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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.

updated Sat Feb 06, 16:02
User, Net Worth

25. paulov 6,777
27. gunsan 3,134
29. dontwakedaddy 2,869
31. piltdown man 2,592
32. yiotta 2,093
33. Penguincw 2,026
34. Keyser Soze 1,939
35. juan31 1,921
36. sushijunkie 1,911
37. Aaron Wang 1,865
38. gabriel112000 1,703

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. :)


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 on this site, there happens to be places to discuss sports. Here are the places I like to visit:

Phony Benoni chessforum (sports in general)

Mating Net chessforum (hockey, but there are also chess puzzles)

There are some other places as well (ex. Jeremy Lim for basketball).

Here are some other forums I like to visit: chessforum (go here for help or something)

Chessgames Bookie chessforum (the place to talk about the ChessBookie game)

Penguincw chessforum (my forum)


Penguincw's Game Collections

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


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)


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".


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; 22nd)

<chessmoron> (hosted by <OhioChessFan>) ♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (6 gold, 7 silver, 12 bronze; 10th)

♔♔♔♔♖ (4 gold, 1 bronze; 5th)

♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (13 gold, 7 silver, 15 bronze; 11th)

Updated through London Chess Classic 2015.

<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).


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 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. Full Member
   Current net-worth: 2,026 chessbucks
[what is this?]

   Penguincw has kibitzed 12370 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-06-16 Svidler vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 (replies)
Penguincw: That's always nice to see, when a single pawn can mate. Obvious comment: if 29.bxa3, then 29...b2+ 30.Ka2 b1=Q# 0-1.
   Feb-05-16 Jobava vs Galego, 2005 (replies)
Penguincw: Friday puzzle, end of the week (finally!). All of white's pieces pointing at the black king. I sense a sacrifice. Most mid/late week puzzles tend to be a first move exchange sac. Here, yes! But which one? 25.Rd5, 25.Rxe6, 25.Rg4 or 25.Rh4. I went with 25.Rxe6 and 25.Rh4, and of ...
   Feb-04-16 Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: < "Carma" > Hmm. (Carlsen-lsen) + (Magnus-gnus) = Carma. So, (Kramnik-mnik) + (Vladimir-adimir) = Kravl (gravel)?
   Feb-04-16 J Gallagher vs A Compton, 2014 (replies)
Penguincw: Thursday puzzle, obviously I didn't get it. However, my first impression of the puzzle is that black isn't castled, but the question is, <can> black castle? Obviously not here, since the bishop guards f8, but if for whatever reason the bishop is not on f8, can black castle?
   Feb-03-16 Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935
Penguincw: Hmm, back-to-back "Pearl of ___" puns. I thought Amethyst was the birthstone of February...
   Feb-03-16 Sundararajan vs I Ivanisevic, 2014 (replies)
Penguincw: Wednesday puzzle here. Black to move, already up a piece, I don't see any white threats at first glance. How to proceed from here. I mostly thought of 31...Nf2+, or some kind of interference move to mate on h2. I think 31...Ng5 I thought of for a milisecond, but obviously didn't ...
   Feb-02-16 Mating Net chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: McDavid returns to the lineup for Edmonton! FTR: <WannaBe>, I emailed <Mating Net> again on Jan/29, still no reply. :(
   Feb-02-16 A Jakubiec vs M Godard, 2013 (replies)
Penguincw: I missed yesterday's Monday puzzle, can I get this one? Remember, don't look for mate, unless it's there. Yay, I did, and in about 5 seconds. Remove the defender of h6 by capturing on g7, twice. 36.Rxg7+ Rxg7 37.Qxh6+ Kg8 38.Qxg7# 1-0.
   Feb-01-16 Karposian chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: I'm up to 5th among the non-qualifiers, and so are you. The only difference, I remain ahead in profit %, you on overall profit (there should be some intermediate stat).
   Feb-01-16 J de Wit vs L Gutman, 1984 (replies)
Penguincw: < "Brevity is the Soul of Wit" > Love this pun. I remember a bit while back, I was trying to search for the perfect game for this pun, but couldn't find one. Well, this game looks good. It's most certainly a quick game (brevity), one of the players' name is "de Wit" (of ...
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March of the Penguins

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  moronovich: Merry Christmas and a happy New Year
<Penguincw> !
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  Penguincw: Thanks all for the warm season greetings.

Oh, and Merry Christmas to me!

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  Penguincw: Wow, a day after my membership expired, some generous patron has given 3 years of membership. :O

No words really, except, thanks. :)

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  WannaBe: 3-years?! I've seen one year before, wow. Congratulations!

Someone must have hit it big while you were the bookie. =))

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  Golden Executive: Congratulations <Penguin>, a very well deserved gift!
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  Sularus: Happy holidays, Penguin!
Wow on that 3 years premium!
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  Amulet: <Penguincw> Thanks, I was lucky to get the free premium membership, and Happy holidays to you too.
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  Karposian: I wish you a Happy New Year, <Penguincw>.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Happy New Year, and good luck qualifying!
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  Annie K.: Happy New Year, <Penguin>! :)
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  WinKing: hAPpY nEW yEAr <pENguinCW>!! ;)
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  OhioChessFan: Time to set up your Game Collection for Best Games of 2016. Once you do that, you can just click on a game and save it for review later. Beats having to go back through a year trying to remember games you liked.
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  WinKing: Two More Days!!!

♘Tata Steel♘ !!! Tata Steel 2016 !!! ♗Tata Steel♗

This tournament will run from January 16th thru January 31st 2016.

Participants include: Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Sergey Karjakin, Ding Liren, Pavel Eljanov, Shakhryar Mamedyarov, Michael Adams, David Navara, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan & Loek van Wely.


<<> The 'Prediction Extravaganza - Tata Steel' event! <>>

< 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 'Tata Steel'.


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 Tournament - Two More Days!!!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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

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