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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." 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 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. My user page is at

Thirty-two 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 (81 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 15398 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-25-15 Claude Frizzel Bloodgood (replies)
FSR: Claude has the highest winning percentage this side of Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia .
   Jan-25-15 FSR chessforum
FSR: <goldenbear> 1.Ne5+ Bxe5 2.Qe8+ Bxe8 3.Rh6+ (I assume that's what you meant) Bd6. Then what? [DIAGRAM]
   Jan-21-15 Qun Ma vs D Raznikov, 2014 (replies)
FSR: I'm Ma, Loser.
   Jan-21-15 I Theodorovich vs L Day, 1962 (replies)
FSR: <Penguincw> You mean two years and one week. I nominated it in 2013.
   Jan-21-15 V Gunina vs S Sevian, 2015
FSR: <OCF>. Thanks. Glad you like it so much. Happily, it appears that neither <Three Times a Lady> nor <Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady> has been used before. Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (T-Z) ; Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (M-P) .
   Jan-21-15 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2013 (replies)
FSR: 274, to be exact.
   Jan-21-15 Korchnoi vs I Krush, 2007
FSR: Korchnoi's Complaint.
   Jan-20-15 Ari Dale (replies)
   Jan-20-15 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2015 (replies)
FSR: This guy is pretty good! If he can beat Ivanchuk next, he'll have seven in a row, tying Caruana's streak (albeit against slightly weaker players, I think).
   Jan-20-15 J Hvenekilde vs O I Fystro, 2012
FSR: An odd little game - aptly enough.
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  FSR: Hilarity:

NN-Rhine,, blitz, 12/28/14 1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 e6 3.a3 Nc6 4.c3 d5 5.exd5 exd5 6.Ba2 Nf6 7.h3 <More prophylaxis than a pharmacy.> 7...Bf5 8.Nf3?? Bd3! <Already winning.>

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9.b4? <9.Ng1 (box) Bd6 10.Ne2 Qe7 11.Bb3 Qe4 > Qe7+ 0-1 <Black mates in two more moves.>

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  Shams: <FSR> A year or so ago you bought two books on the Benko Gambit. I'm curious which one you like better? I have an Amazon Gift Card burning a hole in my pocket :)
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  FSR: <Shams> I'll take another look at them. I admit I haven't studied them at any length - like the vast majority of my books.
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  Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015, FSR!
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "POR-chT"]
[Site "Caldas da Rainha"]
[Date "2014.08.17"]
[EventDate "2014.08.17"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Fernandes, Alberto"]
[Black "Suarez Garcia, Carlos"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A01"]
[WhiteElo "2160"]
[BlackElo "2400"]
[PlyCount "46"]

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 d5 4.Bb5 Bd6 5.f4 f6 6.fxe5 fxe5 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.Bxe5 Qh4+ 9.g3 Qe4 10.Bxg7 Qxh1 11.Qh5+ Ke7 12.Qh4+ Kf7 13.Bxh8 Qxg1+ 14.Ke2 Qg2+ 15.Kd3 Bf5+ 16.Kc3 Qe4 17.Qxe4 Bxe4 18.d3 Ne7 19.Bd4 c5 20.Bxc5 Bxc5 21.dxe4 Rd8 22.exd5 Nxd5+ 23.Kc4 Nxe3+ 0-1

Notes by Frederick S. Rhine:

<Note after 3...d5> The weird-looking 3...Nf6 4.Bb5 Bd6! 5.Na3 Na5!? is the main line, although 5...Be7 is also fine.

<Note to 6.fxe5> An alternative is 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qh4 exf4 8.exf4 Bd7 9.Nf3 Nb4 10.Bxd7+ Qxd7 11.Na3 O-O-O with approximate equality.

<Note to 7.Bxc6+> ? White needlessly gives up the bishop pair, intending to win a pawn on e5, but this leads by force to a Black win. Correct is 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Nf6 10.Nc3 a6, again with approximate equality.

<Note to 8.Bxe5> ? Carrying out his unsound plan.

<Note to 8...Qh4+> ! Not 8...Bxe5? 9.Qh5+.

<Note to 9...Qe4> !

<Note to 10...Qxh1> ! Much better than the tempting 10...Bg4?!, when White survives with 11.Nc3! and now (a) 11...Qg6 12.Bxh8! Bxd1 13.Nxd1!, when White is only a little worse, or (b) 11...Qxh1 12.Qxg4 Qxg1+ 13.Ke2 Qxa1 14.Nxd5 Qh1 15.Qe6+ Be7 (15...Kd8 16.Nf6 (16.Bf6+ also draws) 16...Qg2+ 17.Kd3 Qf1+ 18.Ke4 Qh1+ 19.Kd3 with a draw by perpetual check) 16.Nxc7+ Kd8 17.Nxa8.

<Note to 11...Ke7> !

<Note to 12.Qh4+> Black is also winning after 12.Kf1 Nf6 and now 13.Bxf6+ Kxf6 14.Qh4+ Kg6 or 13.Qh4 Ba6+ 14.c4 Rhf8 15.Bxf8+ Rxf8.

<Note to 14...Qg2+> Even better is 14...Bf5! 15.Qh5+ Ke6, staying in the middlegame rather than allowing White to escape to a lost ending.

<Note to 19...c5> A little sloppy. 19...Bg6 or 19...Bg2 was better, with an easy win.

<Note to 20.Bxc5> White could have offered more resistance with 20.dxe4 cxd4+ 21.exd4 dxe4 22.Kb2 Re8 23.Nc3.

<Note to 22.exd5> ?

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "52nd Groningen Chess Festival"]
[Site "Groningen"]
[Date "2014.12.27"]
[EventDate "2014.12.21"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Ma, Qun"]
[Black "Raznikov, Danny"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A33"]
[WhiteElo "2621"]
[BlackElo "2494"]
[PlyCount "20"]

1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 e6 6. a3 Be7 7. g3 Qb6 8. Nb3 Ne5 9. e4 Nfg4 10. c5 Qxb3 0-1

Jan-14-15  goldenbear: Huh? After 11.Qxb3, then what?
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  FSR: <goldenbear> 11.Qxb3 Nf3+ 12.Kd1 (12.Ke2 Nd4+ and 13...Nxb3) Nxf2+ 13.Ke2 (13.Kc2 Nd4+) Nd4+ 14.Kxf2 Nxb3. Black will emerge two pawns up.
Jan-15-15  goldenbear: Yep, I see that now. Strange for a GM to consider playing moves like e4 and c5 before playing Bg2 and O-O.
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  FSR: Some guy posted on Facebook:

<I delivered pizzas from a place called LaBarbras it was at Cicero and Addison then changed name to Roberts 1976- 1979. I would bring a a 12"18" chess and sausage for 6.75 to your house.>

Mmm! Nothing like a chess and sausage pizza!

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Jan-17-15  Olavi: Dear FSR
You quoted your wiki-article <Endgame tablebases have solved a very limited area of chess,>

I may have a problem with this. (I'm not sure!) When I get K+Q vs. K on the board, I can calculate how many moves I need to mate. Then I have solved the position. But the construction of a tablebase involves no calculation, no analysis etc. Every legal position is simply linked with every other legal position that can be reached in one move. Does this constitute 'solving'? I feel there's a danger of anthropomorfism here.

Best Regards

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  FSR: <Olavi> With a tablebase, for every single position with either player to move you know what the result is with perfect play by both sides, what perfect play is, and how many moves it takes to achieve the win if there is one. I'm no expert in game theory, but I'd call that "solved." I suspect that those who <are> experts in game theory would agree.
Jan-17-15  Olavi: It's perhaps unnecessarily philosophical, but while I can agree that the position is "solved", the process whereby it's reached is not "solving".
Jan-17-15  Olavi: And therefore I think it's inaccurate to say that "tablebases have solved".
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Match"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1992.08.12"]
[EventDate "1992.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Arond, Dean"]
[Black "Baumgartner, Christopher"]
[ECO "B60"]
[WhiteElo "1379"]
[BlackElo "1227"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 Nxd4 7.Bxf6 Nxc2+ 8.Qxc2 gxf6 9.Nd5 Rb8 10.Nc7+ Kd7 11.Bb5#

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "1st North American Amateur Open"]
[Site "Illinois"]
[Date "2011.02.04"]
[EventDate "2011.02.04"]
[Round "1"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Schmakel, Sam"]
[Black "Arond, Dean"]
[ECO "C42"]
[WhiteElo "2079"]
[BlackElo "1791"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Qe7 5.Qxe4 d6 6.d4 dxe5 7.dxe5 Nc6 8.Nc3 Qxe5 9.Qxe5+ Nxe5 10.Nb5 Bb4+ 11.c3 Ba5 12.Bf4 f6 13.Bxe5 fxe5 14.Bc4 Bd7 15.O-O-O a6 16.Na3 O-O-O 17.Rd5 Bb6 18.Rhd1 Bc6 19.Rxd8+ Rxd8 20.Be6+ Bd7 21.Rxd7 Rxd7 22.Nc4 Kd8 23.Bxd7 Kxd7 24.Nxe5+ Ke6 25.Nd3 c6 26.Kd2 Ba7 27.f3 g6 28.Ke2 h5 29.Nf2 b5 30.Ne4 a5 31.Kd3 Bb8 32.g3 Be5 33.b3 h4 34.a4 hxg3 35.hxg3 Kf5 36.c4 bxa4 37.bxa4 Bc7 38.Kd4 Bb6+ 39.c5 Bc7 40.Nd6+ Ke6 41.f4 Bxd6 42.cxd6 Kxd6 43.g4 c5+ 44.Ke4 Ke6 45.g5 c4 46.Kd4 Kf5 47.Kxc4 Kxf4 48.Kb5 Kxg5 49.Kxa5 Kf4 50.Kb5 g5 51.a5 g4 52.a6 g3 53.a7 g2 54.a8=Q g1=Q 55.Qf8+ Kg3 56.Qg7+ Kh2 57.Qxg1+ Kxg1 1/2-1/2

Jan-20-15  goldenbear: <Olavi> I may die, but I will never be dead.
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  Mating Net: I think you might find the end of the following game V Gunina vs S Sevian, 2015 worthy of one of your GOTD submissions. I can't seem to come up with anything clever.
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  FSR: <Mating Net> Thanks. I submitted <Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady>.
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  Mating Net: Nice. I think you'll break your record, yet again.
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White to Play and Draw (Frederick Rhine; published in Chess Life, Benko's Bafflers, 2006).

Jan-24-15  goldenbear: Has to be Ne5+, followed by Qe8+, followed by Ra6+ I think. Nice puzzle.
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  FSR: <goldenbear> 1.Ne5+ Bxe5 2.Qe8+ Bxe8 3.Rh6+ (I assume that's what you meant) Bd6. Then what?

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