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Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Oct-08-15


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):

<Golden Executive> (formerly hosted by <YouRang> ♔♔♔♖♖♖ (3 gold, 3 bronze; 22nd)

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

♔♔♔♔♖ (4 gold, 1 bronze; 5th)

♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (13 gold, 7 silver, 14 bronze; 11th)

Updated through Sinquefield Cup 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 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 11711 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-08-15 Phony Benoni chessforum
Penguincw: < <David Price and the Blue Jays host the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS at 3:37 p.m. ET. He is 0-5 in 5 career postseason starts, the only pitcher in history to lose each of his first 5 career postseason starts.> > Ouch, I think Kershaw might be 0-5. Oh wait, he won 1 ...
   Oct-07-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: Woo hoo, thanks <Bookie>. :) Good luck for this leg. < Take the sports chat to somebody's private forum, boys. :p > <syd>, come here: Phony Benoni chessforum .
   Oct-07-15 Mating Net chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: Ah, it's hockey time again. Unfortunately, I won't be watching hockey for a bit, at least until the Blue Jays' season is over. They made the postseason for the first time in 22 years! As usual, I don't pay attention to the offseason, but I do know that the Leafs traded Kessel, and
   Oct-06-15 Peter Svidler
Penguincw: QOTD: < "If you miss as many shots at an open goal as I did in the final, you don't deserve to win." > - Peter Svidler
   Oct-06-15 Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 (replies)
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: .
   Oct-05-15 chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: Uh <cg>, it seems that on the homepage, you linked it to the 2014 PokerStars IomM page: PokerStars IoM Masters (2014) . The one you listed above is the correct one.
   Oct-05-15 PokerStars IoM Masters (2015) (replies)
Penguincw: Official site: . R4 live: . Games start at 8:30 am <cg> time!
   Oct-05-15 16th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament (2015) (replies)
Penguincw: Official site: (I know, right?). Round 8 live: . Games start at 6 am <cg> time!
   Oct-05-15 F Lequoy vs D Julliard, 1982 (replies)
Penguincw: < HowDoesTheHorsieMove: Congratulations, <Penguincw>. A nice Monday puzzle, not too hard or too easy. > Thanks. :) < jith1207: Lol.. Probably someone commenting on Sunday about a possible Monday puzzle makes life easier for the site admins in the weekend. Well, ...
   Oct-04-15 World Cup (2015) (replies)
Penguincw: <fgh>, <Sally Simpson>, <jith1207> (kinda late, I know) Yeah, it's a user that runs the ChessBookie game. Currently, I'm the one running it, but my term expires tomorrow. I'm in charge of everything, including placing bets, paying off bets, answering people's ...
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March of the Penguins

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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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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: < SwitchingQuylthulg >

I honestly think that this bet should be refunded. I was going to do just 3 bets, but thought, why not 4?>

That may well be a good idea; but if you're going to refund it, the earlier you refund it the better. If the tickets haven't been refunded before closing time, I'd suggest only refunding if one of the missing lines (Guijarro-Melkumyan-Areshchenko-any) actually hits.

Don't worry about making errors; you've been a good Bookie, and all the work you've put in is appreciated. All Bookies have made mistakes. That you're much busier now that [censored] is understandable, and that your motivation level may not be as high as it was at the beginning of the leg is also understandable; but I hope you can still find time to be Bookie for the next few weeks.

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  Penguincw: <Switch>

I've decided to refund part of the bet (anything with Guijarro-Melkumyan). If that ends up paying, then all bets will be refunded.

But thanks for the kind words. When someone posts something, I usually read the entire post, but this sentence I'm not sure what you are saying.

< That you're much busier now that [censored] is understandable, and that your motivation level may not be as high as it was at the beginning of the leg is also understandable; but I hope you can still find time to be Bookie for the next few weeks. >

Clarification please. :)

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  Golden Executive: <Don't worry about making errors; you've been a good Bookie, and all the work you've put in is appreciated>

I second that.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: Clarification please. :)>

You're finding it hard to devote as much time to the Bookie game as you used to; for two reasons, it seems.

One, you're a lot busier now and have much less free time to devote to it. This is not an unexpected shock - you requested (and were given) the Summer Leg because you knew you'd have a lot more free time during the summer, and the summer is over now. Many things eat free time anyway; you never have quite as much of it as you'd like.

Two, you're no longer as motivated to be Bookie. When you were starting as Bookie you were enthusiastic and wanted to get going as soon as possible; if you were still in that mood you would <find> the time, no matter what else was happening. But it seems you've lost that feeling, which is also not an unexpected shock; we knew it could happen, though we hoped it would not.

But you're still doing valuable work; I hope you will find the energy to keep it up in the coming weeks and hopefully regain your motivation. If we didn't think you would be up to the job in a situation like this, it would have been really short-sighted of us to encourage you to volunteer as Bookie.

Don't think for a moment - whether because of the occasional error, or because you're seemingly not matching some of <wordfunph>'s stats, or for any other reason - that you haven't been a good Bookie so far.

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  Annie K.: <Penguincw: <So, would it be possible for you to like help me out. :) Since you're running the game next leg, would it be possible for you to help me out with stuff like paying off bets. If you want to put out some of your own bets, go ahead, I don't care.>>

Hi <Penguin>. Well, I wouldn't mind helping with the payoffs... ask Daniel what he thinks. He can send me the current password if he's ok with that. Note, I have been and am playing in this leg, inasmuch as I remember to, but if I don't set up bets, only pay them off, that may not be big a problem.

(Unless of course I start paying off the line I bet on, regardless of actual result, but well, we'll think about that later...) ;p

As noted, I wouldn't be setting up any bets - that's still your job ;p - and I would only be paying off bets you specifically ask me in advance to settle, because we don't want weird stuff to happen, like double payoffs due to both of us being logged in and doing things at the same time. So, if you do ask me to pay off anything, plz remember to subsequently leave it alone, even if you do happen to be around. :)

Also, I'm not paying off anything where I find the terms unclear, and if there's a logical problem with the bet, it's still your fault. :p

Note, in re payoff philosophy, <Switch> likes to wait and be sure of the result, I prefer to pay off as soon as I see a result shown on the official site or somewhere where I can check the game to see if the result makes sense. Because people like quick payoffs, and after all, if the given result is (and that's rarely) wrong, I have <Switch> to tell me about it, and <Daniel> to fix it. ;)

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  Penguincw: < Annie >

Ah, I see. I think it would be better if I just try to take care of it myself. I used to pay off bets asap, but that's clearly not happening anymore (but who knows, maybe I secretly <now> like to wait and be sure of the result before paying it off).

Thanks anyway. :)

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  Annie K.: Yeah, too many cooks is not really a good idea. ;)
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