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Penguincw
Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen May-02-16
♔ MY PROFILE ♔

★★★ ANNOUNCEMENTS ★★★

For the 2016 ChessBookie Game Championship leg, I will be keeping track of a separate leaderboard featuring the top 12 users who did not qualify for the leg.

L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Sun May 01, 20:02
User, Net Worth

19. Appaz 6,549
20. madquick 6,422
21. Zhbugnoimt 6,165
22. yiotta 5,264
23. Naniwazu 4,530
24. Keyser Soze 4,015
25. crazyim5 3,971
26. fm avari viraf 3,970
28. pakis 3,900
29. dontwakedaddy 3,869
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30. eternaloptimist 3,752
31. QR1 3,699

The Championship Leg qualifiers are (34): <4tmac>, <abhishikt>, <andrgrimes>, <Annie K.>, <Beholder>, <bishopbandit>, <centralfiles>, <Chnebelgrind>, <FreddyBob51>, <FSR>, <gauer>, <Golden Executive>, <HowDoesTheHorsieMove>, <jared10001>, <Karposian>, <Kynas>, <MarkFinan>, <moronovich>, <Ralph Malph> (<pitapino>), <pmosteo>, <refutor>, <Robin01>, <scout118>, <Sneaky>, <Stonehenge>, <SwitchingQuylthulg>, <sydbarrett>, <technical draw>, <TIMER>, <TITIKIZA>, <Touch of Knight>, <vector>, <Winter> and <ycsidney>.

Chessgames Bookie chessforum (kibitz #10219).

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

Anyone wishing to chat about the ChessBookie Game, please do so here: Karposian chessforum.

I was the former bookie for the ChessBookie Game. My term lasted from Jul/14/2015 to Oct/05/2015.

I am currently keeping track of the Gold Medal Leaders in the Moves Prediction Contest. Please see User: Gold Medal Leaders.

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 male, born and currently living in Canada. 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).

★★★ 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 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 compete in prediction contests often, and so far, have won these medals (along with the rank listed):

<Golden Executive> (formerly hosted by <YouRang>)

♔♔♔♖♖♖♖ (3 gold, 4 bronze; 21st)

<chessmoron> (hosted by <OhioChessFan>) ♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (7 gold, 8 silver, 14 bronze; 10th)

<lostemperor>
♔♔♔♔♖♖ (4 gold, 2 bronze; 5th)

<Overall>
♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♖♖♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (14 gold, 8 silver, 20 bronze; 10th)

Updated through Candidates 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).

First user to ever win a gold medal in each of the 3 contests from the same tournament (Tata Steel 2015). Since then, <chessmoron> has accomplished this feat as well, doing it during the Gashimov Memorial 2015.

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).

★★★ NOTABLE POSTS ★★★

I've made over 12,000 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

A post good enough to make the Memorable Quotes Forum (not sure how though): OhioChessFan chessforum

In the prediction contests, I'm basically the only user to post "1/2-1/2" instead of "1/2" for a draw. I don't know why, but I've been doing it since this post: OhioChessFan chessforum.

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: 2,843 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 12684 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-02-16 P W Power vs R Hart, 1983 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Hmm, just reading <PB>'s comment, didn't realize that white had Qg7#. So, the position after 27.Kxh3. [DIAGRAM] It's one of those position where side to move, mates in one. Cool.
 
   May-01-16 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Just found out that yesterday was National Bugs Bunny Day, in honour of the character's first appearance in 1938. :p You remember that moment?
 
   May-01-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Raptors win, and they're moving on to face the Miami Heat! Looks like all the top seeds advanced except for the injury plagued Clippers. One heck of a series though, should be another heck of a series. The Raptors win their first playoff series since 2001, and also break the ...
 
   May-01-16 Chessgames Bookie chessforum
 
Penguincw: Excellent job by <WinKing> for being bookie in the longest leg ever. Never easy taking on the Championship leg (or pretty much any leg, for that matter). Congrats to <TIMER> for being ChessBookie champion, with a record 83,107 cbs, breaking the previous record by ...
 
   May-01-16 P Popovic vs Timman, 2006 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Happy International Workers' Day. (I hate commenting on Sunday puzzles, never have anything useful to say) Uh, wow, what a crazy position to try to solve, with 2 rooks forked and a bishop attacked (but there's a pin).
 
   Apr-30-16 Karposian chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: < Karposian: ... Yes, I'm quite pleased with my results. If I am not mistaken, I have won four consecutive medals in the GPC Standard Ranker, that must be some sort of a record, huh? > You are mistaken. In London 2015, you finished one point behind the bronze medalists in ...
 
   Apr-30-16 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Thanks to <lostemperor> for hosting. Congrats to the gold medalists, and the other medalists too. As for <Karposian>, congrats for blowing your lead. Very much expected that. As for me, you predicted I would end up with a "triple clown", and look, I avoided that fate. ...
 
   Apr-30-16 Rohde vs B Kogan, 1986 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Last puzzle of the month, how to finish it off. Well, this puzzle seems pretty logical, probably slightly easier than the average Saturday (in a harder than average week). I got 24.Be6 Nxe3 25.Rxg7+ Kh8 (25...Kf8 26.Rxf7+ Ke8 27.Rg8# 1-0) 26.Bxf7 (h-pawn moves) 27.Nxe3. From ...
 
   Apr-29-16 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Thank you <chessmoron> for running this contest. Thanks to <OhioChessFan> for allowing your forum to be the host for this contest, and for the colour commentary. Also thanks to <Golden Executive> for helping out despite having to run another contest. Congrats to ...
 
   Apr-29-16 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: As always, thank you <Golden Executive> for running a fabulous contest. Congrats to <lostemperor> for winning his <4th> double crown. Also congrats to <SwitchingQuylthulg> for winning a betting crown gold. Huge gold for him, as he now ties ...
 
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March of the Penguins

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Jan-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: <Sorry for making the admins running this thing do extra work, but seriously, for categories with 0 or 1 eligible candidates, what will happen...>

We would have had to just struggle through, I guess.

Jan-16-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <Penguincw: For the 2016 ChessBookie Game Championship leg, I will be keeping track of a separate leaderboard featuring the top 12 users who did not qualify for the leg.>

Great work, <Penguincw>. This will be very interesting to follow.

What strikes me after the first day is the impressive start by <fivealpha>, who has more than doubled his/her Net Worth after only one day of betting.

Jan-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < What strikes me after the first day is the impressive start by <fivealpha>, who has more than doubled his/her Net Worth after only one day of betting. >

Yes, very impressive. Obviously the biggest winner of the day was (surprise, surprise) <Switch> with a 5000+ cbs gain.

There were 9 bets on the day. Assuming you took out a 500 cbs loan, and put 200 on each of the winning lines (0 cbs on the line with the lowest winning odds, and 100 on the line with the 2nd lowest winning odds), the maximum net worth a non-qualifier can have after Day 1 is 4650 cbs, or a profit of 3650 cbs.

It could be interesting to calculate the highest possible net worth, but it gets really complicated when you consider max. net worth, loan amount, odd changes, not enough cbs, etc.

Jan-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <35. martin moller 3,098>

<martin> has tripled his Net Worth in just two days, well done!

This just shows that it is absolutely possible to close the gap to most of the 10k guys rather quickly, after all many of the 34 qualifiers have already lost money since the start. Still, a long way to go to catch up entirely, of course.

Jan-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: Congratulations on winning the Caissars Award for most helpful poster, <Penguincw>. It is well deserved.
Jan-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Congratulations on winning the Most Helpful Award <Penguincw>. You truly deserved this honor. :)
Jan-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: Congratulations <Penguin> on winning your Caissar's Award!
Jan-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Thanks <Karposian>, <WinKing> and <Golden Executive>. :)
Jan-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  hms123: Good job!
Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: After this debacle, maybe next year don't bring up that they haven't run the Caissars?
Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < hms123: Good job! >

Late response (on my part), but I didn't miss it (I just didn't want to reply again ;) ). Thanks. :)

< OhioChessFan: After this debacle, maybe next year don't bring up that they haven't run the Caissars? >

Yes, I should probably let them remember them themselves.

Mar-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tiggler: FIDE has announced that this year's WC match will be in New York, but has yet to specify the venue:

http://www.fide.com/component/conte...

Mar-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  luftforlife: <Tiggler>: Thanks for the heads-up!

Here's the relevant article from The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/02/n...

Best, ~ lufty

Mar-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: <Tiggler>, <luftforlife>

Ah, thank you. I saw an article on it (http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-yor...), but just want other users to confirm it and all.

Mar-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  luftforlife: <Penguincw>: You're welcome.

I enjoy reading your posts on the POTD. Keep up the good work!

Best, ~ lufty

Mar-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < luftforlife: <Penguincw>: You're welcome.

I enjoy reading your posts on the POTD. Keep up the good work!

Best, ~ lufty >

You do? Thanks. I do try to post something productive there each day around midnight, so glad some people are at least enjoying it. :)

Mar-08-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Three More Days!!!

♘Candidates♘ !!! Candidates 2016 !!! ♗Candidates♗

This tournament will run from March 11th thru March 28th 2016.

Participants include: Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Peter Svidler & Veselin Topalov

*****

<<> The 'Candidates Tournament 2016' ! <>>

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

User: lostemperor - Predict the order the players will finish. (3 categories to medal in)

User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 10th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2016 - 10 years running)

User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in)

All three of the organizers <lostemperor>, <Golden Executive> & <chessmoron> have confirmed they will be running their contests for this event.

*****

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 - Three More Days!!!

Mar-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: Hi, <Penguincw>. I saw that you earned 117 cbs today, so I wanted to offer my congratulations.

That's almost half the amount you have gained in the leg so far, so you must be pleased. You're in top 50 right now, and since there are 300+ contestants now, it's actually pretty good. You're less than 900 cbs from breaking into the top ten of the non-qualifiers.

So, even if you haven't won much this leg, you've still done well in the overall rankings. Still, I bet you are not satisfied with your results in this leg. You played much better in the fall leg, where you for a long time were in contention for a qualifying spot.

Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: Hi, <penguincw>. The Candidates Prediction contests have ended, and in our internal rivalry, I won both the TPC and GPC 3-0 (although the TPC was in fact more of a tie, because we both did miserably, and I was just a hair's breadth above you in the standings). But in the MPC you won convincingly 3-0=1.

Regarding the MPC, I'm bitterly disappointed with the results there. I will try to adjust my prediction system somewhat. In general, the games lasted longer than I had expected. I got most of the results right, hence my bronze medal in the GPC, but I had most games at 30-35 moves, while many games lasted 45+. But I will make the necessary adjustments in time for Norway, so I can beat you in the MPC as well :)

Apr-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <Penguincw> I'm sure you'll be glad to hear this:

Phony Benoni chessforum (kibitz #19470)

Apr-16-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Only 2 more days!!!

♘Norway 2016♘ !!! Norway 2016 !!! ♗Norway 2016♗

This tournament will run from April 19th thru April 29th 2016.

Participants include: Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Li Chao, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Veselin Topalov, Pavel Eljanov, Pendyala Harikrishna & Nils Grandelius

*****

<<> Norway 2016! <>>

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

User: lostemperor - Predict the order the players will finish. (3 categories to medal in)

User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 10th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2016 - 10 years running)

User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in)

All three of the organizers <lostemperor>, <Golden Executive> & <chessmoron> have confirmed they will be running their contests for this event.

*****

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!!!

Apr-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Hmm, looks like today was World Penguin Day. Can't believe I almost missed it (I caught it last year).
Apr-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: I wonder how penguins in Antarctica celebrate World Penguin Day. Do they have a parade or something?
Apr-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < Karposian: I wonder how penguins in Antarctica celebrate World Penguin Day. Do they have a parade or something? >

Well, unfortunately, the penguins living in Antarctica don't get to celebrate. :( That's because the winter is settling it. Everyone has already found a mating partner, and me and my male bros right now are trying to keep the egg warm while the wives are out at sea, looking for food.

However, penguins from other places in the world are definitely celebrating. I heard those living in the Galapagos Islands get the day off (some are spending it on the resorts).

Apr-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <Penguincw: However, penguins from other places in the world are definitely celebrating. I heard those living in the Galapagos Islands get the day off (some are spending it on the resorts).>

Oh yeah, the infamous Galapagos penguin parties. It's like Cancún during Spring Break. Or so I've heard.

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