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FSR
Member since Aug-27-05 · Last seen Aug-20-14
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 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. 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 (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, http://chicagochess.blogspot.com.

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   FSR has kibitzed 14836 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-20-14 A Ivanov vs P Moulin, 1990 (replies)
 
FSR: <estrick> I like the Schliemann too, and played it in my youth. Do you think it's in trouble these days? Shockingly, Radjabov, King of the Schliemann, lost his last two games with it, both to opponents who played 4.d3. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
 
   Aug-20-14 A Dimitrijevic vs M Sebag, 2004 (replies)
 
FSR: Completely overlooked it, probably for the reason that <Phony Benoni> mentioned.
 
   Aug-19-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
FSR: <Tons of big-time liberals are saying Rick Perry's indictment looks weak. Can you imagine the right ever doing that?> http://www.salon.com/2014/08/19/the...
 
   Aug-19-14 Scott Thomson
 
FSR: I annotated your game against Drunken Master at http://chicagochess.blogspot.com/20...
 
   Aug-19-14 Spassky vs Petrosian, 1955
 
FSR: Because the players agreed to one. It's certainly not a forced draw.
 
   Aug-19-14 Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1939 (replies)
 
FSR: Hmm, another pseudo-queen sac on KN2, but this one just leaves White an exchange up rather than mating, as yesterday's did.
 
   Aug-18-14 M Schulz vs T Struening, 2004 (replies)
 
FSR: The traditional Monday queen sac.
 
   Aug-17-14 Kramnik vs Radjabov, 2007
 
FSR: <Poisonpawns> You could be right. Radjabov did extremely well with it for a long time, drawing again and again (and even winning occasionally) against the world's strongest players. But in his last two games he's gotten rolled by 4.d3.
 
   Aug-17-14 J Oberg vs W Wenz, 1977 (replies)
 
FSR: <Phony Benoni> Apparently that's it. <The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in the fictional suburban town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_... This game was "set" in ...
 
   Aug-17-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
 
FSR: 27.Nxf7 Kxf7 28.Qxh6 is tempting, but Black looks OK after 28...Rh8. So probably 27.Ne6 Kh7 (27...fxe6 28.dxe6 B moves 29.Qxh6 with a huge attack) 28.f4 with attack.
 
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Jul-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Instant Rapport = awesome!
Jul-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Thanks, <ketchuplover>! Dunno if they'll use so short a game as a regular GOTD. Maybe on April 1, as <Annie K.> suggested.
Jul-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 CG.com actually uses it some day.

Jul-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Jul-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR,

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hastin...

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, Chess.com, also has a daily puzzle that allows people to post comments to the puzzle. The big difference between the quality of the posts on Chessgames.com and Chess.com is that here we actually offer analysis while on Chess.com 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.
Jul-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: The climate here is a little more informal than Chess.com. 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 CG.com 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 cg.com.

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

Jul-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Jul-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Aug-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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": http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... 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?

Aug-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Vidmar Memorial"]
[Site "Ljubljana"]
[Date "1969.??.??"]
[EventDate "1969.06.02"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Parma, Bruno"]
[Black "Barcza, Gedeon"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B83"]
[PlyCount "88"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Be2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. f4 Bd7 10. Qe1 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc6 12. Bd3 Nd7 13. Rd1 e5 14. fxe5 Nxe5 15. Kh1 Bf6 16. Qe2 g6 17. Bc4 Bg7 18. Bb3 Qh4 19. Bf2 Qe7 20. Nd5 Bxd5 21. Bxd5 Nc6 22. c3 Kh8 23. Qe1 Be5 24. Bh4 f6 25. Rd3 Kg7 26. Rdf3 h6 27. Qd2 Nd8 28. Bf2 Nc6 29. Be3 Rh8 30. R3f2 a6 31. Qd1 Rab8 32. Qg4 Rbe8 33. Qe2 Rb8 34. Qd3 Rbf8 35. Bd4 Nd8 36. Qh3 Nc6 37. Bb6 Nd8 38. a4 Nf7 39. Qd3 Qd7 40. a5 Nd8 41. b4 Re8 42. Bd4 Rhf8 43. Rb2 Re7 44. Rbf2 Ree8 1/2-1/2

Aug-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Vidmar Memorial"]
[Site "Ljubljana"]
[Date "1969.??.??"]
[EventDate "1969.??.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Puc, Stojan"]
[Black "Damjanovic, Mato"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B74"]
[PlyCount "51"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O d6 9. Nb3 a5 10. a3 a4 11. Nd4 Bd7 12. h3 Qa5 13. Ndb5 Nd8 14. Qd3 Ne6 15. f4 Rfc8 16. e5 dxe5 17. fxe5 Bxb5 18. Qxb5 Rxc3 19. bxc3 Qxc3 20. Bd3 Ra5 21. Qxb7 Rxe5 22. Qa8+ Nf8 23. Bf2 Ra5 24. Qd8 Nd5 25. Rab1 h5 26. Kh1 1-0

Aug-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Vidmar Memorial"]
[Site "Ljubljana"]
[Date "1969.06.1?"]
[EventDate "1969.06.02"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Musil, Vojko"]
[Black "Robatsch, Karl"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C47"]
[PlyCount "32"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 Bb4 5. d5 Nb8 6. Bd3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 d6 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Ne1 Qe7 10. Be3 Nc5 11. Bxc5 dxc5 12. Bb5+ Bd7 13. Qe2 O-O 14. f3 Bxb5 15. Qxb5 b6 16. c4 Ne8 1/2-1/2

Aug-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Vidmar Memorial"]
[Site "Ljubljana"]
[Date "1969.06.1?"]
[EventDate "1969.06.02"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Bajec, Ivo"]
[Black "Matanovic, Aleksandar"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E11"]
[PlyCount "35"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 a5 5. Qc2 Qe7 6. e4 Bxd2+ 7. Nbxd2 d6 8. e5 dxe5 9. Nxe5 Nbd7 10. Be2 c5 11. Qc3 Qd6 12. Nxd7 Bxd7 13. dxc5 Qxc5 14. Bf3 Bc6 15. Bxc6+ Qxc6 16. O-O O-O 17. Rfe1 Rfd8 18. Nf3 1/2-1/2

Aug-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Vidmar Memorial"]
[Site "Ljubljana"]
[Date "1969.06.1?"]
[EventDate "1969.06.02"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Gheorghiu, Florin"]
[Black "Stupica, Janesz"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A16"]
[PlyCount "77"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Ba3 O-O 8. Nf3 Nd7 9. O-O Nb6 10. Bc5 Nd7 11. Ba3 Nb6 12. Qc2 Bd7 13. Rab1 Nc4 14. Bc1 Bc6 15. d3 Nb6 16. c4 e5 17. Ba3 Re8 18. Nd2 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Rb8 20. Nb3 Qd7 21. c5 Nd5 22. Na5 b5 23. c6 Qg4 24. e3 e4 25. dxe4 Rxe4 26. Bc5 Ra4 27. h3 Qe6 28. Qxa4 Nc3 29. Qb3 Qf5 30. Bb4 Nxb1 31. Qxb1 Qd5+ 32. e4 Qe6 33. Rd1 h5 34. h4 g5 35. Rd5 gxh4 36. Rxh5 hxg3 37. e5 Qd5+ 38. f3 f5 39. Qb3 1-0

Aug-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Note to self: Round 8 completed.
Aug-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Bastia"]
[Site "Bastia"]
[Date "2010.??.??"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Fressinet, Laurent"]
[Black "Malaniuk, Vladimir"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[PlyCount "41"]

1. Nf3 f5 2. d3 d6 3. e4 e5 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. exf5 Bxf5 6. d4 Nxd4 7. Nxd4 exd4 8. Qxd4 c6 9. Bf4 Bxc2 10. Kd2 Bg6 11. Re1+ Kd7 12. g3 Qb6 13. Bh3+ Kc7 14. Bxd6+ Bxd6 15. Qxg7+ Kb8 16. Kc1 Qxf2 17. Ne4 Bf4+ 18. gxf4 Qxf4+ 19. Nd2 Qf6 20. Qd7 Qf8 21. Re8+ 1-0

Aug-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "WchT U26 08th"]
[Site "Helsinki"]
[Date "1961.07.26"]
[EventDate "1961.07.17"]
[Round "9.2"]
[White "Westman, Jan Erik"]
[Black "Westerinen, Heikki MJ"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C14"]
[PlyCount "76"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. h4 Bxg5 7. hxg5 Qxg5 8. Nh3 Qe7 9. Nf4 g6 10. Qg4 Nc6 11. O-O-O Nb6 12. Rh6 Bd7 13. Bd3 O-O-O 14. Rdh1 Qb4 15. Nfe2 Nxe5 16. Qg3 Nec4 17. Bxc4 Nxc4 18. b3 Qa3+ 19. Kd1 Nd6 20. Rxh7 Rxh7 21. Rxh7 b5 22. Nc1 b4 23. N3e2 Bb5 24. Qe5 Qb2 25. Nf4 Qc3 26. Qe3 Qb2 27. f3 Nf5 28. Qd2 Nxd4 29. Rxf7 Rh8 30. Nh3 Nf5 31. Qxb4 Ne3+ 32. Kd2 Nc4+ 33. Kd1 Ne3+ 34. Kd2 Qxc2+ 35. Kxe3 Qxc1+ 36. Kf2 Qb2+ 37. Kg3 Qe5+ 38. Kf2 Be8 0-1

Comment: White lost on time.

Aug-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <FSR> The Rogoff discussion at the moment has me looking for an article that came out several years ago-- I want to say in Rolling Stone, but maybe in Mother Jones or something close to that. Anyway it was an expose of how many of the top brass in the US military are fundy, end-times Christians. But I couldn't find it, even on the MRFF site. Does it ring a bell with you?
Aug-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Shams> Sorry, I'm not familiar with that article.
Aug-11-14  catlover: Enjoyed your Wikipedia article on Gossip, and of course your many puns.
Aug-12-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Thanks, <catlover>! My two other favorite Wikipedia articles that I've written are https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First... (like the Gossip article, this has been Today's Featured Article on Wikipedia, a distinction attained by about one out of every 1,400 articles) and http://bit.ly/1mlK6rR.
Aug-12-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <FSR: It's only easy once you see it! I looked at this one last night for maybe five minutes, couldn't see it, and finally saw the solution when I looked at it today. Congratulations, <Fusilli>!>

Thanks, my friend!

Aug-12-14  catlover: Wow...the other two articles are also interesting, scholarly, and well-illustrated. No wonder you have two that have been "Today's Featured Article".
Aug-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  estrick: Nice articles on swindling and how advantageous the first move is!
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