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Saturday, March 24, 2012

More on Fred Reinfeld

Reader Paul Gottlieb called attention to the fact that Fred Reinfeld was, in addition to his writing ability, also a great player.  While it is true a lot of his books were ‘pot boilers’ as they were called in the day, his early books were excellent.  Unfortunately, Reinfeld discovered early on that there was no money in writing really good books so he started writing stuff that sold.  I have a small pdf booklet for download with a few of his games that shows he could play pretty good chess

Like the American comedian Rodney Dangerfield (November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004) who was known for the line. "I don't get no respect! No respect, no respect at all... that's the story of my life" the same could be said of Fred Reinfeld’s play.  Reinfeld is well known to chessplayers for his books, some excellent, some not, but very few know he was also a very strong master.  Enjoy some of his games!

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