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Count Wedgemore
Member since Oct-02-17 · Last seen Jul-16-18
I am a proud Norwegian, from a relatively small town not far from Oslo, our nation's capital. My name is Bjørn (not an easy name to pronounce for the non-natives), which means 'bear' in English. In Old Norse: Biǫrn. It's a really old name here in Scandinavia, dating back to the Viking Age. I've never really liked my name, it's too common for my tastes, because I like to be extraordinary in everything I do. But I am proud of the Viking connection: our great ancestors were superior warriors and shipbuilders:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings

I am honored to be the 12th and current Chessgames Chessbookie Champion of the World. Here is my name in the illustrious Hall of Fame, forever recorded in the glorious annals of Chessgames History:

ChessBookie Hall of Fame

Next winter I will defend my title and become the only player so far with back-to-back wins. As you may rightly suspect if you read this, I may come across as a bit full of myself sometimes..but there's nothing wrong with that if one has a reason to (like I have!)..right?

Norway is the new powerhouse of chess. We currently have the undisputed World Champion (Magnus Carlsen), the Junior World Champion (Aryan Tari), and the Chessbookie World Champion (Yours Truly)!

I love chess, it has been a lifelong passion for me. But it has been very much a private matter for me: I played a couple of minor tournaments when I was a teenager and I won two scholastic tournaments when attending the Norwegian equivalent of 'Junior High School'. Scholastic chess was (and still is, I suppose) a rare phenomenon in Norway. The only reason that my school had it was because I organized the tournaments myself! And won, both times. But this was a long time ago, nowadays I only play chess online.

When serving in the Norwegian Armed Forces, I met and befriended GM Simen Agdestein (the 2nd best Norwegian player of all time, our country's first GM and an early mentor for Magnus Carlsen), who came to our camp in Northern Norway to play and promote chess, this was back in the 1980s and not long before he had finished 2nd at the World Junior Championship. We played only one game against each other, a Ruy Lopez that ended in a draw after Simen, uncharacteristically, misplayed a completely won endgame. So my overall score against Simen is 50%, I'm content with that. He is also a really, really great guy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simen...

I've never played (not yet anyway) chess with our beloved Champion, Magnus the Magnificent, but I do have a small personal letter from him where he wrote me some encouraging words (long story). It is one of my most prized possessions. I guess you could say that I'm an avid chess collector: I have a relatively small, but alluring collection of chess books, and some other minor stuff, some rare chess sets, a postcard signed by Karpov (which one of my daughters procured for me), you know, that sort of things.

One of my interests in recent years has been memorization: I've been a National Champion in memory sports. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of memory sport you can read about it here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memor...

A pet project of mine in recent months has been cryptography: I've been working on inventing a form of code that can be quickly learned by a human and easy in practical use, but difficult (or, perhaps rather optimistically, impossible) for a computer to crack/decode. You can read more about cryptography here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crypt...

Another great interest of mine is old radio shows, primarily US shows, but also some British and Norwegian shows. I love collecting and listening to shows from The Golden Age of Radio, OTR as we call it (Old-Time Radio), a broadcasting era that lasted throughout the 30s, the 40s and the 50s..https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golde...

I also love classic TV shows (50s, 60s, 70s), mostly US shows, but also some Canadian and British shows, and I have recently discovered the magical and wonderful world of Film Serials! So not so long ago I started to collect them as well (I love collecting things just as much as I hate throwing things away). Here is Wikipedia's article on Serial Film: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seria...

And I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan, so naturally I collect Sherlock-related stuff also! Now, the problem is that my wife also loves to collect stuff, like me, all kinds of stuff: books, perfume, boxes, you name it, so naturally we no longer have much space for all of our things! Oh well..

My wife and I both have a lifelong affection for books. Like her, I used to read 100+ books a year when I was younger. Today my poor eyesight prevents me from such excesses. I prefer listening to audio books nowadays.

Another interest of mine is Geneaology, the study of family lineage and history, an interest I developed from my grandfather who was a leading researcher in the field back in the day. My username is partly due to the fact that I actually have some noble ancestry (which is not so common in Norway as it is in many other European countries), going back to British nobility, even royalty (although most of my nearest ancestors were farmers and fishermen).

Since I am a non-native English speaker I sincerely apologize for my numerous grammatical errors. I do, however, speak several languages. My wonderful wife of twenty years is from Italy (although she has lived in Norway for 25 years), so naturally I learned to speak in her beautiful native tongue, the most romantic language in the world. We watch a lot of Italian television together. I love Italian movies, TV shows, Italian cuisine, everything really.. I also speak a little German and I learned some basic Russian so I could read Russian chess iiterature: so many of their books have never been translated into English. For me, being an expert on memorization, learning a new language is not very difficult.

Another major point of interest throughout my life has been politics: mainly Norwegian, Italian and European politics, of course, but American politics has always fascinated me deeply. When I was younger I planned to go to the USA and finish my academic studies there (however, life intervened: I met the love of my life, got married and chose to remain in Norway).

I love both classical and popular music (I play a little guitar, piano and other instruments, but I haven't really practised it regularly in decades). I've written some songs over the years, but lately I've been concentrating on writing poems (I can always add a musical arrangement to some of them at a later date).

I have some serious health issues, so I try to live a rather calm life (in fact, I have to) so me and my wife, we seek to take delight in the simpler things in life, including mental, intellectual pursuits and such (we seldom travel anywhere). So what better than chess? It's an important part of my life, it really is.

Still, the biggest source of joy in our lives are our three children and two grandchildren. And our two gorgeous cats..

I am what you could call a Slav/Caro-Kann aficionado. My favorite chess players (besides Magnus, of course) are Lasker, Capablanca, Smyslov, Petrosian, Karpov and Kramnik. My own playing style is defensive, positional, so no wonder that some of the guys I mentioned are my personal favorites!

For a glimpse into my playing style, here is a recent online blitz game that I played (the time control was 5+3):

White:NN Black:Count Wedgemore

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 e6 10.Nf3 Nd7 11.Be3 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Qc7 13.Rhe1 0-0-0 14.Kb1 Bd6 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Nf6 17.Qh4 Nd5 18.g4 Bf4 19.g5 Bxe3 20.fxe3 Qb6 21.Rd3 hxg5 22.Nxg5 Qc7 23.Rf1 Nf6 24.Qf4 Qxf4 25.Rxf4 Rxh5 0-1.

I think the <Chessgames> community is a fascinating and highly interesting microcosm, featuring so many different and intriguing, captivating personalities. A big thank you to Daniel Freeman and the late Alberto A Artidiello for having created this wonderful meeting ground for chess players. All the best, Bjørn.

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   Count Wedgemore has kibitzed 821 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-16-18 OhioChessFan chessforum
 
Count Wedgemore: Round 3: Kramnik - Meier 1-0 40 Duda - Wojtaszek 1/2 27 Nepomniachtchi - Nisipeanu 1/2 40 Giri - Kovalev 1-0 40
 
   Jul-16-18 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: Round 3: Kramnik - Meier 1-0 Duda - Wojtaszek 1/2 Nepomniachtchi - Nisipeanu 1/2 Giri - Kovalev 1-0
 
   Jul-16-18 Dortmund (2018) (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: <JAMESROOK: The American President shows what the reality is for Britain and always has been....America first.> Yes, how rude of these Americans not to put Britain first.
 
   Jul-15-18 Bobsterman3000 chessforum (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: <Bobsterman3000: The liberals in there have very poor debate skills and react in emotive ways with little foresight or foreknowledge of the subjects at hand - flaws very common amongst dingbat cultural marxists.> Well, the problem for liberals is that their arguments ...
 
   Jul-15-18 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: Big congratulations to <Nako> for an impressive performance, showing that his shared 1st in the WC2010 contest was no accident. Thanks to <WannaBe> for hosting this fun and entertaining contest. Next time I will employ <Penguincw>'s bizarre strategy in ...
 
   Jul-14-18 Benjamin Haldorsen
 
Count Wedgemore: This talented young man just had a very good result in this year's Norwegian Championship, where he took 3rd place behind Hammer and Tari after an impressive 6/9 performance. Well done, Benjamin!
 
   Jul-14-18 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: <sydbarrett: I think someone hacked my account but I don't feel like pressing the matter further.> Was it the Russians? Or was it an inside job?
 
   Jul-13-18 juan31 chessforum (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: Hola, juan! I just wanted to congratulate you on picking Croatia in <WannaBe>'s World Cup prediction contest. That was a great play! It's between you and <NakoSonorense> now. You two are far ahead of the rest of the field. So well done, mi amigo!
 
   Jul-13-18 S Boden vs Belaiev, 1867 (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: <offramp: He invented Boden's mate.> Boden's imaginary friend.
 
   Jul-12-18 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
 
Count Wedgemore: Well, since <lostemperor> is kind enough to check the results, let's predict Dortmund as a fun tournament then, to test our strategies before the all-important Sinquefield Cup! My Dortmund predictions: 1. Kramnik 2. Giri 3. Nepomniachtchi 4. Wojtaszek 5. ...
 
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May-26-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <thegoodanarchist: So now I am wondering, why did Norwegians want to obtain independence from these friendly folk in the first place?>

Well, <tga>, look at it this way: if I rent my apartment, having a nice landlord is all well and good. But owning the apartment is even better, don't you think? Still, it wouldn't bother me so much if we were still one country, as long as we can keep the Swedes out of it.

<I wonder if the Brits will want to borrow that (constitution) too!>

You know, it is kind of impressive that the Brits have managed so well throughout the centuries without a constitution (granted, they have a form of "unwritten constitution" which is basically a sum of laws of sorts, but it's not a codified document). I suppose their time-honored respect for traditions and, in lack of a better word, 'common sense' has served them well.

May-26-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <tga> The Norwegian Constitution of 1814 drew heavily upon the American constitution, by the way. It is actually the second oldest constitution in the world that is still being enforced (after said US Constitution). That's kind of cool, isn't it?
May-26-18
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  technical draw: <Count Wedgemore> . Thanks for visiting my forum. I would like to say that I met a group of Norwegian missionary's in Puerto Rico many years back and I must say that they were the most beautiful, friendly, and loving people I had ever met.

The group was visiting with the Sally Olsen missionary group. When they were leaving I huged this huge Norwegian man and I could feel the love of God coming from him. That was a great moment in my life.

RIP, Sally Olsen.

May-27-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <technical draw> That's great to hear, <TD>. Sally Olsen must have been a very special person who did so much important work for those in need. And she must have loved your beautiful island very much! I know that she dedicated much of her adult life to Puerto Rico and its people.

There is a book about her in Norwegian, written in the 70s, by Max Manus, who was a very special person himself: he is one of the highest decorated military officers in Norwegian history and a national hero. He took part in some spectacular sabotage operations against the Nazi occupation here in Norway during WW2.

Anyway, thanks for sharing this wonderful story. God bless you, my friend.

May-27-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <Count Wedgemore: <tga> The Norwegian Constitution of 1814 drew heavily upon the American constitution, by the way. It is actually the second oldest constitution in the world that is still being enforced (after said US Constitution). That's kind of cool, isn't it?>

Yes!

May-31-18
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  OhioChessFan: <Ding Liren - Caruana 1/2 0 >

There's nothing in the rules prohibiting it, and it may be what you meant to post, but it sure looks like a typo to me.

May-31-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <OCF> The game has been cancelled! Ding Liren has been in a traffic accident:

<Unfortunately, Ding Liren had a bicycle accident early Thursday afternoon that has fractured his hip bone and he will be doing surgery Friday morning.

Ding Liren will therefore not be able to play Friday June 1st. We will know more after his surgery, weather he can continue to play in the tournament or not. For now, round 4 will be postponed for Ding Liren and Fabiano Caruana till June 4th, until further notice.>

http://norwaychess.no/en/2018/05/31...

I just wrote 0 moves since the game will not be played. It's really terrible what has happened. I hope he will soon recover.

Jun-02-18
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  technical draw: <Count> I see you have the same name, Björn, as the great Swedish tennis player, Björn Borg.

He played during the years when I avidly followed tennis. But not anymore. The days of Jimmy Connors, Steffi Graf, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Ivan Lendl ,and Boris Becker. Also Mats Wilander.

That was my golden age of tennis.

Jun-02-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <technical draw: That was my golden age of tennis.>

Mine too, <TD>. Back in those days I followed tennis much more closely than now. I admit I've more or less lost interest. I was more of a sports enthusiast when I was younger than I am now. And tennis, in particular, seemed more interesting back then. The players you mentioned had all strong, colorful personalities. Today's tennis players seem a bit more machine-like. Remember Nastase, the Romanian? Or Guillermo Vilas? There's no one like those guys around anymore.

I don't know if you're interested in motorsport Formula One, but it was the same dynamic there: back in the 70s and 80s that sport was filled with colorful individuals and a glamorous atmosphere that gradually vanished.

Jun-03-18
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  technical draw: <Count> I sure do remember Nasty Nastase, and Vilas too. The late Arthur Ashe and the last playing days of Rod Laver. They played with standard tennis rackets not with today's rocket launchers.
Jun-03-18
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  jith1207: Reading your reply after long time. Luckily before I forgot about it.

Yes, forgot the term "Northern lights" too, that would be quite a sight. I have heard about midnight sun, that's wonderful to know. If one could witness all of that in one trip! I will check about these towns and the tourism related to that. I have always liked Norway from what I have seen and have heard only nice things about the country and people. Thanks for the directions. :-)

Jun-05-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Our work on <offramp>'s limerick turned out OK, I think.

What's your opinion?

Jun-05-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <Count Wedgemore: <technical draw: That was my golden age of tennis.>

Mine too, <TD>. Back in those days I followed tennis much more closely than now.>

<technical draw: <Count> I sure do remember Nasty Nastase, and Vilas too.>

Don't forget Vitas Gerulaitis!! His life tragically ended too soon!

Won a major in 1977, the Aussie Open

Jun-05-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <tga: What's your opinion?>

In my not so humble opinion, the limerick we made is pretty damn good! And surely it deserved a better score than a meagre 4.5 rating on <offramp>'s questionable <Internet Huskisson Sliding Limerick Appraisal Index> :)

But we should make more of them, you know, refine our craft. I smell some great talent here..

And yes, Gerulaitis was a major player. Quick on his feet. Great net player. Another great tennis personality from that bygone era.

Jun-06-18
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  technical draw: <Don't forget Vitas Gerulaitis!! His life tragically ended too soon!>

I remember Vitas Gerulaitis the player but for some reason I don't remember reading about his death. Carbon monoxide poisoning: The silent killer.

Jun-06-18
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  thegoodanarchist: < technical draw: <Don't forget Vitas Gerulaitis!! His life tragically ended too soon!>

I remember Vitas Gerulaitis the player but for some reason I don't remember reading about his death. Carbon monoxide poisoning: The silent killer.>

Yeah, and the pool mechanic who installed the heater actually was prosecuted, but won acquittal. NYT articles on the matter are available on line. I found them with google.

Jun-06-18
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  thegoodanarchist: < Count Wedgemore: <tga: What's your opinion?>

In my not so humble opinion, the limerick we made is pretty damn good! And surely it deserved a better score than a meagre 4.5 rating on <offramp>'s questionable <Internet Huskisson Sliding Limerick Appraisal Index> :) >

Well, let's not be too hasty. Maybe the maximum rating on that scale is 5? In which case, the score is a good one!

Jun-07-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <tga> Why didn't I think of that? 4.5/5 is a great score!

I shall query <offramp> about this..

Jun-29-18
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  juan31: <Count Wedgemore> Gracias for the correction <takk>
Jul-10-18
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  morfishine: Good Evening <Count Wedgemore> Good evening sir, just dropping by to say hello! I'm glad you like soccer! I admire your bio and very much enjoy your posts!

Best, morf

Jul-11-18
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  WinKing: Hi <Count Wedgemore>,

<<>Dortmund Sparkassen 2018<>>

Less than 3 days to go!

Countdown to Dortmund 2018:

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https://www.sparkassen-chess-meetin...

This tournament will run from July 14th thru July 22nd 2018. (7 Rounds)

Participants include: Kramnik, Giri, Nepomniachtchi, Duda, Wojtaszek, Nisipeanu, Kovalev & Meier

Average rating: 2720 (as of 7/9/18) - Category XIX

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Schedule - https://www.sparkassen-chess-meetin...

Round 1 is Saturday July 14th & it starts @ 15:00hrs.(3pm) Dortmund, Germany time(9am chessgames time). All rounds begin @ 15:00 hrs. except the final 7th round which begins 2hrs earlier 13:00 hrs.(1pm)

< 3 Prediction Contests: (Win virtual medals - Gold, Silver & Bronze) >

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User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in). This contest is run by <chessmoron> & hosted by <OhioChessFan>.

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Jul-11-18
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  morfishine: <Count Wedgemore> Yes, that was an exciting semi-final gave England vs Croatia. I admire your fair, objective posting.

To heck with all these cyber-freaks attacking people

Jul-11-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <morfishine: To heck with all these cyber-freaks attacking people>

Agreed. I guess the key is not trying to take these things personally, but that is often easier said than done.

Anyways, thanks <morf>. I will make a post in your forum.

Jul-12-18
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  morfishine: <Count Wedgemore> Thanks for dropping by, you are very kind! Its one of the best World Cups (I think) since I've been following [1982]. I feel bad for <Dr Winston OBoogie> and was in the middle of creating a post about this Cup and the English team for him. You see, he's much more of an expert on football than myself since he follows the sport year around. I fell in love with the game in college ~1980 but only really watch lots of games during World Cup years.

I started my "research" into this World Cup in March when Neymar was injured (figuring this could open the door for many other teams). I tried to look at all aspects like team world rankings, coaching changes, injuries, team makeup, qualifications and any intangibles I might find in the news. My conclusion even surprised myself somewhat (since I am a die-hard German national team fan) by tagging England as the final winner.

As I reached my conclusion I had to dismiss some strong teams for a variety of reasons. Brazil was out because Neymar was not 100% (admitted just before the Cup started). Germany was out because the coach decided to go "too young". Spain was a bit old and had a last minute coaching change. As for Portugal, well as strong as they are, there was something unconvincing there. Argentina didn't look good barely qualifying and also had most of their friendlies cancelled. While Uruguay, Mexico and Croatia hovered near the top, I felt that historically, these teams would get tripped up somewhere along the line. Italy missed qualifying altogether.

You may ask about those powerful teams France & Belgium? Here I consulted my on site football expert at work who responded regarding France & Belgium, word on the street was you never knew who was going to show up on any given day. That sealed it, England was my choice.

The point of all this is that I wasn't pulling for England just to appease or make <Dr Winston OBoogie> happy that someone else was also pulling for England.

England was my real choice based on quite a lot of analysis and research over 3 months.

It was exciting to see how things played out over the course of the tournament. I was certain England was going to the final after their strong game vs Sweden. Alas, the fortunes of the World Cup!

*Note: I'm re-posting this here in hopes <Dr Winston OBoogie> sees it since he shut down his forum

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Jul-13-18
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  juan31: Thanks < Count Wedgemore>
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