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Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Oct-20-16

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 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 13,000 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

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
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 13227 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-20-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: To be honest, I didn't know who this guy is, but, well: Matt Marksberry is reportedly on life support. Hope he goes through a speedy recovery.
   Oct-11-16 A Bachmann vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2016 (replies)
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: .
   Oct-10-16 V Malaniuk vs E Kengis, 1981 (replies)
Penguincw: Good job <Xende>. :) Happy Thanksgiving to the Canadians on this site! Anyway, Monday puzzle, and nice way to start off the work week (which technically starts tomorrow). Just take the bishop, and then the pawn, and then the queen. Leaves black up a full bishop. 1/1 this ...
   Sep-30-16 I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik, 2016 (replies)
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: .
   Sep-28-16 I Nepomniachtchi vs Tomashevsky, 2016
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: .
   Sep-26-16 Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky (replies)
Penguincw: The 2 games I follow the most, baseball, and chess, have just experienced a death each in a very short period of time. In the baseball world, Jose Fernandez just died yesterday in an accident. Now in the chess world, Mark Dvoretsky has passed away. RIP to both. :(
   Sep-25-16 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: < WannaBe: If Team Europe wins World Cup of Hockey, which National Anthem do they play? > Apparently Team Europe (or at least the "EU"), has an anthem, Ode to Joy. There are players from Norway and Switzerland, who are not part of the
   Sep-12-16 E Keogh vs W Lewis, 1966 (replies)
Penguincw: I got the puzzle (I guess). I saw 19.Rh5, but for some reason, didn't see the followup to 19...Nf6, which was simply 20.Qh8# 1-0, as the knight blocks the bishop's view of that square.
   Sep-06-16 Damian Lemos
Penguincw: Just like to share a story I just came across about this player: " Are you wondering why so many people get stuck at the 1500-1900 FIDE chess level without making any progress despite countless studying and practice? You are not alone. Dozens of students around this skill hit a ...
   Sep-06-16 R Naranja vs Portisch, 1970 (replies)
Penguincw: Yay, I got this puzzle! I also thought of 16...Nxd3+ and 16...Qg3+??, but ended up finding 16...Qb4+ 17.Qxb4 Nxd3, queen lost. If white declines the queen, then the bishop falls (taking on b3, then d3). 17.Rc3 puts the rook into a pin, and 17...Nxd3+ is coming with check (and then
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  WannaBe: From

World Cup of Hockey 2016

Canada 10/13
Russia 5/1
Sweden 11/2
USA 11/2
North America U23 10/1
Finland 12/1
Czech Republic 15/1
Team Europe 30/1

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Scott Burnside's rankings:

1. Sweden
2. Canada
3. Team N. Amer
4. USA

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: This will be brutal. Apart from Canada, I don't feel very confident about any team making the semis... though obviously three of them will :) Group B is a complete toss-up where any two teams could advance; USA are probably favorites to take the second spot in Group A, but anything can happen.

I'm not sold on Sweden. They'll need to be super-sharp from the beginning to even survive the group stage... and the finals are best-of-three, so if they make it that far they'll have to get lucky twice.

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  WannaBe: Tuesday 8PM Eastern, Canada (1-0) v. USA (0-1), this is pretty much a must win for the Americans.
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  WannaBe: Sweden and Finland will drop the puck in about 15 minutes, any European friends staying up late to watch the game?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: I'm here... it's not even that late yet. The games that start at 8PM USA/Eastern are late :)

We need to win, or at least take the game into overtime... unfortunately, that's probably less likely to happen than not. I never actually saw our first game, but the word is that our team was horrible.

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  WannaBe: Well, 2-0 Sweden. Canada/USA at 8PM Eastern.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: We weren't horrible this game; we just somehow managed to score no goals. Lundqvist played a good game, but we made him look better than he is.
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  WannaBe: 2 goals for Canada in less than a minute. Ugh!
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  WannaBe: Another goal by Team Canada, when does that SFG/LAD game start??
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  WannaBe: Another goal, right after US had Power Play opportunity.

As Bugs would say, "You know, this means war."

Time for U.S. to invade Canada and avenge this embarrassment of a game. =))

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  WannaBe: You got to be kiddin' me, North America already scored two goals?
Sep-21-16  saffuna: Canada has a team, the USA has a team. So what's the North America team?
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  WannaBe: <saffuna> Under 25, North America Country. Players on Canada or USA are above 25 years of age.
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  Penguincw: Hope to start watching hockey again, after baseball season is over.

Anyway, anyone care to have a mini knockout tournament prediction contests. I know there's only 4 teams, but if anyone is interested:



Same rules as always (you get 1 point if you correctly predict the winner of a match).

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Can I copy your predictions? ;-)

Sweden is surely hoping Russia will knock Canada out for them.

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  Penguincw: < SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Can I copy your predictions? ;-) >

Yes, you may. :) There's only 16 possible predictions anyhow.

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  WannaBe: From ESPN:

<Steve Levy

.@BlueJays smartly moved up tomorrow's first pitch to avoid conflict with Canada's night game in #WCH2016 7pm ET on ESPN2.>

Any CFL team changed their time, too, yet?

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  WannaBe: If Team Europe wins World Cup of Hockey, which National Anthem do they play?
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  Penguincw: < WannaBe: If Team Europe wins World Cup of Hockey, which National Anthem do they play? >

Apparently Team Europe (or at least the "EU"), has an anthem, Ode to Joy.

There are players from Norway and Switzerland, who are not part of the EU, so hopefully they don't mind.

Or you know, they can just play all the national anthems...

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  WannaBe: <Penguincw: Or you know, they can just play all the national anthems...>

Depending on outcome of games yet to be played, I hope players enjoy standing on the podium for 10 hours.

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  WannaBe: I wonder how many fans are at the BAL/TOR game, and how many are actually watching baseball...
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  OhioChessFan: <New Type of Bird Flu Found in Antarctic Penguins>

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  WannaBe: Congratulation to Team Canada, they saved all of us from listening to 20 National Anthems on the podium. =))
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  WannaBe: 19 years old Connor McD (Edmonton) is the youngest Captain in NHL. Ever.
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