Ian George 1 - 0 devilone (Internet Chess Club 2001)

It used to be fashionable in many circles to dismiss the American, Fred Reinfeld, as a mere hack writer on chess and these days his books are read very little, if at all. For many people of my generation, however, at a time when the choice of books on chess was very limited, he provided the first exposure to the richness of the game and stimulated a lifelong association with its pleasures and frustrations.

Soon after learning the moves, at the age of about 11, I acquired a copy of one of his books, the only chess book on sale in Redruth at the time. Everything in it was new to me including a game featuring my favourite sequence in chess, Anastasia's mate. Ever since then I've wanted to use the idea myself. The opportunity finally came over 40 years later in a five minute game on the Internet Chess Club. Not the most significant game, then, but certainly high on the list of those have given me most pleasure.


Notes by Ian George