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Member since Aug-27-05 · Last seen Dec-18-14
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 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: 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

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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 (75 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 15245 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-18-14 Prins vs L Day, 1968
FSR: <Chessdreamer> is correct. The citation he mentions is on page 108 of Keene's book. Correction slip submitted.
   Dec-17-14 W Adams vs S Bernstein, 1936
FSR: Dream Weaver.
   Dec-17-14 FSR chessforum (replies)
FSR: Another quality game: Rhine-NN,, blitz, 12/17/14 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Bc5? 5.e3 Nc6?? 6.Qxg4 (White is a piece up - game over, right?) d6 7.Qxg7 Rf8 8.exd6 cxd6 9.Bh6?! d5 10.Qxh7? Qf6 11.Nc3 Rh8! ...
   Dec-17-14 Kharlov vs K Lerner, 1992
FSR: Fast Lerner.
   Dec-16-14 O Garcia Vera vs R Grau, 1929
FSR: I love this trap. I've pulled it off at least thrice in blitz games - including one a moment ago.
   Dec-15-14 R Tromp vs R Gonzalez Davila, 2004
FSR: Tromp Owsky. (No one had submitted it, so what the heck.)
   Dec-15-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
FSR: has added the "Hint" that the game is in fact over 600 bytes, not 385.
   Dec-15-14 London Chess Classic (Rapid Open) (2014) (replies)
FSR: Incredible result by Nakamura!
   Dec-15-14 Nakamura vs J Hawkins, 2014
FSR: Ouch. Hilarious denouement.
   Dec-11-14 Wang Pin (replies)
FSR: One of those people, like Richard Chess , Christian Hess Jr. (C. Hess), Daniel John King , Geoffrey L Bishop , and Simon Knight , whose name seems to presage a future in the game.
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Chicago Open"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[EventDate "1996.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Zulic, Jasmin"]
[Black "Karklins, Erik"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 d5 6. exf6 dxc4 7. O‑O gxf6 8. Re1 Be6 9. Nbd2 Qd5 10. Ne4 Be7 11. b3 c3 12. Ba3 f5 13. Bxe7 fxe4 14. Bf6 exf3 15. Bxh8 O‑O-O 16. Bf6 Rg8 17. Bh4 Rxg2 18. Kh1 Qh5 19. Bg3 Rxg3 20. fxg3 Bd5 21. Rg1 Qh3 22. Qf1 f2 23. Rg2 Bxg2 24. Qxg2 Qxg2 25. Kxg2 Nb4 26. Rc1 Nxa2 27. Rd1 c5 28. Kxf2 Nb4 29. Ke2 Nxc2 30. Rf1 Nb4 31. Ra1 d3 32. Kd1 a6 33. h4 Kd7 34. g4 Ke6 35. Ra5 b6 36. Ra1 Ke5 37. g5 Ke4 38. Rc1 Na2 39. Ra1 c2 40. Kd2 c1=Q 41. Rxc1 Nxc1 42. Kxc1 Ke3 43. Kd1 b5 44. h5 c4 45. bxc4 bxc4 46. g6 fxg6 0‑1

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  FSR: Another 15-minute game. My opponent's handle is ironic:

[White "Annihilator"]
[Black "gafa"]
[Event "InstantChess"]
[WhiteElo "1697"]
[BlackElo "2147"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCause "0"]
[ICEcause "1"]

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qa4 Nf6 5.Nf3 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.c3 Bd7 8.Qc2 e5 9.Bd3 g6 10.h3 Bg7 11.O-O O-O 12.Ng5 Nf4 13.Bxf4 exf4 14.h4 Rc8 15.a3 Ne5 16.Be4 h6 17.Nxf7 Rxf7 18.Bxb7 Qxh4 19.Bxc8 Bxc8 20.Nd2 f3 21.Qe4 Rf4 22.Qd5 Kh7 23.Nxf3 Nxf3+ 24.gxf3 Bb7 25.Qxb7 Qg5+ 0-1

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  Shams: A potentially theoretically important game in the Beefeater:
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  WannaBe: Bad link...
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  Shams: Thanks. Le Quang Liem vs R Kaufman, 2014
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  FSR: <Shams> Beefeater? Looks like a Nimzo.
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  Shams: Argh. Third time's the charm.
Le Quang Liem vs M Leon Hoyos, 2014
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Augsburg Gutmann Memorial 4th"]
[Site "Augsburg"]
[Date "2014.01.02"]
[EventDate "2013.12.27"]
[Round "7"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Arnaudov, Petar G"]
[Black "Bromberger, Stefan"]
[ECO "D31"]
[WhiteElo "2442"]
[BlackElo "2500"]
[PlyCount "32"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 e6 4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Qxd4 7. Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8. Ne2 Na6 9. Bf8 Ne7 10. Bxg7 Nb4 11. Bxh8 e5 12. Qd2 Nd3+ 13. Kd1 Nxf2+ 14. Kc1 Nd3+ 15. Kb1 Ne1+ 16. Kc1 Nd3+ 1/2-1/2

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  morfishine: Speaking of short games, I'm trying to recall a well-know short game from only a year or so ago. Black Queen was on <g5> and White moved the d-pawn with an exposed attack with his DSB on the Black Queen. However, White had not yet moved his Queen Knight and Black simply played Qxc1+

Do you remember this game? I think it was only 8 or 9 moves at most and was GM level

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  FSR: <morfishine> Stripunsky vs Onischuk, 2012
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  morfishine: <FSR> You are brilliant to recall that game so quickly, and I was wrong: Stripunsky had moved his Queen Knight, but had to move it back, also the game was 11 moves. I think I read somewhere, they had a good laugh over this incident, Stripunsky included. Thanks!
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  FSR: <morfishine> I knew it was a Caro-Kann, so I just searched for Caro-Kanns from 2012 on, won by Black in no more than 15 moves.
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  Shams: <FSR> I need an alternative as White to the Beefeater; probably something with 3.Nf3. Any thoughts?
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  FSR: <Shams> Why not just 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4? Incidentally, that keeps open the option of transposition to a Saemisch. Alternatively, if you want to go super-solid, 2.e4 Bg7 3.c3. Subramaniam recommends that in his <Modern Defence, Move by Move> book, and plays it when he has White against the Modern. In effect, that's what Christiansen played against me when I played the Modern against him in a simul.

btw, are you still playing the French? If so, you definitely should get Langrock's book on the Rubinstein. It's a great second-string French line against stronger players. Your opponent says, "Look at this fish! He's already groveling for a draw on move 3!" (Not true.) He plays overambitiously, you roll him. If he plays better, you draw. J Geller vs Ni Hua, 2011 (Langrock shows that 19.Kd2!? also draws, but only if White plays precisely.) There's even a song about the Rubinstein French:

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  Shams: <FSR> It's funny you mention that about the Rubinstein-- I had the exact same thought process recently and have decided to take it up for the reason you mention. Thanks for the book tip.

As for 3.e4 in the other line, I feel like there was some reason I didn't like it but I can't remember what it was at the moment.

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  parisattack: Fighting French by Soltis (I need to look) promotes either the Rubinstein or the Burn variation. It is one of Andy's better opening monographs.

I may try a few Kalashnikov Sicilians as soon as I get my copy of The Killer Sicilian (Tony Rotella, Everyman). I had great success with the Pelikan back in the late 60s-early 70s.

Dec-09-14  goldenbear: This may be a stupid question, but I wondered if you knew how the USCF calculates ratings' changes in matches. For example, if you played a 4-game match against somebody and you were both rated 2200, let's say, and you won 4-0, would you just put 4 2200's as your opponent's rating in their calculator, your rating as 2200, and that's it? Are the players re-rated after each individual game? Are bonus points given in matches? Do you happen to know?
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  FSR: <goldenbear> I assume that matches are treated much the same, maybe exactly the same, as tournaments. Thus, I think that the entire match would be rated once it was done, not game by game. I don't know if bonus points are treated differently for matches than tournaments.
Dec-09-14  goldenbear: <FSR> Thanks. That's what I assumed too, but I wasn't sure...
Dec-09-14  goldenbear: Ah, here we go. Form your link:

 <Individual matches are rated with the following restrictions: 1. Both players involved must have an established published rating, with the difference in ratings not to exceed 400 points. 2. The maximum rating change in a match is 50 points; the maximum net ratingchange in 180 days due to match play is 100 points; and the maximum net ratingchange in 3 years due to match play is 200 points. 3. The bonus formula does not apply to matches.
4. Rating floors are not automatically in effect in matches. Instead, if a player has amatch result that would lower the rating to below that player's floor, this will be treated as a request to have that floor lowered by 100 points. If the USCF office grants this request, the rating will drop below the old floor and the new floor will be 100 points below the old floor.>

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  FSR: <goldenbear> That rating floor rule is weird. So if you're at or near your rating floor, and want to lower it in order to give yourself a chance to win class prizes, just go hang your face in a match.
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  perfidious: Wonder how many sandbaggers are aware of that little quirk in the system; given the propensity of some people for what, in poker, is known as angle-shooting, bet there are a few.
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  FSR: Rhine-NN,, blitz, 12/16/14

1.d4 e6 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Ne7 4.e4 g6 5.e5 Nf5 6.g4 Nh4 7.Ne4 Bg7 8.Nd6+ Ke7?? 9.Bg5+ f6 10.Bxh4 Qa5+ 11.Qd2 Qc7?? 12.exf6+! Bxf6 13.Bxf6+ Kxf6 14.Qf4+ Ke7 15.Qf7+! Kxd6 16.c5+! Kd5 17.Qf3+ Kxd4 18.Qe3+ Kd5 19.0-0-0#

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  FSR: Another quality game: Rhine-NN,, blitz, 12/17/14 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Bc5? 5.e3 Nc6?? 6.Qxg4 (White is a piece up - game over, right?) d6 7.Qxg7 Rf8 8.exd6 cxd6 9.Bh6?! d5 10.Qxh7? Qf6 11.Nc3 Rh8!

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12.Nxd5?? (12.Bg7! Qxc3+ 13.Bxc3 Rxh7 14.cxd5 should still win for White) 12...Bb4+! 13.Kd1 Qxb2 (threatening Qd2#) 14.Qxh8+ Qxh8 15.Rb1 Ba5? (15...Qxh6! wins, e.g. 16.Nxb4 Nxb4 17.Rxb4? Qd6+ or 16.Nc7+ Kd8 17.Nxa8 Qd6+ and White's king is dancing) 16.Bg5 Be6 17.Nf6+ Kf8 18.Nf3 Rd8+ 19.Kc1 Nb4 20.a3 Nd3+ 21.Bxd3 Rxd3 22.Rd1 Rxd1+ 23.Kxd1 b6 24.Rc1 Bc8 25.Ke2 Ba6 26.Kf1 b5 27.cxb5 Bxb5+ 28.Kg1 Ba6 29.Rb1 Bb6 30.Nd7+

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30...Kg7?? 31.Bf6+ Kh7 32.Bxh8 Kxh8 33.Nxb6 axb6 34.Rxb6 Bd3 and Black resigns 1-0

Dec-17-14  goldenbear: <FSR> It looks like you've been studying my games...
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