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Penguincw
Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Sep-27-16
♔ MY PROFILE ♔

I'd like to thank the user who gave me 3 years of premium services from Dec/26/2015-Dec/26/2018. :)

I'd like to thank the user who gave me a year of premium services from Feb/14/2012-Feb/14/2013. :)

★★★ 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 doest), and even play sports (even though I'm not great at it).

★★★ GAME COLLECTIONS ★★★

Penguincw's Game Collections

To view all my collections, see here: Game Collection: 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 66th user to reach 10,000 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. I was also nominated for "Most Constructive".

★★★ 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, 5 bronze; 22nd)

<chessmoron> (hosted by <OhioChessFan>) ♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (7 gold, 8 silver, 15 bronze; 10th)

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

<Overall>
♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (14 gold, 8 silver, 23 bronze; 10th)

Updated through Gashimov 2016.

<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).

I am one of just 4 users to have won at least 3 golds in 3 different contests (the others are <chessmoron>, <lostemperor> and <SwitchingQuylthulg>). Members of this club are unofficially considered to be "grandmasters" of the prediction contests.

For the 6th consecutive year (2011-2016), 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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   Penguincw has kibitzed 13177 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-26-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Turning on the TV, and seeing the U.S. presidential debate going on. Question: are any of the presidential debates going to conflict with the MLB postseason games? Looking at the schedule, I think there's a Clinton - Trump debate at 9 - 10:30 pm on Sun/Oct/19 on Fox, but looks ...
 
   Sep-26-16 Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky (replies)
 
Penguincw: The 2 games I follow the most, baseball, and chess, have just experienced a death each in a very short period of time. In the baseball world, Jose Fernandez just died yesterday in an accident. Now in the chess world, Mark Dvoretsky has passed away. RIP to both. :(
 
   Sep-25-16 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: < WannaBe: If Team Europe wins World Cup of Hockey, which National Anthem do they play? > Apparently Team Europe (or at least the "EU"), has an anthem, Ode to Joy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo_... There are players from Norway and Switzerland, who are not part of the
 
   Sep-12-16 E Keogh vs W Lewis, 1966 (replies)
 
Penguincw: I got the puzzle (I guess). I saw 19.Rh5, but for some reason, didn't see the followup to 19...Nf6, which was simply 20.Qh8# 1-0, as the knight blocks the bishop's view of that square.
 
   Sep-06-16 Damian Lemos
 
Penguincw: Just like to share a story I just came across about this player: " Are you wondering why so many people get stuck at the 1500-1900 FIDE chess level without making any progress despite countless studying and practice? You are not alone. Dozens of students around this skill hit a ...
 
   Sep-06-16 R Naranja vs Portisch, 1970 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Yay, I got this puzzle! I also thought of 16...Nxd3+ and 16...Qg3+??, but ended up finding 16...Qb4+ 17.Qxb4 Nxd3, queen lost. If white declines the queen, then the bishop falls (taking on b3, then d3). 17.Rc3 puts the rook into a pin, and 17...Nxd3+ is coming with check (and then
 
   Sep-05-16 L Christiansen vs Nunn, 1991 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Definitely <whiteshark>. ;) --- Happy Labo(u)r Day to those who have the day off. First Monday puzzle of the month, hoping to get off to a good start. I thought I got it right away, with 36.Rxf6+ Bxf6 37.Qg8, but of course, the black queen guards that square. I tried ...
 
   Sep-04-16 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Wow <WannaBe>, I never knew you worked on an airplane: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/nati... . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCV...
 
   Sep-01-16 N Popov vs A Novopashin, 1979 (replies)
 
Penguincw: It's September, a new month. Even though it's a Thursday puzzle, can I get off to a good start? Well, white has a rook and pawn vs. 2 bishops. I saw 30.Ng6+ hxg6 31.Rxf8+ Kh7, and now white has 2 rooks and a pawn vs. the bishop pair and a knight. I did not see 32.Qh6+ though, and ...
 
   Aug-31-16 G Caprio vs P Fiorentini, 2009 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Last puzzle of the month, let's end on a positive note (even though it's a Wednesday puzzle). This puzzle, I did not bother to spend more than 15 seconds on it, but I think I got the main ideas: 23.Nxc6+ bxc6 24.Qb3+. Maybe if I actually spent some more time on it, I could've ...
 
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March of the Penguins

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Aug-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Ah thanks <tpstar>. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

And I will go and fix those typos.

Aug-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <Penguincw> Consider these named mates for your collection:

1) Fool's Mate

2) Scholar's Mate

3) Morphy Concealed Mate - Rg7/Rg2 retreat on the g file is a Discovered Check

4) Stamma's Mate - very rare N vs P ending = J Nogueiras vs M Gongora Reyes, 2001

5) The Swallow's Tail Mate is also called a Gueridon Mate = Keres vs Fischer, 1959

I'm not sure if you want to delve into the composition world, but there is also a Pure Mate/Clean Mate where every square is covered only once = A Steinkuehler vs Blackburne, 1863

http://chess-problems-gr.blogspot.d...

Aug-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: I could, but if you read the top of the game collection:

< "Based on the book 'The Big Book of Chess' by Eric Schiller, here are the checkmates that I found on pages 88-98." >

So I didn't really choose the mates; I just used the ones that were already there. The games in my collection were games that I found to fit the criteria.

I haven't worked on it (or any of my game collections for that matter) in a while though.

Of course, there are plenty of other game collections about checkmate out there. :)

Aug-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...
Sep-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: From http://www.vegasinsider.com/nhl/odd...

World Cup of Hockey 2016

Canada 10/13
Russia 5/1
Sweden 11/2
USA 11/2
North America U23 10/1
Finland 12/1
Czech Republic 15/1
Team Europe 30/1

Sep-16-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/...

Scott Burnside's rankings:

1. Sweden
2. Canada
3. Team N. Amer
4. USA

Sep-16-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: This will be brutal. Apart from Canada, I don't feel very confident about any team making the semis... though obviously three of them will :) Group B is a complete toss-up where any two teams could advance; USA are probably favorites to take the second spot in Group A, but anything can happen.

I'm not sold on Sweden. They'll need to be super-sharp from the beginning to even survive the group stage... and the finals are best-of-three, so if they make it that far they'll have to get lucky twice.

Sep-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Tuesday 8PM Eastern, Canada (1-0) v. USA (0-1), this is pretty much a must win for the Americans.
Sep-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Sweden and Finland will drop the puck in about 15 minutes, any European friends staying up late to watch the game?
Sep-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: I'm here... it's not even that late yet. The games that start at 8PM USA/Eastern are late :)

We need to win, or at least take the game into overtime... unfortunately, that's probably less likely to happen than not. I never actually saw our first game, but the word is that our team was horrible.

Sep-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Well, 2-0 Sweden. Canada/USA at 8PM Eastern.
Sep-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: We weren't horrible this game; we just somehow managed to score no goals. Lundqvist played a good game, but we made him look better than he is.
Sep-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: 2 goals for Canada in less than a minute. Ugh!
Sep-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Another goal by Team Canada, when does that SFG/LAD game start??
Sep-20-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Another goal, right after US had Power Play opportunity.

As Bugs would say, "You know, this means war."

Time for U.S. to invade Canada and avenge this embarrassment of a game. =))

Sep-21-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: You got to be kiddin' me, North America already scored two goals?
Sep-21-16  saffuna: Canada has a team, the USA has a team. So what's the North America team?
Sep-21-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <saffuna> Under 25, North America Country. Players on Canada or USA are above 25 years of age.
Sep-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Hope to start watching hockey again, after baseball season is over.

Anyway, anyone care to have a mini knockout tournament prediction contests. I know there's only 4 teams, but if anyone is interested:

Semis:
- <CAN>-RUS
- <SWE>-EUR

Finals
- <CAN>-SWE

Same rules as always (you get 1 point if you correctly predict the winner of a match).

Sep-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Can I copy your predictions? ;-)

Sweden is surely hoping Russia will knock Canada out for them.

Sep-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Can I copy your predictions? ;-) >

Yes, you may. :) There's only 16 possible predictions anyhow.

Sep-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: From ESPN:

<Steve Levy
@espnSteveLevy

.@BlueJays smartly moved up tomorrow's first pitch to avoid conflict with Canada's night game in #WCH2016 7pm ET on ESPN2.>

Any CFL team changed their time, too, yet?

Sep-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: If Team Europe wins World Cup of Hockey, which National Anthem do they play?
Sep-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < WannaBe: If Team Europe wins World Cup of Hockey, which National Anthem do they play? >

Apparently Team Europe (or at least the "EU"), has an anthem, Ode to Joy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo_...

There are players from Norway and Switzerland, who are not part of the EU, so hopefully they don't mind.

Or you know, they can just play all the national anthems...

Sep-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Penguincw: Or you know, they can just play all the national anthems...>

Depending on outcome of games yet to be played, I hope players enjoy standing on the podium for 10 hours.

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