935      72
The Grandmaster Title, 1935–1936      82
The First United States Championship Tournament, 1936      87
A Return to Europe, 1936–1937      98
Swedish Punch, 1937      132
A Trip to Soviet Russia, 1937      143
Sharing the Honours with Keres, 1937      151
A Drop in Form, 1937      163
The Stockholm Team Tournament, 1937      174
More Poor Form and a World Championship, 1937–1938      180
The Second United States Championship Tournament, 1938      190
The Great A.V.R.O “Candidates” Tournament, 1938      201
U.S Open Champion Again, 1939–1941      215
U.S Speed Champion, 1942–1945      259
International Tournaments and Matches, 1945–1951      281
Fine as a Correspondence Chess Player      312
Simultaneous Exhibition Games and Miscellany      316

CAREER RESULTS TABLES
Tournaments      341
Individual Matches      342
International Team Tournaments (Olympiads; Others)      343
New York Metropolitan Chess League      343
Miscellaneous Match Games      344
Correspondence Games      344
U.S Speed Championships      345

APPENDICES
1. Biographical Data about Fine’s Opponents      347
2. Time Controls and Rates of Play      356
3. Fine’s Notebooks at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C      357
4. Results of the A.V.R.O Participants During the 1930s      358
5. Historical Elo Ratings and U.S.C.F Ratings      361
6. Fine as Author      361
7. Further Research Possibilities      364
8. Fine on Blindfold play      365

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Tournament Books      369
United States Chess Federation Yearbooks      370
Soviet Chess Yearbooks      370
Biographical Games Collections      370
General works      371
Periodicals      372

Openings Index—Descriptive (to game numbers)      373
Openings Index—MCO (to game numbers)      375
Players Index (to game numbers)      378
Annotators Index (to game numbers)      381
Sources Index (to game numbers)      383
General Index (to page numbers)      384

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