Ruben Fayn

Ruben Fayn

American chess player and chess theorist
Date of Birth: 11.10.1914
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Ruben Fine
  2. Chess Career
  3. International Tournaments
  4. Later Years and Contributions

Biography of Ruben Fine

Ruben Fine was an American chess player and chess theorist. He was born in 1914 in New York City. Fine began playing chess at the age of 8 and became a member of the Marshall Chess Club at the age of 15.

Chess Career

In 1931, Fine achieved his first chess success by securing second place in the New York State Championship. The following year, he made his debut in international competition, finishing 7th-10th in the Pasadena Tournament and even drawing a game against the world champion, Alexander Alekhine. Fine went on to play Alekhine a total of 9 times in various competitions, winning 3 games, losing 2, and drawing 4.

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Fine continued to improve his skills by studying the works of prominent chess players such as Savielly Tartakower, Richard Réti, and Aron Nimzowitsch. He became a 7-time winner of the American Masters tournaments from 1932 to 1941. Fine also achieved impressive results in the U.S. Championships, finishing 2nd multiple times and winning the title in the 1948/1949 edition.

Additionally, Fine represented the United States in several Chess Olympiads, winning the team competition in 1933, 1935, and 1937. In the 1937 Olympiad, he performed exceptionally well on the second board, scoring 11.5 out of 15 points.

International Tournaments

From 1935 to 1938, Fine participated in 16 international tournaments, achieving first-place finishes in tournaments held in Milwaukee, Hastings, Zandvoort, Oslo, Stockholm, Moscow, and Leningrad. He also had strong performances in other tournaments, including a 3rd-5th place finish in the famous Nottingham tournament of the 1930s, alongside players like Samuel Reshevsky and Max Euwe.

Later Years and Contributions

In 1948, Fine declined an invitation to participate in the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship. He won the New York tournament in 1948/1949 but subsequently retired from competitive play. Fine was known for his positional style of play and exceptional technical skills. He authored several books on various chess topics and even wrote about psychoanalysis. In 1948, he defended his doctoral dissertation.

Unfortunately, Ruben Fine passed away in 1993 due to a heart attack. His contributions to chess as a player, writer, and theorist continue to be recognized and celebrated.