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Monday, October 12, 2015

Fred Reinfeld Could Play Chess!

    Like comedian Rodney Dangerfield, Reinfeld could have easily used the phrase, “I don't get no respect!” In addition to his writing on a wide range of subjects (chess, checkers, coin collecting, stamp collecting, geology, history, medicine, physics, political science and law under his own name, Reinfeld also wrote books under the pseudonyms Robert V. Masters and Edward Young. 
    Most of his chess books were of low quality and appealed to beginners who didn't know any better than to buy them, but many of his early works were superb as were some of the chess books he ghosted. It didn't take him long to figure out that bad books sold better than good ones and were a lot easier to write! 
     But, Reinfeld was a very strong player.  From the early 1930s to the early 1940s, after which he withdrew from competition, he was one of the country's best players. Mostly, his games were boring positional affairs, but like all strong masters, he could, as he does in this game, unleash a tactical barrage when presented with the opportunity. This game was played in the Metropolitan Chess League. Batgirl has a fascinating history of the league at Edo Chess.

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