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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. :)


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 n'chess, I also like to watch sports (who doest), and even play sports (even though I'm not great at it).


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 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".


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)

♔♔♔♔♖♖♖ (4 gold, 3 bronze; 6th)

♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (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>.


I've made over 12,500 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

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: 4,106 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 12897 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-29-16 J Pyrowicz vs A Latocha, 2009 (replies)
Penguincw: Interesting Wednesday puzzle. To my surprise, I actually got it. 26...Nxh3+ is the winning sacrifice. If 27.gxh3, then 27...Nf3+, as played in the game. 28.Kg1/Kg2 Qh2# 0-1 (don't capture the rook). If white refuses the knight with 27.Kh2, then 27...Nf3+, that's double check, and ...
   Jun-28-16 Anish Giri (replies)
Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Anish Giri. Damn, still can't believe he's only 22.
   Jun-28-16 R Leenaerts vs A Dardha, 2009 (replies)
Penguincw: Yay, Tuesday puzzle. Pretty easy, though it did make me think a bit. Every move of black's has to be check, because white threatens mate on b8. So, 22...h4+, and well, apparently that's it. But it's a Tuesday puzzle, so let's try to solve the whole thing: 22...h4+ 23.Bxh4 Qf4+ ...
   Jun-27-16 Jan Paul Cremer vs A Neffe, 2009 (replies)
Penguincw: Ah, nice and simple Monday puzzle to start out the week. 17...Bg1+ 18.Kxg1 Qh2# 0-1. Still, been a while since a queen sac Monday... Seriously though, does anyone remember the last time the Monday POTD had a queen sac? Probably this one: J M Bellon Lopez vs E Berg, 2006 from ...
   Jun-26-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: Still early, but check out what the worst team in baseball is doing to the team with the most World Series rings (MIN-NYY).
   Jun-26-16 D Janaszak vs A Siwiec, 2009 (replies)
Penguincw: < agb2002 > Hehe, and that puzzle of yours reminds me of ANOTHER puzzle, similar to that, but I can't find it, and even if I did, I think that's enough unrelated puzzles for one POTD. Sometimes, I just display a random puzzle in the comment section when I have nothing else
   Jun-24-16 Tan Zhongyi vs Shen Yang, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: Hmm, a Friday puzzle. There is a hanging pawn on e6, but if 29.Qxe6+, then 29...Bf7, queen and bishop are both attacked, doesn't look too great for Team White. Happy National Take your Dog to Work Day though, and also Happy National Praline Day...
   Jun-23-16 K Ulanowski vs E Kustal, 2009 (replies)
Penguincw: Wow, this Thursday puzzle, to me, is easier than the Tuesday and Wednesday puzzle this week. I easily got 27.Nf6+, and if 27...gxf6 28.gxf6+, 28...Kf8 29.Qg7+ Ke8 30.Qg8# 1-0 (I did not see that the f6 pawn covers e7, but would've played 30.Qg8 nonetheless). And of course, if ...
   Jun-22-16 A S Rasmussen vs T Rydstrom, 2014 (replies)
Penguincw: Missed the Tuesday puzzle, but can I get this one. Uh, nope. I considered 24.Nf6+ gxf6, but didn't see it getting anywhere. I also considered 24.Ng5 hxg5 25.fxg5 Re7 26.Qg6, hoping to pile on f7, but I don't think it works out. I usually like playing games where I get a bishop to
   Jun-20-16 Jorden van Foreest
Penguincw: GM Jorden van Foreest had a good tournament at the Teplice Open, scoring 6.5/9 (+5,-1,=3). He only finished half a point behind the 7 co-winners, but a penultimate loss to top seed GM Sergei Movsesian was costly. On the bright side, he did gain 6 rating points, moving up to a ...
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Canada-Finland 0-4. Insert evil laugh :)

A Russia-Canada final is still on; the Russians have been really good after a bad start, and will unfortunately probably beat us in the semi-finals. Right now, they look like the most likely champions.

Canada will need better goalkeeping to win; goalkeeping made all the difference in today's game.

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  Penguincw: Damn, this loss sucks. Canada (entered #1 on the IIHF rankings) now has to face #3 Sweden in the QF, while Finland (#4) faces #15 Denmark. However, it's all one game playoffs, so anything can happen.

< A Russia-Canada final is still on... >

Not to mention a Canada-Finland final and USA-Finland final (and USA-Russia final).

Props to #13 Germany for making it. I honestly thought that Switzerland (#7) would make it. Germany hasn't made it to the knockout stage since 2011 (under a different format). Also in that year, Finland took the championship, and Canada lost to Russia in R1.

< Canada will need better goalkeeping to win; goalkeeping made all the difference in today's game. >

Yes. They currently have Calvin Pickard and Cam Talbot on the roster. 2 good goalies, but not the best. However, I'm not really sure I should criticize Cam Talbot, because I know someone who says that Talbot is her cousin.

And of course, Canada doesn't have all their best players in general (ex. Crosby). However, they pretty much never have had due to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but that was the case last year, and they still won. This year, the Sharks just got eliminated, so maybe Niemi will join you guys).

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: We don't need more goalies. We don't have a goalie problem :)

I suspect Canada will keep using Talbot as the #1 goalie; but if I were in charge of the Canadian team, I'd switch to Pickard. Talbot was less than convincing today, and while he's certainly capable of playing much better than that, I wouldn't count on him suddenly finding his best form.

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  Penguincw: < We don't need more goalies. We don't have a goalie problem :) >

Technically Canada doesn't have a goalie problem either. Still 2nd fewest goals allowed in the tournament (after Finland). GAA of 1.14 (0.67 entering game today) looks good to me! One game doesn't worry me. :)


BTW: Let's hold a friendly competition; predict the result of the IIHF knockout games. Gonna keep the rules as simple as possible. You get 1 point for every game you get right, for a max. of 8 points (4 QF, 2 SF, 1 F and 1 3rd place game). Does not matter if you correctly predict the team they beat.

Closes Thu/May/21/2016, 16:00 Moscow/ Finland time or 9:00 Toronto time or 6:00 Pacific time. Hopefully <WannaBe> and maybe others join.

Post your predictions here, below this post, anytime from now to the above mentioned time. (will come back later)

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: My predictions:



Final: CAN - RUS -> RUS
Bronze medal game: CZE - FIN -> FIN

(Is the deadline supposed to be Thursday, May 19?)

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  Penguincw: Thanks <Switch> for your predictions.

And yes, it's supposed to be Thu/May/19/2016 (not sure what I was thinking about when I wrote the 21st). Hopefully the times are correct too (just to be safe, I sent it 15 minutes earlier than what I perceive the start time is).

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  Penguincw: Another pitcher with a perfect record goes down, as Jays lose 12-2. Raptors lose too, but I'm not too worried, as they pretty much never win Game 1.

However, Kershaw beating the Angels, so that's good news for me! Kershaw vs. Weaver, imagine if this matchup took place in 2011 or 2012.

I see suspensions handed out. I'd say, at least for the Blue Jays' suspensions, it's fair (I guess). Bautista one game for the rough slide, Gibbons 3 games for being on the field despite ejected, and Chavez 3 games for instigating a fight which had died down. Tim Leiper, sure (whatever he did).

As for the Rangers' suspensions, I would like to see Matt Bush suspended though, because he was the one that started everything that day. Maybe also suspended Jeff Banister and one of the coaches. Odor 8 games, I would like to see it longer. Andrus, good enough.

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  Penguincw: Well, here goes nothing:


- CZE vs. <USA>
- <CAN> vs. SWE
- DEN vs. <FIN>
- GER vs. <RUS>


- <CAN> vs. USA
- <FIN> vs. RUS


- <CAN> vs. FIN


- RUS vs. <USA>

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  Penguincw: In Round 1, you and me both got Canada, Finland and Russia correct. The tiebreaker was the Czechs vs. the Americans, and I got it right, so I take the 4-3 lead.

At this point, it's coming down to Finland vs. Russia. If Finland wins, I win. If Russia wins, it'll be a tie, heading into the final 2 games.

One more update, which will be after the tournament is all done.

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  Penguincw: Looks like someone needs better goaltending. Canada 1, Finland 0. Insert evil laugh. :)

So nice to avenge the loss earlier in the tournament (and also from the 2016 IIHF U20). Still, props to Finland, as they only allowed 8 goals the entire tournament, while Canada surrenders 11. Hopefully Finland will stay for the playing of "O'Canada". ;)

Finland does rise up to #3 in the rankings, USA up to #4, Sweden down to #5.

As for the actual contest,

♔ Penguincw, 7
♕ SwitchingQuylthulg, 5

Out of a possible 8. If only someone was more loyal to their country. ;)

The HOF:

♔♕ <SwitchingQuylthulg>

♔♖ <Penguincw>
<Mating Net>

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: We had good enough goaltending... it's just that we were outplayed in every other respect ;-)

In the group stage game, Canada played at a super-high energy level early on and dominated play, but didn't score any goals; and as the game went on, they put less and less pressure on us. This time Canada did get an early goal in; and while they still couldn't quite maintain the same energy level through the whole game, they didn't exactly run out of gas either.

We had our opportunities and could have won with a bit of luck, but Canada were in control most of the time and deserved the win. Like I said, Finland never wins every game in any tournament... I wish I hadn't been right. We wasted a perfectly good opportunity to lose to you in the group stage :(

Next up: World Cup! No McDavid for Canada there :)

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  Penguincw: Looking forward to the World Cup. Every team here looks strong, so every game will count (pretty much every game is a coin flip, more or less).

And yes, McDavid and many of the youngsters will not be playing for Team Canada, but this tournament is taking place prior to the start of the NHL season, so Canada will be at full strength.

Meanwhile, McDavid will be on Team North America. I wonder who Finland faces first. :) Canada will face the Czechs first.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: What I like about this Finnish team is that we have a lot of talented young players right now - the cores of the 2014 and 2016 World Junior Championship winning teams, to begin with. The best part is that those complement each other nicely; the 2016 team was based on good forwards, while the 2014 team had good defencemen and a good goalie. Patrik Laine, aged all of 18, was named tournament MVP here; a questionable decision maybe, but the only players ahead of him in scoring were Russians, and not making the final weighed against them.

(He was <not> MVP at the World Junior Championships; that was Jesse Puljujärvi, who missed this tournament with injuries.)

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  WinKing: Hi <Penguincw>!

Coming soon Shamkir 2016 (Gashimov Memorial Tournament)!!!

♘Shamkir 2016♘ Gashimov Memorial ♗Shamkir 2016♗

This tournament will run from May 26th thru June 4th 2016.

Participants include: Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Rajabov, Eltaj Safarli, Hou Yifan & Rauf Mamedov


<<> Shamkir 2016! (Gashimov Memorial) <>>

< 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)

***<Golden Executive> & <chessmoron> have confirmed they will be running their contests for this event. I am hoping that <lostemperor> will be running his as well.***


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!!!

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: The complete Finnish roster ( for the World Cup has been named now, with 19 NHL players, 2 KHL players and 2 Finnish League players (and including 10 players from the World Championships team). Laine and another 2016 World Junior Champion, Sebastian Aho, made the final cut.

I'm a bit surprised that Aho was selected; he's a very talented player, but doesn't feel like a good fit for this team. I'd have expected at least one line with some forwards of the defensive, penalty-killing type; and Aho doesn't really fit that bill. At the same time, he's not going to play on the first or second line. My guess would be that the plan is to use him on a power play unit and hope he can cope on even strength.

More generally, unusually for Finland, it seems the whole team's full of offensive forwards. I'm a bit worried about how that will work, especially given that our defence doesn't feel completely safe; our defencemen have a lot of talent but not much experience in tournaments like this. I suspect Komarov (of the Maple Leafs), who was used as an offensive forward at the World Championships, will take a more defensive role at the World Cup.

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  Penguincw: Obviously, there will always be some notable omissions from the rosters, but I'm surprised Phil Kessel (a former Leaf) didn't make the cut for Team USA.

Of course, I don't blame them. All Kessel has done for Team USA was lead the 2014 Olympics tournament in points scored (he also only had 1 hat trick). In the playoffs, he's only first on the Pens in goals and points.

His ex-teammate, James van Riemsdyk took his place instead.

On Team Canada, neither Kris Letang, P.K. Subban or Corey Perry (Team Canada captain) made it, all huge surprises.

Other notable players not making the cut are Jaromir Jagr (but he said he retired from international play), Ilya Kovalchuk and Gustav Nyquist.

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  Penguincw: Good home standings, you're drunk:

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Sat May 28, 13:31
User Net Worth
(3) Penguincw 2,380 >

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: Obviously, there will always be some notable omissions from the rosters, but I'm surprised Phil Kessel (a former Leaf) didn't make the cut for Team USA.

Of course, I don't blame them. All Kessel has done for Team USA was lead the 2014 Olympics tournament in points scored (he also only had 1 hat trick). In the playoffs, he's only first on the Pens in goals and points.>

Yeah, that's pretty weird.

The Russians have a quite young team overall. They have two really experienced players (Datsyuk and Markov), but Ovechkin (born Sep '85) is the third-oldest player on their squad.

In terms of individual skill, Russia is ridiculously strong, even without Kovalchuk; probably the only team to compare to Canada in that respect. But the problem with Russia, as it always has been since the Soviet system broke apart, will be to get those ridiculously talented individuals to play together and make a team. I'm not sold on Ovechkin in that respect; his appearances on Russian national teams have always been hit-and-miss, with some beautiful successes and some complete failures. The latest World Championships definitely count as a miss; he was a highly visible player, got plenty of ice time, took a load of shots and didn't really get anything done. The chemistry between him and his linemates didn't work at any point.

I'm purely guessing here, but this would be my take on Kovalchuk. He's good enough to be on the team; but he's not an easy player to manage. While he's been more consistent on the national team than Ovechkin, Russian coaches have still had problems integrating him into their teams because he's too temperamental and his ego is too big. The same logic could apply to Radulov, who's basically a younger copy of Kovalchuk; they both belong on that team skill-wise, but the coaches wanted someone they could keep in line.

In any case, after the World Championships it's hardly surprising that Shipachyov and Dadonov would be two of the forwards added.

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  Penguincw: Oh my, what a game. Jays led 3-0 early, but blew it, trailed 8-4 with just 6 outs to go, and came back with 6 runs, winning 10-9.

Jays have now won 7 of 9, just 4 games back of the Red Sox for the division, 2.5 back of Texas for the wild card.

Tomorrow, the 2012 Cy Young winners face off again - David Price vs. R.A. Dickey. This will be Price's first game pitching at Rogers Centre since leaving the team.

May-28-16  Jim Bartle: R.A. Dickey? Isn't he about 50 years old?
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  Penguincw: I profit 2 cbs today (on about 400 cbs of bets), yet rose up to #2:

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Sun May 29, 20:02
User Net Worth

1. Touch of Knight 2,674
2. Penguincw 2,382 >

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  Penguincw: #2 again, this time even higher net worth:

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Wed Jun 1, 20:02
User Net Worth

(1) Touch of Knight 2,971
(2) Penguincw 2,532 >

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  Penguincw: Success every other day! Should I bet tomorrow...

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Fri Jun 3, 16:01
# User Net Worth

1. Touch of Knight 3,101
2. Penguincw 2,933 >

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  Penguincw: Sweet. Thanks to Pay Day, new season high:

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Thu Jun 16, 07:20
User Net Worth

(1) Touch of Knight 4,757
(2) Penguincw 4,127 >

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  Penguincw: Another perfect day:

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Fri Jun 17, 04:53
User Net Worth

(1) Touch of Knight 4,845
(2) Penguincw 4,361 >

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