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I am Frederick Rhine. The United States Chess Federation awarded me the titles of National Master (at OTB chess) in 1983, 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

Sixty-six 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).

Commentator Mato Jelic somewhat extravagantly calls my game E Sollano vs F Rhine, 1977 "The Greatest Ever Blitz Game Played in Chicago." See also

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 (143 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. User: johnlspouge remarked, "As far as I can tell, <FSR> is churning out 'actual puns' almost as fast as I can [insert bodily function of choice]." My greatest pn ever (maybe THE greatest pun ever) is "Late December Back in '63: What a Lady, What a Knight!" N Littlewood vs B Brinck-Claussen, 1963.

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

I was a contributor to the Chicago Chess Blog,

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   FSR has kibitzed 19152 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-27-20 Ganguly vs L'Ami, 2020 (replies)
FSR: The same line was seen the following day in A Goryachkina vs Ju Wenjun, 2020 , with Black winning that one.
   Jan-27-20 W So vs Carlsen, 2020 (replies)
FSR: More common is 10...Nxe4, as in M Schaar vs J Canibal, 1999 . According to ChessBase Online, that move was played in 45 games, with Black scoring a robust 65.6%. But the engines say that after 11.Bxe4 dxe4 12.Qh5, White gets a minute plus after 12...Qd5 13.Qe5 or 12...Qe7 13.Qe5.
   Jan-25-20 FSR chessforum
FSR: <ketchuplover> Nice comeback!
   Jan-21-20 A Firouzja vs Carlsen, 2020 (replies)
FSR: <fabelhaft> Yes, that was a brilliancy by Carlsen, winning with his lone bishop against Firouzja's bishop and three pawns.
   Jan-19-20 A Moiseenko vs K Korley, 2019
   Jan-18-20 Maurice Ashley
FSR: Some people call him Maurice 'cause he speaks of the pompatus of love.
   Jan-15-20 A Rychagov vs A Timofeev, 2007 (replies)
FSR: 45...Qxh7 46.Rxh7 c2 47.Rh8+ Kd7 48.Rh7+ Kd6 49.Rh6+ Kd5 50.Rh5+ Kd4.
   Jan-14-20 Alireza Firouzja (replies)
FSR: He may well succeed Ding Liren as world champion.
   Jan-13-20 Tata Steel Masters (2020) (replies)
FSR: <SandyJames>
   Jan-12-20 Taylor vs P Cody, 1980
FSR: Correspondence??
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  FSR: <centralfiles> Thanks, I will have to check that out. I have a little familiarity with that line. Many years ago (c. 1977) I was Black in a game against Alan Kobernat where I played 10...Ne6 11.f4 a6?? (Of course, I saw the refutation a second after I played the move.) 12.f5! and I was crushed much as in V Kirilov vs F Salata, 1964. But after 11...g6! maybe Black is OK!?

Note that 10...e5!? 11.Nc7+ Kd7 12.Nxa8 Bb4+ 13.Kd1 Ne7, staying an exchange down, has been played, notably by Topalov. Opening Explorer

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Internet blitz"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2020.01.12"]
[EventDate "2020.01.12"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Frederick Rhine"]
[Black "NN"]
[ECO "B10"]

1.d4 c6 2.c4 e6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 Ne7 5.Nc3 Nf5 6.Nf3 g6 7.Bg5 Qb6 8.Qd2 Bg7 9.Be2 dxc4 10.Ne4 O-O 11.g4 h6 12.Nf6+ Kh8 13.gxf5 hxg5 14.Qxg5 Bxf6 15.Qh6+ Kg8 16.exf6 Qb4+ 17.Kf1 1-0

You can play over the game at

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  Phony Benoni: I have a friend who is going through the <Illinois Chess Bulletin>, and has noticed events held in both <Forest Park, IL> and <Park Forest, IL>..

On Wikipedia, I see that tese are two separate villages, both suburbs of Chicago. Forest Park (pop. 15,000) is somewhat to the west of the city, while Park Forest (pop. 22,000) is to the South and seemingly further away..

Since both were associated with Chicago, I was wondering if you knew whether there has been chess activities in just one or in both communities.

Thanks for your help. I understand this may be too general of a question for a definitive answer.

Jan-12-20  centralfiles:
Played today in the above line. Nice showcase of just how bad things can get for black.
Jan-12-20  centralfiles: <FSR> i was searching in vain for Kirilov's games yesterday. It seems i had the wrong Kirilov.

As far as 11...g6

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Chandler gives
12.Bg2 O-O-O
13.Be3 a6
And after some more moves white has large plus, but 12...O-O-O looks very suspect.

Jan-12-20  centralfiles: What I find really ironic here is this <Quotes from Chandler>


Eco doesn't even bother to mention this knight fork! Alternatives have long been known to favor White:

a) 10...Ne6 11.f4! a6......
b)10...e5 11.Nc7+ Kd7 12.Nxa8 Bb4+ 13.Kd1.....
c)10...O-O-O 11.Nxd4 Rxd4 12.Be3 Rd7<...Rd6 is much better try-CF> 13.Bb5........>

If your ideas above hold up these lines are actually better than the knight fork Chandler puts all his focus on.

Jan-12-20  centralfiles: Some analysis on the theory of a quite common c3 sicillian sideline.

Part Two.

This is my own analysis <i.e. analyzed on my own engine ;) > with improvements for white in both of the "equalizing" variations Chandler gave <above> in the 10...Nc2+ lines.

Lets start with "A)"

Chandler's analysis<not given in full>


A) 11...Nxa8
12.Nc7+ Kd2
13.Nxa8 g6
14.Be3 Bh6!

15.Bb5+ Kd6
16.Bxa7 Nf6
17.Nb6 Rd8
18.Ke2 Nc2
19.Rd1+ Kc7
20.Rxd8 is an equal ending

or A2)
15.Bxa7 Nf6
16.Nb6+ Kc7
17.Bd3 Rd8
18.Ke2 Nc2! with the knight escaping black is more than ok.">

Black aims for a simple setup with Kc7 Rd8 and bishop covering the c1/d2 squares but white can disrupt this with

15.Bb5+ Kd6
16.Bxa7 Nf6
17.Nb6 Rd8
18.Ke2 Nc2
19.Nc4+!<or 18.Nc4+ is the same>

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And Black is forced to play the ugly
20.Rd1 Nd5
21.Be3 and the lack of harmony in the black camp is telling. <Stockfish about +1.2>

Jan-12-20  centralfiles: Much more interesting and rewarding however is 17...Kc7

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This is not mentioned by Chandler, which makes sense as it will just transpose into his main line <18.Ke2 Nc2 19.Rd1 Rd8 as in A1> which equalizes.

Can White improve here?
This is not so simple at first <or 2nd or 3rd...> glance. i.e. 18.Nc4 Nd5 19.Be3 Nxe3 20.fxe3 Ra8 peters out to = after a couple moves.

White does have a really nice idea which I'll wait a few days before posting since it seems worth the effort.

<Disclaimer: this poster assumes no responsibility if you find it obvious, for me it was a total surprise in a simple position>

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  FSR: Those bishops on an open board are scary. I never played that line again after my debacle - although it seems that it is in fact playable. I usually play 2...Nf6, which I think is a little better than 2...d5.
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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "SRB-Cup Valjevo"]
[Site "Pirot-Valjevo VSK"]
[Date "2011.05.18"]
[EventDate "2011.05.??"]
[Round "3.1"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Aleksander Delchev"]
[Black "Vladimir G Kostic"]
[ECO "A11"]
[WhiteElo "2619"]
[BlackElo "2447"]
[PlyCount "47"]

1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 dxc4 4.Bg2 g6 5.Na3 Qd5 6.Qc2 Be6 7.Qc3 Nf6 8.O-O Bg7 9.Nd4 Ne4 10.Nxe6 Nxc3 11.Nxg7+ Kf8 12.dxc3 Qe5 13.Bh6 Kg8 14.Rad1 Na6 15.Nxc4 Qc7 16.Bh3 b5 17.Ne6 Qc8 18.Ne5 Nc5 19.Rd8+ Qxd8 20.Nxd8 Rxd8 21.Nxc6 Re8 22.b4 Ne6 23.Bxe6 fxe6 24.Ne5 1-0

You can play over the game (which is a beauty!) at or

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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> Yes, I believe there have been chess events in both Park Forest and Forest Park, as your friend's researches suggest. For example, my most famous game, F Rhine vs D Sprenkle, 1981, was played in Forest Park.
Jan-13-20  centralfiles: The Delchev game is really a beauty.
Thanks for uploading it.
Jan-13-20  centralfiles: Some analysis on the theory of a quite common c3 sicillian sideline.

Part Three.

A closer look at the 2nd of chandler's "equalizing" lines above that i fear has become standard book fare. B) 10...Nc2+
11.Kd1 Rc8!?

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And here the stem game <Mes vs Van Der Meiden correspondence 1991> and analysis by Chandler et-al runs:

12.Nxa7 Rc5
13.b4 Nxb4
14.Bb5+ Kd8
here 15...e6! with the eventual exchange sacrifice is indeed very solid. <Even 14.Be3 e6! 15.Bxc5 Bxc5 leaves black with plenty of compensation>

For some reason all have assumed the immediate 14.Bb5+ as being necessary here it ain't so.


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And Black is faced with the simple but insurmountable problem that any Knight retreat opens the b file for White's rook.

15.Bd2 Nc3+
16.Bxc3 Rxc3

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Seems that someone failed to notify the Black's kingside of the commencement of hostilities.

14...e6 <or ...Rd5+ is the same.>

15.Bd2 Rd5
16.a3 <16.Bc4 and 16.Kc1 are also pretty dangerous> Bc5 17.Nb5 Rxd2+
18.Kxd2 Nd5
19.Nc3 b6
20.Nxd5 exd5
21.a4 Ke7
22.a5 bxa5
23.Rb8 +-

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Jan-13-20  centralfiles: "It may be that improvements are found which allow black to hold the draw with precise play. Nevertheless we can certainly say that the position after 10...Nc2+ leaves white with a dangerous initiative..."
Jan-14-20  centralfiles: I'll wait awhile before giving solution to the
A1)17...Kc7 problem i posted earlier in case you want to try solving it.

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  FSR: I predict that in 2024 Firouzja will dethrone Ding Liren as classical world champion. You read it here first.
Jan-16-20  centralfiles: Since both of these 10...Nc2+ lines are actually played sometimes I finally checked chesstempo<I don't have access to chessbase etc.> to see what a database might say of my improvements.

In the first line
11.Kd1 Nxa1
12.Nc7+ Kd7
13.Nxa8 g6

There were ZERO games where my 19.Nc4 was played, instead they all played the meh 19.Rd1 which doesn't get White anything.

In the 2nd line
11.Kd1 Rc8
12.Nxa7 Rc5
13.b4 Nxb4

There was one game where 14.Rb1! was played.

This game follows a path I didn't bother to investigate above. After seeing this game I definitely should have.




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16.Rxb7 Bd6 <Forced, to survive Bb5+/Rb8+>

17.Nb5 Be5 <...Be7 +2.00>

18.f4 Nxf4
19.Bb4 Rd5+
20.Kc2 Rd7
21.Nd6+ Bxd6+
22.Bb5 Bxb4

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Up until now wer'e seeing perfect play by White<and Black> nearly all White's moves are the only moves that win.

But now
23.Rxd7? <I would probably play this myself :(> And POOF White is left with nothing and was actually very lucky to survive with a draw.

The simple
23.Bxd7+ Kd8
24.Rxb4 Kxd7

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is easily winning. I hope martin was able to sleep that night...

As far as the the 17...Kc7 idea in the first line above <See DIAGRAM> there was actually no games where Black tried this- a shame because solution<still not posted> is nice.

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White to play 18.?

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  FSR: Submitted:

[Event "Internet blitz"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2020.01.19"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Frederick Rhine"]
[Black "NN"]
[ECO "D07"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Bxf3 7. gxf3 Nxc3 8. bxc3 e6 9. Rb1 Rb8 10. Qa4 Qd7 11. Bb5 Ra8 12. Bc4 Qc8 13. Rxb7 Qxb7 14. Bb5 Qb8 15. Bxc6+ Kd8 16. O-O Be7 17. e5 a6 18.d5 exd5 19. Qd4 Ra7 20. Be3 Rb7 21. Qxd5+ Bd6 22. exd6 cxd6 23. Bxb7 Ke7 24. Re1 Kf8 25. Bf4 Kg8 26. Bxd6 Qd8 27. Re7 h5 28. Qxf7+ 1-0

You can play over the game at

Jan-19-20  centralfiles:
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  FSR: <centralfiles> Dunno. I've seen it many times.
Jan-24-20  centralfiles: <FSR> Just saw it now for first time. they seem to be almost. perfectly centered on their squares.
Jan-24-20  centralfiles:

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18.f4! with excellent winning chances.
Simple no?

Jan-24-20  centralfiles: After all is said about these lines i must admit in conclusion that your 10...Ne6 seems fine and probably equalizes without much of a problem while the recommended 10...Nc2+ is busted in all variations IMO as demonstrated above.
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  ketchuplover: My favorite personal game is #591502
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  FSR: <ketchuplover> Nice comeback!
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