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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: 127
Years covered: 1974 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 1948
Highest rating achieved in database: 2498

Overall record: +30 -7 =11 (74.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 79 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D06 D36 D35 D31
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A40 E00 A50
 Slav (5) 
    D10 D11
 King's Indian (4) 
    E97 E71 E83
 Sicilian (4) 
    B21 B29 B32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (20) 
    B20 B62 B30 B56 B57
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A45 A50 A40 A46 E00
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (6) 
    B62 B67 B60
 Bird's Opening (5) 
    A02 A03
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E32 E30 E43 E20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992 0-1
   NN vs F Rhine, 2022 0-1
   F Rhine vs D Bungo, 2013 1-0
   E Sollano vs F Rhine, 1977 0-1
   NN vs F Rhine, 1977 0-1
   F Rhine vs NN, 2019 1-0
   NN vs F Rhine, 2017 0-1
   F Rhine vs NN, 2017 1-0
   NN vs F Rhine, 2019 0-1
   F Rhine vs A Artidiello, 1974 1-0

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   F Rhine vs NN (Sep-28-22) 1-0, blitz
   F Rhine vs NN (Sep-26-22) 1-0, blitz
   NN vs F Rhine (Sep-25-22) 0-1, blitz
   NN vs F Rhine (Sep-21-22) 0-1, blitz
   F Rhine vs NN (Sep-18-22) 1-0, blitz

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(born Aug-06-1960, 62 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 played in the 1997 USCF Absolute Championship (open to the top 13 correspondence players who accept their invitations), scoring 6-6 (+2=8-2). As of May 2022 he is, at 2411, the third highest rated correspondence player in the United States Chess Federation. He was profiled in an article ("Faces Across the Board") in the August 2020 issue of Chess Life magazine.

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 was the proofreader for the book "The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior" by Daaim Shabazz.

Last updated: 2022-09-09 20:49:33

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 128  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Rhine vs Richard 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. L Kaushansky vs F Rhine 0-1311997Chicago OpenB58 Sicilian
24. F Rhine vs D Burris 0-1281997USCF Absolute ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
25. D Fleetwood vs F Rhine ½-½411997USCF Absolute ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
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  George Wallace: <beatgiant: Mr. Rhine's FIDE rating progress chart is here: The highest FIDE rating shown is 2005 in Oct. 2019.

His US rating progress chart is here:

But I can only find a chart back to 1997, when his US rating was 2232. The source also shows that he earned his national master title before 1991.>

You are a very thorough researcher and chess historian. Well done. And now that I understand you are an admin, I expect that you will correct the erroneous high rating of 2498.

<CG> should have accurate information, do you agree?

Apr-04-22  Z free or die: Let's hear from <FSR> himself on his peak rating. It's only fair when the full record isn't in evidence.

But it does raise a point of omission in <CG>'s handling of the info - i.e. shouldn't the year of the peak be recorded along with the peak rating?


Apr-04-22  Z free or die: <<beatgiant> heart and flower emojis.>

Can I make a request for rainbows and unicorns for mine?!?

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  FSR: My 2498 peak rating was a USCF correspondence rating. I still have the postcard memorializing this if you want to see a picture. My current rating is 2411, third in the country, and eight points behind the highest-rated player.
Apr-04-22  Z free or die: Hi <FSR>, could you include the years, just for curiosity's sake?
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  George Wallace: It should be noted then at the top of the page that the 2498 rating is only the correspondence chess rating and not the real rating that we would normally think it referred to.

When people see that rating at the top of the page, they naturally think it refers to the OTB rating, so having it show the inflated number 2498 might be construed to be misleading.

Therefore, let us apply labels, because <CG> should be clear, accurate and in no way misleading when it comes to chess history.

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  saffuna: <Therefore, let us apply labels, because <CG> should be clear, accurate and in no way misleading when it comes to chess history.>

True. Then <george wallace> will no longer get confused about which games are included in "Overall record."

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  beatgiant: <George Wallace> The "highest rating achieved in the database" feature is hugely inaccurate. It is based entirely on the Elo fields in the pgn files of games in the database. Many games lack those. When the ratings are present, there's nothing to indicate whether it's over-the-board or correspondence, standard or speed chess, FIDE or national. This isn't a Frederick Rhine problem, it's a database-wide problem.

If we really want an accurate "highest rating" report that is based on a single rating system like over-the-board FIDE ratings, we'd need to stop relying on the pgn files and instead get the info from published rating reports.

If you want to discuss that, I suggest you follow up in Biographer Bistro

Meanwhile, suppose I wanted to replace Frederick Rhine's highest rating with, say, his peak FIDE rating of 2005. I could write a script to search all his games and remove the Elo field from every game that reports a rating higher than 2005. Then this one player's peak rating would follow this one standard, but the rest of the database still would not. Can you understand why I don't think this is a good solution?

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  beatgiant: <George Wallace> As for your other suggestion (add the rating type with the "highest rating"), again this information is not available from the pgn files.
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  George Wallace: From what you say, it sounds like the "Highest rating" information is therefore generally misleading, inaccurate and unreliable. Now the question becomes <why> this information is put at the top of the player pages. Should a website that prides itself on accurate and reliable information post data that they know is <generally> misleading, inaccurate and unreliable?
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  saffuna: <Should a website that prides itself on accurate and reliable information post data that they know is <generally> misleading, inaccurate and unreliable?>

<george wallace> is pretty selective in his objections. He has stated openly that he doesn't care that the Wesley So bio is wildly misleading.

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  beatgiant: <George Wallace> Since the issue is not specific to Frederick Rhine, I again suggest to move the further discussion to Biographer Bistro , where it would be a legitimate topic.
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A more fruitful forum for this kind of discussion might be the webmaster's forum: stevemcd87 chessforum

Anyways that's where the biographer's bistro regulars go when they wish to discuss such broader site issues such as ratings entry levels, how to collect games into events and where to publish them, and so forth. Those are higher level concerns that would likely involve people with actual authority to make site changes. In the Biographer's Bistro forum we mainly work on narrower concerns that we have the ability to edit ourselves.

Sometimes we even go to the site owner's forum if we really want to get people involved who have the actual power to make site-wide decisions on topics of wider import: chessforum

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  beatgiant: <jessicafischerqueen> Good suggestions. The problems that get discussed in those places are usually the ones we solve.
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  perfidious: <saffuna....<george wallace> is pretty selective in his objections....>

To put it mildly, but consistent with his behaviour elsewhere.

<....He has stated openly that he doesn't care that the Wesley So bio is wildly misleading.>

Of course, because his concern atm is slagging Frederick and his achievements, of which he is clearly insanely jealous; moreover, he realises there is no hope of changing the So page.

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  FSR: <Z free or die> Sure. As of 9/21/1993, my USCF correspondence rating reached its peak of 2498. My peak USCF OTB rating to date was 2232, achieved in March 1997 after the US Masters tournament.
Apr-04-22  Z free or die: Thanks <Fred>, nice to know.

When I put peak (EDO) ratings in Z-base's bios I always try to include when.


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  Troller: Out of curiosity: Are the peak ratings manually put by editors or are they hoovered from pgns in the games?

Peak elo might be grabbed from the FIDE ratings site if a match can be made.

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  perfidious: <Troller>, I too have wondered about that, though only out of idle curiosity.
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  beatgiant: <Troller>,<perfidious> See the explanation in my reply to <George Wallace> above. They come from the pgns.
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  Dionysius1: In the meantime, for the George Wallaces in the kibbitzing community, I suppose a note in the FAQ section about how the peak ratings are sourced, and maybe that FIDE is an alternative source - might not do any harm
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  perfidious: <Frederick>, you caught me again....
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  FSR: <perfidious> Indeed. It seems to happen like clockwork.
Aug-21-22  choumicha: Not on Facebook anymore? Wim v Os
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  FSR: <choumicha> I am still on Facebook, for the moment at least. Have been having huge problems with it.
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