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Frederick Rhine
F Rhine 
Frederick Rhine (left) plays Jiri Kabelac.
Photograph copyright © 2013, courtesy of Maret Thorpe.

Number of games in database: 180
Years covered: 1974 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 1948
Highest rating achieved in database: 2498
Overall record: +32 -7 =48 (64.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 93 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D06 D38 D36 D35 D31
 Slav (8) 
    D10 D15 D11
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A40 E10 E00 A50
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E20 E39 E32 E49 E46
 King's Indian (5) 
    E71 E97 E83
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (5) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B20 B62 B30 B56 B21
 Petrov (11) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A45 A46 A50 A40 E00
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D85 D86 D91 D78 D70
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (7) 
    B62 B60 B67
 Bird's Opening (5) 
    A02 A03
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F Rhine vs NN, 2010 1-0
   K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992 0-1
   F Rhine vs NN, 2019 1-0
   NN vs F Rhine, 2022 0-1
   F Rhine vs D Bungo, 2013 1-0
   NN vs F Rhine, 1977 0-1
   E Sollano vs F Rhine, 1977 0-1
   NN vs F Rhine, 2017 0-1
   F Rhine vs NN, 2019 1-0
   NN vs F Rhine, 2019 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   NN Needs Fred Wilson, Murray Chandler, John Bain by fredthebear
   Opening traps by FSR

   🏆 WSTT/GD/60
   A Lifschutz vs F Rhine (Aug-05-23) 1/2-1/2, correspondence
   F Rhine vs A Lifschutz (Aug-05-23) 1/2-1/2, correspondence
   Jozef Straka vs F Rhine (Aug-05-23) 1/2-1/2, correspondence
   M Palladino vs F Rhine (Aug-05-23) 1/2-1/2, correspondence
   F Rhine vs M Palladino (Aug-05-23) 1/2-1/2, correspondence

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(born Aug-06-1960, 63 years old) United States of America

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Frederick S. Rhine is User: FSR on The United States Chess Federation awarded him the titles of National Master of chess (1983) and Senior Master of Correspondence Chess (1997). He was profiled in an article ("Faces Across the Board") in the August 2020 issue of Chess Life magazine.

Rhine played in the 1997 USCF Absolute Championship (open to the top 13 correspondence players who accept their invitations), scoring 6-6 (+2 =8 -2). He is currently playing in the 2023 Absolute Championship (=10 with two games remaining). As of August 2022 he was, at 2411, the third highest rated correspondence player in the United States Chess Federation. He plays first board for the Rogue Squadron in the Chicago Industrial Chess League.

He and co-founder Alberto A Artidiello both attended Lane Technical High School in Chicago until Albert moved away. Rhine was a member of Lane's chess team, which won the Illinois State Championship his junior and senior years, becoming the first team ever to win in consecutive years. His teammates included Kenneth Mohr and Christopher Kus.

Two of his games, F Rhine vs D Sprenkle, 1981 and K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992, were both published with his notes in Chess Informant, and cited in the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings. Chess Informant's panel of grandmaster judges voted 18.Nxd6! in Rhine-Sprenkle the 8th-9th most important theoretical novelty played in Volume 32 of Chess Informant. That game also occupies an entire chapter in all three editions of Beating the Sicilian by John Nunn, and was cited in MCO-13. It is game 218 in 1000 TN!! The Best Theoretical Novelties (Chess Informant, 2012).

Rhine has also written extensively for Wikipedia, including authoring "First-move advantage in chess" and "George H. D. Gossip," both of which have been Today's Featured Article, a distinction attained by only about 1 out of every 1,400 Wikipedia articles. Two studies he composed have been published in "Benko's Bafflers" in Chess Life magazine (see User: FSR for one of them). He was a contributor to the Chicago Chess Blog, He is the editor and proofreader of the forthcoming book "Tournament Battle Plan: Optimize Your Chess Results!" by Daniel Gormally. He was the proofreader for the book "The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior" by Daaim Shabazz.

Last updated: 2023-06-20 07:45:23

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 180  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Rhine vs R Hong  1-0121974Offhand gameC40 King's Knight Opening
2. P Pantelidakis vs F Rhine 0-161974Casual gameA02 Bird's Opening
3. F Rhine vs A Artidiello 1-0181974blitzB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. F Rhine vs Hugh Hart 1-0191975Illinois OpenB01 Scandinavian
5. NN vs F Rhine 0-1161977ChicagoB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. E Sollano vs F Rhine 0-1121977BlitzA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. P Napetschnig vs F Rhine 0-151977Gompers Park Fall ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
8. F Rhine vs S Tennant ½-½181979ChicagoB32 Sicilian
9. S Decman vs F Rhine 0-1151981Master Challenge IIIB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. F Rhine vs D Sprenkle 1-0371981Master Challenge IIIB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
11. S Tennant vs F Rhine ½-½3719821st Midwest Masters InvitationalE20 Nimzo-Indian
12. D Sprenkle vs F Rhine ½-½1319821st Midwest Masters InvitationalC44 King's Pawn Game
13. F Rhine vs F Lasch 1-0301986Gompers Park Fall ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
14. F Rhine vs K Czerniecki  1-0341986Gompers Park Fall ChampionshipE83 King's Indian, Samisch
15. B Leverett vs F Rhine 1-04019886th Midwest Masters InvitationalD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
16. E Martinovsky vs F Rhine 1-03819886th Midwest Masters InvitationalD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
17. F Rhine vs G DeFotis 1-03119886th Midwest Masters InvitationalA80 Dutch
18. Tal vs F Rhine 1-0571988SimulB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. K Thompson vs F Rhine 0-1281992Golden Knights correspondence tournamentB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. F Rhine vs S Sinding ½-½5919961995 Golden Knights semifinalsD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. F Rhine vs A Boerkoel ½-½3319961995 Golden Knights semifinalsE97 King's Indian
22. F Rhine vs A Balandin 0-1331997Chicago OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. R K Delaune vs F Rhine 1-0261997Chicago opA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
24. L Kaushansky vs F Rhine 0-1311997Chicago OpenB58 Sicilian
25. F Rhine vs D Burris 0-1281997USCF Absolute ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
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May-29-23  thegoodanarchist: < FSR: As <stone free or die> proposed, probably my member page would be a better place for these discussions. User: FSR>

Unless, of course, you are on his "ignore list". Then you are not allowed to be part of the discussion!

Anyway, a catholic nun's body was exhumed and found incorrupt 4 years after her death and burial (and was never embalmed!).

The church is investigating this as a possible miracle:

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  monopole2313: We won't believe, even if she were to rise from the dead. :)
Jun-01-23  thegoodanarchist: Well, that's a big problem for you, <monopole>

God gives the world miracles so that they would believe, and the world rejects the gifts and the giver. Very sad

Jun-01-23  thegoodanarchist: Here are 16 traits of God, from the link:

<1. Independence: God is self-existent; ... and he cannot be dependent on anything or anyone else.

2. Immutability: God is unchanging, the same yesterday, today, and forever...

3. Eternal: God always exists, not being bound by time. He has no beginning; God has always existed. He has no end; God will always exist...

4. Spirituality/Invisibility: God is an invisible, spiritual being, not composed of any material element...

5. Omnipresence: God is present everywhere, not being bound by space. Furthermore, it is not as though part of God is present in one place and another part in another place. Rather, God is present everywhere with his whole being at the same time. (wrap your head around that one, folks!)

6. Omnipotence: God is all-powerful. He is able to do everything that is fitting for him as God to do...

7. Omniscience: God is all-knowing. He fully knows himself, the past, the present, the future, the decisions and actions of his creatures, all actual things, and all possible things. God does not grow in knowledge by learning new things.

8. Wisdom: God always wills the highest purposes and the proper means to achieve those purposes for his own glory and his people’s blessing...

9. Truthfulness and Faithfulness: God always tells the truth and always fulfills his promises. Indeed, he cannot lie and cannot be unfaithful to his word.

10. Love: God always gives of himself. Love eternally characterizes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. From this trinitarian love flows the creation of the world, <which God continues to love even when it is hostile toward him.>...>

This next one is for <FSR>:

<11. Goodness/Grace/Mercy/Patience: God is kind and benevolent. He is good in and of himself, and all his ways in creation, providence, and salvation are good. In grace, God expresses his goodness to people who deserve condemnation. In mercy, God expresses his goodness to people who are distressed. In patience, God expresses his goodness by withholding punishment.

12. Holiness: God is both exalted above creation and absolutely morally pure... Because of his moral holiness, God is completely pure and uncorrupted by sin.

13. Righteousness/Justice: God is upright in himself and in his ways. God himself is absolutely righteous and acts in ways that are perfect. He is just in establishing moral standards, requiring conformity to them, and judging people’s obedience and disobedience.

14. Jealousy: God is protective of his honor. Because he alone is God, only he is worthy of ultimate allegiance...

15. Wrath: God intensely hates sin and is ready to punish it fully. Because he is holy, God cannot approve anything that is not perfectly holy. Because he is righteous, God metes out punishment against anything that violates his right standards.

16. Glory: God is infinitely beautiful because of who he is....>

For more details, click the link.

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  chancho: <Woman baffles doctors after being dead for 17 hours and then coming back to life>

Jun-01-23  Petrosianic: I don't know who gets baffled more often these days. Police or doctors?
Jun-05-23  thegoodanarchist: <Petrosianic: I don't know who gets baffled more often these days. Police or doctors?>


Jun-13-23  Rdb: <thegoodanarchist: Well, that's a big problem for you, <monopole> God gives the world miracles so that they would believe, and the world rejects the gifts and the giver. Very sad>

<monopole23> is right .

Miracles do not tell diddly squat about ultimate reality (source of this universe)

Even if miracles happen , this universe could still be a computer simulation (kind of like 'matrix' movie)

Or as mystics claim - <personal god does not exist.

Teachings of jesus are about non personal god Absolute. Non dual interpretation of bible . (Every religion has non dual interpretation of their scriptures )

There is no god other than you and me , other than us. Body dies not us . We are all eternal Absolute>



Jun-14-23  Rdb: Why you in denial , <thegoodanarchist> ?

Proof/evidence is staring at you right at your face and you in denial .

You are like <I, <tga> , have no answer to the refutation of my claims . <Simulation hypothesis > refutes my claim squarely. However , i insist on believing what i want to believe regardless >

<thegoodanarchist> , <truth will set you free >

Face the truth , embrace it and get rid of your false beliefs.


Jun-14-23  Rdb: Part 2

Likewise , <optimal play> is in denial too.


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  monopole2313: <Chancho> That's quite a story. And here: Good thing these ladies didn't revive inside a crematorium. My doctor tells me that what constitutes death is under re-consideration.

Last year I had a sudden cardiac arrest. Six nursing students happened to be nearby and began CPR. They didn't restart my heart - that was done either by paramedics with AED or at a nearby hospital. I was legally dead for about a dozen minutes.

No after-life visions to report. I don't consider my revival/survival a miracle as such, but I humbly acknowledge God's grace in the matter.

Last month, I surprised those student at their commencement and thanked each one as they descended from the podium.

Tip: I found that doing "knight's tours" helped my cognitive recovery during my hospital stay.

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  chancho: <monopole2313>. Great to know that you survived to tell me your story.


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  perfidious: <monopole2313>, glad you are still with us.


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  perfidious: For the gallery:

Was just reading of Malaga Island, Maine and stories which appeared in local newspapers during the 1890s of a 'degenerate colony', whose residents indulged in such unforgivable behaviour as using tobacco and tea.

Jun-14-23  Rdb: Thank you for sharing <monopole2313>

However , I would like to add that theoretically it is possible that miracles exist/happen.(if resurrection is not supernatural miracle and can be explained by natural laws , so be it . However , there may be some other supernatural miracles which may not have any explanation in natural laws - they might be authentic miracles)

And if miracles exist/happen , that is no proof for the existence of personal god - that is one of the corrolaries of <Simulation hypothesis>


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  monopole2313: The "smiley" at the end of my 6/1/2023 post was a nod the the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man; it seemed applicable to this group.

I'm familiar with stories of corpse incorruptibility from both the Eastern and Western Churches, but I read recently of the same in non-Christian religions. Am I compelled to worship their god too?

The RCC hasn't yet declared Sr. Wilhelmina to be a miracle. Maybe they need additional tests, such as illustrated by Elisha's bones (2 Kings 13:20-24). I don't think our understanding of medical/physiological matters is insufficient to confirm or deny such "miracles."

Jesus did perform miracles and condemned people for not believing them (Matt. 11:21, Luke 10:13); there was no question who did them or what He did. But He also warns of false prophets and their signs (Matt. 24:23-25).

There's only one miracle necessary for a saving faith: what happened outside Jerusalem 'round 30 A,D. "That if thou should confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Rom. 10:9)

Jun-14-23  Rdb: <monopole2313> , once again - <Simulation hypothesis> : it is not possible to know the source of the universe unless we go beyond universe/time/space.

For all we know , this universe could be a computer simulation .

2) mystics claim that they can go beyond universe/time/space .

3) in every century there have been such mystics.

4) how do mystics go beyond universe? Hypothesis is that if you reach level of krishna/Jesus/Buddha, that is , if you dissolve anger, fear, pride, greed , lust etc and reach delta brain wave activity level while awake , you can transcend universe

5) body remains in the universe as if sleeping and you go beyond universe.

Kind of like you were saying - body died but no after life vision.

Here it is like body in this universe and alive and you transcend universe, anytime you want and then come back after sometime.

6) mystics claim that

<personal god does not exist.

Body dies not us . We are eternal. There is no god other than us. We are non personal non dual god Absolute

Bible is about non personal non dual god Absolute>

Aug-06-23  Nosnibor: Happy birthday FSR. The year you was born is memorable to me due to becoming the Leicestershire U18 Junior Champion.
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  moronovich: Happy Birthday, <FSR> !
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  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday FSR.

(correct me if I'm wrong but did you not have a birthday last year? Is this going to be an annual thing.)

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  keypusher: Hope your birthday is the bomb, FSR! (Yes, I'm sorry.)
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  perfidious: Rut roh--<FSR> done caught me again!

How can I outwit the bugger?

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  FSR: Thanks, all! Luckily it's not yet my 64th birthday. The year following that birthday proved fatal to Robert James Fischer, William Steinitz, Howard Staunton, Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, Vladimir Savon, Pedro Damiano, Albin Planinc, Vladimir Antoshin, Edmar Mednis, Vitaly Halberstadt, Giulio Cesare Polerio, Karl-Heinz Maeder, Octavio Troianescu, Maximilian Ujtelky, Solomon Gotthilf, Erwin Voellmy, Ivan Nemet, Paul Tautvaisas, Claude Frizzel Bloodgood, Larry Tamarkin, Gary Sanders, John Kalish, Donald A Femmel, Ralph Hurttlen, Andrew Schoene, and even Karl Marx and LBJ (not a chessplayer AFAIK).
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  perfidious: Yes: beginning next summer is when we must be on our guard against that lethal chessic scythe.
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  FSR: <keypusher: Hope your birthday is the bomb, FSR! (Yes, I'm sorry.)>

My birthday was the 15th anniversary of the bomb, as you might have noticed. Saw Oppenheimer on my birthday, aptly enough.

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