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Member since Aug-27-05 · Last seen Dec-15-18
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."

I attended Lane Technical High School in Chicago with the late 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.

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. 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

Forty-nine 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 anyone else (129 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. "As far as I can tell, <FSR> is churning out 'actual puns' almost as fast as I can [insert bodily function of choice]." User: johnlspouge

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

I was a contributor to the Chicago Chess Blog,

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   FSR has kibitzed 18586 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Dec-09-18 K Regan vs L Shamkovich, 1976
FSR: <KWRegan> Thanks! Very belatedly noticed your comment just now.
   Dec-09-18 FSR chessforum (replies)
FSR: Submitted: [Event "Banter Blitz 168"] [Site ""] [Date "2018.12.03"] [EventDate "2018.12.03"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Charles H. Storey"] [Black "Jan Gustafsson"] [ECO "B55"] [WhiteElo "2418"] [BlackElo "3225"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6
   Dec-08-18 Englisch vs F Riemann, 1879
FSR: The Patient Englisch.
   Dec-08-18 D Mardle vs N Gaprindashvili, 1965
FSR: Dennis was no Menace in this game. 18.Kh1?? is shockingly naive.
   Dec-08-18 Adrian Kondakov vs Hayk V Grigoryan, 2016
FSR: Impressive play by young Grigoryan after dropping the piece. White shouldn't have allowed him to get a second pawn for it with Qa5+.
   Dec-08-18 M Congiu vs P De Leon, 2009
FSR: 9...Nxc5! would at least have given Black two pawns for her lost bishop. Maybe the players thought that White could respond with the "combination" 10.Bxh7+?? Kxh7 11.Qc2+, but that fails to 11...Ne4!
   Dec-08-18 S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978
FSR: Looks like Tatai had a few Be'ers too many before the game.
   Dec-02-18 O E Jorgensen vs A Frederiksen, 2015
FSR: <Autoreparaturwerkbau>: White was losing a piece in any event at that point. 8.Be3?? was the fatal blunder. In N Innocente vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 1999 , 10.Bxd5 fared no better than Jorgensen's 10.Nxd5.
   Nov-22-18 Adams vs Svidler, 2005
FSR: To echo everyone else, hard to imagine Adams and Svidler playing for the Polish Championship, and in Nottingham of all places.
   Nov-22-18 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
FSR: Your pun made me laugh, <HeMateMe>. Congrats.
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Banter blitz"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2018.06.18"]
[EventDate "2018.06.18"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Jan Gustafsson"]
[Black "NN"]
[ECO "B30"]
[WhiteElo "3086"]
[BlackElo "2519"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Bc4 d6 5.d3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.Nxe5 Bxd1 8.Bxf7+ Ke7 9.Nd5# 1-0

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  FSR: <centralfiles> Hilarious! White had to try 6.Bg2. Compare Owen's Defense: 1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Bd3 f5? 4.exf5! Bxg2 5.Qh5+ g6 6.fxg6 Nf6?? (6...Bg7! is the only move, although White has a couple of winning lines, 7.gxh7+ Nxh5 8.Bg6#. Opening Explorer
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "15-minute game"]
[Site "Internet"]
[Date "2010.07.26"]
[EventDate "2010.07.26"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Frederick Rhine"]
[Black "NN"]
[ECO "B00"]

1.d4 b6 2.e4 Bb7 3.Bd3 f5 4.exf5 Bxg2 5.Qh5+ g6 6.fxg6 Bg7 7.gxh7+ Kf8 8.Nf3 Nf6 9.Qg6 Bxf3 10.Rg1 Rxh7 11.Qg3 Be4 12.Bxe4 Nxe4 13.Qf3+ Kg8 14.Qxe4 c6 15.Bf4 d6 16.Nd2 Qd7 17.O-O-O a5 18.Nf3 d5 19.Qg6 e6 20.Be5 Qf7 21.Qxh7+ Kxh7 22.Ng5+ Kg8 23.Nxf7 Kxf7 24.Rxg7+ 1-0

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "World Senior Team Championship"]
[Site "Radebeul, Germany"]
[Date "2018.07.07"]
[EventDate "2018.07.07"]
[Round "1"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Bernhard Dieterle-Bard"]
[Black "Keith Arkell"]
[ECO "B12"]
[WhiteElo "1960"]
[BlackElo "2406"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. dxc5 Nc6 5. Bb5 e6 6. b4 Qh4 7. c3 Qe4+ 8. Qe2 Qxg2 9. Qf3 Qxf3 10. Nxf3 Bd7 11. Bxc6 Bxc6 12. a4 d4 13. Ke2 d3+ 14. Ke3 Ne7 15. Nbd2 Rd8 16. Rg1 Nd5+ 17. Kxd3 Nxb4+ 18. Kc4 Nd3 19. Ba3 Nxf2 20. Nd4 Bd5+ 21. Kb5 Nd3 22. N2f3 Rc8 23. c4 Bxf3 24. Nxf3 Bxc5 25. Rgd1 Bxa3 26. Rxa3 Rc5# 0-1

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  centralfiles: <FSR> Your right After Bg2! White would actually have a very considerable advantage that's not a line I want to repeat.
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  WinKing: Hi <FSR>,

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  johnlspouge: Hi, Frederick.

I hope you are well. I recall that you speculated that climate change should manifest itself through record temperatures. Here is a relevant article in the Guardian

[ Kenneth S Rogoff ]

All the best,

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  johnlspouge: And d*mn, I just burst with pride when I saw that you quoted me in your profile.

I might even add it as an item in my CV ;>)

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  johnlspouge: I am puzzled by failure of the link, but yes, it led to an article different from your three. Thanks for them.

Here is the direct link to "my" Guardian article.

"Heatwave made more than twice as likely by climate change, scientists find"

[ ]

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  FSR: I'm back, baby.
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  offramp: Welcome back.
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  FSR: <offramp> Thanks.
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  offramp: <FSR> could be telegraph code for <Fischer-Spassky, Reykjavik>.
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  FSR: Hmm, never thought of that one. I got very excited some years ago when I walked past Full Service Realty.
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: <FSR> could be telegraph code for <Fischer-Spassky, Reykjavik>.>

Also, "Fischer-Spassky, Revisited" (1992)

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  FSR: Updating a prior comment of mine:

One reason that it is so difficult to say who is the greatest player ever is determining what criterion or criteria to use. If one looks at highest rating ever, the greatest player ever is Carlsen. If one looks at dominance over other players at one's peak, it might be Steinitz, who according to Chessmetrics in April 1876 was rated 199 points above Henry Bird, the world's No. 2 player. Fischer, with his astonishing performances in 1970-72, including winning the Interzonal by 3.5 points and sweeping both Larsen and Taimanov 6-0, is also a strong contender. If one looks at ability to play at a very high level for a very long period of time, it's probably Lasker (a world-class player from 1889 to 1935). If one counts the number of tournaments won, it's Karpov. If one looks at "invincibility" (difficulty of beating the player) it might be Capablanca (as Chernev claimed in his 1976 book "The Golden Dozen") or even Kasparov. If one looks at how far ahead of his time the player was, it's likely Morphy.

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  offramp: For "invincibility" I would put Petrosian ahead of Capablanca.

He had a tremendous run in 1962/3. No one beat him at the Stockholm Interzonal (1962), or at Curacao Candidates (1962) and Botvinnik only beat him twice in Petrosian - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1963).

Nov-27-18  Paint My Dragon: <"How far ahead of his time"> certainly fits with Morphy, but perhaps more so with Philidor. He was the first to devise a methodology for each part of the game, the first to play well blindfold, and the first to fully comprehend the nuances of pawn play.
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  Count Wedgemore: <offramp: For "invincibility" I would put Petrosian ahead of Capablanca.>

Yes, Petrosian is up there among the players that were the most difficult to beat. Another, perhaps a bit surprisingly, candidate is Tal, who had two long unbeaten streaks in the early seventies (86 and 95 consecutive games without a loss in 1972-73 and 1973-74).

By the way, I agree with <Paint My Dragon>; I think Philidor was the player most ahead of his time. His strategic ideas were in many ways a whole century ahead of the times. He was a visionary.

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  centralfiles: <FSR> This is probably one of my better examples of the 8.Bxf7+ sac from a blitz game.

As far the "greatest" chess player of all time discussion. If we are going to try to discern the exact intention of the majority of people using this term, it would certainly fall somewhere in between greatest talent and strongest player.

i.e. Modern techniques that can be learned and incorporated easily and quickly would probably not weigh for much in favor of modern players. But more sophisticated modern concepts and techniques would count for more. We Can all be sure there were many great prehistoric minds who would have made 1st class mathematicians, if only they lived in a different time period and different society- Yet no one can seriously claim they were great mathematicians...

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Banter Blitz 168"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2018.12.03"]
[EventDate "2018.12.03"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Charles H. Storey"]
[Black "Jan Gustafsson"]
[ECO "B55"]
[WhiteElo "2418"]
[BlackElo "3225"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 e5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bxd7+ Qxd7 8.Nf5 d5 9.Bg5 dxe4 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Qxd7+ Nxd7 12.fxe4 Rg8 13.O-O Rc8 14.Nc3 Bb4 15.Nd5 Rxc2 16.g3 Bc5+ 17.Kh1 Rg4 18.Rac1 Rxc1 19.Rxc1 Rxe4 20.Nd6+ 1-0

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  centralfiles: Another fine Bxf7 specimen Nice pun today.
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  OhioChessFan: Agreed on the nice pun.

FWIW, I think Lasker and Karpov have a much better claim for the GOAT than generally thought.

Guessing that 3225 ELO for Gustafsson is a typo.

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  thegoodanarchist: <FSR: Updating a prior comment of mine:

One reason that it is so difficult to say who is the greatest player ever is determining what criterion or criteria to use... highest rating ever ... dominance over other players at one's peak, ... ability to play at a very high level for a very long period of time ... the number of tournaments won... "invincibility" ... how far ahead of his time the player was...>

What about all of the above?

To me, the least significant is "ability to plat at a very high level for a long period of time".

Generally, if you have done so for 2 or 3 years at least, you've proven that you can do so for 20 years.

Morphy was so dominant that he eventually only played games at odds, and then he quit chess altogether.

I have little doubt that he could have dominated "regular" chess for years after he quit doing so.

Highest rating is also problematic. I think "highest rating for the player's particular era" is a better criterion.

One more criticism: you've left out a key factor. What has the player done for the game of chess itself?

This is one factor that is very important to me, but other commentators at this site don't value so much when making a case for their man.

Both Fischer and Kasparov were excellent boosting chess itself, either actively or just by the indirect consequences of their playing careers.

Fischer made chess a truly professional sport. Kasparov revitalized chess with his attacking prowess and forceful personality.

In any event, a few years ago I commented that Fischer had done more for chess than all other chess players put together. Don't recall my exact wording.

My claim was only somewhat hyperbolic - I think a strong argument can be made that it is actually true. It's just that such a claim is rather presumptuous at first glance, and so meets with resistance.

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