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The Caissars
Member since Dec-28-12
Welcome to << The Caissars >>

On Tuesday the 10th we're going to reveal our new automated Caissar voting booth to allow all Chessgames members to vote for the games, members, collections, avatars, players, and moves that really make 2016 a year to remember.

To vote, visit Caissars Voting Page. (You must be a registered member.)

<BEST AVATAR> Who has the prettiest avatar?
<BEST USERNAME> The best screen-name.
<MOST HELPFUL> The one who always is there when you need them.
<MOST CONSTRUCTIVE> The one who contributes the most to CG.
<FUNNIEST POSTER> The one who always makes you laugh.
<BEST POST> The best chess-related post.
<BEST OFFTOPIC POST> The best post unrelated to chess.

<BEST GAME COLLECTION> The best game collection.
<MOST INFORMED> The one who's got all the facts at their fingertips.
<BEST HISTORIAN> The King of the Biographer Bistro.
<PLAYER OF THE YEAR> The chess player of note this year.
<BEST/WORST PUN> The most laugh (groan) inducing pun.
<GAME OF THE YEAR> The best game of 2016.
<MOVE OF THE YEAR> The most amazing move of 2016.

Everybody is invited to come here and cast your votes on these categories. The first 7 (up through "Best Offtopic Post") will be voted on the first week, the remaining 7 will be voted on next week.

Please see The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #2076) for more info.

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   The Caissars has kibitzed 101 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-22-17 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
 
The Caissars: Oh, and how could I forget? The <BEST/WORST PUN OFTHE YEAR> goes to "Pins Alburt in a Kann" from Alburt vs M Ruderfer, 1970 . We don't recall who suggested the pun, but it's truly inspired.
 
   Jan-13-17 W So vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
 
The Caissars: <OFF TOPIC> For those who haven't voted in our annual award ceremony, the Caissars, be sure to visit the Caissars Voting Page and cast your vote for the best chess of 2016.
 
   Jan-02-15 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
The Caissars: ♖ NOTICE ♖ It is an annual tradition of Chessgames to begin the new year looking back at the previous. We're celebrating 2015 as we salute 2014, and offer these 14 categories available for awards: 2. Best Username 3. Most Helpful 4. Best Post 5. Funniest ...
 
   Jan-02-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
The Caissars: ♖ NOTICE ♖ It is an annual tradition of Chessgames to begin the new year looking back at the previous. We're celebrating 2015 as we salute 2014, and offer these 14 categories available for awards: 2. Best Username 3. Most Helpful 4. Best Post 5. Funniest ...
 
   Jan-17-13 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
The Caissars: You folks have won two Caissars this year: "Most Productive" and "Best Historian(s)". Congraulations; the CG community does not overlook your valiant contributions.
 
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Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: The first half categories were all fine and I'd like to see them come back. The second half, I am not crazy about Games Collection, and really dislike Player of the Year.

A general comment: With all the many talented people around here, what exactly is the point in voting for a person in a category they've already won? Most of the multi-winners are deserving, but I really don't get it.

Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Congratulations to the winners, well done runners-up, and thanks to everybody who voted!

<OhioChessFan> While the awards are supposed to be fun and not the most serious thing in the world, people still value and appreciate them; and the winners appreciate feeling the voters thought they were the most deserving candidate. If the winner is only the most deserving candidate apart from that other guy and that other other guy who had won before, the award is devalued.

The categories are "best X" or "most X", not "second-best X" or "best X apart from <Domdaniel>'s"; and I for one think they should stay that way. Not because I hope to win Most Informed every year ad infinitum; that streak's likely to end some year soon anyway if I don't stop spending less and less time on Chessgames. But I think the next winners should have the satisfaction of winning the vote without any doubts or reservations, knowing the voters chose them ahead of every previous winner in their category.

Speaking of which...

<The Caissars: <MOST INFORMED> User: SwitchingQuylthulg, and keypusher deserves credit although trailing by several votes.>

Don't forget <Sally Simpson> - he tied with <keypusher> and also deserves credit :)

Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to all the winners, thanks for the new and improved format <cg>. I think the only suggestion I would make is next to each category, you include a short description of that category, so voters will keep in mind what to look for.

Well, see you all next year.

Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Congratulations to all the winners. Another fun-filled 2017 will surely make voting more exciting in 2018.

Thank you for running the Caissar Awards, CG.

=)

Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: Congratulations to all the winners!
Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Personal Opinion:

Caissar Award and multiple-nomination and award winners...

If, if, we are to say/compare the categories to, oh, heck, Golden Glove in MLB, as one of the many, many awards that MLB gives away every year.

Repeat winner at a specific base/outfield are common. Heck, there's been multiple MVPs, sometimes back-to-back (but nothing like what <TD> and his run).

If you look at the NFL MVP, P. Manning have won it 5 times, (That's still half of what <TD> have, so take that Peyton!!)

There are so many deserving members here, and I'll speak from the point of view of Historian and/or Most Informed, my goodness, there's probably not a single day that goes by that I'm learning something new.

So, I have one vote on the best Historian, or best Informed, and I have to decide between members <A>, <B>, <C>, <D>, and possibly <E>.

But <D> posts on that political forum and I disagree with <D>'s opinion. So, out goes <D>. No, I am kidding... =))

By limiting one member, one vote, make the counting easier (computer or by-hand), but that really, really put the onus on the members of CG that decided to vote. And who may only be here 2 hours a week.

This is not like voting for MLB/NBA/NFL/NHL MVP where I can go online and get the stats for that season, or even Academy Award where DVDs of the movies up for consideration are in my mail-box.

Members who (decides) to vote, (hopefully) made an effort, to decide which pun was the absolute worst, which game collection was truly the best. (What is the qualification for that category?? Can I gather up a bunch of games that have A00 openings and then give it a funny name?)

(<Phony Benoni>, your winning collection this year was the best, I hastily played through 3 or 4 of the games with the most interesting titles, and they are the best!!)

The game where black had 4 pawns stacked 2x2 right in the center was hilarious. Don't think anyone will every see another position like that again. Plus your intro had me laughing so hard...

Congrats to the Funniest, too. Waaaaaaaaay too long over-due.

Anyway, I'm gonna stop rambling here, Caissar is (supposed) to be fun, and let's keep it fun. If I want to divide by vote into 10 pieces, so be it.

Or let what <OhioChessFan> did once, fractional vote such that it ended up in tie due to repeating decimal 9s.

Peace, Out. =))

Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Oh, <Phony Benoni>, since you're a librarian, that 'Waaaaaaaay too long over-due' was no-pun intended. =))
Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: Caissars Awards Update <un-official>

Part 1/3

<Best Avatar>

2004 - tamar
2005 - tamar, YouRang

2006 - Phony Benoni, technical draw, Yelena Dembo

2007 - Red October
2008 - technical draw
2009 - Red October
2010 - Travis Bickle
2011 - WannaBe
2012 - parmetd
2013 - Annie K.
2014 - YouRang
2015 - YouRang
2016 - Phony Benoni

<Best Username>

2004 - suenteus po 147
2005 - HannibalSchlecter, suenteus po 147, tpstardefender

2006 - iamverywellatchess
2007 - Resignation Trap
2008 - Woody Wood Pusher
2009 - ILikeFruits, VaselineTopLove, whatthefat

2010 - jessicafischerqueen, Once, SwitchingQuylthulg

2011 - Resignation Trap
2012 - Phony Benoni
2013 - notyetagm
2014 - Cheapo by the Dozen
2015 - perfidious
2016 - DrStrangemove

<Most Helpful>

2004 - tpstar
2005 - tpstar
2006 - WannaBe
2007 - WannaBe
2008 - brankat, hms123
2009 - zanshin
2010 - Phony Benoni
2011 - hms123
2012 - hms123
2013 - hms123
2014 - WannaBe
2015 - Penguincw
2016 - Penguincw

<Best Post>

2004 - IMlday
2005 - tpstar
2006 - JoeWms, mahmoudkubba, tpstar
2007 - Domdaniel
2008 - Domdaniel
2009 - GoSo
2010 - Domdaniel
2011 - Once
2012 - john barleycorn
2013 - tpstar
2014 - Phony Benoni
2015 - Stevie King
2016 - suenteus po 147

<Best Offtopic Post>

2016 - PawnSac

<Funniest Kibitzer>

2004 - Lawrence, offramp
2005 - tpstar
2006 - WannaBe
2007 - technical draw
2008 - technical draw
2009 - technical draw
2010 - technical draw
2011 - technical draw
2012 - technical draw
2013 - technical draw
2014 - technical draw
2015 - WannaBe
2016 - Phony Benoni

<Most Constructive>

2004 - iron maiden
2005 - cu8sfan
2006 - Sneaky, twinlark
2007 - brankat
2008 - Red October
2009 - hms123
2010 - chancho
2011 - wordfunph
2012 - Bistro Biographers
2013 - cro777,wordfunph
2014 - wordfunph
2015 - Annie K., Golden Executive
2016 - Annie K.

<Best Profile>

2004 - nikolaas
2005 - Larsker
2006 - Hesam7
2007 - jessicafischerqueen
2008 - malthrope
2009 - malthrope
2010 - malthrope
2011 - brankat, jessicafischerqueen
2012 - jessicafischerqueen
2013 - Domdaniel
2014 - Domdaniel
2015 - visayanbraindoctor

Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: Part 2/3

<Best Analysis>

2004 - Honza Cervenka
2005 - patzer2
2006 - Honza Cervenka
2007 - mateo
2008 - Eyal
2009 - Eyal
2010 - Iskubadayb
2011 - dzechiel
2012 - Eyal
2013 - Eyal
2014 - DaringSpeculator, csmath
2015 - cro777

<Best Game Collection>

2004 - Benjamin Lau
2005 - RonB52734
2006 - suenteus po 147
2007 - suenteus po 147
2008 - KingG
2009 - Phony Benoni
2010 - crawfb5
2011 - crawfb5, Phony Benoni
2012 - Phony Benoni
2013 - TheFocus
2014 - notyetagm
2015 - Phony Benoni
2016 - Phony Benoni

<Most Informed>

2004 - acirce
2005 - acirce
2006 - acirce
2007 - acirce
2008 - percyblakeney
2009 - achieve
2010 - wordfunph
2011 - tpstar
2012 - Softpaw
2013 - Karpova
2014 - SwitchingQuylthulg
2015 - SwitchingQuylthulg
2016 - SwitchingQuylthulg

<Best Historian>

2004 - SBC
2005 - Benzol, SBC
2006 - Resignation Trap
2007 - nescio
2008 - malthrope
2009 - malthrope
2010 - jessicafischerqueen
2011 - jessicafischerqueen
2012 - Bistro Biographers
2013 - jessicafischerqueen
2014 - Tabanus
2015 - Tabanus
2016 - Stonehenge

<Best/Worst Pun>

2006 - Kasparov vs Ehlvest, 1978 ("Ehlvest Has Left the Building")

2007 - Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk, 2007 ("Mamed Said Knock You Out")

2008 - Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 ("Bilbao Baggins")

2009 - Yifan Hou vs Short, 2008 ("Hou Wears Short's Shorts"), Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 ("No Country for Old Men")

2010 - S Hosea vs P A Fontaine, 2009 ("Do You Know the Way to San Hosea?")

2011 - Akobian vs The World, 2011 ("Drawma Queen")

2012 - Fischer vs R Ault, 1959 ("Control-Ault-Delete")

2013 - S Kuipers vs A Pijpers, 2007 ("Jeepers Kuipers, How'd You Beat Art Pijpers?")

2014 - The World vs Arkadij Naiditsch ("Suffering from c6-ness")

2015 - Kiril D Georgiev vs Shaked, 1999 ("Mr. Georgiev, Wear Down this Tal!"), Botvinnik vs W Winter, 1936 "(Brace Yourself, Winter is Coming")

2016 - Alburt vs M Ruderfer, 1970 ("Pins Alburt in a Kann")

<Player of the Year>

2012 - Magnus Carlsen
2013 - Magnus Carlsen
2014 - Magnus Carlsen
2015 - Magnus Carlsen, Wei Yi
2016 - Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So

<Game of the Year>

2013 - Aronian vs Anand
2014 - Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons
2015 - D Khismatullin vs Eljanov
2016 - Caruana vs Nakamura

<Move of the Year>

2016 - 50.♕h6!! Carlsen vs Karjakin, Queen sac to end the WCC

<Special Life-Time Achievement Award>

2009 - Sneaky
2010 - Honza Cervenka

Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: Part 3/3

<puns> As an addendum to the list above, quite a few people unofficially voted for Best/Worst Pun in 2005; Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947 ("I concede clearly now; Therien is gone.") had the most supporters, but was not officially declared a Caissar winner.

E Torre vs Tarjan, 1983 ("Me Tarjan, Eugene!") received some support despite not being a 2005 pun; it would probably have won in 2004 if the category had existed then (though it was originally used in 2003 and reused in 2004). Chiburdanidze vs Panno, 1992 ("I Wish I was an Oscar-Maia Winner") is another classic 2004 pun.

Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947

That pun was first used in Nov. 11 2005. If you look at the first page of posts, moi was the first to kibit'z on the game.

I would have to go back to the "historical archives" and see why it was not officially declared a winner.

Let y'all know later of my findings. Historical research, I love it! =))

Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Boy, that research did not take "too" long, CG.com had reused it as part of 'Blast from the Past'...

Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947

Jan-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: The first Pun award was given for 2006, which means it was voted on in 2007, so the game/pun in question was from 2005.
Jan-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Golden Executive: Part 3/3 <puns> As an addendum to the list above, quite a few people unofficially voted for Best/Worst Pun in 2005; Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947 ("I concede clearly now; Therien is gone.") had the most supporters, but was not officially declared a Caissar winner.>

How often are you going to tell us this?

Jan-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Golden Executive> Thanks for updating the list again!

It's now possible to force a linebreak by adding a backslash to the end of the line, so you can make the list look cleaner; for example, this...

2004 - tamar
2005 - tamar, YouRang
2006 - Phony Benoni, technical draw, Yelena Dembo \
2007 - Red October

...will give you this:

2004 - tamar
2005 - tamar, YouRang
2006 - Phony Benoni, technical draw, Yelena Dembo
2007 - Red October

This is a new feature that was introduced a few months ago.

-------------------

<Best Pun> In 2005 the Caissars were still organized by <nikolaas> and held in December rather than January. Best Game of the Day Pun hadn't been a category in 2004 and originally wasn't supposed to be a category in 2005 either; but <nikolaas> noted on December 6, 2005 (<Kibitzer's Café (kibitz #43662)>) that there was popular interest in such a category, and on December 18 (<Kibitzer's Café (kibitz #45856)>) he announced that there would be an official Caissar for the best Game of the Day pun. He opened the Best Pun vote on December 19 (<Kibitzer's Café (kibitz #46039)>), but never posted a list of nominees (like he'd done for every other category) and never announced an official winner. As noted, the would-have-been winner was "I concede clearly now; Therien is gone."

Very few users actually voted on December 19, 2005; far more people voiced their opinions on December 18 (which <nikolaas> had apparently intended to be a day of nominations) than on the actual voting day, and some users who had nominated or unofficially voted for a Best Pun earlier in December didn't show up to revote on either of those days. It's possible that this very high level of confusion about when the Best Pun vote was actually supposed to happen (which undoubtedly resulted from the new category being added mid-process) was why <nikolaas> didn't announce an official winner; though "I concede clearly now; Therien is gone." had the most support at every stage and would have topped the results no matter which votes were considered valid.

<WannaBe> took over from <nikolaas> in 2006 and made Best/Worst Pun a regular category.

Jan-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Switch> Thank goodness the line break is not the other slash. =))
Jan-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Wooo, I found a new use for the manual line breaks. (more like unintended side-effect). Hehehehehe...
Jan-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: <offramp: <Golden Executive: Part 3/3 <puns> As an addendum to the list above, quite a few people unofficially voted for Best/Worst Pun in 2005; Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947 ("I concede clearly now; Therien is gone.") had the most supporters, but was not officially declared a Caissar winner.>

How often are you going to tell us this?>

5 or 6 times a year I think ;)

Well, now seriously, I hope some day The Caissars Awards manager create a sort of Hall of Fame like at the Bookie game where we have a link to see the all time winners.

Jan-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: <SwitchingQuylthulg: <Golden Executive> Thanks for updating the list again! It's now possible to force a linebreak by adding a backslash to the end of the line, so you can make the list look cleaner>

Great, I have been struggling with this so many times. Thanks!

Jan-24-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I voted for YOU!
Jan-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  posoo: WHERE IS da vote totals for da FIRST week of awurds, da only time posoo HAD A CHANCE?!

I WANT an investogote into posable VOTER FROUD here at da site and i NEEDS MY INFOM.

Jan-25-17  Abdel Irada: ∞

<offramp: <Golden Executive: Part 3/3 <puns> As an addendum to the list above, quite a few people unofficially voted for Best/Worst Pun in 2005; Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947 ("I concede clearly now; Therien is gone.") had the most supporters, but was not officially declared a Caissar winner.>

How often are you going to tell us this?>

Between your post and mine, that makes twice he won't need to. ;-)

Jan-25-17  Abdel Irada: ∞

<posoo: WHERE IS da vote totals for da FIRST week of awurds, da only time posoo HAD A CHANCE?!

I WANT an investogote into posable VOTER FROUD here at da site and i NEEDS MY INFOM.>

That's it. From now on, we need to start requiring voter ID from all Caissars participants.

I mean, this is ridiculous. Fifty-three people voted, and of those, we have so far been able to confirm that zero of them are alive.

That's a potential fraud rate of at least 100% (not forgetting that at least 50 of our most active posters in recent years have been <tolengoy>).

.

Twitter Summary: <Widespread voter fraud. Not good!>

Jan-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Abdel Irada: ... Twitter Summary: <Widespread voter fraud. Not good!>>

Gnus at 11:10PM, right after the latest reports on Kardashian family turmoil.

Jan-27-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  posoo: CLEARLY there is a cuvrup of som kind
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