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Member since Aug-27-05 · Last seen May-04-15
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 (84 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), and Game Collection: Drawing lines, among others.

I am a contributor to the Chicago Chess Blog,

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   FSR has kibitzed 15813 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-04-15 Harmonist vs Tarrasch, 1888 (replies)
FSR: <Once> Yes, 29.Rxe6! ends it immediately.
   May-04-15 Borin Topic (replies)
FSR: Bruce Jenner.
   May-02-15 FSR chessforum (replies)
FSR: <Fusilli> Now that I think about it, it's set to "autoqueen" so I would have had to spend time thinking about how to underpromote.
   May-01-15 A B Hoare vs P J Batchelor, 2014
FSR: <7he5haman: Is 34.a4 an improvement for White?> Doesn't look like it. What do you propose after 34...Kg2 intending ...f2-f1(Q)+?
   Apr-28-15 Robert James Fischer (replies)
FSR: <A.T PhoneHome> Not I; I rarely manage to come up with puns that elaborate.
   Apr-28-15 Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy vs G N Gopal, 2010
FSR: Actually 10.Nb5 isn't "super-strong" since <Black is OK!> after 10...Be6!
   Apr-26-15 Fusilli chessforum (replies)
FSR: I gather that you often play 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 as Black. If you haven't already done so, you should immediately get <Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games>. Maybe the best opening book ever!
   Apr-26-15 Bucker vs NN, 1982
FSR: I tried submitting <Knight on the Town> for this game, but someone beat me to it.
   Apr-26-15 chessforum (replies)
FSR: There is a mistake in Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907) : <In 1904, Marshall won the very strong Cambridge Springs tournament by 1.5 points over Emanuel Lasker, the first time that the World Champion had been beaten in a tournament in nearly ten years.> Marshall ...
   Apr-26-15 Colin S Crouch (replies)
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Apr-25-15  Shams: Let's pass over the fact that my opponent played extremely cooperatively from move 1 on. :)
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  parisattack: Yo, <Shams>! Where's your Forum?

Hippo - I think most Robatschers conclude c4 lines are the toughest. Assume you've read Tiger's comments thereof? Have you seen Schiller's Pterodactyl book?

I am in Seattle Memorial Day weekend and a couple days thereafter. Wanna give me a couple lessons? I am also going to checkout the Go scene which is really thriving up there, seems.

<FSR> Bought any good chess books lately? Are you still trying to corner the market in MCO 1? :)

Apr-25-15  Shams: <parisattack> For the time being I can be reached here at <FSR>'s forum! I'm sleeping on his couch, charming his wife and eating his food.

I'd love to get some coffee when you're up. There is a big tournament that weekend which I may or may not play in.

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  parisattack: While you are there, treat yourself to a copy of MCO 1 - he probably has a dozen of them by now.
Apr-25-15  Shams: <parisattack> Is that one worth a little money? I already spend enough time looking at *today*'s opening theory.

I just slaughtered a CM in blitz:

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  FSR: <Shams> Those games are pretty funny; especially the smothered mate. Don't get <too> charming with my wife, you horndog.
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  FSR: <parisattack> I still just have the two MCO 1s, which are the only two I've ever seen. I suppose I should try to sell one of them.
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  johnlspouge: Hi, <FSR>.

You might have not have seen this dog video. The dog is more disciplined than some CG kibitzers ;>)

I hope you remain well :)

All the best,

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  FSR: Thanks, John. That dog is <way> better disciplined than most kibitzers. My own dog came running into the room when he heard the squeaking.
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  parisattack: <FSR: <parisattack> I still just have the two MCO 1s, which are the only two I've ever seen. I suppose I should try to sell one of them.>

There is certainly not much 'float' in the MCO 1. I only have one copy but have had perhaps 3-4 pass through over the years.

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  FSR: It seems to be quite rare. Unfortunately it does not seem to be in too much demand either. Action Comics No. 1 it ain't. I collect MCOs, and now have all of them, but haven't encountered any other MCO collectors.
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  FSR: <Shams> Incidentally, the definitive book on Hippo-type openings these days is <The Modern Tiger> (2014).
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Bill Wright Saint Louis Open"]
[Site "St. Louis, MO"]
[Date "2014.04.12"]
[EventDate "2014.04.11"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Anshul Adve"]
[Black "Dean Arond"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C42"]
[WhiteElo "1992"]
[BlackElo "1783"]
[PlyCount "48"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 6. d4 dxe5 7. dxe5 Nc6 8. Bb5 Bd7 9. Nc3 O-O-O 10. Bf4 g5 11. Bxc6 Bxc6 12. Qf5+ Qd7 13. Qxd7+ Rxd7 14. Bxg5 Rg8 15. Bf4 Rxg2 16. h3 Rg6 17. Rf1 Bb4 18. a3 Bxc3+ 19. bxc3 Bf3 20. Be3 Rg8 21. Bd4 b6 22. Rb1 c5 23. Rb3 cxd4 24. cxd4 Be4 0-1

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  FSR: [White "Krakatoa"]
[Black "Topchy"]
[Event "InstantChess"]
[WhiteElo "2111"]
[BlackElo "1724"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.e4 d6 7.f3 Bg7 8.Nc2 O-O 9.Be3 b6 10.Be2 Bb7 11.O-O Rc8 12.Rc1 Ne5 13.b3 Qc7 14.Qd2 Rfd8 15.Nb4 Qb8 16.Nbd5 Bxd5 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 f5 19.Bd4 Qc7 20.Kh1 Nf7 21.Be3 Re8 22.f4 Nd8 23.g4 fxg4 24.Bxg4 Rb8 25.f5 Nf7 26.fxg6 Ne5 27.Be6+ Kh8 28.gxh7 Rf8 29.Bh6 Qd8 30.Bxg7+ Kxg7 31.h8=Q+ Rxh8 32.Qg5+ 1-0

Position before White's 31st move:

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  Fusilli: In Krakatoa v Topchy, the cute 31.h8=B+ leads to mate too, no? (if 31...Kg6 32.Qg2+ etc.)
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  FSR: <Fusilli> No doubt. I didn't look at underpromotions.
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  FSR: Me vs. a player rated over 1700:

Time control: 15/10


Date: 4/29/15

1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.f3 d5 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.e6!? fxe6 7.Bd3 ("setting 'em up long," as my friend Mario Spinosa used to say) c4?? 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Qxg6+ hxg6 10.Bxg6#

Position after 7...c4??:

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Apr-29-15  Jim Bartle: Showoff!! 9. Bxg6 does the job, too.
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  parisattack: <FSR: <Shams> Incidentally, the definitive book on Hippo-type openings these days is <The Modern Tiger> (2014).

Besides that and Hippo Rises there is also Schiller's Pterodactyl (which is sort of 'scattered' but interesting - and of course Schiller's delight in giving everything a name) and Winning with the Krazy Kat and Old Hippo which I think is a wonderful book. It was co-authored by CG's own <WWall>.

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  FSR: <Shams> Have you tried the new 5/5 time control on It's somehow classified as blitz, but compared to regular blitz, or even 10/0, it's downright leisurely.
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  FSR: <Fusilli> Now that I think about it, it's set to "autoqueen" so I would have had to spend time thinking about how to underpromote.
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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