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Penguincw
Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Aug-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.

Chessgames.com Full Member
   Current net-worth: 519 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 13139 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-27-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: < Please, please, Vin. Don't suck at retirement. =)) > Don't retire at all. :) < Toronto have re-acquired D. Navarro, they must really like ex-Dodgers catchers. =)) > He was also an ex-Jay. He left the Jays since he wanted to play for a team that allowed him to be an ...
 
   Aug-24-16 J M Bellon Lopez vs M Grabarczyk, 2001 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Hmm, after missing Monday's puzzle, can I get the Tuesday and Wednesday puzzle? And well, I did, sort of. I treated this puzzle as a mid/late week puzzle (so aim to find the first move), which I got 44...Nfg4+ 45.hxg4 Nxg4+, but wasn't sure what to play next. However, since that ...
 
   Aug-23-16 Toldsepp vs Keres, 1934 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Hmm, after missing yesterday's Monday puzzle, how would I fare today? Well, I got it. Yay. I wasn't sure whether to take the bishop first or pawn first, but I saw taking the pawn first was better, and went with it. But what if 10...Nxd3+ 11.Qxd3 Qxb2? Looks like that 12.O-O is ...
 
   Aug-22-16 K Burger vs Benko, 1969 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Whenever I don't get a Monday puzzle immediately, that usually means I miss it altogether. :( And for the 2nd time this month, I missed it. :( I went with 27...Nxh3+, hoping for 28.gxh3 Qh1# 0-1, but knew that wasn't going to be played. I hoped the objective was to just win a ...
 
   Aug-20-16 Johan Salomon
 
Penguincw: IM Johan Salomon does well at the SS Manhem Chess Week tournament, scoring 6.5/9, getting edged by GM Eduardas Rozentalis 26.25-26. However, he does have a TPR of 2630, and gained 19 rating points (up to 2489), so that looks like another GM norm. ...
 
   Aug-20-16 Eduardas Rozentalis
 
Penguincw: Eduardas Rozentalis wins the Manhem Chess Week GM tournament with a score of 6.5/9, edging out Johan Salomon via. tiebreaks 26.25-26. http://chess-results.com/tnr233776.... https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
 
   Aug-18-16 Chiburdanidze vs M Sharif, 1995 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Damn it! I thought this Thursday puzzle would be easy to solve, but was wrong. The line I went with was 22.Qg5+ and I saw what would happen if black played 22...Bg7 (23.Qxg7# 1-0) or 22...Kh7 (23.Qh5+ Kg8 24.Qh8# 1-0 or if 23.Qh5+ Bh8 24.Qxf7+ Bg7 25.Qxg7# 1-0). However, if black ...
 
   Aug-17-16 R Beer vs Grob, 1966 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Hehe, white avoided the Grob Attack and still lost. Anyway, I missed all the puzzles last week. Can I really be 3/3 the following week? Well, I saw 32...Rxf2. If 33.Rxf2, then 33...Qxe3, white is in trouble. Black was already up a bishop and 2 pawns for a knight. I also saw ...
 
   Aug-16-16 lostemperor chessforum
 
Penguincw: Thanks to <lostemperor> for making this contest possible. Congrats to <WannaBe> for winning gold to increase your spot as 1st on the HOF. Also congrats to <Robin01> for winning a gold medal. With this gold medal, you break the tie between you, me and ...
 
   Aug-16-16 D Orzech vs N Popova, 2009 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Yay, it's Tuesday. Easy puzzle, which I got. The line I went with was 24...Bxc3+ first. If 25.Qxc3, then 25...Rd1# 0-1. So, 25.bxc3 is forced (if 25.Qd2 then just 25...Bxd2# 0-1). I followed up with 25...Rxc3. White has to guard both c1 and d1. If 26.Qb1, then 26...Rcd3 27.Rxf3 ...
 
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March of the Penguins

Kibitzer's Corner
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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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