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Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Jul-03-15


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. :)


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.

In real life, I'm a fairly hyper person that seems to know everything, and also have a good sense of humour. However, I do talk a lot, and sometimes go too far with jokes (and lose my anger easily). You decide if I'm like that on this site (not really I'm guessing).

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)

- Mating Net chessforum (hockey)

There are some other places as well (ex. Jeremy Lim for basketball).


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)


Here's my short list of achievements on this site (other than achievements relating to the prediction contests, see 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 cause twice. Santa Claus.

- 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.


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):

Kibitzer's Café (kibitz #44642)

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
   Current net-worth: 747 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 10726 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-03-15 Phony Benoni chessforum
Penguincw: Wow, way too close. Anibal Sanchez was within 5 outs of a no-hitter until the Blue Jays were finally able to get a base hit. Currently, they're still down 8-1, bases loaded, one out in the top of the 8th. Of course, this wouldn't be the first time the Jays have been no-hit by the ...
   Jul-03-15 Mating Net chessforum
Penguincw: Hmm. 1.Qa3+ seems like a good move. If 1...Kg8, then 2.Bxh7+ Rxh7 3.Rxe6 fxe6, and white has a queen and pawn vs. bishop and rook. 1...Qe7 is the alternate move, but 2.Qxe7+ Kxe7 3.Bxh7+, and white is up a pawn in a non-OCB ending, and better.
   Jul-03-15 6th Hainan Danzhou (2015) (replies)
Penguincw: (sorry, probably should be in 1 post) Another site: Also note how chessdom calls it the "Nongxin Cup, Danzhou Masters".
   Jul-03-15 Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: As <notyetagm> mentioned (on some other page), amazing king walk by Wei Yi, starting with the R+ sacrifice on move 21. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 also had a rook+ sacrifice. I'll go ahead and add this game to my list of Caissar Award nominees.
   Jul-03-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: Hey <Bookie>, any thoughts of a P4 to end the season? ;)
   Jul-03-15 W So vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: According to chess24, the final position is a mate in 8, at best: 49...Nd7 50.Qxg5 b3 51.Qg8+ Nf8 52.Qf7+ Kd8 53.e7+ Kc7 54.e8=Q+ Kb6 55.Qc6+ Ka5 56.Qa7+ Kb4 57.Rf4# 1-0.
   Jul-03-15 Kramnik vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
Penguincw: Indeed. Kramnik has now lost twice this year with black against Caruana. :| In the final position, if 39.Ke2, then 39...Qe2# 0-1 (or 39...Qf2# 0-1). If 39.Kc3, then 39...Rc2+ 40.Kd3 Qe2# 0-1 (or 40...Qf2# 0-1).
   Jul-03-15 Dortmund (2015) (replies)
Penguincw: Kramnik resigns, as he maintains his record of 0 draws this tournament. Naiditsch can continue to match him stride for stride if he wins or loses, but right now, his game against Hou Yifan looks equal. So also should beat Ian Nepomniachtchi.
   Jul-03-15 Anton Kovalyov
Penguincw: Anton Kovalyov off to a good start at the World Open 2015 (3/3).
   Jul-03-15 Evgeny Postny
Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Evgeny Postny. Hoping he does better at the World Cup this year (but first, he has to qualify, which I don't think he has done yet).
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March of the Penguins

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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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  OhioChessFan: ** Gashimov Memorial Moves Prediction Contest **

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

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  Penguincw: Happy World Penguin Day everyone! I think it should be everyday. :)

Not to be confused with Penguin Awareness Day, which is January 20th.

Apr-25-15  Everyone: <Penguincw: Happy World Penguin Day everyone!> TY!

Seasonal greetings from Antarctica, <Penguincw> !

Apr-25-15  Karposian: Greetings on your great day, <Penguincw> :)

And good luck tomorrow in the Games Prediction Contest - Standard Ranker!

It seems that you or <wtwz> will take the gold. I am only 2 Points behind you guys, but realistically all I can hope for is a medal.

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  Penguincw: < Everyone: <Penguincw: Happy World Penguin Day everyone!> TY!

Seasonal greetings from Antarctica, <Penguincw> ! >

Hehe, thanks. :)

< Karposian: Greetings on your great day, <Penguincw> :)

And good luck tomorrow in the Games Prediction Contest - Standard Ranker!

It seems that you or <wtwz> will take the gold. I am only 2 Points behind you guys, but realistically all I can hope for is a medal. >

Greetings, and thanks for the wishes. I'm hoping I can take the gold, but <wtwz> has caught fire, and I can feel the pressure. I came close to collapsing last tournament, and I'm hoping I can avoid it again.

Sitting in sole fifth, I can still see you winning a medal. If you think it's too far out of reach, you can also aim for the jackpots. :)

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  WinKing: <Penguincw: Thanks for helping out with the Moves Prediction Contest, and congrats for winning a double crown. :)>

Thanks <Penguincw>. I was lucky in this tournament. I played a lot of 'hunches' & they worked out for me this time. It seems like winning these prediction games goes in cycles. We get hot in one tournament & then we're not in the next. Your one of the better players in these prediction games <Penguincw>. You will get hot again in future contests that is my prediction. ;)

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  WinKing: Hey <Penguincw> they opened up the game forum for Caruana-Dominguez.

Live Broadcast Page

Be there or be square. ;)

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  Penguincw: < OhioChessFan: >

Hmm, when I opened the link, I saw an interview between some guy I don't and some woman I don't know (I think it might be Scott Foley, whoever that is).

However, I did type up "A band of rockhopper penguins come together to chase off a group of vultures." and got to this page:

In other news, I see this post is my 10000th post, as I become the 66th user to reach the 5-digit mark. I've been expected it for about 3 years now, and I've finally reached it after less than 4.5 years on this site.

I have to say though, I'm pretty impressed, especially considering my inconsistency on this site. In fact, during my "active" periods (Dec 2010 - May 2011, Nov 2011 - Mar 2012, Aug 2014 - Apr 2015), I totalled 8,224 posts over the course of just 585 days (average of about 14 posts/day). Then there's the rest of the time, which I totalled 1,627 kibitizes over 1,005 days (about 8 posts/5 days or 1.6 posts/day).

I also have to say that I'm not really proud of this moment (mainly because of some post I made last week), but I think I'm proud at the fact that I'm turning around my kibitzing ways, sacrificing a bit of quantity for a <huge> improvement in quality. If you don't believe that, just remember I used to make posts like this: Chessgames Bookie chessforum. (cringes)

Anyway, my next goal will be to get to 11K, but my next <major> goal will be to get about 2919+ more...

Also, just so I can remember this post forever:

I also see that I'm closing in on 25 pages on this forum...

Well, that's it for now. :)

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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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