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Penguincw
Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Jul-27-16
♔ MY PROFILE ♔

★★★ ANNOUNCEMENTS ★★★

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. :)

★★★ BIOGRAPHY ★★★

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).

★★★ GAME COLLECTIONS ★★★

Penguincw's Game Collections

To view all my collections, see here: Game Collection: Table of Contents.

★★★ CHESS PUZZLES ★★★

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)

★★★ ACHIEVEMENTS ★★★

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".

★★★ PREDICTION CONTESTS ★★★

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)

<lostemperor>
♔♔♔♔♖♖♖ (4 gold, 3 bronze; 6th)

<Overall>
♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (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>.

★★★ NOTABLE POSTS ★★★

I've made over 12,500 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

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

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

chessgames.com 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.

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   Current net-worth: 4,204 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 13023 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-27-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Crazy 12th inning. After Padres extended their home run streak to 24 games (and led 6-4 heading to the bottom half), Jays rallied for 3 runs, which included a 14 pitch at bat! Meanwhile, Archer allows just 1 ER and 4H (0 BB) in 7 IP vs. the Dodgers, picking up his MLB leading 14 ...
 
   Jul-27-16 A Dueckstein vs H Kramer, 1956 (replies)
 
Penguincw: My first thought was to play 31.Rg5+, hoping for 31...hxg5 32.Qh7+ Kf8, but that doesn't lead to anything. I did find 31.Rxe6 fxe6 32.Rxe6, but had no idea what black would followup, and I am, once again, surprised that black resigned before white responded. However, white is an ...
 
   Jul-26-16 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: < Spring Leg Standings updated Sat Jul 23, 12:02 # User Net Worth 1. Chnebelgrind 11,058 2. Touch of Knight 9,199 3. WinKing 5,862 4. gunsan 5,634 5. Smooth Operator 5,227 6. kurtrichards 4,673 7. wordfunph 4,596 8. fivealpha 4,492 9. dunkenchess ...
 
   Jul-26-16 Annie Kappel (replies)
 
Penguincw: Happy Birthday Annie! Good luck in the upcoming leg.
 
   Jul-26-16 Sliwa vs Uhlmann, 1956 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Yay, a Tuesday puzzle. I got 28.Bg5+, a skewer, but black's only response is 28...Kxg5. I also got white's response, 29.Rg1+. It would be nice if black played 29...Kf6 so 30.Qxg6# 1-0 or 30.Rxg6# 1-0, but black can play 29...Kf4. Surprised the game ended right there. 29...Kf4, ...
 
   Jul-25-16 M Khachiyan vs Robson, 2006 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Yay finally, the Monday puzzle. The only thing that came to my mind was 43...Rxf3+ 44.Kxf3 Nd4+ and then 45...Nxc2. It wins a pawn and leaves black up a knight and 3 pawns for a bishop. But of course, black still has some work to do, but I still very much prefer black. Of course,
 
   Jul-24-16 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Thanks for a great leg <Switch>, good luck in the Summer Leg (you have won it 3 times already, so no pressure). And yes, I finally qualified for the Championship Leg, albeit on my 11th try. I almost missed it, as in the last month, I lost about 150 cbs, and fell from 2nd to ...
 
   Jul-24-16 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: As always, thanks to <chessmoron> and <OhioChessFan> for making this contest possible. Congrats to <WinKing> for winning his 5th double crown, tying him with <cm> for most double crowns. He is also now tied with <cm> on the overall HOF (all 3 ...
 
   Jul-24-16 Tal vs Kirjatsky, 1959 (replies)
 
Penguincw: And it's the Sunday puzzle. I, did not get even the first move. I saw it was a Tal puzzle, so knew the first move had to be a sacrifice, but ended up playing a move that was NOT a sacrifice. That move was 26.Qe4. Seems pretty logical, as it threatens mate, but after 26...Qxf2+ ...
 
   Jul-23-16 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Thanks for hosting <Golden Executive>. It was a great contest (as always). And of course, I would like to list my stats and congrats: Congrats to <Legend> for winning 3 medals (including 2 gold), as he now has a HOF leading 30 medals. He now has 13 golds in this ...
 
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March of the Penguins

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May-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: My predictions:

CZE - USA -> CZE
CAN - SWE -> CAN
FIN - DEN -> FIN
RUS - GER -> RUS

CZE - CAN -> CAN
FIN - RUS -> RUS

Final: CAN - RUS -> RUS
Bronze medal game: CZE - FIN -> FIN

(Is the deadline supposed to be Thursday, May 19?)

May-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Thanks <Switch> for your predictions.

And yes, it's supposed to be Thu/May/19/2016 (not sure what I was thinking about when I wrote the 21st). Hopefully the times are correct too (just to be safe, I sent it 15 minutes earlier than what I perceive the start time is).

May-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Another pitcher with a perfect record goes down, as Jays lose 12-2. Raptors lose too, but I'm not too worried, as they pretty much never win Game 1.

However, Kershaw beating the Angels, so that's good news for me! Kershaw vs. Weaver, imagine if this matchup took place in 2011 or 2012.

I see suspensions handed out. I'd say, at least for the Blue Jays' suspensions, it's fair (I guess). Bautista one game for the rough slide, Gibbons 3 games for being on the field despite ejected, and Chavez 3 games for instigating a fight which had died down. Tim Leiper, sure (whatever he did).

As for the Rangers' suspensions, I would like to see Matt Bush suspended though, because he was the one that started everything that day. Maybe also suspended Jeff Banister and one of the coaches. Odor 8 games, I would like to see it longer. Andrus, good enough.

May-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Well, here goes nothing:

QF

- CZE vs. <USA>
- <CAN> vs. SWE
- DEN vs. <FIN>
- GER vs. <RUS>

SF

- <CAN> vs. USA
- <FIN> vs. RUS

F

- <CAN> vs. FIN

BMG

- RUS vs. <USA>

May-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: In Round 1, you and me both got Canada, Finland and Russia correct. The tiebreaker was the Czechs vs. the Americans, and I got it right, so I take the 4-3 lead.

At this point, it's coming down to Finland vs. Russia. If Finland wins, I win. If Russia wins, it'll be a tie, heading into the final 2 games.

One more update, which will be after the tournament is all done.

May-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Looks like someone needs better goaltending. Canada 1, Finland 0. Insert evil laugh. :)

So nice to avenge the loss earlier in the tournament (and also from the 2016 IIHF U20). Still, props to Finland, as they only allowed 8 goals the entire tournament, while Canada surrenders 11. Hopefully Finland will stay for the playing of "O'Canada". ;)

Finland does rise up to #3 in the rankings, USA up to #4, Sweden down to #5.

As for the actual contest,

♔ Penguincw, 7
♕ SwitchingQuylthulg, 5

Out of a possible 8. If only someone was more loyal to their country. ;)

The HOF:

♔♕ <SwitchingQuylthulg>

♔♖ <Penguincw>
<Mating Net>

May-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: We had good enough goaltending... it's just that we were outplayed in every other respect ;-)

In the group stage game, Canada played at a super-high energy level early on and dominated play, but didn't score any goals; and as the game went on, they put less and less pressure on us. This time Canada did get an early goal in; and while they still couldn't quite maintain the same energy level through the whole game, they didn't exactly run out of gas either.

We had our opportunities and could have won with a bit of luck, but Canada were in control most of the time and deserved the win. Like I said, Finland never wins every game in any tournament... I wish I hadn't been right. We wasted a perfectly good opportunity to lose to you in the group stage :(

Next up: World Cup! No McDavid for Canada there :)

May-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Looking forward to the World Cup. Every team here looks strong, so every game will count (pretty much every game is a coin flip, more or less).

And yes, McDavid and many of the youngsters will not be playing for Team Canada, but this tournament is taking place prior to the start of the NHL season, so Canada will be at full strength.

Meanwhile, McDavid will be on Team North America. I wonder who Finland faces first. :) Canada will face the Czechs first.

May-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: What I like about this Finnish team is that we have a lot of talented young players right now - the cores of the 2014 and 2016 World Junior Championship winning teams, to begin with. The best part is that those complement each other nicely; the 2016 team was based on good forwards, while the 2014 team had good defencemen and a good goalie. Patrik Laine, aged all of 18, was named tournament MVP here; a questionable decision maybe, but the only players ahead of him in scoring were Russians, and not making the final weighed against them.

(He was <not> MVP at the World Junior Championships; that was Jesse Puljujärvi, who missed this tournament with injuries.)

May-23-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <Penguincw>!

Coming soon Shamkir 2016 (Gashimov Memorial Tournament)!!!

♘Shamkir 2016♘ Gashimov Memorial ♗Shamkir 2016♗

This tournament will run from May 26th thru June 4th 2016.

Participants include: Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Rajabov, Eltaj Safarli, Hou Yifan & Rauf Mamedov

*****
*****

<<> Shamkir 2016! (Gashimov Memorial) <>>

< 3 Prediction Contests: (Win virtual medals - Gold, Silver & Bronze) >

User: lostemperor - Predict the order the players will finish. (3 categories to medal in)

User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 10th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2016 - 10 years running)

User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in)

***<Golden Executive> & <chessmoron> have confirmed they will be running their contests for this event. I am hoping that <lostemperor> will be running his as well.***

*****
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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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May-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: The complete Finnish roster (http://yle.fi/urheilu/3-8911794) for the World Cup has been named now, with 19 NHL players, 2 KHL players and 2 Finnish League players (and including 10 players from the World Championships team). Laine and another 2016 World Junior Champion, Sebastian Aho, made the final cut.

I'm a bit surprised that Aho was selected; he's a very talented player, but doesn't feel like a good fit for this team. I'd have expected at least one line with some forwards of the defensive, penalty-killing type; and Aho doesn't really fit that bill. At the same time, he's not going to play on the first or second line. My guess would be that the plan is to use him on a power play unit and hope he can cope on even strength.

More generally, unusually for Finland, it seems the whole team's full of offensive forwards. I'm a bit worried about how that will work, especially given that our defence doesn't feel completely safe; our defencemen have a lot of talent but not much experience in tournaments like this. I suspect Komarov (of the Maple Leafs), who was used as an offensive forward at the World Championships, will take a more defensive role at the World Cup.

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Obviously, there will always be some notable omissions from the rosters, but I'm surprised Phil Kessel (a former Leaf) didn't make the cut for Team USA.

Of course, I don't blame them. All Kessel has done for Team USA was lead the 2014 Olympics tournament in points scored (he also only had 1 hat trick). In the playoffs, he's only first on the Pens in goals and points.

His ex-teammate, James van Riemsdyk took his place instead.

On Team Canada, neither Kris Letang, P.K. Subban or Corey Perry (Team Canada captain) made it, all huge surprises.

Other notable players not making the cut are Jaromir Jagr (but he said he retired from international play), Ilya Kovalchuk and Gustav Nyquist.

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Good home standings, you're drunk:

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Sat May 28, 13:31
User Net Worth
...
(3) Penguincw 2,380 >

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: Obviously, there will always be some notable omissions from the rosters, but I'm surprised Phil Kessel (a former Leaf) didn't make the cut for Team USA.

Of course, I don't blame them. All Kessel has done for Team USA was lead the 2014 Olympics tournament in points scored (he also only had 1 hat trick). In the playoffs, he's only first on the Pens in goals and points.>

Yeah, that's pretty weird.

The Russians have a quite young team overall. They have two really experienced players (Datsyuk and Markov), but Ovechkin (born Sep '85) is the third-oldest player on their squad.

In terms of individual skill, Russia is ridiculously strong, even without Kovalchuk; probably the only team to compare to Canada in that respect. But the problem with Russia, as it always has been since the Soviet system broke apart, will be to get those ridiculously talented individuals to play together and make a team. I'm not sold on Ovechkin in that respect; his appearances on Russian national teams have always been hit-and-miss, with some beautiful successes and some complete failures. The latest World Championships definitely count as a miss; he was a highly visible player, got plenty of ice time, took a load of shots and didn't really get anything done. The chemistry between him and his linemates didn't work at any point.

I'm purely guessing here, but this would be my take on Kovalchuk. He's good enough to be on the team; but he's not an easy player to manage. While he's been more consistent on the national team than Ovechkin, Russian coaches have still had problems integrating him into their teams because he's too temperamental and his ego is too big. The same logic could apply to Radulov, who's basically a younger copy of Kovalchuk; they both belong on that team skill-wise, but the coaches wanted someone they could keep in line.

In any case, after the World Championships it's hardly surprising that Shipachyov and Dadonov would be two of the forwards added.

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Oh my, what a game. Jays led 3-0 early, but blew it, trailed 8-4 with just 6 outs to go, and came back with 6 runs, winning 10-9.

Jays have now won 7 of 9, just 4 games back of the Red Sox for the division, 2.5 back of Texas for the wild card.

Tomorrow, the 2012 Cy Young winners face off again - David Price vs. R.A. Dickey. This will be Price's first game pitching at Rogers Centre since leaving the team.

May-28-16  Jim Bartle: R.A. Dickey? Isn't he about 50 years old?
May-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: I profit 2 cbs today (on about 400 cbs of bets), yet rose up to #2:

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Sun May 29, 20:02
User Net Worth

1. Touch of Knight 2,674
2. Penguincw 2,382 >

Jun-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: #2 again, this time even higher net worth:

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Wed Jun 1, 20:02
User Net Worth

(1) Touch of Knight 2,971
(2) Penguincw 2,532 >

Jun-03-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Success every other day! Should I bet tomorrow...

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Fri Jun 3, 16:01
# User Net Worth

1. Touch of Knight 3,101
2. Penguincw 2,933 >

Jun-16-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Sweet. Thanks to Pay Day, new season high:

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Thu Jun 16, 07:20
User Net Worth

(1) Touch of Knight 4,757
(2) Penguincw 4,127 >

Jun-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Another perfect day:

< L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Fri Jun 17, 04:53
User Net Worth

(1) Touch of Knight 4,845
(2) Penguincw 4,361 >

Jul-12-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Bilbao 2016 Starts Tomorrow!!!

♘Bilbao 2016♘ Bilbao 2016 ♗Bilbao 2016♗

This tournament will run from July 13th thru July 23rd 2016.

Participants include: Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So & Wei Yi.

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<<> Bilbao 2016!!! <>>

< 2 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)

This year will be the 10th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2016 - 10 years running)

User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in). This contest is run by <chessmoron> & hosted by <OhioChessFan>.

***<lostemperor> will be back for the Sinquefield Cup tournament on August 4, 2016***

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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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Jul-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < L E A D E R B O A R D
updated Thu Jul 21, 12:02
# User Net Worth

...

8. Penguincw 4,364 >

Finally hit a leg high, but have since dropped to 8th place. Just a few days left!

Jul-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < Spring Leg Standings
updated Sat Jul 23, 12:02
# User Net Worth

1. Chnebelgrind 11,058
2. Touch of Knight 9,199
3. WinKing 5,862
4. gunsan 5,634
5. Smooth Operator 5,227
6. kurtrichards 4,673
7. wordfunph 4,596
8. fivealpha 4,492
9. dunkenchess 4,319
10. Penguincw 4,204 >

https://web.archive.org/web/2016072...

Ah yes, on my 11th try, so nice to have finally qualified for the Championship Leg. 5-way tie for 174th different user to have made the Championship Leg. I almost missed it, as in the last month, I lost about 150 cbs, and fell from 2nd to 10th, but still made it in the end. :) Still, at 4204 cbs, that's probably the 4th lowest 10th place finish ever. The 12th place finisher was <Sneaky> at 3725 cbs, probably the 3rd lowest qualifying amount ever.

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13000th kibitz: OhioChessFan chessforum (kibitz #14355)

Jul-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Drat!!

I was so close to winning. If it hadn't been for the other 100 members ahead of me.

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