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Penguincw
Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Sep-24-16
♔ MY PROFILE ♔

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 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

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.

Chessgames.com Full Member
   Current net-worth: 1,097 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 13173 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-23-16 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: < SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Can I copy your predictions? ;-) > Yes, you may. :) There's only 16 possible predictions anyhow.
 
   Sep-20-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: And in response, the Giants have responded with memes such as "When Kershaw pitches you out of the postseason", and then shows that picture with Puig, A Gon and de Leon. Even though I like the Dodgers, gotta love it when shots are fired. Let's just hope that the guy running 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
 
   Sep-05-16 L Christiansen vs Nunn, 1991 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Definitely <whiteshark>. ;) --- Happy Labo(u)r Day to those who have the day off. First Monday puzzle of the month, hoping to get off to a good start. I thought I got it right away, with 36.Rxf6+ Bxf6 37.Qg8, but of course, the black queen guards that square. I tried ...
 
   Sep-04-16 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Wow <WannaBe>, I never knew you worked on an airplane: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/nati... . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCV...
 
   Sep-01-16 N Popov vs A Novopashin, 1979 (replies)
 
Penguincw: It's September, a new month. Even though it's a Thursday puzzle, can I get off to a good start? Well, white has a rook and pawn vs. 2 bishops. I saw 30.Ng6+ hxg6 31.Rxf8+ Kh7, and now white has 2 rooks and a pawn vs. the bishop pair and a knight. I did not see 32.Qh6+ though, and ...
 
   Aug-31-16 G Caprio vs P Fiorentini, 2009 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Last puzzle of the month, let's end on a positive note (even though it's a Wednesday puzzle). This puzzle, I did not bother to spend more than 15 seconds on it, but I think I got the main ideas: 23.Nxc6+ bxc6 24.Qb3+. Maybe if I actually spent some more time on it, I could've ...
 
   Aug-30-16 Navara vs B Michiels, 2015 (replies)
 
Penguincw: *slams head on keyboard in frustration* nrk. tfjmnmuhcv wqe3 I did not get this puzzle, except for the Qe5+ part. My solution was 36.Rh7+ Qxh7 37.Qe5+, but missed 37...Kg8, incorrectly assuming 37...Qg7 was forced, and black's only legal response.
 
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March of the Penguins

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 17 OF 34 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Feb-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: I'll see. Thanks anyways. :)
Feb-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Peng>, thank you for the reminder. Here's my ticket..

Vladimir Petrov Memorial: WINNER : Ivanchuk [info] 1000 LIVE BET 5:2 3.43 3,430 Feb-20-12

Feb-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < wordfunph: <Peng>, thank you for the reminder. Here's my ticket..

Vladimir Petrov Memorial: WINNER : Ivanchuk [info] 1000 LIVE BET 5:2 3.43 3,430 Feb-20-12 >

Ok. :)

Feb-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Hmm. Is a very good idea to wager so much on a "long range" bet, when you're broke?>

<Peng> when the chips are down, Loanshark is just a click away :)

Feb-18-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < wordfunph: <Hmm. Is a very good idea to wager so much on a "long range" bet, when you're broke?>

<Peng> when the chips are down, Loanshark is just a click away :) >

He's always a click away. :)

Feb-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: add this to your Bare Kings collection..

Vladimir Petrov Memorial 2012: Mamedyarov-Ivanchuk

Feb-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < wordfunph: add this to your Bare Kings collection..

Vladimir Petrov Memorial 2012: Mamedyarov-Ivanchuk >

Will do. :)

Feb-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Boo hoo.

Vladimir Petrov Memorial: WINNER : Ivanchuk [discard ticket] 100 LOSE 2:1 3.03 -- Feb-20-12

Ivanchuk was the favourite to win the tournament, but he was two points behind the eventually winner, Morozevich. Payout: 303

Vladimir Petrov Memorial: WINNER : OTHER [discard ticket] 25 LOSE 11:2 6.44 -- Feb-20-12

I had a theortical 1/2 chance of this ticket winning, but Kovalenko was half a point behind, thanks to his Round 2 loss. Grr. Payout: 161.

Vladimir Petrov Memorial: WINNER : Mamedyarov [discard ticket] 25 LOSE 9:2 5.44 -- Feb-20-12

I did a little calculation, and figured that he was the second favourite to win. He finished second last! Payout: 136.

Old Account:
Funds: 1,899
Loan: 0
Net Worth: 2,049 (max. bet 1000)

New Account:
Funds: 1,899
Loan: 0
Net Worth: 1,899 (max. bet 1000)

:(

Feb-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive:

Hi <Penguincw>, is good to see your forum open.

BTW you are only 23 posts away to reach your 5,000 kibitzes goal.

I have no doubt you will achieve it before the Friday February 24th, 2012 (I easily could bet 1 k at least! :)).

p.s. No more hamburguer avatar?

Feb-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < Golden Executive:

Hi <Penguincw>, is good to see your forum open.

BTW you are only 23 posts away to reach your 5,000 kibitzes goal.

I have no doubt you will achieve it before the Friday February 24th, 2012 (I easily could bet 1 k at least! :)).

p.s. No more hamburguer avatar? >

I know. :)

Feb-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Just 7 more posts to go (6 after this one).

Also, I bet 1,000 achieve it before Friday, as well. :)

Feb-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Yes, but really you need to get to 5184 to make up for all the posting in duplicate ;-)
Feb-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: You hit 5,000 posts.

10,000 or bust now!

Feb-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Well, I guess I "unofficially" made it to 5,000 mark.

KIBITZING: 5000 before Friday: YES: [cash in ticket] 1000 YOU WIN! COLLECT 1000 0:0 1.00 1000 Feb-20-12

:-\

Feb-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  dakgootje: Oh dear - those are fairly terrible odds.

Congrats though ;)

Feb-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < dakgootje: Oh dear - those are fairly terrible odds.

Congrats though ;) >

I know. Only if someone bet at least 5 on the other, then I could collect the 1 chessbuck juice, and split the earnings with GE. :)

Thanks. :)

Feb-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive:

<I know. Only if someone bet at least 5 on the other, then I could collect the 1 chessbuck juice, and split the earnings with GE. :)> lol

Congratulations for your 5,000 !

About the chessbokie standings, just for fun, I made a Leaderboard excluding the Major League guys whom started the leg with 10,000. This is the " top 20 " list:

1. Shelter417 9,476
2. Shadowmancer 6,718
3. Golden Executive 6,474
4. NakoSonorense 4,965
5. Diademas 4,296
6. shakespeare 4,251
7. arshile 4,159
8. SoundWave 3,223
9. matherd1 3,037
10. dunkenchess 2,791
11. truefriends 2,419
12. Buttinsky 2,275
13. Assa S. Sin 2,188
14. martin moller 2,137
15. LDJ 1,947
16. Tartalacreme 1,930
17. crippledpawn 1,899
17. Penguincw 1,899
19. karik 1,813
20. BOGGLED 1,809

Feb-21-12  SimonT: There's another Nigel Short game for your "Checkmate: Overlooking Mate in 1's" collection. It is against Maia Chiburdanidze and he said it was his most embarrassing moment at the chessboard in an old Kingpin interview: http://www.kingpinchess.net/?p=1520
Feb-21-12  SimonT: I forgot to add the link to the game. It is Short vs Chiburdanidze, 1985
Feb-22-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Thank you <SimonT>. Welcome to my forum. :)
Feb-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTQZ...
Feb-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < OhioChessFan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTQZ... >

Well, at least there's no meat in there, assuming at 0:15 the middle is some chocolate. Flightless birds are always targetted. :(

http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=kfc+c...

Feb-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Penguincw: Just a reminder that you can bet on Rd.8 of the Polish Championship. :)>

gracias amigo Peng..

Feb-25-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Sighs.

Polish Championship Rd 8: Kempinski-Bartel : Bartel [discard ticket] 25 LOSE 7:4 2.85 -- Feb-25-12

Polish Championship Rd 8: Kempinski-Bartel : Draw [cash in ticket] 125 YOU WIN! COLLECT 249 1:1 2.00 249 Feb-25-12

Well that wasn't much of a gusty prediction.

Polish Championship Rd 8: Socko-Miton : Socko [discard ticket] 125 LOSE 7:4 2.87 -- Feb-25-12

Polish Championship Rd 8: Socko-Miton : Draw [cash in ticket] 25 YOU WIN! COLLECT 55 5:4 2.23 55 Feb-25-12

I assumed Miton was doing poorly (I didn't check the standings nor figure out more info on him) so thought 1-0. :-\

Polish Championship Rd 8: Wojtaszek-Macieja : Wojtaszek [discard ticket] 125 LOSE 9:8 2.12 -- Feb-25-12

Polish Championship Rd 8: Wojtaszek-Macieja : Draw [cash in ticket] 25 YOU WIN! COLLECT 58 4:3 2.33 58 Feb-25-12

Wojtaszek is obviously the top seed. I thought 1-0 but didn't realize his opponent was tied for 1st!

Old Account
Funds: 1,449
Loan: 0
Net Worth: 1,899 (max. bet: 1,000)

New Account
Funds: 1,811
Loan: 0
Net Worth: 1,899 (max. bet: 1,000)

I will be more careful. :)

Feb-25-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: ♔ AVATAR ♔

Firstly, I didn't want to overload my previous post.

In other news, if any one is curious why I chose the bird, here it is:

1)Someone took my old burger one. :(

2)This is any season.

My old heart one belongs more February 14th-ish. For the bird, the only way I can think of it as being off season is migration.

3)It's exclusive.

I don't any one had this before. There are a lot of nice avatars, but I've known users with these pics and I want them to have it, if they were to renew their membership.

4)It relates to my user (Penguincw).

P.S. I've reached 18 pages. :)

Next Goals:

20 pages (500 posts)

25 pages (625 posts)

30 pages (750 posts)

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