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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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   Jul-25-14 A Hodges vs A E Blackmar, 1892 (replies)
FSR: <Once> Note that this was a correspondence game. One should be able to find such resources in a correspondence game. See, e.g., K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992 ; D Fleetwood vs F Rhine, 1997 ; F Rhine vs S Sinding, 1996 ; F Rhine vs A Boerkoel, 1996 .
   Jul-24-14 FSR chessforum
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 ...
   Jul-24-14 Boleslavsky vs V Semenov, 1966
FSR: <ScottElliott> White does get a lot of play for the sacrificed pawn, but this game is by no means the last word of theory. See Opening Explorer . For one thing, 11...Kg7 isn't even the main line; 11...Nxd5 is.
   Jul-24-14 H Richards vs S Williams, 2003 (replies)
FSR: 1.Bc8+! Kf6 (1...Rxc8 or 1...Rd7 is met by 2.Qd6#) 2.Qxd4+ and Black is getting crushed after 2...Ke7 3.Bxg5+ or 2...Kg6 3.Bf5+. First!
   Jul-23-14 R Rapport vs T Rogers, 2014 (replies)
FSR: <hedgeh0g> I too am un-wowed by White's position after 3...d4. Houdini 3 says that Black is around .2 ahead after 4.Nd1 e5. But FWIW White has done well from that position (over 58%) with a King's Indian-type setup. Semen leads the way: No ...
   Jul-23-14 M Helzig vs P Leisebein, 1990
FSR: Poor White was so shocked by Black's unconventional play that he had a stroke and thereby forfeited the game. Sad.
   Jul-23-14 S Bouaziz vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979
FSR: Surely White (who's actually Black) should have realized that he would have Slim chances if he failed to appear for the game.
   Jul-23-14 H Klip vs T Bottema, 1990 (replies)
FSR: Poor Bottema was still exhausted from his 78-move win over Van Wely two years earlier. T Bottema vs Van Wely, 1988
   Jul-23-14 V Vepkhvishvili vs G Sikharulidze, 1969
FSR: Seems premature. White still had some drawing chances.
   Jul-23-14 J D Tisdall vs Judit Polgar, 1988 (replies)
FSR: Cool combination, but easy.
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "SUI-chT"]
[Site "Switzerland"]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[EventDate "1996.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Toth, Bela"]
[Black "Kaenel, Hansjuerg"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A58"]
[WhiteElo "2395"]
[BlackElo "2405"]
[PlyCount "77"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 Bxa6 6. g3 g6 7. Bg2 d6 8. b3 Bg7 9. Bb2 O-O 10. Nh3 Nbd7 11. Nf4 Nb6 12. h4 Ra7 13. O-O Qa8 14. Qd2 Rb8 15. Re1 Bc8 16. Nc3 Rab7 17. Rab1 Qa5 18. Ba1 Ng4 19. Red1 Ne5 20. Qc2 Bf5 21. Be4 Bxe4 22. Nxe4 Na8 23. h5 Nc7 24. hxg6 hxg6 25. Ng5 Rf8 26. Kg2 Nb5 27. Rh1 Na3 28. Qd1 Nxb1 29. Rh8+ Bxh8 30. Qh1 Kg7 31. Qh7+ Kf6 32. Ne4+ Kf5 33. f3 Nxf3 34. exf3 Bxa1 35. Nd3 Qd2+ 36. Nxd2 Nxd2 37. Qh4 g5 38. Qh7+ Kf6 39. Qh6+ 1-0

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  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR,

I looked this morning I found 3 1981 BCM's. It is not in one of them, I'll be going the Edinburgh Club on Tuesday and look at the bound volumes.

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  FSR: I decided I needed to branch out in the opening. So two nights ago on, in six games (three with each color), I played 1...a5, 1...a6, and 1...Na6 as Black, and 1.a4, 1.a3, and 1.Na3 as White. I won all six games easily. Tonight I started moving to the right - 1.b4, 1.b3, and 1...b5. Then had two Whites in a row, so I played 1.c4 and 1.c3. Again won every game, maintaining my 100% score in this series. Won all the games in convincing fashion except with 1...b5, where I had to win on time in a lost position. I intend to move across the board, making every possible first move with each color.
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  Sally Simpson: I have played most of them in OTB play. Never got around to doing 1.h3 or 1.h4.

Have played The Fred OTB (once and won!) 1.e4 f5 2.exf5 Kf7(??)

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  FSR: <Sally Simpson: I have played most of them in OTB play. Never got around to doing 1.h3 or 1.h4.

Have played The Fred OTB (once and won!) 1.e4 f5 2.exf5 Kf7(??)>

That's gutsy. I'm guessing your opponent was <not> a GM. The stupidest opening I ever played OTB was the Englund Gambit. Crushed the guy. I should play the Latvian sometime. Don't think I've ever played the Black side of it, even in blitz.

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  Sally Simpson: "That's gutsy. I'm guessing your opponent was <not> a GM."

He is/was not a bad player went sac happy to teach me a lesson and blundered.

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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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