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Penguincw
Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Dec-18-18
♔ 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 ★★★

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, 4 silver, 7 bronze; 23rd)

<chessmoron> (hosted by <OhioChessFan>) ♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (10 gold, 12 silver, 22 bronze; 10th)

<lostemperor>
♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♖♖♖♖ (7 gold, 4 bronze; 3rd)

<Overall>
♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♕♕♕♕♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♗- ♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (20 gold, 16 silver, 33 bronze; 8th)

Updated through Tata Steel 2018.

<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

Golden Executive chessforum (kibitz #3235)

More posts will be added as time progresses.

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

Chessgames.com Full Member
   Current net-worth: 2,231 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 15068 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-18-18 D Harika vs S Cua, 2008 (replies)
 
Penguincw: I knew the exchange sac on c5 has to do something with mating on the kingside. But couldn't quite put 2 and 2 together. I didn't see (in any line) that 1.Qh6 Rg8 can be met with 2.Qxf6+, and mate to follow. Hmm, many rooks being sacrificed this week.
 
   Dec-17-18 Kasparov vs A Haik, 1988 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Yay, easy Monday puzzle to start the week. Normally Mondays have queen sac, but there is no queen, so you sacrifice the next most valuable piece - the rook.
 
   Dec-17-18 WinKing chessforum (replies)
 
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   Dec-16-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
Penguincw: I'm sure most can see the resemblance to Flanders + Fields (in Flanders Fields). W.C. Fields even starred in a musical comedy called "Poppy".
 
   Dec-16-18 Cochrane vs Somacarana, 1857
 
Penguincw: < Apr-11-14 chesssalamander: Did he really underpromote to a knight on move 39? > Heh, why not? ;) Might as well force black to recapture the promoted piece. (not that promotion to a queen would have made black not want to capture on e8)
 
   Dec-15-18 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Beautiful. Exactly 4551 chessbucks wagered on both lines. London Chess Classic Final: Winner
 
   Dec-15-18 G Yiapanis vs V Sipila, 2010
 
Penguincw: 1...Nh6 is the 19th different move ever played by black, in response to 1.d4. 1.d4 g5 has never been played, and if/when it does, it'll become the 20th and final one. 1.d4 g5 being #20 is probably the same reason 1.e4 b5 was the 20th response for King Pawn Openings.
 
   Dec-15-18 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Not quite sure where to post this (but it isn't quite high priority), but what happened to ECO pages like this one? Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with Qc2 (A98) --- On a side note, what's the maximum amount of games allowed in a collection? (hope it's more than 500) --- ...
 
   Dec-15-18 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with Qc2 (A98)
 
Penguincw: < apple pi: How does this get a whole entry in the ECO?! > Probably had to fill up all 99 under "A". --- Database suggests there are 102 games with this position, but this page lists 0 games. Hmm. https://web.archive.org/web/2018121... Opening Explorer
 
   Dec-13-18 7krzem7 chessforum
 
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March of the Penguins

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May-19-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Geez US got killed!!
May-19-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Desperate times calls for desperate measures. Is that why with 9 minutes to go the US pulled the goalie, down by 4?

What's the general rule of thumb? Minutes left when you pull your goalie should equal number of goals you're down plus one (maybe)?

May-19-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Penguincw> Well, it's an 'elimination' game, so I'd agree with the decision, in one NHL playoff game, (not even a real elimination game), but with team down 4-1 with 5 min left, goalie got pulled.

I mean, imagine, if you are the road team, game 1 of 7 series; and you are already down 5-1 10 min left in the 3rd period, why not? Or even if you are the home team.

So... Team's losing already, number of goals vs time left is debatable, obviously you wouldn't do it when puck is in your zone, or being short-handed. But if should get lucky and have Power Play...

Coach's call, I guess.

May-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: The only hard-and-fast rule about pulling the goalie I've learned is that when either side pulls the goalie, the team that isn't Finland will score.
May-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < Penguincw: ... <Switch> has actually already clinched yet another gold, but I can still tie him only if the Americans beat the Canadians in the bronze medal game. >

And it's a miracle.

Congrats to Sweden for not losing a single game, Switzerland for the surprise silver and the Americans for the bronze.

As for our contest,

♔ Penguincw, 5
♔ SwitchingQuylthulg, 5

This is the current top 2 spots in the HOF:

♔♔♔♔♔♔♕ <SwitchingQuylthulg>

♔♔♔♔♕♕♖ <Penguincw>

(note I counted the World Cup 2016 gold medals)

Thanks all for joining, and hope to see you next time, which will be probably be the IIHF Junior Championship at the end of the calendar year. See you then!

Oh, and one last note. Regarding <Switch> and my "loyalty" to our own countries.

Looking it up, (this is all for the <first game> that our countries played in the playoff/knockout stage, which includes relegation games):

I have predicted Canada to win 6 times, and they did so each of the previous 5 times. I have predicted Canada to lose just once, and they did (this tournament). (I really should've done my research before making predictions)

<Switch> has predicted Finland to win 3 times, and he was correct 2 times. He has predicted Finland to lose twice, and they've done it, once. So overall he's 3/5, and his country is 3-2.

May-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: TB losing at home (game 7) 3-0 with about 11 minutes left in the game. I'd say pull the goalie when the situation is right...

Whaddayagottalose? =))

May-24-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <Penguincw>,

<<>Norway Chess 2018<>>

3 days to go!

Countdown to Norway Chess 2018:

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

♘Altibox♘Norway Chess 2018♗Altibox♗

http://norwaychess.no/en

This tournament will run from May 28th thru Jun. 7th 2018. (9 Rounds)

Participants include: Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Caruana, Ding Liren, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Nakamura, So & Vachier-Lagrave

Average rating: 2790 (as of 5/3/18) - Category XXII

*****
*****

<<>Norway Chess 2018<>>

Schedule - http://norwaychess.no/en/program-20...

Round 1 is Monday May 28th & it starts @ 16:30hrs(4:30pm) Stavanger, Norway time(10:30am chessgames time). All rounds begin @ 16:30 hrs.

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 2018 - 11 years running)

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>.

*****
*****

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!!!

*****

May-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  takchess: Quite the collection of collections. Cheers, Jim
Jun-13-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Haha yes. I still have a chance at qualifying for the Championship leg.

Grand Chess Tour Belgium (Rapid) Round 6 : PICK THREE : Black-Black-Draw [cash in ticket] 25 YOU WIN! COLLECT 879 34:1 35.16 879 Jun-13-18

Jul-11-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <Penguincw>,

<<>Dortmund Sparkassen 2018<>>

Less than 3 days to go!

Countdown to Dortmund 2018:

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

♘Sparkassen♘Dortmund 2018♗Sparkassen♗

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

*****
*****

<<>Dortmund Sparkassen 2018<>>

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) >

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 2018 - 11 years running)

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>.

<***All of these prediction games may not be active for this tournament***>

*****
*****

Also, don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. She(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!!!

*****

Aug-13-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Happy International Lefty Day!!
Aug-13-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Thanks <WannaBe>. Are you left-handed too?
Aug-13-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Me? Moi? No... I am only left handed when I drive, because I use my right hand to play with the radio and pick up my bottle of water from the centre console. =))
Aug-14-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <Penguincw>,

<<>2018 Sinquefield Cup<>>

Less than 4 days to go!

Countdown to the 2018 Sinquefield Cup:

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

♘St. Louis♘2018 Sinquefield Cup♗St. Louis♗

https://grandchesstour.org/2018-gra...

This tournament will run from August 18th thru August 27th 2018. (9 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Caruana, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave, Anand, Aronian, Karjakin, Grischuk, Nakamura & So

Average rating: 2788 (as of 8/6/18) - Category XXII

*****
*****

<<>2018 Sinquefield Cup<>>

Schedule - https://grandchesstour.org/2018-gra...

Round 1 is Saturday, August 18th & it starts @ 13:00hrs (1pm) St. Louis, USA time(2pm chessgames time). All rounds begin @ 13:00hrs (1pm).

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 2018 - 11 years running)

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>.

*****
*****

Also, don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. She(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!!!

*****

Aug-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: Hi <Penguincw>. Thank you so much for the message on the board. I was away for a while and had no idea. O dear... So sorry to hear the news. (._.)
Aug-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <cu8sfan> Nice to see you. =)
Aug-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: Thanks, <tpstar>! Good to see some old friends.
Aug-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <cu8sfan> Ah yes, you remember the old days when this was a chess site! ;>D

Many people have requested private messaging over the years, ever since <Chess Champ> first proposed using the Internet for communication. Except with the present atmosphere, this would lead to an additional level of Moderating which they simply cannot do. In the meantime, we are stuck with this hamhanded means of sending private messages, but both parties must be alert as other people are following these developments very closely.

See you around!

Aug-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: Sad! Sounds scary. I will. (._.) I was gone too long.
Aug-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: You're welcome <cu8sfan>. Glad you're catching up on what has gone on with the site. And may he rest in peace.

< tpstar: ... private messaging. >

I'm really glad DF never implemented it. As much as I wanted it, right now, I'm really glad it's not there.

While it does allow you to exchange messages with close friends and the great people of this site, I'm sure there are people on this site you'd rather not interact with.

A while ago, someone thought their passwords may not be secured. I'm just glad anything that a user could post on this site, is public info. Anyone can view it, nothing to hide. So no leaked PMs to worry about.

Aug-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <Penguincw> In the early days, when this was a free site without Premium Memberships, the clearly stated ideal was that we would resolve disagreements among ourselves in real time, as we were all equal, plus you never knew when an Administrator with their King avatar would appear, thus scattered references to the old guard. When they instituted chessforums in January 2006, they were specifically worried about a former poster named <WMD> who loved to target <ray keene> about old damage, meaning would that constitute Libel, but at least each Premium Member and name players could Moderate their own chessforum as they saw fit. Blow the Whistle came about later (I believe 2007) yet some folks believe it was here all along. Moreover, name players being able to Moderate their own player page was not here at the start either. The ability to banish a repeat offender from your player page was also a late addition, starting with the Raymond Keene page in one special case and then the Wesley So page in 2015 with the anti-Wesley faction.

The recent discussions about private messaging raise your exact concern ("people on this site you'd rather not interact with") especially for juniors and students, but there is a key subtext about selective editing of old posts as a clear form of special treatment.

chessgames.com chessforum (kibitz #29544)

Still, this site does offer private messaging, if you know how to do it in real time. Right now it must be done instantly.

Nov-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Congratulations on your ....

<Penguincw has kibitzed 15000 times to chessgames Nov-15-18 Caruana vs Aronian, 2014>

...15,000 posts!

You are one of the "Echt" posters: you post genuinely about chess and don't fill this chess site with vast amounts of drivel about politics and music. Ego te salutant.

Nov-16-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Thanks <offramp>. :)
Nov-25-18  JimNorCal: How did you come to choose the user name Penguincw, what does it mean?
Nov-27-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < JimNorCal: How did you come to choose the user name Penguincw, what does it mean? >

You know, it was 8 years ago. :) But I like penguins. However, the name "Penguin" was long taken, so gotta add some letters at the end.

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