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FSR
Member since Aug-27-05 · Last seen Oct-18-19
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." http://bit.ly/1NB55YP

I attended Lane Technical High School in Chicago with the late Chessgames.com co-founder Alberto A Artidiello until he moved out of Chicago. Lane's chess team won the Illinois state championship my junior and senior years, becoming the first school ever to win consecutive championships. Albert also became a master, as did my 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. 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. I have received various Wikipedia awards, including the Imperial Triple Crown Jewels and the Timeless Imperial Triple Crown (which only 11 Wikipedians have received). My user page is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:K....

Sixty-five of my games are in chessgames.com'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).

Commentator Mato Jelic somewhat extravagantly calls my game E Sollano vs F Rhine, 1977 "The Greatest Ever Blitz Game Played in Chicago." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl8... See also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWa...

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.thechessmind.net/blog/20...

As far as I know, I have successfully submitted more puns for Game of the Day than anyone else (141 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. User: johnlspouge remarked, "As far as I can tell, <FSR> is churning out 'actual puns' almost as fast as I can [insert bodily function of choice]."

I am responsible for World Junior Championship (1957), Vidmar Memorial (1969), Carlsen - Anand World Championship Match (2014), and Game Collection: Drawing lines, among others.

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

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   FSR has kibitzed 18960 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-19 Keene vs H T Jones, 1962
 
FSR: Ridiculous game.
 
   Oct-18-19 Keene vs Orly, 1961
 
FSR: Hilarious game!
 
   Oct-18-19 V Kovalev vs D Gavrilescu, 2019
 
FSR: Hard to believe that move 152 for both players is correct, and that Black resigned there.
 
   Oct-17-19 A Reif vs Lasker, 1889
 
FSR: <keypusher> You are correct on both scores! My bad.
 
   Oct-17-19 Raymond Keene (replies)
 
FSR: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...
 
   Oct-08-19 Fred Wilson (replies)
 
FSR: Fred Wilson sure has had a long career - from 1906 to date, and still going strong! btw, I listened to the Perpetual Chess Podcast with him and had a much different reaction than <seagull1756> did.
 
   Oct-08-19 L Jackson vs Browne, 1966 (replies)
 
FSR: I don't know how strong Browne was at the time, at age 17. Maybe 2200-ish? Certainly not THE Walter Browne yet.
 
   Oct-07-19 Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 (replies)
 
FSR: An astonishing defensive effort. Defending such a game against Kasparov cannot have been fun. But Andersson is nothing if not patient.
 
   Oct-07-19 Robert S Robinson vs F Rhine, 2019
 
FSR: Yes, 6...d3 improves. Decidedly not Robbie's best game. Believe it or not, he occasionally still has an equal game against me around move 15 or 20.
 
   Oct-07-19 S Sloan vs W Brock, 2005
 
FSR: 27...Bg4+ 28.Bf3 Nc3+ would have won another piece.
 
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Sep-04-19
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  Diademas: 3.g5!
I would. never have seen that.
Sep-04-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <Diademas> I studied the position for several minutes but didn't get it either. For <FSR> to see 3.g5 OTB with only five seconds left on the clock is impressive. Well done, Frederick!
Sep-05-19
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  FSR: Thanks, <Count Wedgemore>! As <OCF> mentioned, 2...Kb3 loses to 3.g5! Also, 2...Kb4 loses to 3.f5! But no one's mentioned what happened after 2...Kxb5, which is what my opponent actually played.
Sep-05-19
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  OhioChessFan: Yes, that is what I was guessing what was played. The White King doesn't look like it can stop the Pawn, does it?
Sep-05-19
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  FSR: <OCF> I don't want to give it away. White has an effective way to answer 2...Kxb5, and I played it. See if you can find it.
Sep-06-19
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  Diademas: As <OCF> said: <I hate to be that guy, but> I ran it through SF, and it has black winning at every point from your starting diagram and all the way through 1. Kxe5 Kxa4 2. f4 Kxb5
(-132.73 (33 ply) 3.Kf5 a3 4.Kg6 a2 5.Kf5 a1=Q 6.Ke4 Qh1+ 7.Kd4 Qf3 8.f5 Qxg4+ 9.Ke5 Qxf5+ 10.Kxf5 )
Sep-06-19
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  OhioChessFan: I hate to disagree with SF, but White has this. White plays Kd4 at the right time, and is in the square. If Black moves his King back, then either g6 or gxh6 to get the Pawn on the right diagonal to Queen with check. Either you set it up wrong or I am totally missing something.
Sep-06-19
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  Diademas: <OhioChessFan: Either you set it up wrong or I am totally missing something.>

You will probably be delighted to hear that it was not the latter. I had the black pawns too far up the board.
A reminder for me not to discuss chess with the grown-ups.
Mea culpa.

Sep-06-19
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  FSR: <OCF> You've got the right idea. White uses his king to lure the black king to a square where it gets checked.
Sep-07-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "e2e4 Sunningdale Masters B"]
[Site "Sunningdale ENG"]
[Date "2011.08.14"]
[EventDate "2011.08.10"]
[Round "9"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Rausis, Igors"]
[Black "Arkell, Keith"]
[ECO "B10"]
[WhiteElo "2510"]
[BlackElo "2432"]

1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 exd5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nxd5 6.Nf3 Nxc3 7.bxc3 g6 8.Bb5+ Nd7 9.O-O Bg7 10.Re1 O-O 11.Ba3 Re8 14.Ng5 h6 15.Nxf7 Kxf7 16.Bc4+ e6 17.Rxe6 Rxe6 18.Bxe6+ Kxe6 19.Qg4+ Kf6 20.Qf4+ Ke6 21.Qd6+ Kf7 22.Qd5+ Kf6 23.Re1 Bf8 24.Qg8 Kg5 25.h4+ Kh5 26.Qd5+ g5 27.Qf7+ Kxh4 28.g3+ Kg4 29.Re4+ Kh3 30.Qh5# 1-0

This spectacular game was probably a legit win by Rausis. Leonard Barden relates in his column that Rausis had Black in the same line a few months before, when his opponent played 15.Nf3? It is to be expected that Rausis would analyze the game afterward. Also, Rausis was drawing and losing plenty of games in those days.

Sep-07-19
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  FSR: Chessgames.com has already posted F Rhine vs Alex Zhao, 2019, my game with the study-like ending.
Sep-07-19
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  FSR: Chessgames also posted my game from the following round, this win against an IM: F Felecan vs F Rhine, 2019.
Sep-08-19
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  FSR: <centralfiles> I looked at a video by GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan on how to beat Sicilian sidelines. In your beloved line, he gives 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 d6 6.cxd4 Nc6 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.e6+ Kg8 10.d5 Nb4 11.Nc3 N6xd5 12.Nxd5 Qa5 13.Nxb4 Qxb4+ 14.Bd2 Qe4+ 15.Be3 Qxe6 with a pawn up, or 13.Nc3 Be6 14.O-O h6 and Black is slightly better.
Sep-08-19
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Online blitz"]
[Site "Internet"]
[Date "2018.??.??"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Avetik Grigoryan"]
[Black "NN"]
[ECO "C00"]
[WhiteElo "2568"]
[BlackElo "??"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Bd3 c5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. Nc3 Qxd4 6. Nb5 Qd8 7. Bf4 Na6 8. Qe2 Nf6 9. O-O-O Qb6 10. Bc4 Bd7 11. Nf3 O-O-O 12. Ne5 Be8 13. Rxd8+ Kxd8 14. Rd1+ Kc8 15. Nxf7 Bxf7 16. Bxe6+ Bxe6 17.Qxe6+ Qxe6 18.Nxa7# 1-0

You can play over the game at https://www.denverchess.com/games/v....

Sep-08-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "23rd Abu Dhabi Open"]
[Site "Abu Dhabi"]
[Date "2015.08.25"]
[EventDate "2015.08.??"]
[Round "3"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Vladimir Onischuk"]
[Black "Dronavalli Harika"]
[ECO "C01"]
[WhiteElo "2618"]
[BlackElo "2509"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Bd3 dxe4 4.Bxe4 Nf6 5.Bf3 c5 6.Ne2 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Ne5 9.Nc3 Be7 10.Qe2 Nxf3+ 11.Qxf3 O-O 12.O-O-O Bd7 13.g4 Qa5 14.g5 Nd5 15.Nf5 Nxc3 16.Nxe7+ Kh8 17.Bd2 Nxa2+ 18.Kb1 Qd8 19.Bf4 Qxe7 20.Bd6 Qe8 21.Rhe1 Rg8 22.Rd4 Bc6 23.Qh5 f6 24.g6 h6 25.Bf4 e5 26.Bxh6 Bf3 27.Bxg7+ Kxg7 28.Qh7+ Kf8 29.Rd7 Qxd7 30.Qxd7 Rg6 31.Qf5 1-0

Sep-08-19  centralfiles: <FSR> Nice find. Interesting he would consider it a serious enough sideline to cover it. I guess i am overestimating its surprise value. He is indeed right about those lines where black is certainly more comfortable. However IMO the refutation is probably
8...Kxe6
9.Ng5+ Kd7
10.Nf7 Qe8
11.Nxh1 g5! -+

And if you really want to keep it simple then
8...Kg8
9.d5 Nxd5!
10.Qxd5 Qa5+
11.Nc3 Qxd5
12.Nxd5 Rb8
and blacks bishop pair ends up being very powerful.

Sep-29-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I submitted this game (in the usual format):

https://www.denverchess.com/games/v...

Oct-03-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Offhand game"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "2019.10.01"]
[EventDate "2019.10.01"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Robert S Robinson"]
[Black "Frederick Rhine"]
[ECO "A36"]

1.e4 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nce2 Bg7 6.b3 e5 7.Bb2 Nf6 8.Nf3 Nxe4 9.Nxe5 Bxe5 10.Nxd4 Qa5+ 11.b4 Qxb4+ 12.Ke2 Qxb2+ 13.Kf3 Qxf2+ 14.Kxe4 d5+ 15.Kxd5 Be6+ 16.Kc5 Bxd4+ 17.Kd6 O-O-O# 0-1

In this game I broke my own world record. This is the FOURTH game in which I've checkmated by castling! You can play over the game at https://www.denverchess.com/games/v... Many of my opponent's moves, and my own sixth move, could be questioned . . .

Oct-03-19  centralfiles: https://www.chess.com/live/game/408...
I impatiently premoved 1...e5 then this happened...
Oct-03-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <centralfiles> Hilarious. Reminds me of the story I.A. Horowitz told in "Chess Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles." During the Depression, a "Professional Rook Odds Player" offered to play Horowitz for $5, with the proviso that P.R.O.P. at any time could offer Horowitz a quarter to change his move to a move suggested by P.R.O.P. Horowitz could then play that move and accept the quarter, or not. Horowitz accepted, and began the game with 1.e4. P.R.O.P. suggested 1.d4 instead. Horowitz agreed and pocketed a quarter. P.R.O.P. played 1...Nf6. Horowitz played 2.c4. P.R.O.P. suggested 2.Nd2 instead. OK, why not? Another quarter. P.R.O.P. responded 2...e5. Horowitz figured P.R.O.P. probably wanted him to capture, so he played 3.Ngf3 instead. Sure enough, P.R.O.P. proposed 3.dxe5. Horowitz accepted, taking a third quarter. P.R.O.P. played 3...Ng4. Horowitz played 4.Ngf3. P.R.O.P. proposed 4.h3 instead. Horowitz thought P.R.O.P. just wanted to regain his pawn, so he agreed, earning a fourth quarter.


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Of course, P.R.O.P. now triumphantly played 4...Ne3! expecting Horowitz to resign. Horowitz instead played 5.Ngf3! and went on to win a long game.

Oct-03-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <centralfiles> 1.Nf3 e5!! is indeed very strong, although I prefer to handle it differently than you did. NN vs F Rhine, 2017.
Oct-05-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Banter Blitz Cup"]
[Site "chess24.com"]
[Date "2019.10.01"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Mykhaylo Oleksiyenko"]
[Black "Alexander Galkin"]
[ECO "B32"]
[WhiteElo "2993"]
[BlackElo "2947"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Nc2 Bg7 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O Be6 10.f3 Qa5 11.Ne3 Rfc8 12.Kh1 a6 13.Bd2 Qd8 14.Rc1 Nd4 15.b3 b5 16.Bd3 bxc4 17.Bxc4 Bxc4 18.Nxc4 Ne6 19.Be3 Rab8 20.Qd2 Nd7 21.Nd5 Ne5 22.Nxe5 Bxe5 23.f4 Bg7 24.f5 Nc5 25.Bxc5 dxc5 26.Qf2 Bd4 27.Qf3 Qf8 28.h3 Be5 29.Qe3 Bd4 30.Qf4 f6 31.Qg4 g5 32.Nf4 Qf7 33.Ne6 h6 34.Rfd1 h5 35.Qe2 a5 36.Rc4 h4 37.Qg4 Kh7 38.Rdc1 Rce8 39.Nxc5 Bxc5 40.Rxc5 Ra8 41.Rc7 Kh6 42.R1c6 a4 43.e5 axb3 44.axb3 Ra1+ 45.Kh2 Qd5 46.Rxf6+ exf6 47.Qh5+ Kxh5 48.Rh7# 1-0

You can play over the game at https://www.denverchess.com/games/v...

Oct-05-19  centralfiles: <FSR: <centralfiles> 1.Nf3 e5!! is indeed very strong, although I prefer to handle it differently than you did. NN vs F Rhine, 2017.> Your way must be lousy as it took a full 9 moves.

<In the Horowitz story I'm assuming P.R.O.P. is missing a rook>

Oct-06-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "11th dMP Batavia GM (blitz)"]
[Site "Amsterdam"]
[Date "2019.03.??"]
[EventDate "2019.03.01"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "John van der Wiel"]
[Black "Max Warmerdam"]
[ECO "C45"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.a4 a6 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 d6 9.Nd5 Nxe4 10.Bxd8 Bxf2+ 11.Ke2 Bg4+ 12.Kd3 Ne5+ 13.Kxe4 f5+ 14.Kf4 Ng6# 0-1

You can play over the game at https://www.denverchess.com/games/v...

Oct-06-19
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Online blitz"]
[Site "playchess.com"]
[Date "2019.10.06"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Frederick Rhine"]
[Black "NN"]
[ECO "D14"]
[WhiteElo "2235"]
[BlackElo "2352"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 e6 7.Nf3 Bb4 8.Bd3 Qa5 9.O-O Bxc3 10.bxc3 Qxc3 11.Bd6 Bd7 12.Rc1 Qa5 13.Qb3 Bc8 14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.dxe5 Nd7 16.Rc7 Qb6 17.Rfc1 Kd8 18.Qc2 1-0

You can play over the game at https://www.denverchess.com/games/v....

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