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YouRang
Member since Feb-23-05
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Love chess.
Wish I were better at it.
USA

About my peculiar moniker, "YouRang":

There used to be a show on American TV called "The Addams Family". One of the characters was a creepy 6'9" zombie-like butler named "Lurch" (pictured in my avatar, with a rare smile). In the show, someone would summon Lurch with the bell-pull (a hangman rope), which would make a loud GONG sound, and Lurch would promptly appear and say (in a deep voice), <"You rang?"> (sample: http://www.addamsfamily.com/addams/...). Kind of a dumb show really, yet it has long had cult-like following. Recently many original episodes became available on DVD (http://www.amazon.com/Addams-Family...).

Anyway, I picked "YouRang" for my user name because I was out of my mind at the time, but I'm better now.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Glorious accomplishments:

- 2005 Co-winner of <"Best Avatar" Caissar>! (thank you! thank you!)

- 2006 Biel prediction contest (1st place [tie] in final standings prediction)

- 2006 User name "YouRang" named among top 100 TV catch-phrases (http://www.tvland.com/originals/cat...)

- 2007 Defeated GM Arno Nickel (with the help of 2000+ other members & their computers) in the classic: Chessgames Challenge: The World vs A Nickel, 2006

- 2007 Took 1st place (tie) in <lostemperor>'s Final Standing prediction contest for the Linares tournament

- 2008 Defeated GM Gert Jan Timmerman (with the help of 3000+ other members & their computers) in the classic: The World vs G Timmerman, 2007

- 2009 Achieved a draw with the black pieces in my rematch with GM Arno Nickel (with help of 2000+ other members and their computers) in the classic: Chessgames Challenge: A Nickel vs The World, 2008

- 2010 On May 6, User: thegoodanarchist spotted a license plate that said "URANGG", presumably in honor of my moniker.

- 2010 Finished in top 25 with 2,200 chessbucks in Summer leg of chessbookie. (Just 2 bets: predicted Ponomariov was winner of Dortmund, and Caruana as winner of Biel).

- 2010 Won a silver medal in 123 Ranker for the Pearl Spring tournament. (It would have been gold except <Winter> stole it with a fantastic perfect final round. Grrr...)

- 2011 Won gold in <lostemperor>'s Wijk aan Zee 2011 Final Standings prediction contest by finishing in first place for all 3 contests -- absolute ranker, least-squares ranker, and pair betting ranker! Yee-haw!

- 2011 Won silver medal in 123 Ranker for Bilbao tournament.

- 2011 I was honored in a chessvibes.com cartoon: http://www.chessvibes.com/cartoons/...! [Thanks to <Blunderdome> for finding this]

- 2011 Won gold in <lostemperor>'s Tal Memorial 2011 Final Standings prediction contest.

- 2012 A pun I suggested for for the game Akobian vs The World, 2011 ended up winning the <Best Pun> Caissar award! In that game, the World team used a queen sac to force a draw with a flourish. The pun: "Drawma Queen".

- 2012 Won silver and bronze in <lostemperor>'s Wijk Aan Zee 2012 Final Standings prediction contests.

- 2012 Won a bronze in Betting Ranker for the Dortmund 2012 tournament. A complete surprise.

- 2012 At LOOONG last, I managed to make it into my own <Game Prediction Hall of Fame> by winning two golds in Biel 2012 -- both first place ties in Standard Ranker and 123 Ranker :-)

- 2012 Won gold in <lostemperor>'s Bilbao 2012 Final Standings prediction contest.

- 2012 Defeated GM Varuzhan Akobian (with the help of *only* 1500+ other members & their computers) in the classic: Chessgames Challenge: The World vs Akobian, 2012

- 2013 Succeeded in completing a full year without any glorious accomplishments!

- 2014 Defeated GM Simon Kim Williams with the black pieces (with the help of 1100+ other members & their computers) in the classic: Chessgames Challenge: S Williams vs The World, 2013

- 2014 Won two medals in the World Chess Candidates tournament prediction contest: Silver in Betting Ranker and bronze in 123 Ranker.

- 2014 Had a late surge to win two medals in the Norway 2014 prediction contest. Gold (shared 5 ways) in 123 Ranker, and Bronze in Standard Ranker. Also won a silver in <lostemperor>'s Final Standings Betting contest, so it's sort of a perfect sweep: One medal of every color. :-)

- 2014 Defeated Super-GM Arkadij Naiditsch (with some assistance by 1400+ other members & their computers) in the classic: Chessgames Challenge: The World vs Naiditsch, 2014. Some hocus-pocus was involved.

- 2015 Won the <Best Avatar Caissar> award for the 2nd time (see first glorious accomplishment above). I don't like to brag, but (here comes some bragging) this victory has been described as "a small landslide" (The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #1506))

- 2016 Won yet another <Best Avatar Caissar> award for the third time (see 2005 and 2015). Unlike last year's "small landslide", this election was very close, and it even involved a "Steve Harvey-esque" winner-announcement fiasco:

(1)The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #1820)

(2) The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #1895)

I wouldn't want to have <The Caissars>'s job, lol.

- 2017 Took a break from cg.com...

- 2018 Won a Caissar for <Most Constructive>, tied with <WinKing>, which is a very nice honor. I should take breaks from cg.com more often!

>> Click here to see YouRang's game collections.

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   YouRang has kibitzed 17848 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-27-19 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Thank you <lostemperor> for hosting. I had been stinking up the rankers the whole tournament, so I was very surprised to see myself standing on the (crowded) bronze medal podium. There must have been a big shakeup in the standings during the latter rounds. Congrats to the ...
 
   Jan-27-19 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Thanks <Golden Executive>. Very pleased to have made off with a bronze medal. A rare event for me. :-) Congrats to all the other big winners.
 
   Jan-10-19 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: <Penguincw: Hi <YouRang>. Hope life is treating you well, and have a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays+New Years. :)> Hi <Penguincw>. I don't post here as often as I used to, but I did notice your kind well-wishes. Life is treating me okay, and I hope the same for ...
 
   Jul-31-18 YouRang chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: <thegoodanarchist>, Well I am still just stunned by the terrible news about Daniel Freeman. I certainly didn't know Daniel well -- I had a few private emails with him over the years, as well as some public exchanges. I've come to understand that he was also User: Sneaky , ...
 
   Jul-30-18 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Oh wow - I just saw the awful news about Daniel's death. I had suspected that maybe there were some personal issues to explain the non-response by cg.com to the reported problems on the Biel tournament page, but this is a completely unexpected jolt. I'm sure that there's much more ...
 
   Jul-25-18 N Georgiadis vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
 
YouRang: Computer analysis: After <26.Rxa7> [DIAGRAM] Carlsen played <26...Rh7>, which was well-met by <27.Rc8>, leading to a drawish game. It looks like Carlsen would have be winning with 26...Rc8!! [DIAGRAM] Ultimately, using the rook to pave the way for the h-pawn to
 
   Jul-03-18 Team White vs Team Black, 2017 (replies)
 
YouRang: Oop - Ignore my previous comment - Move 55 was the last move. :-p
 
   Apr-16-18 WinKing chessforum (replies)
 
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   Mar-16-18 Ponomariov vs D Baramidze, 2014 (replies)
 
YouRang: This game has an extremely rare quality: It's a serious game that ended with one player having <two bishops on the same colored squares>! [DIAGRAM] Note *two* LSBs for white (Ponomariov).
 
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Jul-29-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi YouRang,

Sinquefield Cup 2017 begins Wednesday August 2nd!!!

Countdown to the Sinquefield Cup...

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

♘Sinquefield♘Sinquefield Cup 2017♗Sinquefield♗

This tournament will run from Aug. 2nd thru Aug 12th 2017. (9 Rounds)

Participants include Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Caruana, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura, So, Svidler & Vachier-Lagrave

Average rating: 2787 - Category XXII

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<<> Sinquefield Cup 2017 <>>

http://grandchesstour.org/2017-gran...

< 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>.*

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

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Aug-09-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <Jun-04-07 YouRang: Aronian is easily one of the best players in the world, and the kid pushed him to the wall -- it could have gone either way. I expect Carlsen to be in the top 10 soon, and continue rising from there -- perhaps all the way to the top!>
Nov-28-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <YouRang>,

<<>The London Chess Classic 2017 begins Friday December 1st<>>

Less than 3 days to go!!!

Countdown to the London Chess Classic...

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

♘LCC♘London Chess Classic 2017♗LCC♗

http://www.londonchessclassic.com/

This tournament will run from Dec. 1st thru Dec. 11th 2017. (9 Rounds)

Participants include Adams, Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Caruana, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura, So, & Vachier-Lagrave

Average rating: 2779(as of 11/25/17) - Category XXII

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<<> London Chess Classic 2017 <>>

Pairings and Schedule - http://www.londonchessclassic.com/g...

< 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

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

Dec-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays <YouRang>. Hope life is good for you.
Jan-01-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: Happy New Year, <YouRang>! :)
Jan-09-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi YouRang,

<<>Tata Steel 2018 begins Saturday January 13th<>>

3 days to go!

Countdown to the Tata Steel 2018...

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

♘Tata♘Tata Steel 2018♗Tata♗

https://www.tatasteelchess.com/

This tournament will run from Jan. 13th thru Jan. 28th 2018. (13 Rounds)

Participants include: Adhiban, Anand, Carlsen, Caruana, Giri, Hou, Jones, Karjakin, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Matlakov, So, Svidler & Wei

Average rating: 2750(as of 1/3/18) - Category XX

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<<> Tata Steel 2018 <>>

Schedule - https://www.tatasteelchess.com/play...

Round 1 (Sat. 1/13) starts @ 1:30pm Wijk aan Zee time(7:30am chessgames time)

< 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 2018 - 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>.*

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*****

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

ChessBookie Game

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Mar-06-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi YouRang,

<<>Candidates Tournament 2018 begins Saturday, March 10th<>>

A little over 3 days to go!

Countdown to the Candidates Tourament 2018:

https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo... 37&msg=Candidates+Tournament+2018&font=cursive

♘Candidates♘Candidates Tournament 2018♗Candidates♗

https://worldchess.com/

This tournament will run from Mar. 10th thru Mar. 28th 2018. (14 Rounds - Double Round Robin)

Participants include: Aronian, Caruana, Ding Liren, Grischuk, Karjakin, Kramnik, Mamedyarov & So,

Average rating: 2786 (as of 2/18/18) - Category XXII

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<<> Candidates Tournament 2018 <>>

Schedule -

Round 1 is Saturday March 10th & it starts @ 15:00hrs(3pm) Berlin time(9am chessgames time).

!!! Time changes will be occurring during the month of March both in Berlin, Germany(on March 25th) & in the United States(on March 11th) . Starting times will vary depending on the rounds. !!!

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

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

**User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 2018 - 11 years running)**

*User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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>.*

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

ChessBookie Game

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

Mar-29-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <YouRang>,

<<>Grenke Chess Classic 2018<>>

Less than 2 days to go!

Countdown to Grenke 2018:

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

♘Baden♘Grenke Chess Classic2018♗Baden♗

http://www.grenkechessclassic.de/en/

This tournament will run from Mar. 31st thru Apr. 9th 2018. (9 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave, Anand, Vitiugov, Naiditsch, Hou Yifan, Meier & Bluebaum.

Average rating: 2736 (as of 3/28/18) - Category XX

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<<>Grenke Chess Classic 2018<>>

Schedule -

Round 1 is Saturday March 31st & it starts @ 15:00hrs(3pm) Baden-Baden time(9am chessgames time). All games for the 9 rounds are @ 15:00 hrs.

<***The only Prediction game that has confirmed they will be up & running is <Golden Executive>'s 'The Game Prediction Contest'. This may change though so stay tuned.***>

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

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

**User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 2018 - 11 years running)**

*User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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>.*

*****
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Also, don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. She 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-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi YouRang,

<<>Gashimov Memorial 2018<>>

3 days to go!

Countdown to Gashimov 2018:

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

♘SHAMKIR♘Gashimov Memorial 2018♗SHAMKIR♗

http://shamkirchess.com/

This tournament will run from Apr. 19th thru Apr. 28th 2018. (9 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Ding Liren, Giri, Topalov, Radjabov, Wojtaszek, Navara & Mamedov

Average rating: 2767 (as of 4/10/18) - Category XXI

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<<>Gashimov Memorial 2018<>>

Schedule - http://shamkirchess.com/content/207

Round 1 is Thursday April 19th & it starts @ 15:00hrs(3pm) Shamkir, Azerbaijan time(7am chessgames time). All rounds begin @ 15:00 hrs. except for the 9th round which begins one hour earlier @ 14:00 hrs(2pm).

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 2018 - 11 years running)

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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

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

*****

May-24-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <YouRang>,

<<>Norway Chess 2018<>>

3 days to go!

Countdown to Norway Chess 2018:

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

♘Altibox♘Norway Chess 2018♗Altibox♗

http://norwaychess.no/en

This tournament will run from May 28th thru Jun. 7th 2018. (9 Rounds)

Participants include: Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Caruana, Ding Liren, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Nakamura, So & Vachier-Lagrave

Average rating: 2790 (as of 5/3/18) - Category XXII

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<<>Norway Chess 2018<>>

Schedule - http://norwaychess.no/en/program-20...

Round 1 is Monday May 28th & it starts @ 16:30hrs(4:30pm) Stavanger, Norway time(10:30am chessgames time). All rounds begin @ 16:30 hrs.

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 2018 - 11 years running)

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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

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

*****

Jul-11-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <YouRang>,

<<>Dortmund Sparkassen 2018<>>

Less than 3 days to go!

Countdown to Dortmund 2018:

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

♘Sparkassen♘Dortmund 2018♗Sparkassen♗

https://www.sparkassen-chess-meetin...

This tournament will run from July 14th thru July 22nd 2018. (7 Rounds)

Participants include: Kramnik, Giri, Nepomniachtchi, Duda, Wojtaszek, Nisipeanu, Kovalev & Meier

Average rating: 2720 (as of 7/9/18) - Category XIX

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<<>Dortmund Sparkassen 2018<>>

Schedule - https://www.sparkassen-chess-meetin...

Round 1 is Saturday July 14th & it starts @ 15:00hrs.(3pm) Dortmund, Germany time(9am chessgames time). All rounds begin @ 15:00 hrs. except the final 7th round which begins 2hrs earlier 13:00 hrs.(1pm)

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 2018 - 11 years running)

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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>.

<***All of these prediction games may not be active for this tournament***>

*****
*****

Also, don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. She(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!!!

*****

Jul-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <YouRang>

You have been one of the stalwart, "dialed in" analysts on this website since I can remember.

<Member since Feb-23-05> is almost as long as I have been on here.

Your post in the forum here was very much appreciated:

chessgames.com chessforum

Jul-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: <thegoodanarchist>, Well I am still just stunned by the terrible news about Daniel Freeman.

I certainly didn't know Daniel well -- I had a few private emails with him over the years, as well as some public exchanges. I've come to understand that he was also User: Sneaky, which feels like a double loss since <Sneaky> has always been one of the most interesting chess enthusiasts at the site.

So, despite knowing him only from afar, it's easy to tell that Daniel was a bright, talented, decent and good-humored fellow. People like that tend to have many dear friends, so I'm sure that there are many who are feeling deep grief at his sudden departure from this life. You hate to lose good people like that, especially so young -- only 51!

I have to admit that I've sometimes wondered how stressful it has been for him to run this site. I suppose the chess aspects of it were fun for him, but putting up with the trolls and bickering (along with people complaining them) has to take a toll. Anyway, I hope this stress wasn't a contributing factor accounting for his death.

Much appreciation for those who are stepping in to help keep his site running. There are so many questions about how that will turn out. Does ownership of the site go to someone else? Can they access the funds to keep it running? I am a bit worried that there may not have been provisions made for chessgames.com after Daniel.

Jul-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <YR> yes the loss of Daniel at only 51 is very hard to take, and was completely unexpected. Your comments about the stress of running this site are a good point. I was looking at it from the "coding" aspect. Programmers and webmasters spend inordinate amounts of time in a mostly sedentary state. That's OK in your twenties, but not for a lifetime.

It stunned me yesterday, really. And I also share your concerns about cg.com continuing. I think many folks do.

<OhioChessFan> said that this site changed his life. After some consideration, I say the same!

Aug-14-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <YouRang>,

<<>2018 Sinquefield Cup<>>

Less than 4 days to go!

Countdown to the 2018 Sinquefield Cup:

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

♘St. Louis♘2018 Sinquefield Cup♗St. Louis♗

https://grandchesstour.org/2018-gra...

This tournament will run from August 18th thru August 27th 2018. (9 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Caruana, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave, Anand, Aronian, Karjakin, Grischuk, Nakamura & So

Average rating: 2788 (as of 8/6/18) - Category XXII

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<<>2018 Sinquefield Cup<>>

Schedule - https://grandchesstour.org/2018-gra...

Round 1 is Saturday, August 18th & it starts @ 13:00hrs (1pm) St. Louis, USA time(2pm chessgames time). All rounds begin @ 13:00hrs (1pm).

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 2018 - 11 years running)

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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. She(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!!!

*****

Oct-19-18  FICSwoodpusher: Is there anyone still playing chess on fics chessforum ?
Nov-05-18  sceptic: Wow! What just happened to YouRang's forum? Two months got purged?
Dec-26-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Hi <YouRang>. Hope life is treating you well, and have a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays+New Years. :)
Jan-09-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi YouRang,

<<>Tata Steel Masters 2019<>>

2 more days!

Countdown to the Tata Steel Masters 2019:

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

♘Alkmaar♘Wijk aan Zee♗Leiden♗

https://www.tatasteelchess.com/#

This tournament will run from January 12th thru January 27th 2019. (13 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Giri, Kramnik, Anand, Nepomniachtchi, Radjabov, Duda, Rapport, Shankland, Fedoseev, Vidit & Van Foreest

Average rating: 2753 (as of 1/7/19) - Category XXI

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<<>Tata Steel Masters 2019<>>

Schedule - https://www.tatasteelchess.com/play...

Round 1 is Saturday, January 12th & it starts @ 13:30hrs(1:30pm) Wijk aan Zee time(7:30am chessgames time)

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 2018 - 11 years running)

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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>.

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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-16-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi YouRang,

3 days to go!

<<>Grenke Chess Classic 2019<>>

Countdown to Grenke: https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

♘Baden♘Grenke♗Baden♗

Official site: http://www.grenkechessclassic.de/en/

This tournament will run from April 20th thru April 29th 2019. (9 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian, Svidler, Naiditsch, Vallejo Pons, Meier & Keymer

Average rating: 2726 - Category XX

Schedule - http://www.grenkechessclassic.de/en...

Round 1 is Saturday, April 20th, & it starts @ 15:00hrs(3pm) Baden-Baden time & @ 09:00hrs(9am chessgames EDT)

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

User: lostemperor (FINAL STANDINGS PREDICTIONS) - Predict the order the players will finish. Run & hosted by <lostemperor>. (3 categories to medal in) ***Participation is not confirmed at this time***

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 12th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2019 - 12 years running) ***Participation confirmed***

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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>. ***Participation confirmed***

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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!!!

~~~~~~~~~~

Jun-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi YouRang,

3 days to go!

<<>Norway Chess 2019<>>

Countdown to Norway Chess: https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

♘Altibox♘Norway Chess♗Altibox♗

Official site: https://norwaychess.no/en/program-g...

This tournament will run from June 4th thru June 14th 2019. (9 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Caruana, Ding Liren, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave, Anand, Grischuk, Aronian, So & Yu Yangyi

Average rating: 2783 - Category XXII

Schedule - http: https://norwaychess.no/en/program-g...

Round 1 is Tuesday, June 4th, & it starts @ 17:00hrs(5pm) Stavanger, Norway time & @ 11:00hrs(11am chessgames EDT)

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 12th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2019 - 12 years running) ***Participation confirmed***

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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>. ***Participation confirmed***

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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!!!

~~~~~~~~~~

Jun-23-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi YouRang, (6/23/19)

Less than 3 days to go!

<<>Grand Chess Tour 2019 (Zagreb, Croatia)<>>

Countdown to Grand Chess Tour 2019 (Zagreb): https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

♘Zagreb♘Grand Chess Tour 2019♗Zagreb♗

Official site: https://grandchesstour.org/

This tournament will run from June 26th thru July 7th 2019. (11 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Caruana, Ding Liren, Giri, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave, Anand, Aronian, So, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi & Nakamura

Average rating: 2781 - Category XXII

Schedule - https://grandchesstour.org/2019-gra...

Round 1 is Wednesday, June 26th, & it starts @ 16:30hrs(4:30pm) Zagreb, Croatia time & @ 10:30hrs(10:30am chessgames EDT)

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 12th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2019 - 12 years running) ***Participation confirmed***

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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>. ***Participation confirmed***

~~~~~~~~~~

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!!!

~~~~~~~~~~

Jul-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi YouRang,

Less than 2 days to go! (Round 1 starts Saturday, July 13th.)

<<>Dortmund Sparkassen 2019<>>

Countdown to Dortmund: https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

♘Sparkassen♘Dortmund♗Sparkassen♗

Official site: https://www.sparkassen-chess-meetin...

This tournament will run from July 13th thru July 21st 2019. (7 Rounds)

Participants include: Nepomniachtchi, Dominguez, Radjabov, Wojtaszek, Rapport, Nisipeanu, Fridman & Kulaots

Average rating: 2708 - Category XIX

Schedule - https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t... (listed under 'Information' just above the Standings)

Round 1 is Saturday, June 13th, & it starts @ 15:15hrs(3:15pm) Dortmund, Germany time & @ 09:15hrs(9:15am chessgames EDT)

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

User: lostemperor (FINAL STANDINGS PREDICTIONS) - Predict the order the players will finish. Run & hosted by <lostemperor>. (3 categories to medal in) ***<lostemperor>'s contest will not be participating in Dortmund*** (His next contest will be Sinquefield in August.)

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 12th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2019 - 12 years running) ***Participation confirmed*** (Needs at least 10 participants)

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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>. ***Participation has not been confirmed as of this posting***

<***<Golden Executive> will run his contest provided there are at least 10 participants. <chessmoron> has not confirmed participation in Dortmund as of this posting. <lostemperor> will not be participating in Dortmund.)***>

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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!!!

~~~~~~~~~~

Jul-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Just in. <lostemperor> will open his contest for Dortmund if we can get between 12-15 participants.
Aug-14-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi YouRang,

Coming Saturday, August 17th (Less than 3 days to go!)

<<>Sinquefield Cup 2019<>>

Countdown to Sinquefield: https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

♘St. Louis♘Sinquefield Cup♗St. Louis♗

Official site: https: https://grandchesstour.org/2019-gra... This tournament will run from August 17th thru August 28th 2019. (11 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Caruana, Ding Liren, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, So, Nepomniachtchi, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Anand, Karjakin & Nakamura

Average rating: 2781 - Category XXII

Schedule - https://grandchesstour.org/2019-gra...

Round 1 is Saturday, August 17th, & it starts @ 13:00hrs(1:00pm) St. Louis, U.S.A. time & @ 14:00hrs(2:00pm chessgames EDT) ***All 11 rounds start @ 13:00hrs(1:00pm) St. Louis, U.S.A. time***

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 12th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2019 - 12 years running)

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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

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

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