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


I have decided to reorganize my profile, but it could take some time.

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. :)


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

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Solution: (click on above game collection)


I compete in prediction contests often, and so far, have gotten these medals:

♔♔♔♖♖ (3 gold, 2 bronze; currently 21st most successful)

♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (6 gold, 7 silver, 9 bronze; currently 9th greatest all time)

♔♔♔♖ (3 gold, 1 bronze; currently 7th most incredible overall performance)

♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (12 gold, 7 silver, 12 bronze; currently 10th best)

Updated through Tata Steel 2015.

YouRang's contest: User: YouRang

chessmoron's contest (hosted by OhioChessFan): User: OhioChessFan

lostemperor's contest: User: lostemperor


Here's my short list of achievements on this site (other than achievements relating to the prediction contests):

- 966th user to open up their forum.

- Became the 68th user to reach 9000 posts (unofficial).

- Only the 2nd user (honour shared with 7 other users) to win a membership from the Santa Claus cause twice.

More links will be added as time progresses.


Here are some of my favourite posts around the site (no reason given to some):

Probably my most useful post to date: Kibitzer's Café (kibitz #101766)

SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum chessforum

YouRang describes his Hall of Fame (which I am in): YouRang chessforum (kibitz #12605)

A post good enough to make the Memorable Quotes Forum (not sure how though): OhioChessFan chessforum (kibitz #10507)

More posts will be added as time progresses.

>> Click here to see Penguincw's game collections. Full Member
   Current net-worth: 2,579 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 9504 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-30-15 R Mamedov vs Khalifman, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: Best 11 move GM draw ever? Khalifman has been playing a lot of short games recently. In fact, after he won in 39 moves in Round 1, the last 3 draws have been a combined 41 moves, all against opposition higher rated than him.
   Mar-30-15 D Dzhangirov vs V Minakov, 2005 (replies)
Penguincw: Ooh, I almost forgot today's POTD (you can't blame me, considering yesterday was Sunday, a puzzle no one really wants to look at), but I got this one. I wish I saw 18.Qxg6+, because that would've been a more pretty finish. Interesting how the knight on e6 is attacked twice and is ...
   Mar-30-15 N Pogonina vs P Cramling, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: Pogonina is clutch! She is now a stunning 5/5 (+5,-0,=0) in Game 2s of the classical match, not to mention a perfect 3 for 3 in must-win games.
   Mar-30-15 P Cramling vs N Pogonina, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: With this win, Cramling improves to 4.5/5 in classical games with white in this tournament.
   Mar-29-15 Krishnan Sasikiran
Penguincw: Congrats to Krishnan Sasikiran for remaining the only perfect player at Aeroflot Open (2015) . He entered as the 8th seed at 2682 (now 2693), and has started 3/3. Tomorrow, he'll face Igor Kovalenko with white.
   Mar-29-15 R Rapport vs I Salgado Lopez, 2015
Penguincw: Ouch. Rapport gets upset by Lopez. After 36...Nb7, Rapport could've repeated the position with 37.Kc2, but chose not to, despite black being better in the position.
   Mar-29-15 Mamedyarov vs E Kovalevskaya, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: Some small complications occured around move 25: After 25.Bc4, black correctly replied 25...bxc4. If 25...Bc1, then 26.Bxe6+ Kh8 27.Nxc1, and white already has a knight, bishop and pawn vs. rook, and is getting ready to win another piece or the exchange. After 26.Rxd7, black ...
   Mar-29-15 B Adhiban vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2015
Penguincw: Yesterday 1st seed Mamedyarov fell, and it looked like 2nd seed Nepomniachtchi was about to follow suit. The move that likely blew away Adhiban's advantage was 49.Kg3; 49.Qd3+ is the top move recommended.
   Mar-29-15 Aeroflot Open (2015) (replies)
Penguincw: You know it's a tough open tournament when: only one player remains perfect after 3 rounds. Krishnan Sasikiran is 3/3, while 6 players (could be up to 9 depending on how the other games go) are a mere half point back.
   Mar-29-15 Jorden van Foreest
Penguincw: I'm a day late, but whatever: Congrats to Jorden van Foreest for remaining one of just 4 players still perfect through <2> rounds at the Aeroflot Open (2015) . Out of those 4 players, he's the only U18 and only non-GM to do so. He's also just the 61st seed. In Round 3, ...
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March of the Penguins

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  Golden Executive: Happy Holidays <Penguincw>! You are a Premium member again, your forum is open again and you have a cool brand new avatar. Congratulations!
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  WinKing: Hi <Penguincw>. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you also! I didn't know that you had opened up your forum again. Good to see your back in action. ;)

p.s. - love your choice of the avatar!

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Happy New Year!
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  Penguincw: A career first for me: rising to the top of the standings in the ChessBookie Game, even if it's during the middle of the preseason.

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  OhioChessFan: ** Tata Steel Moves Prediction Contest **

Conducted by the Legendary <chessmoron> and hosted at Graceland, home of Elvis. Click on Elvis for details.

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  OhioChessFan: Wimpy Penguins:

<Record-breaking cold closes U.S. schools, sends penguins inside>

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  Penguincw: Woo hoo! 9000+ posts. I believe this #9000: Tata Steel (2015).

Next stop: 10000.

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  Penguincw: For personal reference:

Great performances at the Prediction contests, as I become the first ever to win at least one gold in each of the 3 contests in the same tournament.

Firstly, I picked up a gold at <YouRang>'s contest to become the first ever to defend a Betting Ranker title in the same tournament in back to back years (Tata 2014 & 2015).

Then I got a gold at <lostemperor>'s contest (nothing special, just happy to get it).

Lastly, I got a gold over at <chessmoron>'s contest to snap my gold-less streak at 10.25 tournaments (technically 11, but one of them was shortened), which is probably the longest active streak.

Moving up:

<YR> 33rd -> 21st

<cm> 10th -> 9th

<le> 15th -> 7th

<Overall> 10th -> 12th

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  Golden Executive: <<Golden>Penguin>: Congratulations on your amazing performance!
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  moronovich: Well done <Penguincw>!
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  tpstar: <Penguincw> Some ideas for Game Collection: Chessgames Games

1) First Place in 2009 Pun Contest = F Babar vs M Basman, 1993

2) First World Championship Live Event = Leko vs Kramnik, 2004

I believe there were other live events before that game in the summer of 2004, but the site would know for sure. The Wikipedia entry has a line about the group coming together during that match, which was true.

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  tpstar: <Penguincw> You are lightning on the uptake! ;>D
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  Penguincw: <tpstar>

Yes I was. Thanks for the suggestions. :)

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  tpstar: <Penguincw> I mentioned the Nickel game, then double checked your Game Collection and it was already there. So I edited my post, then the other two ideas were already there. =)

The Leko-Kramnik game really was the first WC game to be a live event. I meant that I don't think it was the first live event ever, which was probably during Dortmund 2004.

In the Dubious Achievements category, we had a live event where one person dominated the action with 192 posts out of 833 total. I wouldn't list this, as then goofballs like <TheFocus> will try to break it. =)

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  Penguincw: < tpstar: <Penguincw> I mentioned the Nickel game, then double checked your Game Collection and it was already there. So I edited my post, then the other two ideas were already there. =) >

Well, I am usually quick at updating things, at the cost of accuracy (usually). That time, I had just coincidentally checked my forum and saw your post.

< The Leko-Kramnik game really was the first WC game to be a live event. I meant that I don't think it was the first live event ever, which was probably during Dortmund 2004. >

Okay, got it. Thanks. :)

< In the Dubious Achievements category, we had a live event where one person dominated the action with 192 posts out of 833 total. I wouldn't list this, as then goofballs like <TheFocus> will try to break it. =) >

Rest assured, I don't award individual user achievements, although I would like to see that live event (although I could always find it myself). :)

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  tpstar: Nakamura vs I Ibragimov, 2004

I hope you like mice. :P

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  tpstar: <Penguincw> This is probably the oldest game in the database with no result (pretty rare right there) which might merit inclusion, although it may take a little more research:

Saduleto vs Polerio, 1590

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  ray keene: Belated thanks for your birthday greetings of January 29. Most kind.
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  Shams: Like a swallow to Capistrano...
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  Penguincw: < ray keene: Belated thanks for your birthday greetings of January 29. Most kind. >

You're welcome. :)

< Shams: Like a swallow to Capistrano... >

Wait, what...

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  Annie K.: <Penguincw> Hi. :)

Seriously, would you like to take a turn at running the Bookie game now and then? I think you would make a very good Bookie, and would recommend you, if you're interested in giving it a try.

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  Penguincw: < Annie K.: <Penguincw> Hi. :)

Seriously, would you like to take a turn at running the Bookie game now and then? I think you would make a very good Bookie, and would recommend you, if you're interested in giving it a try. >

Hi. :)

Um, I think I would be interested in running the Bookie game.

I'm actually in the middle of composing an email to <cg> (that I started earlier this month) asking if I could run the <summer> leg, since I'm not as busy during the summer as other months, but not sure if I should go for it.

If you think I should go for it, then I probably should go for it.

I'll have to give it some more thought, but thanks for the post. :)

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  Annie K.: Hey, go for it! ;)

In fact, the beginning of April will be a rather hectic period, so it would be best if one of the experienced Bookies took the Spring leg - that way we don't miss out on prime betting opportunities to training time. If you prefer summer too, that would be just perfect. :)

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  Penguincw: Hmm. Been a quiet month on my forum (though I'm not really surprised). Time to break the silence:

In this post, I'm going to be telling an event that happened recently at my local chess club, in the land of the unrated players, where playing a game without any illegal moves are a luxury...

Anyway, on February 18th, I was at this chess club, just chilling like a normal person. A little while later, I noticed that one of my "friends" (who is a male, important detail) lost to a female. At first I didn't care, but then the female started to gloat. Since I'm a guy, obviously I don't want the ladies to start dominating the club, so I decided to challenge her, and she accepted.

One week later (it's only open on Wednesdays) I was expecting to face her, but she was busy, so it was delayed a further week. Finally, on March 4th, when the game got underway, here's how it went (I took black in all the games):

1.e4 e5 2.c3 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.cxd4 Nxe4

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Alright, so I didn't copy down any moves, but I do remember the first 4 moves. I don't remember how moves 5-9 went exactly, but I was able to kinda piece them together (I got the position after move 9 right). Anyway, after 2.c3, I knew things were going to get insane, and it was clear, as both sides made opening blunders (3...exd4 and 4.cxd4). In fact, this game is no longer in theory.

5.f3 Nf6 6.f4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 0-0 9.Nf3 Ne4 10.Qe3 Re8 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.Ne5

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Some more moves have been played, and I was able to get castled first. I set up a "trap" with 9...Ne4 and 10...Re8, placing my rook opposite the king and queen (ready for some surprises), and white blundered horribly with 11.Nc3. At this point, I had a big smile on my face, and I mocked white loudly that they were about to lose their queen, but just looked like an idiot after 12.Ne5. Despite all that, I'm still up a knight and pawn, and just trying to get the win.

12...Nd5 13.Qb3 Nf6 14.Qxf7+ Kh8

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Just when I thought I had the win in the bag, now it's looking not so certain. However, the chess club was about to close for the day, so I had to save the position, but before I left, white announced a mate in 2, although I couldn't find any such thing.

I would be busy the next 2 weeks, so it was only finished yesterday, March 25th. Here's how it continued:

15.g4 Qe7 16.g5 Qxf7 17.Bc4 Qxc4

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Boy that escalated quickly. I got a mini heart attack when I saw white's pawn pushing, but then decided to offer a queen exchange to relieve the pressure. White then continued pushing, and I just took the queen. Obviously, white tried taking back with the knight, but didn't see it was pinned, and asked for a redo. However, there were stakes on the line (not saying what stakes), so I obviously didn't allow it. However, white made the same mistake again by playing 17.Bc4.

A few more moves were played (I remember both sides playing gxf6 and white playing Kd1, but white eventually threw, not "in the towel" but started flipping over the chessboard, and threw the pieces across the room in frustration, and immediately demanded a rematch, which I accepted.

To be continued...

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  Penguincw: (continued)

In Game 2, it started with 1.e4 e5 2.c3 Nf6 4.d4 Nxe4, but white kept pushing their pawns forward, and my knight got kicked around. In fact, white had a chance to trap my knight, but missed it. I thought I was going to lose, but I was able to fight back. Eventually, white hung their queen, and I won this game as well.

In Game 3 (which I said would be the last game regardless of the result), it opened with 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 e6 and some other moves. White would quickly get their king rook involved, but the rook got trapped, and white was forced to give it up for a minor piece. I also got the queens and a pair of rooks off, while offering a poison pawn on h7 that trapped white's knight, and white resigned, but wanted <another> game.

Apparently, the person I was playing against has a "policy" of which she doesn't face a different opponent until she beats her current one, but it's clear that it's not happening soon. However, I refused to play another game (at least this week), and she caused a huge scene, which attracted the attention of half the club, and some people even recorded it on video, with me in it. D:

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