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SwitchingQuylthulg
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"My cousin Sammy told me a true slugger - a Szeged slugger - will always swing for the fences, and that is exactly what I am going to do. I am going to knock Kramnik out of the room with my 'home run punch.' My trainer and I have been developing it in camp. I just hope Vladimir's head is screwed on tight or it may end up on top of the demonstration board!" Game Collection: Lékó - Fireless and Boring?

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Current position of my game against <ahmadov>:


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White: ahmadov
Black: SwitchingQuylthulg

1.d4 Nc6 2.e4 d5 3.e5 h5 4.Nf3 Bf5 5.c3 Nh6 6.Bb5 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.h3 g5 9.Bd3 g4 10.Nh2 gxh3 11.g3 Bg5 12.Kh1 Bxc1 13.Qxc1 Bxd3 14.Rd1 Be4+ 15.Kg1 h4 16.Qf4 f5 17.exf6 hxg3 18.fxg3 Qd6 19.Qxd6 cxd6 20.Nd2 Kd7 21.c4 Rag8 22.Kf2 Ng4+ 23.Nxg4 Rxg4 24.Nf3 h2 25.Rh1 Bxf3 26.Kxf3 Rxd4 0-1

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   Aug-31-15 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: Round 8: Grischuk - Vachier-Lagrave 1/2 40 Giri - Caruana 1/2 30 So - Topalov 1/2 38 Aronian - Anand 1/2 14 Carlsen - Nakamura 1/2 37
 
   Aug-31-15 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: Round 8: Grischuk - Vachier-Lagrave 0-1 Giri - Caruana 1/2 So - Topalov 1-0 Aronian - Anand 0-1 Carlsen - Nakamura 1/2
 
   Aug-30-15 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: I remember when <MrMelad> was offended by the pun "Dutch Oven" (which he felt was connected to the Holocaust) and asked for it to be changed (it wasn't). I guess the lesson here is that as more puns are used, the probability that someone is offended by an imaginary ...
 
   Aug-28-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: I'm not going to lie though, it is like impossible to predict what time the game will begin. I don't even know what time zone the site is on. :p So I'm setting it at 9:00 am <cg> time. I don't really care who wins, I'm just trying to figure out an ...
 
   Aug-19-15 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: All hail Nuklu! All hail the Lady! <Annie> Thanks for the TomaTea tip, I'll have a look at it later :) Busy now.
 
   Aug-19-15 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: 1. Carlsen 2. Caruana 3. Topalov 3. Anand 3. Nakamura 3. So 7. Vachier-Lagrave 7. Giri 7. Grischuk 7. Aronian
 
   Aug-19-15 dakgootje chessforum
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: <dakkie> Happy birthday, wherever you are! I hope you're OK and weren't completely broken by the work and stress. I don't want to think exterminating mankind is <my> responsibility now :(
 
   Aug-11-15 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: <WannaBe> 6.Nd7 Kb8 would have avoided immediate mate, I think. (It does run into 7.Qxd7 Qxd8, so your 6.1-0! was probably better.)
 
   Aug-03-15 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: The awesome power of the passed pawn square: [Event "rated blitz match"] [Site "Free Internet Chess Server"] [Date "2015.08.03"] [Round "?"] [White "NN"] [Black "Quylthulg"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1840"] [BlackElo "1991"] [ECO "A00"] ...
 
   Jul-19-15 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
 
SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw: From now on, I'll just display their whole name (first and last). Should be nothing wrong with that.> That is probably the best approach, yes. <PS/BTW: Any other cultures/countries that have something similar to this?> Several; but Indian names ...
 
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All Hail Nuklu!

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Jul-08-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> I think refunded bets do improve one's credit rating, but I'm not 100% sure. If you need to know, you can test it by repeatedly refunding your own max-bets :)

On a similar note, I once asked Daniel Freeman if a refunded bet would make a player eligible for the Pay Day bonus; he <thought> the answer was "yes", and we both agreed it ought to be "yes", but (at least at that point) he wasn't completely sure whether it actually worked that way.

<I would use the default link, but I don't like how it displays the kibitz number. However, with HTMLs, I think it's fine.>

Yes, the kibitz numbers are a bit ugly; <zanzibar> requested them this January, they weren't displayed before that.

Jul-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Hi <Switch>. Firstly, thanks for your help and advice. :)

I have some more questions. Firstly, for a draw no-bet, if the game is drawn, do you refund Lines 1 and 2, or do you delete the whole bet? Is there a difference?

Also, how do you proceed with being Bookie for a leg? Do you have all easy bets, all difficult bets, all interesting bets, some combination, what?

This next question is another question that I'm probably going to figure on my own (but will ask anyway). How do you advertise the game? Should I be advertising (it's free).

Jul-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Penguincw> Taking those one by one:

<I have some more questions. Firstly, for a draw no-bet, if the game is drawn, do you refund Lines 1 and 2, or do you delete the whole bet? Is there a difference?>

I refunded both lines. I'm not sure if it's even possible to delete the bet at that point.

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<Also, how do you proceed with being Bookie for a leg? Do you have all easy bets, all difficult bets, all interesting bets, some combination, what?>

Rule 3: <there is no such thing as an easy bet>.

There are bets with very likely winners, but they aren't in any way <easy> bets; the players aren't trying to predict the outcome, they're trying to beat the odds. A bet where the odds are easy to estimate could be described as "easy", but the odds are never as easy to estimate as you'd think; there's always some wrinkle. (Your Coin Flip bet might be an exception to this.)

By that definition, a "difficult" bet is not one where the winner is completely unpredictable, but one where the odds are very hard to estimate accurately. This kind of bet is fun (not least for the Bookie), but it has to be done the right way; if people realize they don't have a clue about the odds, they're simply not going to bet, or will only place very small bets.

Accordingly, a good "difficult" bet is one where the odds are incredibly difficult to estimate accurately, but don't <look> the part - one where people think they know what will happen, even though they actually don't.

One bet of this type I particularly liked was the Clean Sweep Special from the 2014 Olympiad: will more teams have a perfect 8-0 score after 2 rounds in the open section or the women's section? People thought "open" was a sure winner because it had a big lead after round 1, but it didn't work that way at all. But bets like that should be used very sparingly; the game is supposed to be fun for all players, not a "can the Bookie outsmart everybody?" show.

A more typical and reusable example of a "difficult" bet would be any game that involves high rating differences (>100 points), or one famous player and one relatively unknown player.

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In any case, <some combination of different types of bet> is almost definitely the best option. Different people like different types of bets (and many like variety), so we should give them different types of bets, both in terms of "easy"/"difficult" and "normal"/"unusual". "Normal" bets (X vs Y, Daily Double, Pick Three) should be the most common, but exotic ("unusual") bets also have their place.

Try things out and see what people like. Not every bet has to be popular - indeed, it's a bad idea to only use popular bets, as there should be something in the game for <everybody> and not just the majority. But popular bets should be used more often than unpopular bets.

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I generally limited myself to 2 (rarely 3) "unusual" bets per round; I didn't use very many truly <weird> bets, and never more than one per round. The exception was Exotic Day (<wordfunph>'s birthday, April 24), with five unusual bets, all on the weirder-than-normal side.

You won't get <wordfunph>'s birthday, of course; you'll get <Annie>'s birthday on July 26. Considering the difference between her approach and <wordfunph>'s, maybe that could be No Exotics Day :-)

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<This next question is another question that I'm probably going to figure on my own (but will ask anyway). How do you advertise the game? Should I be advertising (it's free).>

I think advertising is the area where you can set yourself apart from all previous Bookies and be unquestionably the best yet. I posted a ton about the Bookie game in tournament forums, which is a good way of advertising it to Chessgames users; this is almost certainly the main reason my legs had more participants than <wordfunph>'s and <Annie>'s legs. But no one has really taken Bookie advertising outside chessgames.com yet; there's a lot of untapped potential in social media marketing and advertising the Bookie game on other chess sites. If you tap that potential, and get new people to join Chessgames so they can play the Bookie game, you'll be a hero.

Jul-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: You can't delete a bet once it has any c$ in it. So you refund all lines, and then the bet is counted as "cancelled".

Personally, I like to combine difficulty levels, and even post some totally certain bets now and then (remember that "epic game" bet, over a large and long open?), to keep players paying attention. ;p

Harder bets are good too. I really liked <wordfunph>'s idea of breaking up the most likely result with an over/under clause (makes the bet much more difficult to call, and attracts a bigger pool), but would always offer some simple "classic" bets as well.

We don't have to be all the same, though, you can find your own favorite balance. And flavor with exotics according to taste. :)

Advertising is easiest if <cg> put up a tournament forum a few days in advance. Otherwise, you can advertise on player pages, in the Bookie forum, or not at all - not rules there either.

Jul-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: Cross post, <Switch>. Heh. ;)
Jul-31-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <malthrope> would have appreciated this position from my latest game :(


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Aug-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Here are my moves:

MPGN (Modified Portable Game Notation):

[Event "Two-Move Chess Experiment"]
[Site "Chessgames.com"]
[Date "2015.08.07"]
[EventDate ""]
[Round "1.2"]
[Result ""]
[Black "SwitchingQuylthulg"]
[White "WannaBe"]
[ECO "??"]
[WhiteElo "-50000"]
[BlackElo "30000"]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 d3


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Aug-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: [Event "Two-Move Chess Experiment"]
[Site "Chessgames.com"]
[Date "2015.08.07"]
[EventDate ""]
[Round "1.2"]
[Result ""]
[Black "SwitchingQuylthulg"]
[White "WannaBe"]
[ECO "??"]
[WhiteElo "32766"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 d3 2. Nf6 e6


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Aug-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: [Event "Two-Move Chess Experiment"]
[Site "Chessgames.com"]
[Date "2015.08.07"]
[EventDate ""]
[Round "1.2"]
[Result ""]
[Black "SwitchingQuylthulg"]
[White "WannaBe"]
[ECO "??"]
[WhiteElo "-32766"]
[BlackElo "32845"]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 d3 2. Nf6 e6 3. c3 Nf3


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Aug-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: [Event "Two-Move Chess Experiment"]
[Site "Chessgames.com"]
[Date "2015.08.07"]
[EventDate ""]
[Round "1.2"]
[Result ""]
[Black "SwitchingQuylthulg"]
[White "WannaBe"]
[ECO "??"]
[WhiteElo "-32766"]
[BlackElo "1200"]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 d3 2. Nf6 e6 3. c3 Nf3 4. Nxe4 Nxf2


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(By the way, in case it wasn't clear, I'm sticking with 1.d4 e4 in the other game.)

Aug-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: [Event "Two-Move Chess Experiment"]
[Site "Chessgames.com"]
[Date "2015.08.07"]
[EventDate ""]
[Round "1.2"]
[Result ""]
[Black "SwitchingQuylthulg"]
[White "WannaBe"]
[ECO "??"]
[WhiteElo "-32766"]
[BlackElo "1200"]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 d3 2. Nf6 e6 3. c3 Nf3 4. Nxe4 Nxf2 5. Qe2 Qxf2


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Aug-08-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: [Event "Two-Move Chess Experiment"]
[Site "Chessgames.com"]
[Date "2015.08.07"]
[EventDate ""]
[Round "1.2"]
[Result ""]
[Black "SwitchingQuylthulg"]
[White "WannaBe"]
[ECO "??"]
[WhiteElo "32763"]
[BlackElo "1200"]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 d3 2. Nf6 e6 3. c3 Nf3 4. Nxe4 Nxf2 5. Qe2 Qxf2 6. Bc5 Bxf2+


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Aug-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Shoot, I can or should resign this one, forgot about the other diagonal...

[Event "Two-Move Chess Experiment"]
[Site "Chessgames.com"]
[Date "2015.08.07"]
[EventDate ""]
[Round "1.2"]
[Result ""]
[Black "SwitchingQuylthulg"]
[White "WannaBe"]
[ECO "??"]
[WhiteElo "32763"]
[BlackElo "1200"]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 d3 2. Nf6 e6 3. c3 Nf3 4. Nxe4 Nxf2 5. Qe2 Qxf2 6. Bc5 Bxf2+ 7. Kxf2 g3


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Aug-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: [Event "Two-Move Chess Experiment"]
[Site "Chessgames.com"]
[Date "2015.08.07"]
[EventDate ""]
[Round "1.2"]
[Result ""]
[Black "SwitchingQuylthulg"]
[White "WannaBe"]
[ECO "??"]
[WhiteElo "32763"]
[BlackElo "1200"]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 d3 2. Nf6 e6 3. c3 Nf3 4. Nxe4 Nxf2 5. Qe2 Qxf2 6. Bc5 Bxf2+ 7. Kxf2 g3 8. f5 f4


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Aug-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: I gotta make a move here, and I will, soon. =)
Aug-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: [Event "Two-Move Chess Experiment"]
[Site "Chessgames.com"]
[Date "2015.08.07"]
[EventDate ""]
[Round "1.2"]
[Result ""]
[Black "SwitchingQuylthulg"]
[White "WannaBe"]
[ECO "??"]
[WhiteElo "32763"]
[BlackElo "1200"]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 d3 2. Nf6 e6 3. c3 Nf3 4. Nxe4 Nxf2 5. Qe2 Qxf2 6. Bc5 Bxf2+ 7. Kxf2 g3 8. f5 f4 9. Bxf4 Be3


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Aug-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: [Event "Two-Move Chess Experiment"]
[Site "Chessgames.com"]
[Date "2015.08.07"]
[EventDate ""]
[Round "1.2"]
[Result ""]
[Black "SwitchingQuylthulg"]
[White "WannaBe"]
[ECO "??"]
[WhiteElo "32763"]
[BlackElo "1210"]
[PlyCount ""]

1. e4 d3 2. Nf6 e6 3. c3 Nf3 4. Nxe4 Nxf2 5. Qe2 Qxf2 6. Bc5 Bxf2+ 7. Kxf2 g3 8. f5 f4 9. Bxf4 Be3 10. 0-0 d5


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Aug-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Hail Nuklu!
Aug-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: 11. Nbd2 Ke1 will post PGN & diagram later...
Aug-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Wait, that drops the knight, I'll resign, should have done that after the Q was off the board. 0-1
Aug-16-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <WannaBe> Thanks for the games! It was fun to actually think during the first few moves for a change :)
Aug-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: <Switch> new TomaTea game out! :)

http://www.tomatea.com/games/blosso...

Aug-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: All hail Nuklu! All hail the Lady!

<Annie> Thanks for the TomaTea tip, I'll have a look at it later :) Busy now.

Aug-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
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Aug-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: New Esklavos out, too: http://www.esklavos.com/escape/the_...

No hurry, of course! ;)

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