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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. 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 (83 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 15671 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-28-15 M C Lopez vs Browne, 1972
FSR: An extremely forgettable tournament for Browne. This was his fifth loss in a row.
   Mar-28-15 A Ivanov vs F Rhine, 1998
FSR: I believe this game was played at the Chicago Open. It definitely was not played at the World Open. Correction slip submitted.
   Mar-28-15 D Fleetwood vs F Rhine, 1997 (replies)
FSR: The gametype should be "CORRESPONDENCE." Correction slip submitted.
   Mar-28-15 F Rhine vs R Lifson, 1997
FSR: The gametype should be "CORRESPONDENCE." Correction slip submitted.
   Mar-28-15 F Rhine vs D Burris, 1997
FSR: The gametype should be "CORRESPONDENCE." Correction slip submitted.
   Mar-27-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Mar-27-15 F Digiugno vs F Podini, 2001
FSR: Dzindzi in a video rightly condemns this line for White, recommending that Black respond with 9...Ng8! 10.Qxd5 d6 11.exd6 Nf6! 12.Qe5+ Be6 followed by kicking White's queen (White's only developed piece) around with tempo.
   Mar-27-15 James Ellis vs Dean Arond, 1995
FSR: <perfidious> Yes, Hertan was the one who coined the term "the Daring Damiano" which he used in an article in <Chess Life> magazine. Incidentally, the trick with ...f5! (exploiting the pin along the e-file) followed by ...f4 trapping the bishop is a typical trap in the DD, ...
   Mar-27-15 Grischuk vs S Guliev, 1993 (replies)
FSR: 7.Qxe5? is a beguiling move. A lot of White players figure they can't be worse with queens off and an extra pawn. But Black's pieces come out very quickly and it is hard for White to defend the pawns on e5 and c2 - and if they both fall White is a pawn down.
   Mar-26-15 FSR chessforum
FSR: Submitted: [Event "Styrian op"] [Site "Bad Gleichenberg"] [Date "2014.07.13"] [Round "9"] [White "Brkic, Ante"] [Black "Martinovic, Sasa"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D02"] [WhiteElo "2597"] [BlackElo "2544"] [PlyCount "41"] [EventDate "2014.07.05"] 1. ...
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  Shams: Dumb question, but the judge can reduce the award sua sponte right?

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  FSR: It depends on the Washington Code of Civil Procedure. But as a general matter, the judge doesn't have to award what the plaintiff asks for, even if the defendant (as here) fails to contest the lawsuit. But this is a default <judgment>, so some judge has in fact awarded $500,000. It will be interesting to see what happens from here. At least in Illinois, the defendant has to come up with some <reason> that she didn't respond to the lawsuit. (What kind of moron is served with a complaint seeking $500,000 and just blows it off?> <I didn't feel like it> and such are not sufficient.
Feb-14-15  Jim Bartle: Something very similar happened in the excellent book "House of Sand and Fog."
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  OhioChessFan: Hear about this?

<Teenage chess player saves girl's life at Peoria hotel>

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  OhioChessFan: <Shams> I was wondering the same thing. Unbelievable story.
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  Shams: <OCF> Shoddy journalism; they don't even give the kid's rating! Seriously, though, good for him.
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  FSR: I played in the IHSA Championship, but didn't save anyone's life. I would have been one of the people standing around going, "Oh crap, what do we do?"
Feb-16-15  goldenbear: Possible 6th move novelty? I use a poor database, so I'm not sure if what I played yesterday was a novelty or not, but such early novelties are so rare that I thought I'd point it out... After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.a4 Qa5+ 5.Nc3 b4, I played 6.Na2!?. The game was drawn.
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  FSR: <goldenbear> Yup, looks like a novelty.
Feb-16-15  goldenbear: Cool! What do I win? I can't help feeling that I should at least get my picture in the paper or something...
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  FSR: <goldenbear> Alas, newspapers don't get too excited about chess-related achievements. Now, if you'd save someone's life during a chess tournament, as in the story <OCF> related, you might get an article.
Feb-16-15  goldenbear: <FSR> I guess I'm probably not favored to crack the top ten in Informant's vote. Maybe if they had a top ten of 2015's most important theoretical novelties in the Benko Gambit Declined Sosonko Variation, since Na2 does have a point... White wants to play b3, Bb2, Nc1, Nd3, Ra2, and Qa1, with pressure on e5. At any rate, I liked it better than Nb1.
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  FSR: <goldenbear> Probably not, and of course you would first have to get Informant to publish your game to have any chance at all. I submitted two games to Informant and got them published. I should have submitted my draw against Boerkoel too, but I got too lazy. That was a pretty game, although he was the one making all the pretty moves.
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "blitz"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1976.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Frederick Rhine"]
[Black "Alberto Artidiello"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "35"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. h4 h6 8. Ne5 Bh7 9. Bc4 e6 10. Qe2 Qe7 11. Bd2 Nbd7 12. O-O-O O-O-O 13. Bf4 Nd5 14. Bxd5 exd5 15. Nxc6 Nb6 16. Nxe7+ Bxe7 17. Qxe7 Rhe8 18. Qc7# 1-0

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Bordeaux"]
[Date "1915.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Raoul Gaudin"]
[Black "Guerineau"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "29"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nf3 e6 7. h4 h6 8. Ne5 Bh7 9. Be2 Nd7 10. Bf4 Ngf6 11. Bf3 Nd5 12. Bxd5 exd5 13. Qe2 Qe7 14. O-O O-O-O 15. Nxc6 1-0

Comment: Game 314 in Chernev's "The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess."

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  FSR: Note the similarity between the two games. I wasn't aware of Gaudin-Guerineau when I played my game. There's nothing new under the sun.
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Good evening!

Re: your Game Collection: Vidmar Memorial collection.

I just posted in the Bistro, noting that you had not in fact nominated it for promotion.

Then it struck me that I don't know if you are a editor or not?

If you're not, I hope you join our ranks.

This is another change some of us were wanting <Daniel> to do- to make the list of cg biographers public.

He spoke favorably on this idea, but as you know, <The Grand Piano> moves in mysterious ways.

Always effectively, but not necessarily in a hurry.

At any rate, if you are not an editor one of us will nominate your collection.

Just let me know.

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Bellinge"]
[Site "Bellinge"]
[EventDate "1991.??.??"]
[Date "1991.??.??"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Burgess, Graham"]
[Black "Bank Friis, Carsten"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D43"]
[WhiteElo "2300"]
[BlackElo "2305"]
[PlyCount "45"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. Qb3 c6 8. O-O-O Qc7 9. Kb1 Nd7 10. e4 dxe4 11. Nxe4 Be7 12. Bd3 O-O 13. Rhe1 a6 14. Bc2 b5 15. c5 Rd8 16. g4 Nf8 17. g5 h5 18. Ne5 Nd7 19. Nxf7 Kxf7 20. Qxe6+ Kxe6 21. Nd6+ Ne5 22. Bf5+ Kd5 23. Rxe5# 1-0

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  Shams: I've complained to you about 1.d4 d6 before. Here's a nice crush I just had in that variation:
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  FSR: <Shams> Nice game!
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "US op 104th"]
[Site "Los Angeles"]
[Date "2003.08.11"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Stripunsky, Alexander"]
[Black "Kaidanov, Gregory S"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A08"]
[WhiteElo "2543"]
[BlackElo "2638"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2003.08.03"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. g3 g6 6. Bg2 Bg7 7. O-O Nge7 8. Re1 b6 9. c3 a5 10. a4 Ra7 11. exd5 exd5 12. Nb3 d4 13. cxd4 cxd4 14. Bg5 O-O 15. Rc1 h6 16. Rxc6 hxg5 17. Rc4 Ba6 18. Rc1 Nd5 19. Nbxd4 Nb4 20. Nc6 Nxc6 21. Rxc6 Rd7 22. Qb3 Bb7 23. Ne5 Bxe5 24. Rxe5 Bxc6 25. Bxc6 Rxd3 26. Qb5 Rd2 27. Re3 Qf6 28. Rf3 Qxb2 29. Rb3 0-1

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Chicago Class"]
[Site "Oak Brook, IL"]
[Date "2010.07.16"]
[EventDate "2010.07.1?"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Dean Arond"]
[Black "Erik Karklins"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C40"]
[WhiteElo "1856"]
[BlackElo "2057"]
[PlyCount "102"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. a3 fxe4 4. Nxe5 Qf6 5. Ng4 Qe6 6. Ne3 c6 7. Qg4 d5 8. Qxe6+ Bxe6 9. Be2 Nf6 10. f3 d4 11. Nf1 Bd5 12. Ng3 Bc5 13. b4 Bb6 14. c4 dxc3 15. Nxc3 exf3 16. Bxf3 Bxf3 17. gxf3 O-O 18. Bb2 Nbd7 19. O-O-O Ne5 20. Nce4 Nxe4 21. Nxe4 Nd3+ 22. Kc2 Nxb2 23. Kxb2 Bd4+ 24. Kc2 Rxf3 25. Nd6 b6 26. d3 Rf2+ 27. Rd2 Raf8 28. Re1 Rxd2+ 29. Kxd2 Bf6 30. h3 h6 31. Re2 Rd8 32. Ne4 Bd4 33. Kc2 Rd5 34. Nc3 Re5 35. Rxe5 Bxe5 36. Ne4 g5 37. Kb3 Kf7 38. Kc4 Ke6 39. d4 Bd6 40. a4 a6 41. b5 cxb5+ 42. axb5 a5 43. Nd2 h5 44. Nf3 g4 45. hxg4 hxg4 46. Ne1 Bb4 47. Ng2 Bd2 48. Kd3 Bg5 49. Ke4 a4 50. d5+ Kd6 51. Kf5 g3 0-1

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Lancashire vs. Yorkshire Match"]
[Site "England"]
[Date "1887.??.??"]
[EventDate "1887.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Amos Burn"]
[Black "Edward Freeborough"]
[ECO "C25"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Bc5 3. f4 Bxg1 4. Rxg1 Nc6 5. fxe5 Nxe5 6. d4 Ng6 7. Qf3 c6 8. Bc4 Qf6 9. Qxf6 Nxf6 10. e5 Nh5 11. g3 Ne7 12. g4 b5 13. Bd3 Bb7 14. gxh5 Kf8 15. Ne4 Nc8 16. Nc5 Rb8 17. Nxd7+ 10

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Milwaukee"]
[Site "Milwaukee"]
[Date "1995.??.??"]
[EventDate "1995.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Ellis, James"]
[Black "Arond, Dean"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C42"]
[WhiteElo "2100"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "38"]

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. Bg3 Re8 12. O-O-O f5 13. Qa4 f4 14. Rhe1 Qe6 15. Ne4 Qxe5 16. Nxg5 Qxe1 17. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 18. Kd2 fxg3 19. Kxe1 Bb4+ 0-1

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Styrian op"]
[Site "Bad Gleichenberg"]
[Date "2014.07.13"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Brkic, Ante"]
[Black "Martinovic, Sasa"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "2597"]
[BlackElo "2544"]
[PlyCount "41"]
[EventDate "2014.07.05"]

1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 c5 3. e3 Nc6 4. c3 Nf6 5. Nd2 e6 6. Ngf3 Bd6 7. Bg3 O-O 8. Bd3 Qe7 9. Ne5 Nd7 10. Nxd7 Qxd7 11. Bxd6 Qxd6 12. dxc5 Qxc5 13. Bxh7+ Kxh7 14. Qh5+ Kg8 15. Ne4 g6 16. Qg5 Qe7 17. Nf6+ Kg7 18. Nh5+ Kh7 19. Nf6+ Kg7 20. Nh5+ Kg8 21. Nf6+ 1/2-1/2

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