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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 our high school chess team, 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.

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-two of my games are in'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: 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 (69 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,

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   FSR has kibitzed 14734 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-01-14 Larsen vs Fischer, 1971
FSR: From after White's 5th move through White's 14th move, play is identical, move for move, with Nunn vs P Van der Sterren, 1974 and Nunn vs Igor Ivanov, 1987 , both of which reached the Maroczy Bind through the "normal" Accelerated Dragon move order.
   Aug-01-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
FSR: <diceman: <Refused: I think FSR is an atheist. So there's no religion of his own he could consider an exception.> So when someone holds a baby out of a 30 story window and says: "Should I let it go?" FSR says: "I'll get back to you."> A brilliant observation, as always. ...
   Aug-01-14 FSR chessforum
FSR: <Sally Simpson> The Hastings situation is a little confusing, but as far as I can see the Wikipedia article has it right. The Premier Section of the 1922-23 Hastings Christmas Congress was indeed won by Rubinstein, just ahead of Reti and the little-remembered B.E. Siegheim of ...
   Aug-01-14 Alekhine vs Fahrni, 1914 (replies)
FSR: Lame notes by Reti: one gets the impression that one would have to be nuts not to play 6.h4, which is tantamount to a forced win.
   Jul-31-14 E Torre vs Timman, 1982 (replies)
FSR: ♫♪♫ Basically, it's as easy as pie. ♫♪♫ 27...Nf3+!! 28.exf3 (28.Kg2 Qxf1+!) Qxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Bh3+ 30.Kg1 Re1#
   Jul-30-14 V Ruehrig vs G Stertenbrink, 1984 (replies)
FSR: Unusual back-rank mating idea.
   Jul-28-14 M Gerusel vs D Werner, 1984 (replies)
FSR: Damn you, <Phony>! :-)
   Jul-27-14 Karpov vs Hort, 1980
FSR: Cabrilo in Informant 30 assesses the final position as equal. He doesn't indicate that Hort lost on time, but that is very likely what happened.
   Jul-25-14 G Jones vs J P Le Roux, 2014 (replies)
FSR: Those knights are pitiful.
   Jul-25-14 F Rhine vs S Sinding, 1996 (replies)
FSR: <morfishine> Thanks! I was sweating bullets in this game. I was teetering on the brink of defeat for a long time.
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  Shams: I'm amazed how often people play this line against me in blitz (as White): <1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3?!>:

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Of course I automatically bang out < 4.Qxd4 Nc6> after which I occasionally see 5.Qh4, but the most common move for White in my games is <5.Qd1?!>!

Appallingly, my track record against this insipid variation is only mediocre. Have you ever seen it?

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  FSR: <Shams> I'm sure people have played that against me on occasion. Houdini 3 says that after 5.Qd1 e6 intending a quick ...d5 (or 6.e4 Bb4) Black is already a little better. One such game was this one:

[Event "Zadar op"]
[Site "Zadar"]
[Date "1998.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Vrekalo, Marko"]
[Black "Vaulin, Alexander"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D32"]
[WhiteElo "2090"]
[BlackElo "2535"]
[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "1998.12.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Qd1 e6 6. Nf3 d5 7. cxd5 exd5 8. e3 a6 9. Be2 Bd6 10. a3 O-O 11. b4 Bg4 12. O-O Rc8 13. Bb2 Bb8 14. Nd4 Ne5 15. Bxg4 Nfxg4 16. Nf3 Nxf3+ 17. Qxf3 Nxh2 18. Qxd5 Nxf1 19. Kxf1 Qe7 20. Ne2 Rfd8 21. Qf5 g6 22. Qf3 Be5 23. Bd4 Rc7 24. Rd1 Qf6 25. Qe4 Re7 26. Qd3 Qh4 27. g3 Qh3+ 28. Ke1 Qh1+ 29. Kd2 Qf3 30. Ke1 h5 31. Qb3 h4 32. gxh4 Qh1+ 33. Kd2 Qxh4 34. Ke1 Qh1+ 35. Kd2 Qf3 36. Ke1 Bf6 37. Rd3 Bh4 38. Ng3 Bxg3 39. fxg3 Rxd4 0-1

After your suggestion 5.Qh4?!, 5...Nb4! makes it hard for White to even stay on the board. Houdini says he can do so with 6. Rb1 d5 7. cxd5 (7. a3? Nc2+ 8. Kd1 Bf5 ) 7... Nfxd5 8. Bd2 Bf5 9. e4 Nxc3 10. Bxc3 Nc2+ 11. Ke2 Bd7 12. Kd2 Ba4+ 13. Bd3 e5 14. Nf3 Nb4 15. Bxb4 Bxb4+ 16. Ke2 Bd6 17. Qxd8+ Rxd8 18. b3 Bc6 19. b4 Ke7 -0.21.

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  FSR: <Sally Simpson> You really are gutsy then. (I'd probably have said "crazy" if you'd lost.) I wouldn't dream of playing that in a serious game against anyone who wasn't <extremely> weak. I dislike being probably lost after my first move and definitely lost (Houdini says over +3, so it's like giving piece odds.) after my second. Go figure. :-)
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  FSR: Houdini gives 1. e4 f5? 2. exf5 Kf7?? 3. Qh5+ g6 4. fxg6+ Kg7 5. gxh7 Rxh7 6. Qf3 Nc6 7. d4! Nf6 8. Bd3 Rh4 9. Bg5! Rxd4 10. Bxf6+ exf6 11. Qg3+ Kf7 12. Qg6+ Ke7 13. Nf3 Rxd3 14. Qxd3 d6 15. Nc3 Qd7 16. O-O-O Kd8 17. Rhe1 Qf7 18. Kb1 +4.03.
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  Sally Simpson: " I dislike being probably lost after my first move and definitely lost."

I discovered very early on I (and a lot of other players) play better when we are 'lost'.

Something to do with the losing looking for passing straws and being fully alert and the winning player relaxing.

Of course The Fred is all wrong (but good for a laugh) and I'd never play it again. But the Latvian fits the bill. You must be fully alert from move two (and know a chunk of theory) else you will get wiped out.

Funnily enough all my daft stuff comes from Black. I never or very rarely play gambits with White, no need, I have a slight initaitive, no need to try and steal it.

You would think a Latvian player would play the King's Gambit as White. I never's unsound!

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  FSR: <Sally Simpson: ... I discovered very early on I (and a lot of other players) play better when we are 'lost'.>

I do too. At least one of my wins in the database (against Nagle) was from a "lost position" and another (against DeFotis) was from a "much worse position" out of the opening. My draw against Sinding was also from a much worse position. I've beaten Angelo Sandrin, among others, from a lost position.

Despite that, I don't deliberately <try> to put myself in lost positions.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR.

That position with three pinned pieces was 'Quote & Querie' No 4394 in the February 1985 British Chess Magazine. I was few years out with the date.

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  FSR: <Sally Simpson> Thanks. I added the cite to the Wikipedia article. If you have the page number, that would be nice too.
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  FSR: Still 100% in my "every legal first opening move, as White and Black!" series at Won tonight with 1.Nc3 and 1...b6. Had a scare in the latter. My opponent played well and totally squished me until I flagged him, by which time I was down a rook and two pawns.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR,

We appear to have slight difference when playing online blitz. Though each to his own.

If I'm getting beat say I'm k+R+Pawns v K+Q + pawns or something like that and my opponent is down to seconds I send a wee message saying 'you won't have time to win - well played' and resign.

But I can see you are on a quest so good luck with it. Have you done 1.f3 yet (it's a good blitz move.)

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  Shams: <FSR> Thanks.
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  Shams: Lawsuit of the day:

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  perfidious: <Shams> Classic.

I'd sue Lindsay Lohan for the right to have a go at her, though.

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  Shams: <perfidious> You like the hot mess types? I could see that. Lohan, convertible, 10k in cash, complete Johnny Cash collection and an 8 ball.
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  perfidious: <Shams> Ship me 30G, Lindsay and that will do.
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  ketchuplover: Instant Rapport = awesome!
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  FSR: Thanks, <ketchuplover>! Dunno if they'll use so short a game as a regular GOTD. Maybe on April 1, as <Annie K.> suggested.
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  FSR: The plaudits keep coming:

<<<<<Premium Chessgames Member FSR: <<jhelix70: << Instant Rapport.>> Best...Pun...Ever :-) >

mcaskin: Outstanding pun, FSR.>

Annie K.: <FSR> I'll third that, great pun.>

ketchuplover: Instant Rapport = awesome!>

diagonal: < FSR > @ this mate on move five < Instant Rapport > Really, Pun of the Year!>

This has to be my best-received pun ever. I just hope actually uses it some day.

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "simultaneous exhibition"]
[Site "Barbados"]
[Date "2006.??.??"]
[EventDate "2006.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Nigel Short"]
[Black "Philip Corbin"]
[ECO "C40"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 Bd6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bc4 Nbd7 6. d3 a6 7. a4 h6 8. O-O O-O 9. Re1 Re8 10. h3 b6 11. Nh4 Nf8 12. Qf3 Rb8 13. Nf5 Bb4 14. Re2 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Ng6 16. g3 e4 17. Rxe4 Nxe4 18. dxe4 Ne5 19. Qe2 Bxf5 20. exf5 Nxc4 21. Qxc4 Re1+ 22. Kg2 Rd1 23. g4 Qd7 24. Qb3 Re8 25. c4 Ree1 26. Bb2 Rxa1 27. Qc3 f6 28. Bxa1 Qe7 29. Bb2 Qe4+ 30. Kg3 Rg1+ 31. Kh4 Qf4 32. Qe3 Qg5+ 33. Qxg5 hxg5+ 0-1

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  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR,

I don't know if you can repair other wiki pages but here.

They have Rubinstein winning Hastings 1922. It was of course Alekhine. They even say so on the same page.

Jul-28-14  SaltiNeil: Hello FSR, I have noticed that your recent posts include the declaration of being first to either comment or solve the daily puzzle. The other big chess site,, also has a daily puzzle that allows people to post comments to the puzzle. The big difference between the quality of the posts on and is that here we actually offer analysis while on it is primarily posts by the childish people who just claim "First!" or "First page" as if it is some great feat. The posts on the other site are annoying and just promote more childish activity. My point here is that I hope you are not promoting or encouraging people like that to turn our daily puzzle into a race to see who posts first while we lose the many contributions of good posters.
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  parisattack: The climate here is a little more informal than Plus, you can actually navigate the site and you don't need a Ph.D to figure out what amount buys what.

FSR has contributed enormously to over the years, is a respected strong player and collector. Given that, I seriously doubt an occasional light comment will drive other good posters away from

As to 'analysis' on I am not sure what analysis by 1200 rated players is worth these days.

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  Sally Simpson: I think there is in a hint of gentle sarcasm in FSR's 'firsts'.

"I am not sure what analysis by 1200 rated players is worth these days."

It can sometimes be a lot of worth to the 1200 player if someone takes the time to point out where they are going wrong.

Whether or not they listen and take onboard any advice is a different matter.

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Southend"]
[Site "Southend, ENG"]
[Date "1986.??.??"]
[EventDate "1986.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Twyble"]
[Black "Sugden"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[PlyCount "31"]

1. Nc3 c5 2. Rb1 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 e5 5. e4 Be6 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Qf3 Nxc3 8. bxc3 Nc6 9. Rxb7 Rc8 10. Qxc6+ Rxc6 11. Bxc6+ Bd7 12. Rxd7 Qg5 13. Nf3 Qf5 14. Rd5+ Ke7 15. Rxe5+ Qxe5+ 16. Nxe5 1-0

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  FSR: <Sally Simpson> The Hastings situation is a little confusing, but as far as I can see the Wikipedia article has it right. The Premier Section of the 1922-23 Hastings Christmas Congress was indeed won by Rubinstein, just ahead of Reti and the little-remembered B.E. Siegheim of South Africa. Rubinstein's games from that tournament appear on this list, the tournament being given as "Hastings 2223": Alekhine did not play.

But there had also been Hastings (1922), played in September of that year, a much stronger and smaller double round-robin event that Alekhine had won just ahead of Rubinstein. Reg Cload and Raymond Keene, <Battles of Hastings>, pp. 123-24. Am I missing something?

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