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Penguincw
Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Oct-23-17
♔ MY PROFILE ♔

I'd like to thank the user who gave me a year of premium services from Feb/14/2012-Feb/14/2013 and the user who gave me 3 years of premium services from Dec/26/2015-Dec/26/2018. :)

★★★ 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 doesn't), and even play sports (even though I'm not great at it). Baseball is by far my favourite sport.

★★★ GAME COLLECTIONS ★★★

Penguincw's Game Collections

To view all my collections, see here: Game Collection: 0: 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 45th user to reach 13,000 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.

In Spring 2016, I became the 172nd user to qualify for the Championship Leg in the ChessBookie Game, finishing in 10th place with 4,204 cbs. (fact-checking needed)

★★★ 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, 3 silver, 7 bronze; 24th)

<chessmoron> (hosted by <OhioChessFan>) ♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (9 gold, 11 silver, 22 bronze; 10th)

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

<Overall>
♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♕♕♕♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♗♗♗♗♗♗- ♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (18 gold, 14 silver, 32 bronze; 8th)

Updated through Sinquefield 2017.

<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).

The 4th user to have won at least 3 golds in 3 different contests (after <chessmoron>, <lostemperor> and <SwitchingQuylthulg>). Members of this club are unofficially considered to be "grandmasters" of the prediction contests.

For the 7th consecutive year (2011-2017), 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.

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   Oct-21-17 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
Penguincw: HOU wins the pennant. HOU-LAD it is. McCullers with a 12 out save. He entered the 6th with a 4 run lead, but got that 9+ out save.
 
   Oct-10-17 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: I see though many (except for TBS) wanted the game to be scheduled at 1 pm, but TBS refused (may or may not be a legit reason). Oh well. But in baseball, every day makes a difference. Now WSH can go with Stratsburg and Gio on normal rest to save their season, instead of Roark. ...
 
   Oct-04-17 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: <WannaBe> Yep, hockey is back. It should be a great season, but I am a bit occupied, and so there's only enough room for 1 sport. And you know what it is: postseason baseball.
 
   Oct-02-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
Penguincw: Thanks for a good leg, congrats to the winner and qualifiers, and see you soon. Good luck <Switch>. < abhishikt: Argh... last leg I finished 12th, this leg 11th :-( > That means you're going to finish 10th next leg and make it into the Championship Leg. :)
 
   Sep-30-17 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiu... .
 
   Sep-26-17 Fischer vs Panno, 1970
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkX... .
 
   Sep-23-17 Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp4... .
 
   Sep-22-17 Larsen vs Spassky, 1970
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L83... .
 
   Sep-19-17 Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0j... .
 
   Sep-17-17 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld-... .
 
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March of the Penguins

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Jan-01-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: It's disgusting that we didn't even make the playoffs; obviously we're not really <that> bad, but we managed to lose some close games in silly ways. We'd have qualified easily from the other group, I think - but then, we should have qualified easily from our group as well.

My predictions...

QF:
- <SWE> - SVK
- <CAN> - CZE
- DEN - <RUS>
- <USA> - SUI

SF:
- <SWE> - CAN
- RUS - <USA>

F:

- SWE - <USA>

Bronze:
- <CAN> - RUS

Relegation:
- <FIN> - LAT

Jan-01-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < Penguincw: ... Relegation: - <FIN> - SUI >

You idiot.

Jan-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: FIN - LAT 2-1. Just when you think Finland can't start playing any worse, they do :(

Seriously, though, this shows the difference a few key players can make - just compare the group stage this year to the group stage last year...

Last year we allowed 13 goals in four group stage games; this year we only allowed eight, mostly because our goalie played better. Last year we were +46 in shots on goal; this year we were +62. We controlled games just as well as we did last year.

But last year our top line (Laine/Aho/Puljujärvi) scored so many goals we could afford a bit of shaky defending and goalkeeping; this year we apparently don't have anybody who knows how to put the puck in the net, even against a team like Latvia. We get the opportunities, but we can't convert them.

Jan-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: At least Finland won. Canada has defeated the Czechs, and will face Sweden next.

I tried calculating the IIHF rankings for the junior teams (with 2016 being worth 100%), and it looks the standings are as follows: 1) RUS 2870 2) FIN 2820 3) SWE 2795 4) CAN 2765 5) USA 2745 6) CZE 2625 7) Slovakia 2610 8) SUI 2445 9) DEN 2430 11) SUI (I mean LAT) 2265 (tied with Germany, 30 behind Belarus).

But yeah, still must be sad to play in the relegation round. I believe this is the first time any Big 6 team has played in the relegation round(s), under the current format. The last big 6 team to play in the relegation round was, well, Finland in 2013, but it was 4 teams that played, not 2.

Every big 6 team (except for RUS/USSR/CIS) has played in the relegation round before, although none have actually been relegated...

Jan-03-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: But yeah, still must be sad to play in the relegation round.>

Not least for the players; the Latvia game was our worst game so far (worse than the loss to Denmark), and I think lack of motivation had a lot to do with it.

Jan-03-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats, Finland defeats Latvia 4-1, and will have a chance to compete for the championship, in 2018.

You and I are a perfect 5/5 so far, but one will no longer be so by the end of tomorrow, the SWE-CAN game. I chose my home country, you chose your "former" country...

Jan-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Congratulations to Canada! You deserved your spot in the final.

The early goalie change was absolutely key, I think. I'm just glad you didn't do that in the quarterfinals last year :)

Jan-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Time to pull the head coach and put in D. Trump. He'll show them how it's done.
Jan-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to USA for winning. They beat Canada twice, which is impressive, considering they lose about 75% of the time to their neighbors (yes, without a "u", in honor of the Americans winning) to the North. I usually don't have anything useful to say about the actual hockey, so on to the contest:

---

As for the contest, I led by 1 point, and was guaranteed a gold. Whether or not it would be shared, I had 2 chances to close out: if Sweden won the bronze, or Canada won the gold. Neither happened, and <Switch> able to salvage the tie. He and I both won a gold as the only participants, getting 7/9 each.

So, HOF ceremony:

♔ Penguincw, 7
♔ SwitchingQuylthulg, 7

HOF standings:

♔♔♕ <SwitchingQuylthulg>

♔♔♖ <Penguincw>

<Mating Net>

(assuming the World Cup of Hockey 2016 doesn't count, but if it does, add a gold for me and Switch)

Thanks all for playing, and see you next time, which will likely be ... the IIHF Championship in May.

---

The unofficial IIHF Junior rankings after this tournament (only among the 10 teams that participated in the top division, and Belarus who just got promoted), is now:

1) RUS 2850
2) USA 2835
3) CAN 2815
4) SWE 2765
5) FIN 2670
6) CZE 2615
7) SVK 2575
8) DEN 2540
9) SUI 2475
10) BEL 2305
11) LAT 2295

So Finland and USA swap spots, Canada and Sweden swap spots, and so do Denmark and Switzerland.

Jan-10-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <Penguincw>!

3 days till Tata Steel - Saturday Jan. 14th 2017!!!

♘Tata Steel♘ Tata Steel Masters ♗Tata Steel♗

https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

This tournament will run from Jan. 14th thru Jan. 29th 2017. (13 Rounds)

Participants include Adhiban, Andreikin, Aronian, Carlsen, Eljanov, Giri, Harikrishna, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Rapport, So, Van Wely, Wei & Wojtaszek.

Average rating: 2753 - Category: 21 (FIDE-ratings of December 2016)

*****
*****

<<> Tata Steel Chess 2017 <>>

http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

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

User: lostemperor - Predict the order the players will finish. Run & hosted by <lostemperor>. (3 categories to medal in)

User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1. Run & hosted by <Golden Executive>. (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 11th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2017 - 11 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>.

*****
*****

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

ChessBookie Game

This is the Championship Leg for the ChessBookie game. Nice prizes given out to the top(10) finishers.

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

Jan-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Ah, just found out today is Penguin Awareness Day.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/new...

Woo, be aware of us!

Jan-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: I think it means, that zombie penguins are coming to take over the world.

<BE AWARE>!!

Jan-29-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Penguincw> You made a mistake in your Round 13 predictions! You gave <van Wely - Harikrishna 1/2-1/2 0-1> - two results for one game! I hope you see this in time to fix it.
Feb-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Good luck to all my friends with their migration: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201....

Personally, in real life, if I had to choose somewhere to visit in South America, I'd probably choose the southern tip of Argentina or Falkland Islands or Galapagos Islands (somewhere with penguins). Or maybe somewhere like Machu Picchu.

Apr-19-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi Penguincw,

2 days till Shamkir Chess - Gashimov Memorial 2017 - Friday Apr. 21st 2017!!!

♘Shamkir Chess♘Gashimov Memorial♗Shamkir Chess♗

This tournament will run from Apr. 21st thru Apr. 30th 2017. (9 Rounds)

Participants include Adams, Eljanov, Harikrishna, Karjakin, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Radjabov, So, Topalov & Wojtaszek.

Average rating: 2761 - Category: 21 (FIDE-ratings as of April 18th. 2017)

*****
*****

<<> Gashimov Memorial 2017 <>>

http://shamkirchess.az/

< 2 Prediction Contests: (Win virtual medals - Gold, Silver & Bronze) >

*** User: lostemperor - Predict the order the players will finish. Run & hosted by <lostemperor>. (3 categories to medal in) ***

**User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1. Run & hosted by <Golden Executive>. (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 11th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2017 - 11 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>.*

***No confirmation from <lostemperor> that he will be running his contest***

Status - Unlikely

**<GoldenExecutive> has confirmed he will be running his contest**

Status - Definitely

*<chessmoron> has confirmed he will be running his contest*

Status - Definitely

*****
*****

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

ChessBookie Game

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

**********
**********

Apr-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Whew. FIN - CZE U18 WC quarterfinal 6-5 after overtime.

We managed to blow a 5-1 lead... though to be fair, we were lucky to get 5-1 up in the first place. We never really controlled the game and never really lost control, the Czechs got back in the game just by doing more of what they had been doing all along. It could easily have gone the other way.

Next up: winner of the Russia-Slovakia game. We beat Slovakia once already, but that was another close game; whichever opponent we get, it won't be an easy semi.

Apr-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Didn't see your message 'til now (I stopped reading after <WK>'s post ;) )

Anyway, I haven't been paying attention to this tournament at all, given the Raptors and Leafs are in the playoffs, and the Jays are back and playing. Sucks that Team Canada got eliminated in the quarters, albeit to a good team (well they're all good). Hopefully Team Canada will fare better at the regular IIHF Championship next month.

I see the US beats Finland in the finals, but Finland still collects the silver. I'm sure <WannaBe> and <Mating Net> are really happy now.

Apr-24-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Yeah, the US were better than we were and deserved the win. While they didn't have complete control of the game (shots on goal were pretty much even), they defended well, kept our scoring opportunities to a minimum and (unlike us) avoided stupid mistakes on the blue line and in their own end.

And our power play, which was really good early in the tournament, was simply horrendous in the final; the US scored one goal short-handed and came closer to scoring another short-handed goal than we did to scoring a power-play goal. They got a lot of penalties, and probably should have got even more penalties; but it wouldn't have made any difference if they did, since all those penalties did was mess up our play.

A couple of our key forwards were playing slightly injured, and I think that showed both here and in the semi against Russia. But that's part of hockey; in last year's final our best forward played injured and still scored a hat trick.

Apr-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Woo, Happy World Penguin Day.

http://earthsky.org/earth/world-pen...

Apr-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Here you are doing a happy dance to celebrate:

https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-s...

May-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Good grief... Finland-France 1-5. Probably the worst result for a Finnish national hockey team since... I don't even know. Late 1950s?

France are a lot better than they used to be; they have a few genuinely good players like Bellemare, Roussel and Auvitu, their weak lines aren't nearly as weak as even a few years ago, and they were playing at home. Their goalie played a really good game, and took one miracle save on a would-have-been equalizer. But they're still France; they lost to Norway; we beat them easily last year; they are not, by any stretch of imagination, a great hockey team.

We need to start playing a lot better to even make the playoffs :(

May-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: <Switch>

Well, France is also celebrating the results of the election as well. ;)

But yeah, I was surprised too that Finland loss. France isn't a bad team, but Finland was the favourite entering today. But all teams here are good, and upsets are bound to happen.

Finland gave up 5 goals today, which does point to perhaps a goaltending/defense problem. Unfortunately, Pekka Rinne is currently competing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Nashville Predators. His team leads 3-2 in a best of 7 series in the quarter-final round of the playoffs.

Canada and the US also have many players competing in the playoffs, but they have more depth. Neither Bellemare, Roussel or Auvitu are in the SCP currently.

May-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: Finland gave up 5 goals today, which does point to perhaps a goaltending/defense problem.>

Defensive errors and so-so goalkeeping were both to blame. For a long time, it's been very rare for Finland to have a goaltending problem; but Korpisalo has been less than convincing so far. I hope our other goalies get an opportunity to show their form in the next games.

Mind you, the whole Finnish team has been less than convincing so far. It's not that long ago that we could reliably build really strong teams just from players in the European leagues; but now it seems most of our talented young players head to America as soon as they're even remotely ready. Looking at our team in this tournament, it's basically a combination of young guys from the NHL and old guys from European leagues.

Of course, there's another explanation for that beyond America swallowing most of our young talents: team selection. It's easier for an upcoming player to impress team selectors if he plays in the NHL.

We also have a new coach this year (Lauri Marjamäki), and I think that's part of the problem. His first big tournament was the World Cup, which was a flop; then there was the Euro Hockey Tour, which wasn't a <total> flop but didn't go well either; now here's the World Championships, and we seem to be heading for another flop. Under our previous coaches flops were few and far between; hopefully he can turn the ship around before it sinks.

May-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: Unfortunately, Pekka Rinne is currently competing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Nashville Predators. His team leads 3-2 in a best of 7 series in the quarter-final round of the playoffs.>

He's playing too well. We'd have got him if he weren't in good shape :-)

May-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: We somehow managed to lose to the Czechs (on penalties) after being 3-0 up after two periods, and 3-1 up with two and a half minutes to play.

Respect to the Czechs; much like their U18 team earlier, they kept the pressure up and never stopped trying. But it was still up to us to find a way to lose it, and we delivered... again.

The refs seemed to fall asleep at the end, to the extent that when someone woke them up and explained the game was over, it took them a while to realize what had happened. We should have got a penalty shot or at least a power play in overtime; but it was entirely our fault the game went to overtime in the first place.

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