Fred Reinfeld

The Man Who Taught America Chess, with 282 Games


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About the Book

Fred Reinfeld—his name used to be known to almost every chess player in the United States. Not so well known are his accomplishments. One of the strongest players of his time, he ranked just below Reuben Fine and Samuel Reshevsky (against whom he had a plus score). He was the accomplished author of some of the best chess books of the 1930s and 1940s, and a respected numismatist, recognized as a pioneer in the field. He was an editor or major contributor to almost every major chess magazine through the 1940s—Chess Review, Chess Correspondent and Chess Life.
This first book on Renfield covers his remarkable contributions to the chess world, with many of his ideas and writings quoted in their original context and with many of his famous annotations preserved for the modern reader.

About the Author(s)

Alex Dunne is the United States Chess Federation correspondence chess director, author of more than a dozen chess books and frequent contributor to Chess Life. He is a FIDE Master, Life Master and ICCF Correspondence Chess Master. He lives in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Alex Dunne
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 202
Bibliographic Info: 282 games, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7654-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
1. Beginnings 3
2. Chess Master 16
3. Championship Quality 29
4. A Chess Author 49
5. The Marshall Championship 58
6. The Foremost Chess Book Author 65
7. Competition and Books 68
8. Improving Results 84
9. Ventnor City 1 94
10. Third United States Championship 107
11. Ventnor City 2 118
12. Retirement from Play 131
13. The Book Factory 143
14. Books and More Books 153
15. Endgame 168
Reinfeld’s Chess Books 175
Reinfeld’s Non-Chess Books 181
Index of Opponents (to game numbers) 183
Index of Openings—Traditional Names (to game numbers) 185
Index of Openings—ECO Codes (to game numbers) 186
General Index (to page numbers) 188

Book Reviews & Awards

• “A pioneering work”—IM John Donaldson (

• “Many interesting games…a good introduction to the life of Reinfeld…recommended”—Mind’s Eye Press

• “A thorough account of the life and chess career of the great man…a fine chess biography of Fred Reinfeld”—The Caissa Kid

• “Great thanks to Alex Dunne for providing 282 of Reinfeld’s own games and giving us the story of the remarkable Fred Reinfeld, who “taught America chess.”—