The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings

Author: Fine, Reuben (1914-1993) inscribed

Publisher: David McKay Company

Location: Philadelphia

Year: 1943



ix+240 pages with diagrams, appendices and index. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 4 3/4") bound in original blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and rounded edges. Inscribed by author. (Betts-13-137) First edition.

A chapter on general principles is followed by chapters covering the various openings. Analysis in depth is avoided, the author concentrating on the theory underlying each opening, and the plans for each side by which these ideas are put into operation. The reader is referred to the 6th edition of Modern chess openings for more detailed analysis. Includes diagrams of typical positions, normal positions and pawn structures.

Reuben Fine was one of the strongest chess players in the world from the early 1930s through the 1940s, an International Grandmaster, psychologist, university professor, and author of many books on both chess and psychology. Fine won five medals (four gold) in three chess Olympiads. Fine won the U.S. Open Chess Championship all seven times he entered (1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1941); this is a record for that event. He was the author of several chess books that are still popular today, including important books on the endgame, opening, and middle-game. He earned a bachelor's degree from the City College of New York in 1932. After World War II, he earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of Southern California. He served as a university professor, and wrote many successful books on psychology as well. Although Fine was regarded as a serious contender for the World Chess Championship, he declined his invitation to participate in the six-player 1948 tournament, which was organized to determine the World Champion after the 1946 death of reigning champion Alexander Alekhine, and he virtually retired from serious competition around that time.


Inscribed on front end paper. Jacket lightly soiled with some small closed edge tears, spine ends rubbed with small loss else a better than good copy in like jacket.