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Fred Reinfeld vs S L Thompson
North American Championship - corr (1927) (correspondence)
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Bardeleben Variation (C29)  ·  1-0



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May-15-06  CapablancaFan: Amusing ending by the famous chess author. Mate cannot be stopped by his opponent, but if he can just keep checking..check...check...check...che-(He ran out of checks)
Dec-30-07  areknames: 31. Rag5+ is unexpected, brilliant and gaines a vital tempo as the pawn on h7 is captured with check after Rd5-d7, winning the game for white. The rook on g5 is untouchable. Exquisite!
Dec-30-07  areknames: Sorry, it's GAINS a vital tempo ;)
Dec-23-08  YoungEd: I thought I was going to post a clever comment, but <areknames> beat me by almost a year! This is an exciting game, and shows that Reinfeld was a strong player indeed.
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  Phony Benoni: It's worth pointing out that Reinfeld was 17 at the time of this game. The United States developed a large number of great young players in the late 1920s: Herman Steiner, Kashdan, Horowitz, Reshevsky, Fine, Dake, Denker, etc. Reinfeld was as promising as any of them, but turned out to be somewhat short of championship caliber.

It would be interesting to learn why he fell short. I'm pretty sure he was a time pressure addict. From reading his books, you feel he might have had too dogmatic an approach, but that could be a pose assumed for the audience.

Or maybe he just loved chess too much. I get the feelings that champions like Reshevsky and Fine didn't really love chess, in the sense that somebody like Marshall or Bronstein or Tal did. But I think Reinfeld did, and for that we can probably blame Irving Chernev.

But I don't really know why Reinfeld fizzled.

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  scutigera: <Phony Benoni>: They can't all be number one. Per Wikipedia, "He was ranked sixth in the country 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. Reinfeld won the 1933 New York State Championship, finishing all eleven rounds undefeated, ahead of Fine, Anthony Santasiere, and Arnold Denker." That's a better career than I have, and better than Kevitz and Simonson had. You may be on to something when you say "he loved chess too much"; the behind-the-scenes work of a top GM career is often repellent to people who sincerely love playing the game itself, and thanks to his writing career he didn't need the money.

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