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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 achieved this honour 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 10996 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-01-15 I Salgado Lopez vs Acs, 2011 (replies)
Penguincw: Saturday puzzles just make me... White did attack d5 3 times (only defended twice) though, so that could've been played (Rc5 though). I also see that there <is> a "puzzle" after white's 34th move. A pawn race where white queens first, but black queens with check.
   Aug-01-15 K Junge vs C Kottnauer, 1942 (replies)
Penguincw: A similar pun has been used before: S From vs A Ros, 1981 (Welcome to the Jungle). Congrats to <JSW> anticipating this will be a GOTD (even though it took nearly 9 years). I'm also giving credit to <WannaBe> for coming the closest to predicting the pun.
   Aug-01-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: (my first post in August 2015) Hi <PB>. I heard you won't have interest access for the weekend, and need someone to update the puzzles for you. I'm not going to be doing so (at least for today), but since you're already reading this, keep reading: I'd just like to let you ...
   Jul-31-15 chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: How about a forum for the HZ Chess Tournament?
   Jul-31-15 Arkadij Naiditsch
Penguincw: I see Naditisch now plays for Azerbaijan. He is currently #3 in that country (behind Radjabov and Mamedyarov), while Nisipeanu (who was formerly from Romania) is now #1 in Germany.
   Jul-31-15 British Championships (2015) (replies)
Penguincw: While on that topic, I see there is a Greek and Australian player competing as well. Explanation?
   Jul-31-15 J Garcia Padron vs Suba, 1979 (replies)
Penguincw: This week's puzzles haven't really been that hard, so who knows, maybe I could've gotten this puzzle here! Unfortunately, I was only thinking about whether or not to capture the bishop on g2, or sac on f4 first. :|
   Jul-31-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: I must admit, this is kinda shocking: Here are the unofficial approx. stats for the leg so far: Total Wager: 183,544 # of bets: 164 Juice: 5,806 The leg is approx. 22% done. Here are the other 4 bookies (combined), and approx. how much they had ~22% through the leg ...
   Jul-30-15 J C Schroeder vs Fressinet, 2015
Penguincw: Schroeder with the 200+ point upset. Nice slow win by him.
   Jul-30-15 Eljanov vs Adams, 2015
Penguincw: I honestly thought this game was heading for a draw, but then Eljanov (in the 6th hour or so) played 45.e4, 46.Rh1 and 50.Qf4, all of which turned a better position into an equal one. 51.Re1 was the big blunder though, and Adams didn't blow it. (thanks to chess24's evals for this)
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  MarkFinan: I'm back in the ceegee bookie game, Pengerz.. I hit the pick 3 at 46-1 with $30 and my majorwager paid off too. I'm like Luke Skywalker learning from the Ceegee bookie Yoda's, I must defeat Darth Chneli, only then will I be ready for the leg winning trials. Scared I am not, lol.
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  Penguincw: < MarkFinan: I'm back in the ceegee bookie game, Pengerz.. I hit the pick 3 at 46-1 with $30 and my majorwager paid off too. I'm like Luke Skywalker learning from the Ceegee bookie Yoda's, >

Hehe, I see that. :)

< 10. MarkFinan 4,354 >

< I must defeat Darth Chneli, only then will I be ready for the leg winning trials. Scared I am not, lol. >

I also have to qualify <this> leg, but for a different reason. I'm not sure if you heard, but I'm running the Summer Leg, but unlike the other 3 previous user-bookies, I have never qualified for the Championship leg before. I feel like I need this qualification to "prove" I'm "reputable", although not sure what others think.

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  WinKing: Coming up the 3rd Norway Chess 2015 Tournament -

The tournament runs from June 15th-26th, 2015.

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

User: YouRang - 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)

As of this posting I know <lostemperor>'s & <chessmoron>'s contests will be active. I have not heard from <YouRang> yet so I am not sure about his contest.


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

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

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1st: Santa Claus (Dec-23-2010)

2nd: R Vera vs M Sisniega, 1984 (Dec-23-2010)

5th: Lasker vs Von Popiel, 1889 (Dec-24-2010)

10th: London vs Paris, 1836 (Dec-26-2010)

20th: Penguincw chessforum (Dec-27-2010)

25th: Chessgames Bookie chessforum (Dec-27-2010)

50th: Ruy Lopez, Marshall (C89) (Dec-30-2010)

75th: wordfunph chessforum (Jan-02-2011)

100th: The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (Jan-14-2011)

200th: E Vorobiov vs Sakaev, 2008 (Jan-23-2011)

250th: Anand vs A Giri, 2011 (Jan-29-2011)

500th: Penguincw chessforum (Feb-12-2011)

750th: Team White vs Team Black, 2011 (Mar-09-2011)

1000th: 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) (Mar-14-2011)

2000th: Penguincw chessforum (May-09-2011)

2500th: Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2011 (Dec-06-2011)

3000th: Penguincw chessforum (Dec-18-2011)

4000th: Harikrishna vs Lahno, 2012 (Jan-17-2012)

5000th: Short vs G Jones, 2012 (Feb-20-2012)

6000th: YouRang chessforum (Jul-21-2012)

7000th: Kiril D Georgiev vs Y Yu, 2013 (Feb-03-2014)

7500th: Chess Olympiad (2014) (Aug-09-2014)

8000th: Nakamura vs Caruana, 2014 (Oct-04-2014)

9000th: Tata Steel (2015) (Jan-24-2015)

10000th: Penguincw chessforum (May-16-2015)

FTR: The milestones I'm using are 1,2,5 (1,2,5,10,20,50,100,200,500,etc.), along with 25,75 (25,75,250,750,etc.) and also every thousand. The next milestone is 11000.

A lot of these posts are way off, but I don't think it matters, as no one is reading this, except for me and <you>. :)

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  LucB: Hello <Penguincw>! I have a question for you: where in Canada do you live? I live in the city of Gatineau, which is a suburb of Ottawa.
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  Penguincw: < LucB: Hello <Penguincw>! I have a question for you: where in Canada do you live? I live in the city of Gatineau, which is a suburb of Ottawa. >

Hi there. I live in Toronto, which is near (well you know where Toronto is). Thanks for asking. :)

Jun-22-15  jith1207: You should have told Toronto is near a suburb of Toronto. ;-)
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  Mating Net: FYI, <Penguincw> I was discussing hockey with a guy who is reasonably knowledgeable about the sport, and he had no idea about the O-6 sweep possibilities. He asked me how I knew, and I told him that a buddy of mine from the GTA alerted me to the chance. (Throwing chess into the conversation would have been too hard to explain)

I noticed that you listed the O-6 sweep and my lil forum in your bio, I'm honored that you would do so. It really was a tremendous catch on your part. The only mention I heard, was when Steve Stamkos brought it up after the Rangers series.

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  scout118: <Penguincw: Hi <scout>! Just dropping by to congratulate you on your triple crown! :)>

Thanks. just pure luck. May the wind be at your back too!

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  Penguincw: Happy Canada's Day to all the Canadians on this site. Let's celebrate the nation's 148th birthday! :)
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  chancho: Thanks <Penguincw>.
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  tpstar: <Penguincw> Happy Canada's Day, eh. =)
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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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