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The Human Side of Chess The Great Chess Masters and Their Games

Fred Reinfeld

Published by Ishi Press
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Title: The Human Side of Chess The Great Chess ...

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Paperback. 316 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.5in. x 0.9in.Is there any quality common to the worlds greatest chess masters, any peculiarity which made them contestants upon that particular parti-coloured board and on no other Is there, in other words, a chess-mind Since 1851 there have been seven acknowledged Worlds Champions at chess, from a variety of nations, each replacing, in direct contest, a predecessor, and each exhibiting capacities for chess-play far and away transcending those of the common herd. What led these champions to the vocation of chess What were the financial rewards, if any What satisfactions attended transitory fame and what griefs were there at the inevitable eventual downfall Fred Reinfeld, himself a player of master strength, is a sympathetic analyst of the idiosyncrasies of the seven most famous giants of the game so far: Anderssen the Romantic, Morphy the Gentleman, Steinitz the Lawgiver, Lasker the Philosopher, Capablanca the Machine, Alekhine the Fighter, and the one still living ex-champion, Euwe the Logician. Mr. Reinfeld is not afraid to illustrate his remarks with specific games and specific comments, and his very acute study challenges various pre-conceived notions-but the author also describes the character, psychology and mentality of each champion, and his reaction to his rivals, in such a human and sensitive way that we think it fair to promise that this book will have a wider general appeal, even amongst those who have forgotten their chess and havent played for a long time, The author has known some of the champions personally and observed them in many actions. The picture of Capablanca is particularly revealing, and his sketch of the mysterious character of Alekhine is most penetrating and altogether brilliant. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9784871877350

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Synopsis: Is there any quality common to the world's greatest chess masters, any peculiarity which made them contestants upon that particular parti-coloured board and on no other? Is there, in other words, a chess-mind? Since 1851 there have been seven acknowledged World's Champions at chess, from a variety of nations, each replacing, in direct contest, a predecessor, and each exhibiting capacities for chess-play far and away transcending those of the common herd. What led these champions to the vocation of chess? What were the financial rewards, if any? What satisfactions attended transitory fame and what griefs were there at the inevitable eventual downfall? Fred Reinfeld, himself a player of master strength, is a sympathetic analyst of the idiosyncrasies of the seven most famous giants of the game so far: Anderssen the Romantic, Morphy the Gentleman, Steinitz the Lawgiver, Lasker the Philosopher, Capablanca the Machine, Alekhine the Fighter, and the one still living ex-champion, Euwe the Logician. Mr. Reinfeld is not afraid to illustrate his remarks with specific games and specific comments, and his very acute study challenges various pre-conceived notions-but the author also describes the character, psychology and mentality of each champion, and his reaction to his rivals, in such a human and sensitive way that we think it fair to promise that this book will have a wider general appeal, even amongst those who have forgotten their chess and haven't played for a long time, The author has known some of the champions personally and observed them in many actions. The picture of Capablanca is particularly revealing, and his sketch of the mysterious character of Alekhine is most penetrating and altogether brilliant.

About the Author: Fred Reinfeld was born on January 27, 1910. Although Fred Reinfeld is now remembered as a writer about chess and other subjects, he was also a strong player. In the 1950 USCF Rating List he was rated number 6 in the United States with a rating of 2593. He defeated Reshevsky twice and Fine once in tournament games and drew World Champion Alekhine in the grandmaster tournament in Pasadena 1932, the strongest tournament ever played in the Western United States. In Pasadena 1932, the strongest grandmaster tournament in the USA in the decade of the 1930s, Fine and Reinfeld both got the same score of 5-6. Fine won their individual game. However, Reinfeld did better against the higher ranked players, including a win over Reshevsky and a draw with World Chess Champion Alexander Alekhine. Final scores were: Alekhine 8.5-2.5, Kashdan 7.5-3.5, Dake, Steiner and Reshevsky 6-5, Borochow 5.5-5.5, Reinfeld, Bernstein, Fine and Factor 5-6, Araiza 3.5-7.5, and Fink 3-8. After that however Reinfeld only played in a few other chess events. He spent the rest of his life writing about the game, not playing it. Reinfeld wrote more than one hundred chess books. In his day, almost all young chess players started off on his books. Nowadays, his books are mostly out of print because they were written in descriptive notation, as this one is. Fred Reinfeld died on May 29, 1964.

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