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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 Charles 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-five 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 (88 and counting). 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. With any luck, "Three Times a Lady" (V Gunina vs S Sevian, 2015), "Instant Rapport" (R Rapport vs T Rogers, 2014), and "Lord of the Files" (J Rudd vs A Golding, 2015), will be contenders for the 2016 Crown.

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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   Sep-02-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
FSR: I haven't been playing this game for years, Syd. Apart from this leg, I've basically played a couple of weeks of the last leg. Your sidekick <MarkFinan> HAS been playing for years, as you can see from his discussions with <Switch> two years ago. Evidently he had precious ...
   Sep-01-15 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
FSR: Round 9: Nakamura - Grischuk 1/2 Anand - Carlsen 1/2 Topalov - Aronian 1/2 Caruana - So 1/2 Vachier-Lagrave - Giri 1/2
   Aug-31-15 FSR chessforum (replies)
FSR: <MarkFinan> Those were relatively big-money tournaments in Chicago. I doubt that the Spilled Milk Open or whatever A.J. is playing in down South have comparable prize funds.
   Aug-31-15 ChessBookForum chessforum
FSR: He's also selling a second Karklins book: <And as long as I'm selling [smile emoticon] — again, all proceeds to Andrew Karklins. I owned the paperback of this book as a kid: it's great! Karklins, Andrew, trans., and Kalnājs, Alfred, ed. _Fischer—Spassky World Championship Match
   Aug-31-15 W So vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
FSR: <FairyPromotion: I'll second what FSR said. Also "Saint" should have remained abbreviated.> I didn't even notice that. Of course you are correct.
   Aug-30-15 A Ebralidze vs Ragozin, 1937
FSR: Archil, Take the Rook!
   Aug-30-15 chessforum (replies)
FSR: <> This is apparently the first-ever Sinquefield Cup game to end in checkmate. But no doubt there are other games played in St. Louis that have ended that way.
   Aug-29-15 Sinquefield Cup (2015) (replies)
FSR: <GSM> Love it!
   Aug-28-15 W So vs Aronian, 2015 (replies)
FSR: <MarkFinan: 4.f3 looks awful to me.> I don't like 4.f3 either, but it's one of the most theoretically important moves against the Nimzo-Indian, Opening Explorer , and has been played by many of the world's leading players. The Chicago master Steve Tennant used it to crush Seirawan
   Aug-27-15 Boleslavsky vs V Semenov, 1966 (replies)
FSR: <dusk> 11...Nxd5 12.Bxd5 Kxg7 13.Bxc6 Qc3+! saves Black.
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Jul-24-15  goldenbear: Great! Good to have that sac represented in the opening explorer. I would have submitted my game, but unfortunately my opponent declined it :(
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Buenos Aires ol (Men)"]
[Site "Buenos Aires"]
[Date "1978.11.02"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Pritchett, Craig William"]
[Black "Gonzales, Eliseo"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B29"]
[WhiteElo "2410"]
[BlackElo "2205"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "1978.10.25"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nc3 e6 5. Nxd5 exd5 6. d4 Nc6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qxd5 Qb6 9. Bc4 Bxf2+ 10. Ke2 O-O 11. Rf1 Bc5 12. Ng5 Nd4+ 13. Kd1 Ne6 14. Ne4 d6 15. exd6 Rd8 16. Bd3 Bxd6 17. Qh5 f5 18. Nxd6 Qxd6 19. Qxf5 Qxh2 20. Qf7+ Kh8 21. Bg5 Rg8 22. Be3 Rd8 23. Kd2 Qxg2+ 24. Rf2 Ng5 25. Qxg7+ 1-0

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Lloyds Bank op 04th"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1980.08.24"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Pritchett, Craig William"]
[Black "Ostermeyer, Peter"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B29"]
[WhiteElo "2390"]
[BlackElo "2400"]
[PlyCount "91"]
[EventDate "1980.08.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nc3 e6 5. Nxd5 exd5 6. d4 Nc6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qxd5 Qb6 9. Bc4 Bxf2+ 10. Ke2 O-O 11. Rf1 Bc5 12. Ng5 Nd4+ 13. Kd1 Ne6 14. Ne4 d6 15. exd6 Rd8 16. Bd3 Bxd6 17. Qh5 f5 18. Nxd6 Qxd6 19. Qxf5 Nf8 20. Qf7+ Kh8 21. Qf4 Qxf4 22. Bxf4 Bf5 23. Kd2 Ne6 24. Be3 Bxd3 25. cxd3 Kg8 26. Rae1 Nc7 27. Bg5 Rd7 28. Re7 Rxe7 29. Bxe7 Nd5 30. Bc5 a6 31. a3 g6 32. g3 Re8 33. b4 h5 34. Rb1 b5 35. a4 bxa4 36. Ra1 Kf7 37. Rxa4 Re6 38. Ra1 Kf6 39. Rc1 Kg5 40. Rc4 Kf5 41. Rd4 Ke5 42. h3 Rc6 43. Re4+ Kf5 44. Bd4 Nxb4 45. Re5+ Kf6 46. Rb5+ 1-0

Aug-03-15  thegoodanarchist: <SR: Sadly for groan-inducing pun purposes, the database lacks any game by this player that could be characterized as a "Nice [Giuoco] Piano.">

I was thinking along the same line, and submitted Nisipeanu vs A Moreno Garcia, 2005 which is listed in Nisi's db as a Giuoco Piano, but as an "Italian Game" on the game page.

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  FSR: <thegoodanarchist> I submitted it too, and have submitted the pun <Nice Piano> for it.
Aug-04-15  thegoodanarchist: I am no expert on Romanian surname pronunciations, but aren't you dropping a syllable?
Aug-04-15  thegoodanarchist: Unless, of course, you made the pun:

"Nice! A Piano."

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  FSR: You're right: that would be a closer approximation.
Aug-08-15  thegoodanarchist: I hope you submitted "A Losing Wager" for GOTD. It was the first pun that I could come up with, when I saw the game.

I was disappointed but not surprised that you had already made it.

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  FSR: <thegoodanarchist> Yes, I submitted that pun.
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  Penguincw: I must congratulate you on your pun suggestion for J Rudd vs A Golding, 2015 ("Lord of the Flies"). I never realized how many connections it had to the game. :P
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  FSR: Thanks, <penguincw>! Note also that Golding, the <Lord of the Files>, is 11 years old.

I liked your synopsis of the book, and also <thegoldenband>'s comment:

<No littlpun here -- this is definitely one of the bigpuns. It'll give a lot of literate people a chuckle before they conch out for the night.>

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  FSR: Note that the pun is actually Lord of the <Files>, not <Flies>.
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  OhioChessFan: I have an unfinished story on City of Moscow named Lord of the Files. Every year or so I'm reminded of that. Maybe I'll finish it some day.
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  johnlspouge: Hi, <FSR>.

I hope you are well.

I was reading the following article, which might be of independent interest to you. In particular, I found Scalia's legal reasoning in his dissent fallacious, because there is little that DNA does that fingerprinting does not already do (only not as effectively as DNA), e.g., fingerprints can tie felons to old crimes.

Do you have any opinion on Scalia's legal reasoning?

"Facial Recognition Software Moves From Overseas Wars to Local Police"

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  FSR: Haven't yet made it to first in the ChessBookie standings, but I'm doing pretty well:

<1. sydbarrett 10,235
2. FSR 9,338
3. SwitchingQuylthulg 6,324
4. WannaBe 5,658
5. Chnebelgrind 4,662>

. . . and 195 others.

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  FSR: Today's standings:

<1. sydbarrett 11,565
2. FSR 11,020
3. SwitchingQuylthulg 8,001
4. pitapino 3,720>

and 209 more.

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  FSR: My friend William Brock (better known as Bill Brock) posted this on Facebook:

<If you'd like to buy a copy of Andrew Karklins 's _Modern Grandmaster Chess as Exemplified in the 1964 USSR Zonal Tournament_ (Chicago: Chicago Chess Books, 1974), I am selling them on Andrew's behalf.

The 1964 USSR Zonal had an incredibly strong field: future World Champion Spassky, two players who missed the World Championship by the slimmest of margins, Bronstein and Korchnoi, the legendary Stein and Geller, and the superstrong Suetin and Kholmov. Only the top three were guaranteed to qualify for the Interzonals, so the tournament was exceptionally bloodthirsty.

Andrew Karklins began this book in 1964, when he was a 2100 player. He finished it ten (!) years later, when he was a 2450 player (roughly equivalent to 2550 USCF today?) and had finished with an even score in the 1973 US Championship (ahead of Bisguier and Mednis). The book is a labor of love (see my next comment for a quotation from the foreword).

Hardcover (I have a limited number of dust jackets), Descriptive Notation, $10 plus $2.95 shipping, such a deal.

Without getting into details, Andrew (who is legally blind and living on disability) could really use the money! 100% of all sales proceeds will go directly to Andrew. If you'd like to pick up a copy at the Illinois Open, just let me know and you can save on the shipping.

If you would like a copy signed by Andrew Karklins, kindly add a generous additional amount (your call). Those copies I won't be able to have ready for the Illinois Open.

Paypal to works; checks may be made payable to Andrew Karklins.>

I highly recommend this book. It is really a great book, a little-known gem, and is a steal at $10 (for a hardcover!). And you'll be helping out a chessplayer in need, to boot. As noted, it is in descriptive notation.

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  FSR: He's also selling a second Karklins book:

<And as long as I'm selling [smile emoticon] — again, all proceeds to Andrew Karklins.

I owned the paperback of this book as a kid: it's great!

Karklins, Andrew, trans., and Kalnājs, Alfred, ed. _Fischer—Spassky World Championship Match & Fischer's 1971 Candidates Matches from the Soviet Point of View_ (Chicago: Alfred Kalnājs & Son, 1973).

Notes by Botvinnik, Bronstein, Kotov, Smyslov, Vasiukov, Larsen, Tal, Vatnikov, Koblenz, Kotkov, Buslajev, Vladimirov, Henkin, Tukmakov, Polugaevsky, Lublinsky, Korchnoi, Stein, Baranova, Nepomnaschija & Fjordorov, Krogius, Furman, Karpov, Vitolins, Averbach, Schmit, Murei & Shashin, Gipslis, Furman & Korchnoi, Kholmov. Warning: Soviet interest in Fischer-Spassky waned after game 13 [smile emoticon], but even here, Korchnoi annotates game 19 & Karpov game 21.

158 pages, descriptive notation.

Hardcover (no dust jacket, although I haven't opened all the boxes): $15 Paper: $10>

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  FSR: Finally reached No. 1 in the ChessBookie standings!

<1. FSR 12,240
2. sydbarrett 11,669
3. SwitchingQuylthulg 8,525
4. pitapino 4,539
5. Chnebelgrind 3,751>

and 211 more.

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  MarkFinan: Just read your bio, Frederick. I was just interested in the prize money you win in those tournaments... So hypothetically, AJ Goldsby wins roughly $500 per tournament too? I don't know if you and Goldsby are entering tournaments of the same strength, but I do know you're roughly the same strength of player, so Goldsby plays (and nearly always claims he wins the tournaments) around 6 similar tourny's per year. That means he's taking home up to 3k a year just from playing chess?? That guy is the most desperate and pathetic individual I've ever come across, all that "Go fund me" internet begging, he's probably got more $$$ than all of us really! Lol. I know 3k is nothing in this day and age, but with all that benefits money on top (plus the begging $$) he can't exactly be as desperate as he claims to be. I think my point is that AJ is just shameless, and $500 for coming 2nd in an under 2200 chess tournament is decent money. No wonder people cheat when you can earn $500+ for a days work. All I ever won was trophies, medals and book tokens!?
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  FSR: <MarkFinan> Those were relatively big-money tournaments in Chicago. I doubt that the Spilled Milk Open or whatever A.J. is playing in down South have comparable prize funds.
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  TheFocus: Usually a Spilled Milk Open may have a small prize, under $200.<AJ> isn't making a living at chess.

Heck, if it wasn't for his world-class, award winning videos, the t-shirts, and autographed copies of The List, he would not be making any money.

So if anyone wants to make a charitable donation, check out <AJ>'a websites or his GoFundMe account. Every $100 donation gets you an autographed copy of The List, plus an autographed picture of <AJ>.

Yes, you too can have a permanent reminder of The Smirk. The same smirk that has defeated hundreds of school kids across the South.

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  offramp: I'm following your battle with the Pink Floyd geezer... It is neck and neck. I don't want to either kibosh or bless your good luck, I like both of you!

So I hope, simply, that the best man or woman wins (so as to be completely inclusive!).

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