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Penguincw
Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Oct-18-17
♔ MY PROFILE ♔

I'd like to thank the user who gave me a year of premium services from Feb/14/2012-Feb/14/2013 and the user who gave me 3 years of premium services from Dec/26/2015-Dec/26/2018. :)

★★★ BIOGRAPHY ★★★

I prefer not to reveal too much about myself, but have the following words to say:

I'm a Canadian. I picked up chess in 2009, and joined this site just over a year later.

Outside of chess, I also like to watch sports (who doesn't), and even play sports (even though I'm not great at it). Baseball is by far my favourite sport.

★★★ GAME COLLECTIONS ★★★

Penguincw's Game Collections

To view all my collections, see here: Game Collection: 0: Table of Contents.

★★★ CHESS PUZZLES ★★★

Here are some chess puzzles I composed. I'm not a very strong composer, but they should be fun to solve nevertheless. However, since my forum won't always be open, I decided to use one of my game collections for that purpose:

Game Collection: Chess Puzzles

Here's a sample:

White to move, mate in three


click for larger view

Solution: (click on above game collection)

★★★ ACHIEVEMENTS ★★★

Here's my short list of achievements on this site (other than achievements relating to the prediction contests, which are listed further below):

966th user to open up their forum.

Became the 45th user to reach 13,000 posts (unofficial).

Only the 2nd user (honour shared with 7 other users) to win a membership from the Santa Claus draw twice.

In the ChessBookie Game, finished first in the Championship 2015 preseason with 1727 cbs, 174 cbs ahead of 2nd place. Also, in the Fall 2014 preseason, I finished in 2nd with 1418 cbs, just 40 cbs behind first at the last known update.

4th user, and 3rd overall (after <SwitchingQuylthulg> (x2), <wordfunph> and <Annie K.>) to run the ChessBookie Game.

At the 2016 Caissar Awards, I was nominated and won the "Most Helpful" award for 2015.

In Spring 2016, I became the 172nd user to qualify for the Championship Leg in the ChessBookie Game, finishing in 10th place with 4,204 cbs. (fact-checking needed)

★★★ PREDICTION CONTESTS ★★★

I like competing in the prediction contests, and so far, have won these medals (along with the rank listed):

<Golden Executive>

♔♔♔♕♕♕♖♖♖♖♖♖♖ (3 gold, 3 silver, 7 bronze; 24th)

<chessmoron> (hosted by <OhioChessFan>) ♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (9 gold, 11 silver, 22 bronze; 10th)

<lostemperor>
♔♔♔♔♔♔♖♖♖ (6 gold, 3 bronze; 3rd)

<Overall>
♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♕♕♕♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♗♗♗♗♗♗- ♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (18 gold, 14 silver, 32 bronze; 8th)

Updated through Sinquefield 2017.

<Golden Executive>'s Games Prediction Contest: User: Golden Executive

<chessmoron>'s Moves Prediction Contest (hosted by <OhioChessFan>): User: OhioChessFan

<lostemperor>'s Final Standings Prediction Contest: User: lostemperor

Other Notable Achievements:

Only user to ever win a quadruple crown (London Chess Classic 2011) in the Moves Prediction Contest (or any contest for that matter).

Only user to ever win a Betting title crown in the Games Prediction Contest, and defend it the very next year, same tournament (Tata Steel 2014 & 2015).

First user to ever win a gold medal in each of the 3 contests from the same tournament (Tata Steel 2015).

The 4th user to have won at least 3 golds in 3 different contests (after <chessmoron>, <lostemperor> and <SwitchingQuylthulg>). Members of this club are unofficially considered to be "grandmasters" of the prediction contests.

For the 7th consecutive year (2011-2017), I have won at least one gold medal in one of the contests. I am one of just 6 active users to have done so, the others being <chessmoron>, <cromat>, <lostemperor>, <SwitchingQuylthulg> and <WinKing>.

★★★ NOTABLE POSTS ★★★

I've made over 13,000 posts, but not all posts are created equally. In fact, most of them don't have too much value, but here are some of my best posts:

Probably my most "viral" post to date (introducing the now defunct Chessgames Playing Zone The Kibitzer's Café

Probably the first <on the internet> to notice the Original Six sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning were going through during the Stanley Cup playoffs, 2015: Mating Net chessforum.

More posts will be added as time progresses.

Here are some of my favourite posts by <other users> around the site (no reason given to some):

The Kibitzer's Café

SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum

chessgames.com chessforum

<YouRang> describes his Hall of Fame (which I am in): YouRang chessforum

More posts will be added as time progresses.

>> Click here to see Penguincw's game collections.

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   Current net-worth: 900 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 13681 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-18-17 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
Penguincw: Cubs should bring Henry Rowengartner to save their season. He saved the Cubs' sometime in 1993, so he can do it again in 2017. Probably just 36 years old too. If he can throw 100 at the age of 12, he can throw 300 at the age of 36. :)
 
   Oct-10-17 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: I see though many (except for TBS) wanted the game to be scheduled at 1 pm, but TBS refused (may or may not be a legit reason). Oh well. But in baseball, every day makes a difference. Now WSH can go with Stratsburg and Gio on normal rest to save their season, instead of Roark. ...
 
   Oct-04-17 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: <WannaBe> Yep, hockey is back. It should be a great season, but I am a bit occupied, and so there's only enough room for 1 sport. And you know what it is: postseason baseball.
 
   Oct-02-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Thanks for a good leg, congrats to the winner and qualifiers, and see you soon. Good luck <Switch>. < abhishikt: Argh... last leg I finished 12th, this leg 11th :-( > That means you're going to finish 10th next leg and make it into the Championship Leg. :)
 
   Sep-30-17 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiu... .
 
   Sep-26-17 Fischer vs Panno, 1970
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkX... .
 
   Sep-23-17 Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp4... .
 
   Sep-22-17 Larsen vs Spassky, 1970
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L83... .
 
   Sep-19-17 Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0j... .
 
   Sep-17-17 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld-... .
 
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March of the Penguins

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Apr-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Woo, Happy World Penguin Day.

http://earthsky.org/earth/world-pen...

Apr-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Here you are doing a happy dance to celebrate:

https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-s...

May-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Good grief... Finland-France 1-5. Probably the worst result for a Finnish national hockey team since... I don't even know. Late 1950s?

France are a lot better than they used to be; they have a few genuinely good players like Bellemare, Roussel and Auvitu, their weak lines aren't nearly as weak as even a few years ago, and they were playing at home. Their goalie played a really good game, and took one miracle save on a would-have-been equalizer. But they're still France; they lost to Norway; we beat them easily last year; they are not, by any stretch of imagination, a great hockey team.

We need to start playing a lot better to even make the playoffs :(

May-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: <Switch>

Well, France is also celebrating the results of the election as well. ;)

But yeah, I was surprised too that Finland loss. France isn't a bad team, but Finland was the favourite entering today. But all teams here are good, and upsets are bound to happen.

Finland gave up 5 goals today, which does point to perhaps a goaltending/defense problem. Unfortunately, Pekka Rinne is currently competing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Nashville Predators. His team leads 3-2 in a best of 7 series in the quarter-final round of the playoffs.

Canada and the US also have many players competing in the playoffs, but they have more depth. Neither Bellemare, Roussel or Auvitu are in the SCP currently.

May-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: Finland gave up 5 goals today, which does point to perhaps a goaltending/defense problem.>

Defensive errors and so-so goalkeeping were both to blame. For a long time, it's been very rare for Finland to have a goaltending problem; but Korpisalo has been less than convincing so far. I hope our other goalies get an opportunity to show their form in the next games.

Mind you, the whole Finnish team has been less than convincing so far. It's not that long ago that we could reliably build really strong teams just from players in the European leagues; but now it seems most of our talented young players head to America as soon as they're even remotely ready. Looking at our team in this tournament, it's basically a combination of young guys from the NHL and old guys from European leagues.

Of course, there's another explanation for that beyond America swallowing most of our young talents: team selection. It's easier for an upcoming player to impress team selectors if he plays in the NHL.

We also have a new coach this year (Lauri Marjamäki), and I think that's part of the problem. His first big tournament was the World Cup, which was a flop; then there was the Euro Hockey Tour, which wasn't a <total> flop but didn't go well either; now here's the World Championships, and we seem to be heading for another flop. Under our previous coaches flops were few and far between; hopefully he can turn the ship around before it sinks.

May-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: Unfortunately, Pekka Rinne is currently competing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Nashville Predators. His team leads 3-2 in a best of 7 series in the quarter-final round of the playoffs.>

He's playing too well. We'd have got him if he weren't in good shape :-)

May-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: We somehow managed to lose to the Czechs (on penalties) after being 3-0 up after two periods, and 3-1 up with two and a half minutes to play.

Respect to the Czechs; much like their U18 team earlier, they kept the pressure up and never stopped trying. But it was still up to us to find a way to lose it, and we delivered... again.

The refs seemed to fall asleep at the end, to the extent that when someone woke them up and explained the game was over, it took them a while to realize what had happened. We should have got a penalty shot or at least a power play in overtime; but it was entirely our fault the game went to overtime in the first place.

May-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Whew... we came back from 2-0 down to beat Switzerland in overtime, the first time all tournament that we've finished a game well.

Now we just need you to beat Norway in regulation and we have a playoff spot in spite of all the ugliness... a bit of help, please :)

May-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < Now we just need you to beat Norway in regulation and we have a playoff spot in spite of all the ugliness... a bit of help, please :) >

Done. :)

---

Damn, playoff time already. Well, here's my bracket prediction.

QF:

- <USA> vs. FIN

- <SWE> vs. SUI

- <CAN> vs. GER

- <RUS> vs. CZE

SF:

- <USA> vs. SWE

- <CAN> vs. RUS

F:

<CAN> vs. USA

Bronze:

<RUS> vs. SWE

May-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Wow, you really went out on a limb! :)

My predictions...

QF:

- <USA> vs. FIN

- <SWE> vs. SUI

- <CAN> vs. GER

- <RUS> vs. CZE

SF:

- USA vs. <SWE>

- <CAN> vs. RUS

F:

<CAN> vs. SWE

Bronze:

<RUS> vs. USA

--

I'd like to say we'll beat the Americans, but unfortunately that isn't likely. They've played much better than us so far; and normally, when they play us, they do better and not worse than tournament results would indicate. Something about their playstyle makes them a very tough opponent for us.

A lucky break like this would help :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F_...

--

CAN-FIN 5-2. We were outclassed in almost every area, but especially near the goal - both offensively and defensively. We couldn't get the puck in front of your goal... at least not with any of our players anywhere nearby.

It's pretty telling that our defencemen had more shots on goal than yours, even though you controlled the game. Our forwards were neutralized so well that even when they had the puck in your zone, the only thing they could do was pass to a defenceman who would shoot from the blue line. Your defencemen didn't have to shoot - you always had a forward in a better position that they could pass to.

May-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: USA-FIN 0-2 :-))

So much for sloppy defence and so-so goalkeeping.

May-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < USA-FIN 0-2 >

Ooh, FIN wins, destroying both our brackets. I think someone needs to be more loyal to their country. ;)

However, since I predicted the US will go to the finals and lose, while you predicted the US will not win another game, I'm in a bit of trouble. Every other game at this point has an identical prediction. So believe it or not, you've actually clinched at least a share of gold. So, go Finland. :)

---

As for the other 3 games, 3/3. I got the rare opportunity to watch CAN-GER live, and nearly got a heart attack after the SHG. Luckily Canada didn't need OT, because who knows what can happen in OT.

CAN will face RUS next. Luckily RUS does not have Ovechkin despite the Washington Capitals being eliminated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (injury), as CAN doesn't have Sidney Crosby, but still more than enough depth.

May-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Nice comeback from Canada!

Russia's play in the third period reminded me of some of our games in this tournament :)

May-21-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: With Sweden's semifinal win, you clinched the gold, and I got the silver, just like Canada did. Last 2 games pointless to the medalling, but oh well, here are the final standings:

<SwitchingQuylthulg>, 6

<Penguincw>, 5

HOF Standings:

♔♔♔♕ <SwitchingQuylthulg>

♔♔♕♖ <Penguincw>

<Mating Net>

(assuming the World Cup of Hockey 2016 doesn't count, but if it does, add a gold for me and Switch)

Thanks all for playing, and see you next time, which will likely be ... the World Juniors at the very end of the calendar year.

May-21-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Congratulations on your shiny new silver medal! ;-)

That was an exciting and entertaining final. Both sides played good hockey, both goalies played great games, and Sweden were that little bit luckier... as usual.

May-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: <Lonely penguin tries to find love on 'Plenty of Fish' dating website>

https://www.aol.com/article/news/20...

Jun-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi Penguincw,

Less than 2 days till Norway Chess!

Countdown to Norway...

https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

Altibox Norway Chess 2017

♘Altibox♘Norway Chess 2017♗Altibox♗

This tournament will run from Jun. 6th thru Jun. 16th 2017. (9 Rounds)

Participants include Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Caruana, Giri, Karjakin, Kramnik, Nakamura, So & Vachier-Lagrave

Average rating: 2797.05 - Category: XXII

*****
*****

<<> Altibox Norway Chess 2017 <>>

http://norwaychess.no/en

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

*** User: lostemperor - Predict the order the players will finish. Run & hosted by <lostemperor>. (3 categories to medal in) ***

**User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1. Run & hosted by <Golden Executive>. (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 11th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2017 - 11 years running)**

*User: OhioChessFan - 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>.*

*****
*****

Also, don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. He can't wait to take some or all of your chessbucks. ;)

ChessBookie Game

Don't miss out on the fun for this Super Event!!!

Jul-29-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi Penguincw,

Sinquefield Cup 2017 begins Wednesday August 2nd!!!

Countdown to the Sinquefield Cup...

https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

♘Sinquefield♘Sinquefield Cup 2017♗Sinquefield♗

This tournament will run from Aug. 2nd thru Aug 12th 2017. (9 Rounds)

Participants include Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Caruana, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura, So, Svidler & Vachier-Lagrave

Average rating: 2787 - Category XXII

*****
*****

<<> Sinquefield Cup 2017 <>>

http://grandchesstour.org/2017-gran...

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

*** User: lostemperor - Predict the order the players will finish. Run & hosted by <lostemperor>. (3 categories to medal in) ***

**User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1. Run & hosted by <Golden Executive>. (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 11th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2017 - 11 years running)**

*User: OhioChessFan - 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>.*

*****
*****

Also, don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. She can't wait to take some or all of your chessbucks. ;)

ChessBookie Game

Don't miss out on the fun for this Super Event!!!

Aug-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy International Left-Handers Day.
Aug-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: https://thechive.files.wordpress.co...
Sep-01-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: <Penguincw> I think you are too busy these days, missing your messages in POTD, etc., hope it's all fine at your end! Have great time in good health!
Sep-01-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Hi <jith1207>. Thanks for your concern. Yeah, I have been busy, but I still do visit the site daily, even if I don't post anything. Most of my recent posts have been on baseball (because I seem to understand it better than chess, and I do watch a lot of baseball). But everything is fine in my personal life, including my health. :)

Take care!

Oct-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: We get hockey back tonight! Wheee! I wanna see someone drive that Zamboni like a stolen Corvette around the rink. =))
Oct-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: <WannaBe>

Yep, hockey is back. It should be a great season, but I am a bit occupied, and so there's only enough room for 1 sport. And you know what it is: postseason baseball.

Oct-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: You don't follow professional curling? Wassamattayou?
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