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I am Frederick Rhine. The United States Chess Federation awarded me the titles of National Master (at OTB chess) in 1982, and Senior Master of Correspondence Chess in 1997. I played in the 1997 USCF Absolute Championship (open to the top 13 correspondence players who accept their invitations), scoring 6-6 (+2 =8 -2). Alex Dunne wrote in his book on the Absolute Championships, "This was Rhine's only Absolute and he held his own against the best. His two losses were against previous Absolute winners."

The late co-founder Alberto A Artidiello and I were teammates on the Lane Technical High School chess team in Chicago, which won the Illinois state championship my junior (Albert's senior) and senior years. Albert also became a master, as did our teammates Kenneth Mohr and Christopher Kus. FIDE Masters Albert Chow and the late Morris Giles were also Laneites.

In July 2013, I played in my second and third regular-rated tournaments of the millennium(!), the Greater Midwest Classic and the Chicago Class (under-2200 section). I tied for second, undefeated, in both, winning $700 and $550, respectively, and brought my rating back over 2200.

I have contributed to hundreds of chess-related articles on Wikipedia under the handle Krakatoa, notably "First-move advantage in chess," "George H. D. Gossip," and "Swindle (chess),", all of which are almost entirely written by me. The first two of those have been Today's Featured Article, the highest honor a Wikipedia article can receive, one attained by about one out of every 1,400 articles. I have received various Wikipedia awards, including the Imperial Triple Crown Jewels and the Timeless Imperial Triple Crown. My user page is at

Thirty-three of my games are in's database. My favorites are F Rhine vs D Sprenkle, 1981, K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992, and F Rhine vs A Boerkoel, 1996. The first two of these were both published with my annotations in Chess Informant (Volumes 32 and 57), and cited in the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings (Vol. B (2nd ed.) at 183 n.19, and Vol. B (3rd ed.) at 172 n.163). My 18th move (18.Nxd6!) in Rhine-Sprenkle was voted the 8th-9th most important theoretical novelty in Volume 32 of Chess Informant. That game was also cited in MCO-13, and occupies an entire chapter in all three editions of "Beating the Sicilian" by John Nunn. It is game 218 in "1000 TN!! The Best Theoretical Novelties" (Chess Informant, 2012).

I composed this study, which Pal Benko published in "Benko's Bafflers" in Chess Life, May 2006:

White to play and draw

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The solution is here: It is based on an earlier study of mine, which Benko also published in his column. Both of these compositions appear in Harold van der Heijden's endgame study database.

As far as I know, I have successfully submitted more puns for Game of the Day than any other user (85 at last count). Game Collection: Puns I submitted The coveted 2013 Caissar for Best (Worst) Pun went to "Control-Ault-Delete," the pun I submitted for Fischer vs R Ault, 1959, the Game of the Day on December 19, 2012. I am responsible for World Junior Championship (1957), Vidmar Memorial (1969), Carlsen - Anand World Championship (2014), and Game Collection: Drawing lines, among others.

I am a contributor to the Chicago Chess Blog,

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   FSR has kibitzed 15852 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-29-15 FSR chessforum
FSR: FrederickRhine-Laging (1583) May 29, 2015 Time control: 15/10 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 Bg4?! 3.Ne5 Bh5 4.Qb3 f6? 5.Qxb7 Na6? 6.Qc6+ [DIAGRAM] 6...Qd7 7.Qxd7#
   May-26-15 Stockfish vs Komodo, 2014
FSR: I would have expected Komodo to play the Dragon instead.
   May-25-15 Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1907
FSR: Long Tall Salwe. A great swindle.
   May-25-15 Angantysson vs K Kaiszauri, 1982 (replies)
FSR: After 15.g5!, there's no way home for the black queen. Rh1 follows, winning queen for rook.
   May-24-15 O Feuer vs O'Kelly, 1934
FSR: H K Mattison vs R Millers, 1926
   May-23-15 Fredericks (replies)
FSR: <zanzibar> 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.d4?! Bxf3 8.Qxf3 exd4? 9.Rd1 c5 10.e5 c6 11.Nc3 Qc7 12.Ne4 Qxe5 13.Bf4 Qf5 14.b4! O-O-O 15.bxc5 Bxc5 16.Rab1 Rd7 17.Qd3 Kd8 18.Qc4!? Qxe4? 19.Qxc5 Qxf4 "and White mated in eight beginning with 20.Qf8+ Kd7 ...
   May-21-15 Areshchenko vs C Lupulescu, 2014
FSR: In a later game against a lower-rated opponent, Lupulescu deviated with 19...Bxc3, but the game nonetheless was agreed drawn after 20.bxc3 Ra7 21.Bxh6 f6 22.Rd4 fxe5 23.Rg4 Rff7 24.Qxe5 Qa3+ 25.Kd1 Qf8 26.f3 Rf5 27.Qg3 e5 28.Rh4 Rb7. Berescu-Lupulescu, Romanian Championship 2015.
   May-20-15 Keene vs D B Pennycuick, 1964 (replies)
FSR: For those who, like me, were mystified by the pun:
   May-20-15 Matulovic vs Hecht, 1965 (replies)
FSR: Having seen CIO's comment earlier today, I'm going with 35.Qa3.
   May-19-15 Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912 (replies)
FSR: As <Archives> noted eight years ago, 39...e3 would be met by 40.Rg7+ Kh8 41.Nf7+ Rxf7 42.Rxf7 e2 43.Rxf6 Kg8 (43...e1(Q) 44.Rf8#) 44.Rxe6.
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May-03-15  Shams: <FSR> Yes, I saw that they changed 5/2 to 5/5. I like it, it's a good time control.
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  Fusilli: <FSR> <Shams> I always understood the default blitz to be five minutes without increments.

I play on ICC, five-minute games and three-minute games. I am, in relative terms, much better at 5-min.

May-04-15  Shams: <Fusilli> Still flagging people in completely drawn positions? ;)
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  Fusilli: <Shams> lol... did I do that to you?

It depends on my mood and on the time difference. If I got more than 20 seconds than my opponent, I feel I deserve to win, because my opponent had to think 20 extra seconds to equalize me. (And if I play faster, other things equal, I risk blundering more than my opponent, so I feel that deserves a reward.)

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  FSR: <Fusilli> Yes, I've always understood "regular" blitz to be five minutes with no increment. I'm much better at five minutes than three minutes, and much better still at 5/5, which is a completely different game.
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  FSR: This little 15/10 game I played against WoodPuser on on April 30 deserves to be remembered:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O h6 9.Nxc6! bxc6 10.Bf4! d5 11.Qe3 Bb4 12.Be2 O-O 13.e5 Nh7 14.a3 Be7 15.h4 Qc7 16.Bd3 Rb8 17.Rh3 Qb6? 18.Bxh6!!

Sacrificing a piece, with check, for a decisive attack. Black's alternative to taking the piece is the abject 18...Qxe3 19.Bxe3.

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18...d4 19.Qg3! Qxb2+ 20.Kd2 Qxc3+ 21.Ke2 g6 22.h5! g5 23.Qg4! Qc5 24.Qe4! f5 25.exf6 Qf5


26.Qxf5! exf5 27.Bc4+!

Adding insult to injury. If 27...Kh8, 28.Bg7#!

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27...Rf7 28.fxe7 Black resigns 1-0

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Nice game, eh? The only problem is that I was Black . . . .

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  FSR: No one has anything to say about my game? I thought it was a really pretty game, even though I had the misfortune to be the loser.
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  parisattack: Pretty game. Sometimes the bear gets you... Interesting how the R-R very often morphs into Classical French-like positions.

No comment from <Shams> - I think you might want to check on him <FSR>?! ;)

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  FSR: <parisattack> I talked to <Shams> on He thought it was a pretty game too.
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "15/10 rapid tournament"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2015.04.30"]
[EventDate "2015.04.30"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Karl Jones"]
[Black "Frederick Rhine"]
[ECO "B62"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O h6 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bf4 d5 11.Qe3 Bb4 12.Be2 O-O 13.e5 Nh7 14.a3 Be7 15.h4 Qc7 16.Bd3 Rb8 17.Rh3 Qb6 18.Bxh6 d4 19.Qg3 Qxb2+ 20.Kd2 Qxc3+ 21.Ke2 g6 22.h5 g5 23.Qg4 Qc5 24.Qe4 f5 25.exf6 Qf5 26.Qxf5 exf5 27.Bc4+ Rf7 28.fxe7 1-0

Let no one accuse me of lacking humility.

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  OhioChessFan: Definitely had that French feel with the Bishop pseudo sac.
May-10-15  Shams: <FSR> I assume your recommendation of _Thinking, Fast and Slow_ will survive this minor hiccup:

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  FSR: <parisattack> <OCF> I hadn't thought about the French-ness of my game, but very true. My poor QB never saw the light of day. No wonder I hate the French!
May-10-15  Shams: <FSR> <No wonder I hate the French!>

Of course no list of your recent losses to the French would be complete without our game. Ha! ;)

But you were out of form for that whole tournament.

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  FSR: <Shams> You bleeper! You had to comment, didn't you? I could have stuck with some candy-assed Reti and kept the draw in hand, but no, I played something sporting (and weak) to give you a chance to sweep. And this is the thanks I get.

btw, how did our two prior games go? ;)

May-11-15  Shams: <FSR> Did I sweep that tournament? Huh. I'd forgotten.

Alas, I can't even plead poor form in those previous games.

May-15-15  Shams: <parisattack> Are you still coming to Seattle next week? You should shoot me an email.
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "CRO-chT1A"]
[Site "Bol"]
[Date "2014.10.09"]
[Round "6.4"]
[White "Hracek, Zbynek"]
[Black "Jankovic, Alojzije"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B66"]
[WhiteElo "2646"]
[BlackElo "2547"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2014.10.04"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O h6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Bf4 d5 11. Qe3 Bb4 12. Be2 O-O 13. e5 Nh7 14. h4 Qa5 15. Rh3 Kh8 16. Kb1 Rb8 17. g4 c5 18. Qg3 Bb7 19. Rg1 d4 20. Nd1 Bd5 21. a3 c4 22. axb4 Rxb4 23. Bd2 Rxb2+ 24. Nxb2 c3 25. Bxc3 Qa2+ 26. Kc1 dxc3 27. Qxc3 Qa1+ 28. Kd2 Qxg1 29. Nd1 f6 30. Qg3 Qxg3 31. Rxg3 fxe5 32. Bxa6 1/2-1/2

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Mitropa Cup 26th"]
[Site "Szeged"]
[Date "2007.05.15"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Neubauer, Martin"]
[Black "Kraemer, Martin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B66"]
[WhiteElo "2474"]
[BlackElo "2424"]
[PlyCount "38"]
[EventDate "2007.05.08"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O h6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Bf4 d5 11. Qe3 Bb4 12. Be2 O-O 13. e5 Nd7 14. Bxh6 gxh6 15. Qxh6 Nxe5 16. Rd3 Nxd3+ 17. Bxd3 f5 18. Qg6+ Kh8 19. Qh6+ Kg8 1/2-1/2

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "ROM-ch"]
[Site "Calimanesti Caciulata"]
[Date "2015.04.24"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Berescu, Alin Mile"]
[Black "Lupulescu, Constantin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B66"]
[WhiteElo "2448"]
[BlackElo "2631"]
[PlyCount "56"]
[EventDate "2015.04.18"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O h6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Bf4 d5 11. Qe3 Bb4 12. Be2 O-O 13. e5 Nh7 14. Bd3 Qa5 15. Bxh7+ Kxh7 16. Qd3+ Kg8 17. Qg3 Kh7 18. Qd3+ Kg8 19. Qg3 Bxc3 20. bxc3 Ra7 21. Bxh6 f6 22. Rd4 fxe5 23. Rg4 Rff7 24. Qxe5 Qa3+ 25. Kd1 Qf8 26. f3 Rf5 27. Qg3 e5 28. Rh4 Rb7 1/2-1/2

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  parisattack: Hi <Shams> We had 'Seattle weather' for a full month so decided to do Scottsdale for a week. But the wifey wants to see the G-kids so we'll be up that way this summer, sure. I am also wanting to check out the Go scene in Seattle, perhaps get a couple OTB lessons.

I hope you're not abusing your privileges at the <FSR> residence. ;)

Any more nice examples of your hypermodern schachpartien? I gave up on 1. b3, sticking with 1. g3 and 1. ...g6 tho I am somewhat warming to the Pirc. "Ich bin ein hypermodern!"

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Chicago Open"]
[Site "Wheeling, IL"]
[Date "2015.05.23"]
[EventDate "2015.05.21"]
[Round "3"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Dean Arond"]
[Black "Ryan Murphy"]
[ECO "B13"]
[WhiteElo "1855"]
[BlackElo "1942"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Qb3 Bxf3 9. gxf3 e6 10. Qxb7 Nxd4 11. Bb5+ Nxb5 12. Qc6+ Ke7 13. Qxb5 Nxc3 14. bxc3 Rb8 15. Qc5+ Ke8 16. Qc6+ Qd7 17. Qxd7+ Kxd7 18. Bf4 Rb2 19.O-O-O+ 1-0

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  FSR: FrederickRhine-ILikeBen10,, May 24, 2015 Time control: 15/10

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.e3 Bg4 4.Qb3 Qc7 5.Ne5! Be6 <5...Qxe5? 6.Qxb7 > 6.d4 Nd7 7.Nc3 Nxe5?! <Better is 7...dxc4 8.Bxc4 Bxc4 9.Nxc4.> 8.cxd5 Bxd5 9.Nxd5 cxd5 10.dxe5 e6? 11.Bb5+ <I played this instantly. It's not bad, but Houdini says that 11.Qa4+! Kd8 12.Bd2 is significantly stronger.> 11...Kd8 12.O-O a6 <Black is going to suffer in any event, so he might as well grab a pawn with 12...Qxe5.> 13.Be2 <13.Bd3! preparing e4> 13...Bc5 14.Bd2 Ne7 15.Rac1 Qb6 16.Qa4 Nc6? <The best try for Black is 16...Qa7 17.Ba5+ Bb6 18.Bb4.> 17.b4!

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17...Be7 <White is also winning after 17...Bxb4 18.Rxc6! Qxc6 19.Qxb4 or 17...Nxb4 18.Rxc5 Qxc5 19.Bxb4 Qc6 20.Qa3 Rc8 21.e4! intending 21...dxe4? 22.Qg3.> 18.b5! <White wins a knight for starters, since 18...Nxe5 is met by 19.Ba5, and 18...axb5 drops both rooks.> 1-0

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "15/10 rapid tournament"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2015.05.24"]
[EventDate "2015.05.24"]
[Round "1"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Frederick Rhine"]
[Black "NN"]
[ECO "A11"]

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.e3 Bg4 4.Qb3 Qc7 5.Ne5 Be6 6.d4 Nd7 7.Nc3 Nxe5 8.cxd5 Bxd5 9.Nxd5 cxd5 10.dxe5 e6 11.Bb5+ Kd8 12.O-O a6 13.Be2 Bc5 14.Bd2 Ne7 15.Rac1 Qb6 16.Qa4 Nc6 17.b4 Be7 18.b5 1-0

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  FSR: FrederickRhine-Laging (1583) May 29, 2015
Time control: 15/10

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 Bg4?! 3.Ne5 Bh5 4.Qb3 f6? 5.Qxb7 Na6? 6.Qc6+

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6...Qd7 7.Qxd7#

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