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Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Aug-30-15


I am currently the <Bookie> for the ChessBookie Game! If you think you're good at predicting in chess, and like winning, come join!

I am now 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 02/14/12-02/14/13. :)


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 over a year later.

Currently on chessgames, I like to roam around the site, doing whatever I feel like. In fact, I spend a lot of my free time on this site.

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, with baseball currently in season)

Mating Net chessforum (hockey, although it's out of season, but there are 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 chat about the ChessBookie game)

Penguincw chessforum (my forum)


Penguincw's Game Collections

I have decided to stop working on them for a while. To view most of 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 10000 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, placed first in the Championship 2015 preseason with 1727 cbs, 174 cbs ahead of 2nd place. Also, in the Fall 2014 preseason, I placed 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.


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

♔♔♔♖♖♖ (3 gold, 3 bronze; 22nd)

<chessmoron> (hosted by <OhioChessFan>) ♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (6 gold, 7 silver, 11 bronze; 10th)

♔♔♔♖ (3 gold, 1 bronze; 9th)

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

Updated through Norway 2015.

<YouRang>'s Games Prediction Contest: User: YouRang

<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 for 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 10,000 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 useful 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 to notice the Original Six sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning are going through: Mating Net chessforum.

For my milestone posts, see here: Penguincw 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

   Penguincw has kibitzed 11420 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-30-15 M Haygarth vs J Littlewood, 1975 (replies)
Penguincw: Hmm. No comments before this game was GOTD. (checks ignore list; empty) Has there ever been a GOTD where there were no comments prior to the day it received the honours? I'm sure it's happened before, just doesn't seem all that common. For sure it happens all the time in the ...
   Aug-30-15 Phony Benoni chessforum
Penguincw: Almost forgot to mention that the Yankees beat Atlanta 3-1. No fair that the Yankees get to face a weaker team...
   Aug-30-15 V Bogdanovski vs M Golubev, 1991 (replies)
Penguincw: Woo hoo, it's Monday! Oh wait, it's Sunday, nvm. So anyway, I want to move the knight and threaten mate on h4, but the bishop on e1 is being a _____, so I'm going to block him with the interference move, 39...Rg3. I got white's obvious response, but nothing more.
   Aug-29-15 chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: < You should update the ChessBookie standings at, say, 8 P.M. every day. It's a long wait until you do so in the morning. > Well actually, since I'm the bookie, I think I should decide when the leaderboard should be updated, since I know when I'll actually be online. The ...
   Aug-29-15 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: Round 7: Carlsen - Grischuk 1/2-1/2 38 Nakamura - Aronian 1/2-1/2 36 Anand - So 1-0 36 Topalov - Giri 1/2-1/2 36 Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave 0-1 25
   Aug-29-15 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: Round 7: Carlsen - Grischuk 1/2-1/2 Nakamura - Aronian 1/2-1/2 Anand - So 1-0 Topalov - Giri 1-0 Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave 0-1
   Aug-29-15 Carlsen vs Grischuk, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: < Classical games: Magnus Carlsen beat Alexander Grischuk 3 to 0, with 8 draws. > When Carlsen has white, he's +3,-0,=2. Grischuk is coming off a win where he didn't get into time trouble (at least not worse then his opponent), while Carlsen had a draw. With just 3 rounds ...
   Aug-29-15 W So vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: Also gotta thank So for allowing Nakamura to mate him.
   Aug-29-15 Sinquefield Cup (2015) (replies)
Penguincw: Grischuk wins! The one time his opponent actually has less time than him, he wins....
   Aug-29-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: < For example, if Vachier-Lagrave and Nakamura both win, and Aronian - Carlsen is drawn, "White-Black-Draw" will pay. > That moment when "White-Black-Draw" ends up paying. :D Not the first time though. So how were the stock market guys? BTW: Give me some time to come up ...
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March of the Penguins

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  Penguincw: < Happy Canada's Day >


It's actually just "Canada Day". :| At least I didn't get the number wrong (I think); that's the part I typically mess up during birthdays.

Anyway, Happy 4th of July to all the Americans on this site. You know, if I had to live anywhere in the world (that's not Canada), I'd choose the United States (probably the country most like Canada). As for where specifically, Philadelphia and St. Louis have some good sports team, while Florida seems to be the dream location (unless it's Hurricane season). However, I think Boston would be the ideal city for me (not sure about the West Coast). (not going to look on this topic deeply)

In other news, 25 pages on my forum it is! :)

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  moronovich: Thanks <Penguincw>! for running the bookieshow,and may you enjoy the process.
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  WinKing: Your gonna do just fine <Penguincw> as a 'Book'. Just have fun & it will all fall into place. I already liked the baseball bets. :)
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: I have to say though, it's pretty nerve racking paying off a bet, even though the results are right in front of you.>

The worst is when line 1 is "0", line 2 is "1", line 3 is "2" and line 4 is "3". It's so easy to get confused :-)

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Tip: if you link to a post (e.g. Chessgames Bookie chessforum) and that link has "kpage" in it, it will only work for people with ignore lists similar to yours. (The link above is the link from Friendly Tournament: WINNER - if I click it, it leads me to a blank page, not your post.)

Links without "kpage" in them (e.g. Chessgames Bookie chessforum (kibitz #8656)) will work for everybody, regardless of who they have on their ignore lists. There are several ways of getting such links; right-clicking the post's timestamp and selecting "copy link" is the simplest way.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <P.P.S. <Switch>, for the draw no bet, I accidently put in the dash, which put in a 3rd option. How do I get rid of an extra line without deleting the whole bet? :P>

You don't :)

If nobody's placed any bets yet, deleting everything is the cleanest option. Refunding the extra line like you did also works (and is the best approach if somebody's placed a bet already); I would rename the line to be refunded to something like "-----" to make it extra-clear it's a no-line, but I suppose that's not really necessary.

Watch out for stray dashes with "draw no bet" and "over/under" markets in particular. (With "first move" bets the dash is not a problem, since the "first-move" bet type overrides the dash, and even if you forget to select the "first-move" bet type you can fix things easily by renaming lines without having to delete any.)

Good luck for the Summer Leg!

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  Golden Executive: Excellent performance as a bookie in the Pre-season <Penguin>. I am sure everything is going to be fine in the Summer Leg. Have fun and good luck!
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Are you intentionally calling most Chinese players by their given names rather than family names?

(Incidentally, Sevian is an ethnic Armenian.)

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  Penguincw: <Switch: Are you intentionally calling most Chinese players by their given names rather than family names? >

Not sure what you're asking, but I'll see if these examples explain your question:

For China - Russia Match R4: Svidler - Shanglei, I call him "Shanglei".

For China - Russia Match R4: Wei Yi - Dubov, I call him "Wei Yi".

You might be asking why sometimes I call them by one name, and sometimes their full name. The reason for that is preference (I do it if I think it looks better).

Or maybe you're trying to say something else. For example, for "Lu Shanglei", I assume "Lu" is the first name, while "Shanglei" is the last name. Is it like that, or is it the other way around (basically, if you had to place one name, what would it be).

< (Incidentally, Sevian is an ethnic Armenian.) >

Wow. When I see "USA" or the American flag next to them, I just assume they're American, and don't even bother to look up their background.

I removed the little note I placed at the bottom.

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  WannaBe: No, Lu is the Family Name (or last name), while Shanglei is the given name, or first name in Western culture.
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  Penguincw: From now on, I'll just display their whole name (first and last). Should be nothing wrong with that.

Thanks to both of you for letting me know (gonna make those corrections where I still can).

PS/BTW: Any other cultures/countries that have something similar to this?

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  Alien Math: Wiki article might help with family name - personal name order ~
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: From now on, I'll just display their whole name (first and last). Should be nothing wrong with that.>

That is probably the best approach, yes.

<PS/BTW: Any other cultures/countries that have something similar to this?>

Several; but Indian names ("the person should be referred to by the given name, Anand" -- Wikipedia) are the worst by a country mile. A zillion cultures, most with different approaches to naming; identifying which part of the name is which (and which part to use) is difficult; even FIDE gets Indian names completely wrong a lot.

Nice imaginative bets - keep it up! :)

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  Penguincw: Woo hoo, 11000th post on this site!

S Shankland vs J C Schroeder, 2015 (kibitz #1)

My unofficial records tell me I'm the 55th user to reach this milestone.

I also have a list of all my other milestone posts on this site above (Penguincw chessforum (kibitz #604)).

(none of the links probably work though since I got rid of the "kibitz #" thing)

Next milestone is 12K. Hoping to accomplish it this year.

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  WannaBe: Would this article help?

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  Penguincw: Happy Left Handers' Day to all my fellow lefties on this site!

- A conceited Southpaw


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  OhioChessFan: Thank you, thank you very much.
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  juan31: < Penguincw> : you're are invited to the <♔ Game Prediction Contest for Sinquefield Cup 2015 ♔> Golden Executive forum.
Carlsen, Caruana, Nakamura, Anand, Topalov, So, Grischuk, Giri, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave.

<Stay Tuned>
< We hope your attendance>

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  WinKing: Sinquefield Cup 2015 Tournament starts tomorrow -

The tournament runs from August 23rd - September 2nd, 2015.

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

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

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

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

All three contests will be active!


Also don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. He can't wait to take some or all of your chessbucks. ;)

ChessBookie Introduction

Don't miss out on the fun for this Super Tournament!

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  TheFocus: Penguins rule!

That is all I have to say.

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  Golden Executive: Hey <Penguin>, thanks a lot for your support.

p.s. You are doing a terrific job as a bookie. I am glad to confirm what I said here Penguincw chessforum (kibitz #619)

Aug-24-15  ketchuplover: What's black & white & red all over?

Penguins swimming in ketchup :)

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  technical draw: Darn I was going to say penguins attacked by sharks
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  Penguincw: < technical draw: Darn I was going to say penguins attacked by sharks >

Sharks do pose a threat, but I find the leopard seal more deadly. On land, the only threat is some birds who threaten to eat the chicks.

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