Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing User Profile Chessforum
Member since Aug-27-05 · Last seen Oct-23-14
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

click for larger view

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 (73 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,

>> Click here to see FSR's game collections. Full Member

   FSR has kibitzed 15104 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-22-14 R Shetty vs E Vladimirov, 2003
FSR: In the final position, 33.Qf6 is met by 33...Bb2+!! 34.Bxb2 (34.Kxb2 a1(Q)+) Qe1+ 35.Bc1 Qxc1#.
   Oct-21-14 Y Shulman vs Khalifman, 2005
FSR: In the same match, Shulman beat Khalifman with this line in Y Shulman vs Khalifman, 2005 . I don't know which game came first.
   Oct-21-14 L Cernousek vs Plachetka, 2004
FSR: It's very hard for White to try to exploit his extra pawn in this ending. See also Estrin vs Vasiukov, 1964 (eventually drawn by repetition).
   Oct-21-14 Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)
FSR: Tal's 4-0 against Fischer was key in allowing him to win and thereby advance to the world championship against Botvinnik (which he also won). Note that Tal won by 1.5 points ahead of Keres, who only scored 2-2 against Fischer.
   Oct-19-14 Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1907
FSR: < JohnTal: On Salwe's 11th move, couldn't he have forced Z-B's resignation with 11...Ncd6 12 Qg7 ...Qf6! retains the piece. Even after 13 Qf6 ...Nf6, 14 Re1+ ... Nde4 or Nfe4 setting Black up for 0-0 or moving the K to d1 -- get your K of the e file, get your light colored Bishop ...
   Oct-19-14 Reuben Fine (replies)
FSR: Fine was very strong, there's no denying that - although he somehow never won a U.S. Championship. He played in one tournament in 1948, and it was the best result of his life. He won with 8/9, while Euwe could barely muster a plus score.
   Oct-17-14 Wei Yi (replies)
FSR: Fischer was No. 88 in the world at 14 years and 4 months.
   Oct-17-14 Shams chessforum (replies)
FSR: <parisattack: Hi <Shams> Concur on 1. ..e6. Wonderful repertoire move. You can go all sorts of ways - French/Dutch, English/...b6, Sicilian Kan/Taimanov, Franco-Benoni, QGD... Surprised it doesn't warrant more books - 1...d6 and 1...Nc6 many books.> Here's one coming out:
   Oct-16-14 FSR chessforum (replies)
FSR: <Shams> Indeed.
   Oct-15-14 Millionaire Chess (2014) (replies)
FSR: <HeMateMe: ... Fred, can one actually be libeled in an internet chat room? I don't think this has ever come up in a courtroom, has it?> I guess a Google search for <Internet defamation> is beyond you. See, e.g., ; ...
(replies) indicates a reply to the comment.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 64 OF 64 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Shams> 5...c5 there looks fine. Since trading queens doesn't look like any great shakes, I'd just play 6.d5. If you want to avoid 5...c5, you might consider 5.Be3!? instead of 5.Nc3. Opening Explorer Of course, since the Dzindzi Gambit is considered sound, you can't avoid ...c5 for long: 5.Be3 0-0 6.Nc3 c5! btw, have you seen Kaufman's book on 3.f3?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <FSR> Yes, I'm playing the 6.Nge2 lines to avoid the ...c5 pawn sac lines after 6.Be3.

Haven't seen the Kaufmann book; do you think it's good? IIRC you had his book on the Blumenfeld.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I like all of Kaufman's books. The only books of his that I know of (all of which I have) are his two repertoire books and his book on 3.f3.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <FSR> Wow, that looks right up my alley. Thanks!
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Shams> FWIW, 3.f3, although a fairly rare bird, is White's best-scoring third move in's database. Opening Explorer I recently used it to roll a 1973 on GameKnot.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <FSR> Giri had a nice win a few weeks back with <3.f3>. Your link isn't working for me but I'd like to see the game; do you think you could post the PGN?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: Here are a couple recent Giri wins with <3.f3>:

A Giri vs Gelfand, 2014
A Giri vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: [Event "Let's play chess"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2014.09.15"]
[Round "-"]
[White "krakatoa1"]
[Black "bibersmoelf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2038"]
[BlackElo "1946"]
[TimeControl "1/604800"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O f5 10. e5 Nb4 11. Nh3 Be6 12. Kb1 Nb4d5 13. Ng5 Nxc3+ 14. Qxc3 Bd5 15. h4 e6 16. Bd3 Na4 17. Qb4 b5 18. Qd2 Qe8 19. b3 Nb6 20. h5 gxh5 21. Rc1 c6 22. Nh3 a5 23. Nf4 a4 24. b4 Bc4 25. Nxh5 Rf7 26. g4 Bxd3+ 27. Qxd3 Nd5 28. Bd2 Qd7 29. Rcg1 f4 30. g5 Rf5 31. Nf6+ Bxf6 32. gxf6+ Kf8 33. Rg7 Qd8 34. Rhxh7 Nxf6 35. Rf7+ Kg8 36. exf6 Rxf6 37. Rhg7+ Kh8 38. Qh7# 1-0

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I was inspired by S Shankland vs Ftacnik, 2013.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: Nice crush! Is the early ...f5 a popular move there?
Sep-25-14  Sarah Palin: <Shams> You betcha! Opening Explorer
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <Sarah Palin> Lol. Thanks ma'am. Can't say I had you figured for a chessplayer.

I also note that you're not a premium member but somehow you were able to go up to move 9 in the opening explorer. Almost as if...nah, never mind.

Sep-26-14  Sarah Palin: <Shams> Don't misunderestimate me. I read <all> the chess periodicals - just don't ask me to name one. As for Opening Explorer, a buddy of mine at the NSA hacked it for me.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <FSR> Hope you have not had to leave town by air these last few days--I was supposed to fly through Chicago Friday morning on the way home, but never got there. United were kind enough to offer a Sunday morning alternative, but I declined this in favour of spending only one extra day out west and returning via Atlanta.

Hear things are still a mess after Friday's fire; just glad the whole business is done with from my POV anyway.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <perfidious> I was lucky enough to avoid that mess.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Hi <fsr>. In the mid-90s Valery Salov made a claim that Kasparov was no better than the other top players, he only won because he had a superior team preparing openings. Salov said Kasparov won almost all his games out of the opening.

I wonder if there's a way to test this. Informants, and I would assume most databases, give symbols evaluating at various points. Would it be possible to test Salov's claim this way?

You could take all of games of Kasparov, Karpov, Salov, Anand, Nunn, and Seirawan (to have slightly lower-ranked players) from the Informants from 90 to 95. Using the symol evaluations, I think you could determine to what extent Kasparov won straight out of the opening, or the middlegame, or the ending. Or how many times they save lost games, or win drawn games, etc.

Of course there's nothing wrong with winning out of the opening, it's part of the game. They could say Sampras won because of his serve all they want, he still won according to the rules in force.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Jim Bartle> Sure, it should be possible to determine how often Kasparov, as compared to other top players, got a large or winning advantage out of the opening. And I don't doubt that he in fact did so more often than others. But as you suggest, I would have a hard time going from there to conclude, "And thus, Kasparov really is no better than other leading players."
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I just started playing on ICC, which I should have done years ago. I did it mainly because I'm having technical problems with both and FICS. I'm feeling a lot better about my abilities. My openings are crap, but I just played an IM twice and drew both games. Last night I beat another IM.
Oct-13-14  shivasuri4: I used up my one month free ICC membership a few months ago. Are you using the free membership now or the paid one, <FSR>?

I don't know why, but it felt as if the IMs at ICC play far weaker than in OTB chess. My strength is almost certainly not above 2000 Elo, yet I hold a +6 =2 -7 record against the IMs (+1 -2 against GMs) I played against at ICC. All in 3 minute games though.

Have you tried playing over at The cubits system can be a bit of a pain, but the interface is good.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <shivasuri4> Free, but I'm planning to buy a paid membership once my month is up. I agree that the IMs I've seen seem to play at much below IM strength at blitz (5-minute, in my case). I'm not familiar with, will have to check it out. Thanks for the tip.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <FSR> You'll get a kick out of this:
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Shams> That is completely insane. Presumably some lawyers told Jimmy John's that this was A-OK, which is even more insane.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: I'm now one-for-one in having the Seattle Public Library acquire books I recommend they get. This one looks like a hoot. And what a fantastic title.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Shams> Indeed.
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <FSR> please look at the game <Bird - Lee, 1892>. You posted that you did not understand why Bird resigned.

I posted the missing moves.

Jump to page #   (enter # from 1 to 64)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 64 OF 64 ·  Later Kibitzing>

from the Chessgames Store
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other users.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific user and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.

You are not logged in to
If you need an account, register now;
it's quick, anonymous, and free!
If you already have an account, click here to sign-in.

View another user profile:

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2014, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies