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Reinfeld, Gosling & Frome (27.08.2011.)

Fred Reinfeld (1910-1964) was a New York chess-player good enough to win his state championship twice (1931 & 1933 – both times ahead of Fine and Dake) but who later found fame as a prolific writer. He first cooperated with his friend Reuben Fine to produce books of lasting quality that added to chess knowledge, but then gravitated to producing a long series of titles for beginners. Serious collectors often scorned these as potboilers churned out in order to earn a quick buck.

In fact, they sold by the million to novice players who were looking for clear, uncomplicated advice on how to improve, and as such provided an invaluable service to the chess world. He published over 100 titles and had he not died so young would probably have produced another hundred.

In 1995, Brian Gosling, then a member of the Frome Chess Club, organised a small all-play-all tournament to give Somerset’s top juniors a chance to test their mettle against some experienced senior players. He had realised that Reinfeld had a slight westcountry connection, as many of his books were printed in Bath and some at Butler & Tanner in Frome, and that even thirty years after his death there had not been any tournament dedicated to his memory. So his tournament was called the Reinfeld Memorial.

Brian was due to play Jack Rudd, then a Cambridge undergraduate, and prepared a variation of the Ruy Lopez to play against him, which went according to plan…. up to a point.

White: B. G. Gosling. Black: J. Rudd.

Ruy Lopez – Exchange Variation. [C68]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 instead of backing off when challenged, the bishop strikes. 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0–0 5.Nxe5 is not an option because of  5…Qd4 which hands the initiative to Black. 5…Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Again, temptation must be avoided e.g. 7.hxg4 hxg4 8.Ne1 Qh4 and mate follows. 7…Bd6 8.Re1 Qf6 9.Nbd2 Ne7 10.d4 Ng6 now the bishop can be taken 11.hxg4 hxg4 12.Nh2 Rxh2 13.Qxg4! The old move was 13.Kxh2 but Black is better after Qxf2 14.Re2 exd4+ 15.e5 (Or. if 15.Kh1 mate follows thus 15…Qh4+ 16.Kg1 Qh2+ 17.Kf1 Qh1+ 18.Kf2 g3+ 19.Kf3 Qh5#) 15…Bxe5+ 16.Kh1 Qh4+ 17.Kg1 0–0–0 18.Rxe5 Rh8 19.Qe2 Qh2+ 20.Kf2 Nxe5 21.Nf1 Qh4+ 22.Ng3 13…Rh7 14.Nf3 If 14.Qf5 Qh4 15.Qh3 Qxh3 16.gxh3 Rxh3. 14…Nh4 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.dxe5 Qxe5 17.Bf4 Qxb2 18.Rad1 Ng6 19.Qd7+ Kf8 20.Bxc7 Qb5 21.e5 Nf4 22.Qd6+ Ke8 If 22…Kg8 23.Qd8+ Rxd8 24.Rxd8 mate.  23.Bd8 As planned, White is now all ready to mate on e7 or d8. What can Black possibly do to prevent this – or even turn the game on its head?

Black to play and win by force.

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