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FSR
Member since Aug-27-05 · Last seen May-05-16
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

The late Chessgames.com 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 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. My user page is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:K....

Thirty-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).

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 any other user (91 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.

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

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

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   FSR has kibitzed 16772 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-04-16 Alekhine vs Ronald M Bruce, 1938
 
FSR: <fearlessone> Yes, Black would have a horrid game, but clearly that would have held out longer than 10...Nf6?
 
   May-02-16 Shabalov vs E Rosen, 2011
 
FSR: Good Monday puzzle after 40...Rdd7.
 
   May-02-16 FSR chessforum
 
FSR: <luftforlife> Thanks. No, I haven't coached or worked with Eric Rosen. His progress has indeed been impressive.
 
   Apr-30-16 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
FSR: Congratulations, TIMER!
 
   Apr-29-16 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
 
FSR: <suenteus po 147> <Keyser Soze> I changed my mind on Topalov-Kramnik - unfortunately, as it turns out. Only the more recent submission counts; it overrides my first submission.
 
   Apr-29-16 Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016) (replies)
 
FSR: Round 1 recap: https://www.chess.com/news/seesaw-d...
 
   Apr-27-16 Nazi Paikidze (replies)
 
FSR: <HMM> Since she's living in the U.S., I'm sure that she's learned all too well the effect that the word has on Americans.
 
   Apr-27-16 R A James vs G Wall, 2006 (replies)
 
FSR: I am the Wall, Russ.
 
   Apr-27-16 A Eswaran vs T Abrahamyan, 2016 (replies)
 
FSR: I agree with <Captain Hindsight>, but it's funny that someone with that handle is the one making the statement.
 
   Apr-26-16 J Xiong vs Shabalov, 2016
 
FSR: According to the engines, White would have been winning after 52.Qxe7+ Kxe7 53.Nd6.
 
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Apr-15-16
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  FSR: Soured on the French? What are you playing against the Ruy Lopez?
Apr-15-16
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  Shams: <FSR> It's not that I've soured on it per se. It's just that it has the most strategic flexibility and as a strategically-minded player why should I not play it?

Both Bologan books are en route, so my repertoire will probably start there.

Apr-15-16  Howard: Which two Bologan books are you referring to ?
Apr-15-16
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  FSR: He must be referring <Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games> and <Bologan's Ruy Lopez for Black>. Both instant classics.
Apr-16-16
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  FSR: <Shams> As you probably know, <B'sRL4B> covers the Marshall Attack and the Breyer. I suppose that as a strategically-minded player you'll prefer the latter.
Apr-16-16
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  Shams: <FSR> Yes I think so although what happened the other day in So-Kamsky was not in the brochure.

Nice work parsing "strategically-minded" as "crap at attacking".

Apr-16-16
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  FSR: <Shams> It still amazes me that very strong players playing the black side of the closed Lopez can get blown off the board. See also Anand-Svidler in the Candidates. And Khairullin-Gustafsson earlier today. It doesn't make me want to play it, that's for sure. I'm getting Gawain Jones's books on the Sicilian Dragon, which are supposed to be very good, and may take that up.
Apr-16-16
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  Shams: <FSR> You already know what I think-- we're on the wrong side of 30 for the Sicilian. Wrong side of 40 too :(
Apr-16-16
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  FSR: <Shams> You mean one has to know too much analysis to play it?
Apr-16-16
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  FSR: Irina Levitina remarked that young players today are in effect playing a different game than players did in her day, since one has to memorize reams of theory. She said that even though it's played with the same pieces, it's really a completely different game. I remember that in some of the Fischer-Spassky 1972 world championship games they were already out of theory before ten moves had been played. That's distinctly not the norm nowadays.
Apr-16-16
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  MarkFinan: Hi <FSR>.. Would you be interested in recording your games live and then uploading them to YouTube, Kingscrusher style? I've already created the channel I just haven't uploaded any of my games yet because they're not that good, but I'm still going to do it when I have time. I want to get all the best players from this site to play some live games, whether it's against an engine or a human, and then put them all on one channel. You'd get the 💰 the videos make. I know it's not much but I'm going to do it regardless, I just want better players than me to submit their games... which is probably 90% of this site, lol. Would you be interested Fred? A simple Yay or Nay will suffice, I'll keep asking around anyway :)
Apr-16-16
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  Shams: <FSR> It's not just that; even when you know the theory in the Sicilian cold you are still liable to wind up in a position where you are winning but only because your attack is a couple tempi faster than your opponent's. To me that leaves a lot of room for an opportunistic opponent to still land a desperate shot. Young people have more stamina and as such I think can handle games like this better. Myself, I prefer positions where I can control if not snuff out my opponent's chances first in order to maximize my own and in my experience you can't do that reliably with 1...c5. That's what I meant.

I keep thinking about this Kramnik Sicilian game from more than a decade ago; around about move 18 he played ...Be7-f8 for the usual reasons. I don't remember the opponent or the result of the game. But when Garry was shown the position he pointed to that move and said something like "this proves that Kramnik doesn't understand the Sicilian defense". A little bit of a chess koan, that. I think I know what Garry meant and I also think I can feel at a crude level why Kramnik played the bishop retreat. A decade ago I would have tried to stretch myself (i.e. calculate around the Be7 at some expense because everything is subordinate to attacking the enemy king) but nowadays bishop retreats still feel intuitive to me so it makes sense for me to play openings where moves like that fit better.

Apr-16-16
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  MarkFinan: What about you Shams? Would you be interested?
Apr-16-16
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  Shams: <Mark> That's kind of you but you can do a lot better.

Here would be a couple from my wish list:

<SwitchingQ>
<tamar>
<Honza>

And before she retired, <open defence>.

Have you asked <Domdaniel>? I'd be a bit surprised if he went for it but if he did he might be fantastic.

<tpstar> could be very good as well.

Apr-16-16
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  MarkFinan: <Shams: <Mark> That's kind of you but you can do a lot better. Here would be a couple from my wish list:

<SwitchingQ>
<tamar>
<Honza>

And before she retired, <open defence>.

Have you asked <Domdaniel>? I'd be a bit surprised if he went for it but if he did he might be fantastic.

<tpstar> could be very good as well.>

Well I won't be asking Tony. A) I don't think he'd go for it because, well. It's Tony. and b) He doesn't like me.

I appreciate your reply though shams and I'm going to ask the others you mentioned tomorrow. I'm also going to ask <notyetagm> because he's chess mad and he's gotta be pretty good. And you can play shams! Don't think your games aren't worth putting up because they'll probably be a lot better than my efforts. I'm gonna post you a blitz game I uploaded to my hip-hop channel (I was just testing the water) because I aren't as good as you, but my game's had about 60 views (I think) and it's not all that good but I wouldn't mind if you took the time to check it out? There's about 5 of my games on one particular channel so I'll post it for you and when you have time let me know what you think. I think I did okay considering the time controls.

I've been meaning to speak to Domdaniel for ages so I'll definitely ask him. Appreciate your reply mate.

Apr-16-16
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  Shams: Sure, just put a link on my forum or wherever.
Apr-17-16
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  FSR: <MarkFinan> I've reconsidered. Some of my games are certainly worthy of being video-annotated. I'll give it a shot.
Apr-17-16
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  Shams: <FSR> Forgive me for this. http://i.imgur.com/h2Yj4iL.jpg
Apr-17-16
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  FSR: <Shams> LOL!
Apr-18-16
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  MarkFinan: You're a good sport Frederick. I have May 24th set in my diary as the day I can start work on uploading games so there's still 5 weeks to go. The channel is all set up I'm just going to be busy with other things till then but in the meantime I'll get some more chessgames dot com members on board.
Apr-26-16
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  FSR: Astonishing: I actually won five consecutive bullet games on chess24.com!
Apr-26-16
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  TheFocus: <FSR> <Astonishing: I actually won five consecutive bullet games on chess24.com!>

Time to challenge Nakamura!

Apr-26-16
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  FSR: Yeah, right. :-) I still suck at it, but I'm getting better.
Apr-29-16
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  luftforlife: <FSR>: Thank you for your kindness and courtesy, for which I am grateful.

I noticed Fedorowicz vs E Rosen, 2009 was uploaded recently. As I recall, you had submitted it, and I read your kibitz thereunder. Just wondering: have you coached IM Eric Rosen, or worked with him at all? He certainly seems to be a very strong player making excellent progress. Thanks again, and kind regards.

May-02-16
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  FSR: <luftforlife> Thanks. No, I haven't coached or worked with Eric Rosen. His progress has indeed been impressive.
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