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FSR
Member since Aug-27-05 · Last seen Nov-21-14
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."

ChessGames 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. http://www.uschess.org/assets/msa_j... http://www.uschess.org/assets/msa_j...

I have contributed to hundreds of chess-related articles on Wikipedia under the handle Krakatoa, notably "First-move advantage in chess," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-... "George H. D. Gossip," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George... and "Swindle (chess)," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:K....

Thirty-two of my games are in chessgames.com's database: see Frederick Rhine. 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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalem... 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. http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/7...

As far as I know, I have successfully submitted more puns for Game of the Day than any other user (73 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).

I am a contributor to the Chicago Chess Blog, http://chicagochess.blogspot.com.

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   FSR has kibitzed 15204 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-20-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
FSR: <Abdel Irada> I don't know much about Buddhism or Wicca. I would have spit plenty of poison on you if I'd learned that you'd converted to Christianity. However, I acknowledge that I despise Islam even more than I despise Christianity - which is saying a lot.
 
   Nov-20-14 E Corzo vs Capablanca, 1902 (replies)
 
FSR: There was no gold in Fort Knox until 35 years after this game. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United...
 
   Nov-18-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
 
FSR: I csn't believe that we're still arguing about whether Carlsen committed some sort of breach of etiquette by continuing to play on in R+N v. R, and even whether the arbiter should have intervened to stop the game. World-class players like Ivanchuk and Judit Polgar have lost this ending.
 
   Nov-18-14 FSR chessforum (replies)
 
FSR: <Shams> Why not just 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4? Incidentally, that keeps open the option of transposition to a Saemisch. Alternatively, if you want to go super-solid, 2.e4 Bg7 3.c3. Subramaniam recommends that in his <Modern Defence, Move by Move> book, and plays it when he has ...
 
   Nov-17-14 Kulaots vs Shabalov, 2008
 
FSR: Undoubtedly the actual moves were 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 rather than the novelty 4.Nd4?? followed by 4...Qc7?? 5.f3?? a6??
 
   Nov-17-14 Csom vs J Flesch, 1966
 
FSR: White's 17th move <17. 16hg5> is incomprehensible. I assume that 17.hxg5 is what was meant? Correction slip submitted.
 
   Nov-17-14 Istvan Csom (replies)
 
FSR: Csom also had a loss and a draw against Karpov. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... The loss was a brilliant swindle by Karpov from a winning position for Csom. http://bit.ly/1t0zVgi
 
   Nov-17-14 I Charkhalashvili vs T Mamedjarova, 2010
 
FSR: Either there is a notation error in this game or White's rook was hanging from move 29 until the game ended five moves later. Given that both players are rated about 2300, the former possibility is far more likely.
 
   Nov-10-14 L Komarek vs A Korn, 1992
 
FSR: Cracked Korn.
 
   Nov-10-14 David Moody (replies)
 
FSR: <HMM> I suggested <Moody Blues> as a pun for D Moody vs Nakamura, 1999 over three years ago.
 
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Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <FSR> <I'm confused as to when I'm supposed to play on the queenside and when on the kingside.> Join the club, dude! I have the same problem with the Benoni (which makes sense as I'm playing basically the same setup as White.)

<What does he recommend against the Gruenfeld?>

The Russian Variation. But now that I'm playing 3.f3 I've left his Grunfeld suggestion behind. Incidentally, I suspect he'd recommend the 3.f3 move order himself if he had to do the videos over again, as it's perhaps the central idea in his series.

<If I don't start playing the Saemisch better I might go back to 3.Nc3 instead of 3.f3.>

Just promise me you'll kick the tires on 6.Nge2 or 6.Bg5 before you do that.

Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "U.S. Open"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1989.??.??"]
[EventDate "1989.??.??"]
[Round "7"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Karklins, Erik"]
[Black "Leverett, Bruce"]
[ECO "C41"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "2255"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. dxe5 Nxe4 5. Qd5 Nc5 6. exd6 Qxd6 7. Nc3 Be6 8. Qxd6 Bxd6 9. Nb5 Nc6 10. Nxd6+ cxd6 11. Be3 O-O 12. O-O-O Ne4 13. Nd4 Nxd4 14. Rxd4 d5 15. Bd3 Nc5 16. Bxh7+ Kxh7 17. Rh4+ Kg8 18. Bxc5 Rfc8 19. Bd4 Bf5 20. c3 Re8 21. Kd2 a6 22. Re1 f6 23. Rf4 Rxe1 24. Kxe1 Re8+ 25. Kd2 Be4 26. f3 Bb1 27. a3 Ba2 28. Be3 b5 29. a4 Bc4 30. a5 Kf7 31. h4 Rh8 32. Rg4 Rh5 33. Ke1 Rh8 34. Kf2 Rh5 35. Rd4 Rh8 36. Kg3 Re8 37. Kf2 Rh8 38. g3 Rh5 39. Rd1 g5 40. Rh1 Kg6 41. Bc5 f5 42. Re1 gxh4 43. gxh4 b4 44. Bxb4 Rxh4 45. Kg3 Rh8 46. Re6+ Kf7 47. Re7+ Kf6 48. Rd7 Re8 49. Kf4 Re2 50. Rd6+ Re6 51. Rb6 Bb5 52. Bd6 Bd3 53. Be5+ Ke7 54. Rb7+ Ke8 55. b3 Rc6 56. Ke3 Bc2 57. Kd4 Bd1 58. f4 Bf3 59. Rb8+ Kd7 60. c4 dxc4 61. bxc4 Be4 62. c5 Rg6 63. Bd6 Rg3 64. Rb6 Rd3+ 65. Ke5 Rd5+ 66. Kf6 Bd3 67. Be5 Bb5 68. c6+ Bxc6 69. Rxa6 Bb5 70. Ra7+ Kc8 71. Kxf5 Rd7 72. Ra8+ Kb7 73. Rb8+ Ka6 74. Bc3 Bd3+ 75. Ke6 Rc7 76. Rb6+ Ka7 77. Bb4 Be4 78. Ke5 Bb7 79. f5 Bc6 80. Kd6 Rf7 81. Rxc6 Rxf5 82. Bc5+ Ka8 83. Kd7 Rf7+ 84. Be7 Rh7 85. a6 Rh8 86. Ke6 Rg8 87. Kd5 Rh8 88. Bc5 Rg8 89. Kc4 Rh8 90. Kb5 Rb8+ 91. Ka5 Rh8 1/2-1/2

Trying to get a decent set of games for Erik Karklins so he can be POTD on his 100th birthday next year.

Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Greater Chicago Open"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1982.03.27"]
[EventDate "1982.03.27"]
[Round "1"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Leighton, George"]
[Black "Kaushansky, Leonid"]
[ECO "D00"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. d4 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Bd3 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. f4 Bg4 6. Nf3 c4 7. Bc2 Ne4 8. O-O f5 9. Qe1 e6 10. Ne5 Nxe5 11. fxe5 Be7 12. Ba4+ Kf8 13. Nd2 Bh4 14. g3 Bg5 15. Kg2 Kg8 16. Nxe4 fxe4 17. Bd1 Bf5 18. h4 Be7 19. h5 h6 20. g4 Bh4 21. Qe2 Qg5 22. Kh1 Bh7 23. b3 cxb3 24. axb3 g6 25. Ba3 Kg7 26. Rf6 Rae8 27. Qb5 Rhf8 28. Bxf8+ Rxf8 29. Qd7+ 1-0

Comment: A big upset by Judge Leighton (now 102 years old) against SM Kaushansky. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg...

Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "U.S. Open"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1994.??.??"]
[EventDate "1994.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Glick, Robert"]
[Black "Karklins, Erik"]
[ECO "C44"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 d5 4. Bb5 dxe4 5. Nxe5 Qg5 6. d4 Qxg2 7. Rf1 Bd6 8. Nxc6 Bd7 9. Qa4 bxc6 10. Bxc6 Rd8 11. Nd2 Nf6 12. Nc4 O‑O 13. Bxd7 Nxd7 14. Be3 Bxh2 15. O‑O-O Nb6 16. Nxb6 axb6 17. d5 Rxd5 18. Rxd5 Qxf1 19. Kc2 Qe2 20. Kb3 Qg4 21. Qd4 c5 22. Qc4 Qe6 23. a4 h6 24. Kc2 Kh7 25. b4 Rd8 0‑1

Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Chicago Open"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1993.??.??"]
[EventDate "1993.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Howell, R"]
[Black "Karklins, Erik"]
[ECO "D20"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nc3 a6 4. a4 e5 5. e3 Nc6 6. Nf3 exd4 7. exd4 Na5 8. Be3 Bb4 9. Be2 Ne7 10. O‑O O‑O 11. Na2 Bd6 12. Nc3 c6 13. Ne4 Bc7 14. Nfd2 f5 0-1

Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Midwest Masters"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1985.??.??"]
[EventDate "1985.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Karklins, Erik"]
[Black "Holliman, Bob"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Nxd5 4. c4 Nb6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. c5 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 Nd5 8. Qb3 b6 9. Bg5 Qd7 10. Bc4 e6 11. O‑O h6 12. Bxd5 Qxd5 13. Qxd5 exd5 14. cxb6 axb6 15. Bf4 Na6 16. Re1 Kd7 17. Nc3 c6 18. Na4 1-0

Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Chicago Open"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[EventDate "1997.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Karklins, Erik"]
[Black "Sarkar, Justin"]
[ECO "C11"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Qd2 O‑O 7. O‑O-O Re8 8. Nf3 Bf5 9. Qf4 Be6 10. Bd3 Nc6 11. Rhe1 h6 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Bf5 g5 14. Qg4 h5 15. Qh3 g4 16. Qxh5 gxf3 17. Bxe6 fxe6 18. gxf3 Bg7 19. Rg1 Qf6 20. Rg6 Qf4 21. Kb1 Re7 22. Rdg1 Nxd4 23. Rh6 Kf8 24. Rh8 Bxh8 25. Qxh8 Kf7 26. Qh5 Kf8 27. Qh8 Kf7 1/2‑1/2

Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "3rd Chicago International"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1994.04.22"]
[EventDate "1994.04.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Karklins, Erik"]
[Black "Tate, Emory"]
[ECO "B44"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. O‑O d5 8. exd5 cxd5 9. c4 d4 10. Bf4 Bb7 11. Nd2 Bd6 12. Qa4 Kf8 13. Bxd6 Qxd6 14. Rfe1 Ng4 15. Nf1 g6 16. Qb5 Rb8 17. Qg5 f5 18. f3 h6 19. Qxg6 Rg8 20. Qxe6 Qxe6 21. Rxe6 Bxf3 22. gxf3 Ne5 23. Ng3 Nxd3 24. Rf6 Kg7 25. Rxf5 Nxb2 26. Rd5 d3 27. Re1 Rbd8 28. Re7 Kf6 29. Red7 Rxd7 30. Rxd7 Ke6 31. Rd4 Rc8 32. f4 Rxc4 33. Rxc4 Nxc4 34. Kf2 Kd5 35. Kf3 Kd4 36. Ne4 a5 37. f5 d2 38. Nf2 Kc3 39. Ke2 Kc2 40. Nd1 Ne5 41. f6 a4 42. Ne3 Kc1 43. Nd1 a3 44. Ne3 Ng4 45. f7 Nxe3 46. f8=Q d1=Q 47. Kxe3 Qd2 48. Ke4 Qxa2 49. Qxh6 Qd2 50. Qf6 Qb4 51. Kd3 Qb3 52. Ke4 Qc4 53. Ke3 a2 54. h4 Qb3 55. Ke4 Qb4 56. Ke3 Qb3 57. Ke4 Qa4 58. Kd3 a1=Q 59. Qg5 Kb2 60. Qg7 1/2‑1/2

Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Greater Chicago Open"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1968.??.??"]
[EventDate "1968.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Leighton, George"]
[Black "Karklins, Erik"]
[ECO "A45"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 e6 3. Bd3 c5 4. c3 b6 5. f4 Bb7 6. Nf3 d5 7. Ne5 Bd6 8. Nd2 O‑O 9. Qf3 Nbd7 10. O‑O Qe7 11. g4 g6 12. Rf2 Rac8 13. h4 Bxe5 14. fxe5 Ne4 15. Rh2 f6 16. exf6 Ndxf6 17. Qg2 e5 18. g5 Nh5 19. Bxe4 dxe4 20. Nb3 Rf3 21. Rh3 Qe6 22. Rxf3 exf3 23. Qf2 Qh3 24. Qh2 f2 0‑1

Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Chicago Open"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[EventDate "1996.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Zulic, Jasmin"]
[Black "Karklins, Erik"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 d5 6. exf6 dxc4 7. O‑O gxf6 8. Re1 Be6 9. Nbd2 Qd5 10. Ne4 Be7 11. b3 c3 12. Ba3 f5 13. Bxe7 fxe4 14. Bf6 exf3 15. Bxh8 O‑O-O 16. Bf6 Rg8 17. Bh4 Rxg2 18. Kh1 Qh5 19. Bg3 Rxg3 20. fxg3 Bd5 21. Rg1 Qh3 22. Qf1 f2 23. Rg2 Bxg2 24. Qxg2 Qxg2 25. Kxg2 Nb4 26. Rc1 Nxa2 27. Rd1 c5 28. Kxf2 Nb4 29. Ke2 Nxc2 30. Rf1 Nb4 31. Ra1 d3 32. Kd1 a6 33. h4 Kd7 34. g4 Ke6 35. Ra5 b6 36. Ra1 Ke5 37. g5 Ke4 38. Rc1 Na2 39. Ra1 c2 40. Kd2 c1=Q 41. Rxc1 Nxc1 42. Kxc1 Ke3 43. Kd1 b5 44. h5 c4 45. bxc4 bxc4 46. g6 fxg6 0‑1

Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Another 15-minute game. My opponent's handle is ironic:

[White "Annihilator"]
[Black "gafa"]
[Event "InstantChess"]
[WhiteElo "1697"]
[BlackElo "2147"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCause "0"]
[ICEcause "1"]

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qa4 Nf6 5.Nf3 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.c3 Bd7 8.Qc2 e5 9.Bd3 g6 10.h3 Bg7 11.O-O O-O 12.Ng5 Nf4 13.Bxf4 exf4 14.h4 Rc8 15.a3 Ne5 16.Be4 h6 17.Nxf7 Rxf7 18.Bxb7 Qxh4 19.Bxc8 Bxc8 20.Nd2 f3 21.Qe4 Rf4 22.Qd5 Kh7 23.Nxf3 Nxf3+ 24.gxf3 Bb7 25.Qxb7 Qg5+ 0-1

Oct-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: A potentially theoretically important game in the Beefeater: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Oct-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Bad link...
Oct-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: Thanks. Le Quang Liem vs R Kaufman, 2014
Oct-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Shams> Beefeater? Looks like a Nimzo.
Oct-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: Argh. Third time's the charm.
Le Quang Liem vs M Leon Hoyos, 2014
Oct-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Augsburg Gutmann Memorial 4th"]
[Site "Augsburg"]
[Date "2014.01.02"]
[EventDate "2013.12.27"]
[Round "7"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Arnaudov, Petar G"]
[Black "Bromberger, Stefan"]
[ECO "D31"]
[WhiteElo "2442"]
[BlackElo "2500"]
[PlyCount "32"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 e6 4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Qxd4 7. Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8. Ne2 Na6 9. Bf8 Ne7 10. Bxg7 Nb4 11. Bxh8 e5 12. Qd2 Nd3+ 13. Kd1 Nxf2+ 14. Kc1 Nd3+ 15. Kb1 Ne1+ 16. Kc1 Nd3+ 1/2-1/2

Nov-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: Speaking of short games, I'm trying to recall a well-know short game from only a year or so ago. Black Queen was on <g5> and White moved the d-pawn with an exposed attack with his DSB on the Black Queen. However, White had not yet moved his Queen Knight and Black simply played Qxc1+

Do you remember this game? I think it was only 8 or 9 moves at most and was GM level

Nov-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <morfishine> Stripunsky vs Onischuk, 2012
Nov-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <FSR> You are brilliant to recall that game so quickly, and I was wrong: Stripunsky had moved his Queen Knight, but had to move it back, also the game was 11 moves. I think I read somewhere, they had a good laugh over this incident, Stripunsky included. Thanks!
Nov-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <morfishine> I knew it was a Caro-Kann, so I just searched for Caro-Kanns from 2012 on, won by Black in no more than 15 moves.
Nov-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <FSR> I need an alternative as White to the Beefeater; probably something with 3.Nf3. Any thoughts?
Nov-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Shams> Why not just 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4? Incidentally, that keeps open the option of transposition to a Saemisch. Alternatively, if you want to go super-solid, 2.e4 Bg7 3.c3. Subramaniam recommends that in his <Modern Defence, Move by Move> book, and plays it when he has White against the Modern. In effect, that's what Christiansen played against me when I played the Modern against him in a simul.

btw, are you still playing the French? If so, you definitely should get Langrock's book on the Rubinstein. It's a great second-string French line against stronger players. Your opponent says, "Look at this fish! He's already groveling for a draw on move 3!" (Not true.) He plays overambitiously, you roll him. If he plays better, you draw. J Geller vs Ni Hua, 2011 (Langrock shows that 19.Kd2!? also draws, but only if White plays precisely.) There's even a song about the Rubinstein French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NE...

Nov-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <FSR> It's funny you mention that about the Rubinstein-- I had the exact same thought process recently and have decided to take it up for the reason you mention. Thanks for the book tip.

As for 3.e4 in the other line, I feel like there was some reason I didn't like it but I can't remember what it was at the moment.

Nov-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Fighting French by Soltis (I need to look) promotes either the Rubinstein or the Burn variation. It is one of Andy's better opening monographs.

I may try a few Kalashnikov Sicilians as soon as I get my copy of The Killer Sicilian (Tony Rotella, Everyman). I had great success with the Pelikan back in the late 60s-early 70s.

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