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This forum is currently the place to participate in game prediction contests.

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Tata Steel (2015) (Wijk Aan Zee) - Jan 10-25, 2015 - 14 players/13 rounds

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StdRnk: ♔=<Legend>, ♕=<OhioChessFan>, ♕=<SwitchingQuylthulg>

123Rnk: ♔=<whiteshark>, ♕=<virginmind>, ♖=<Legend>

BetRnk: ♔=<Penguincw>, ♕=<SwitchingQuylthulg>, ♖=<whiteshark>


This contest was created and originally hosted by <cu8sfan>, but he has discontinued hosting the contests due to time constraints at work. Note that this is NOT the final standings prediction contest, which is hosted by User: lostemperor.

Have fun predicting the outcome of each game in each round, and seeing how well your predictions compare to those entered by other contestants. You win by having the best overall prediction performance.

As with the Olympics, the top 3 placeholders will be honored with 'medals' (gold, silver and bronze), and the gold medal winners will be inducted into the HALL OF FAME (see below). Truly, an unbelievable honor. (Even I don't believe it.)

There will be a few different ways to determine a winner, as discussed under "SCORING METHODS", below.

1. Enter your game predictions for a round BEFORE any games for that round begin (duh). It is okay to enter predictions long in advance (e.g. you could predict all rounds at the start if you want).

2. Make sure that when you enter game predictions for a round, that you include ALL games in that round, within a single post. If you miss one game, all of your predictions for that round will be ignored.

3. You may change your predictions for a round by re-submitting ALL of your predictions for that round (you must re-submit predictions for all games in the round, even if you changed a prediction for only one game).

4. Keep in mind that I'm using software to process all of the prediction posts. If you enter a post that 'looks' like game predictions, it will be counted as game predictions. If your prediction post contains typos, they become subject to my interpretation of your intent. But if the intent strikes me as being ambiguous, then I must reject your predictions for that game, and thus for that whole round -- so please be careful.

5. A post containing predictions should have one line for each game prediction. The line should be of the form:

    [whiteplayer] - [blackplayer] [outcome]

Here are some examples:
    Anand - Topalov 1/2
    Leko - Kramnik 1-0
    Adams - Polgar 0-1
DON'T forget the hyphen between the player's names.
(The software can usually figure out what you mean if you deviate a *little* from this form...)

There are 3 different scoring methods, which means that there are actually 3 contests in one. Consequently, we could have as many as 3 different winners (or perhaps one triple-crown winner!)

1. Standard Ranker
This is the traditional contest that <cu8sfan> developed. The winner is simply the person who finishes with the most correct predictions.

2. 1-2-3 Ranker
This contest makes it is more rewarding to correctly predict the outcome of a decisive game than a drawn game. You earn 1 point for correctly predicting a draw, but 2 points for correctly predicting a white win, and 3 points for correctly predicting a black win. The winner is the person ending up with the most points.

3. Betting Ranker
This contest gives greater rewards to those who have a knack for predicting upsets (i.e. games that most other people thought would have a different outcome). Each game prediction is treated as a $1 wager. All of the money wagered on that game is divided up equally to those who correctly predicted its outcome. If you're the only one who got it right, you've hit the jackpot! The winner is the person ending up with the most $$$.

<Notes on Scoring Methods>

For the "Standard Ranker" and "1-2-3 Ranker" reports, you will notice that there are four "robot" contestants who serve as comparison benchmarks. These are as follows:

1. WHITER = Always predicts white to win.
2. BLACKER = Always predicts black to win.
3. DRAWER = Predicts every game to be drawn.
4. MONKEY = Simulates a monkey that just picks white, black or draw at random, with equal chances for each outcome.

<Miscellaneous comments>:

My ability to process predictions and post results may be spotty at times. I'll do them as soon as I can -- but I have a number of other things are higher priority. :-)

I am not always online when the games for a round begin. It would be helpful to me if someone who IS online when the games begin to post a message in this forum simply stating that the games have begun. This lets me know the cut-off point for accepting new predictions for that round.

TIP: It's easy to get busy and neglect to enter your predictions on time. If so, you'll miss a round, which greatly diminishes your chances of winning. Avoid this by entering a few rounds of predictions in advance. You can always revise them later if you like. :-)

Please do not enter predictions that mimic the robots (e.g. pick all draws in every round like DRAWER). I don't award medals to people who make such predictions since it would be unfair to the robots who don't earn medals. Besides, such predictions are supremely uninteresting. (BTW, it is okay to mimic the MONKEY robot -- I do it all the time.)

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♔11 ♕6 ♖7 <Legend> Wij15:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(3) / Tal13:StdRnk(3t) / Wij13:StdRnk(2t) / Bil12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / Dor12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Wij12:StdRnk(3t) / Tal11:123Rnk(2t)+BetRnk(3) / Dor11:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1) / Wij11:StdRnk(1t) / Dor09:StdRnk(3t) / Dor08:StdRnk(2t) / Lin08:StdRnk(1) / WCC07:StdRnk(3t) / Dor07:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(2) / Wij07:123Rnk(1t)+StdRnk(2t) / Dor06:BetRnk(3)

♔11 ♕2 ♖5 <lostemperor> Dor14:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / Nor14:BetRnk(1) / Nor13:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t) / Wij13:BetRnk(3) / Dor10:StdRnk(3t) / Lin10:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / Wij10:123Rnk(1t) / Mte09:123Rnk(2t) / Bie08:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1) / Lin07:123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3t) / Dor06:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(1)

♔8 ♕5 ♖2 <su3eichfeld> Dor13:BetRnk(2) / Wij13:BetRnk(2) / Bie12:BetRnk(3) / Dor11:StdRnk(3) / Lin10:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(2) / Tal09:123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(1) / Pea09:123Rnk(1t)+StdRnk(2t)+BetRnk(2) / Dor09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(1)

♔8 ♕5 ♖ <NakoSonorense> Wij14:123Rnk(1t) / Dor13:123Rnk(2t) / Wij10:BetRnk(1) / Lin09:BetRnk(1) / Wij09:BetRnk(3) / Bie08:BetRnk(1) / Dor08:BetRnk(1) / Mte08:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t) / Lin08:123Rnk(1)+StdRnk(2t)+BetRnk(2) / Wij08:BetRnk(1) / Bie07:123Rnk(2)

♔8 ♕ ♖2 <SloVice> WCC13:BetRnk(3) / Wij13:123Rnk(1)+StdRnk(2t) / Wij12:BetRnk(1) / Bil11:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(1) / Pea10:BetRnk(1) / Dor10:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(1)+StdRnk(3t)

♔7 ♕6 ♖9 <chessmoron> Nor14:123Rnk(1t)+StdRnk(2) / Wij14:StdRnk(1t) / Dor13:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / WCC13:StdRnk(3t) / Bil12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / Bie12:StdRnk(3)+123Rnk(3) / Bil11:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(3) / Baz11:StdRnk(3t) / Dor10:StdRnk(1t) / Wij10:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(3t) / Tal09:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t) / Wij09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Lin08:BetRnk(3) / Wij08:StdRnk(2t)

♔7 ♕3 ♖ <virginmind> Wij15:123Rnk(2) / Wij13:123Rnk(3) / Bil12:StdRnk(1t) / Baz11:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(2) / Wij11:123Rnk(2) / Mte09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(1) / Mte07:BetRnk(1)

♔7 ♕ ♖2 <blade2012> WCC14:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(1)+StdRnk(2) / Wij14:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / WCC13:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t) / Bie12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(1)

♔5 ♕9 ♖5 <SwitchingQuylthulg> Wij15:StdRnk(2t)+BetRnk(2) / Dor14:BetRnk(2) / WCC13:BetRnk(2) / Bil12:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t) / Wij12:BetRnk(3) / Tal11:123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3) / Dor11:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t) / Baz11:StdRnk(3t) / Wij11:StdRnk(1t)+BetRnk(2) / Pea10:StdRnk(1t) / Dor10:BetRnk(3) / Mte09:BetRnk(2) / Bie08:BetRnk(3) / Bie07:BetRnk(1)

♔5 ♕3 ♖ <Golden Executive> Bil14:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(2) / Dor14:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(3) / WCC13:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2) / Tal11:123Rnk(2t)

♔5 ♕ <messachess> Lin09:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(2) / Wij09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1) / Wij08:123Rnk(1)

♔4 ♕4 ♖14 <OhioChessFan> Wij15:StdRnk(2t) / Bil14:StdRnk(1t)+BetRnk(3) / Dor14:StdRnk(3t) / Wij14:StdRnk(3t) / Tal13:123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3t) / Nor13:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1) / Bil11:StdRnk(3t) / Baz11:StdRnk(3t) / Wij11:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(3) / Wij10:123Rnk(3t) / Tal09:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t) / Mte09:123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3) / Lin09:BetRnk(3) / Dor08:123Rnk(3t) / Wij08:BetRnk(2) / Bie07:123Rnk(3)

♔4 ♕3 ♖2 <zarg> Dor10:StdRnk(3t) / Wij10:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1t) / Tal09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / Pea09:StdRnk(2t)+BetRnk(3) / Lin09:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(2t)

♔4 ♕ ♖4 <Where is my mind> Pea09:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(1) / Dor09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(3t)+BetRnk(3) / Mte09:123Rnk(2t) / Lin09:StdRnk(3t) / Bie08:StdRnk(3t)

♔4 ♕ ♖2 <kolobok> Dor08:123Rnk(3t) / Bie07:StdRnk(1) / Dor07:123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(1)+StdRnk(3t) / Lin07:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t)

♔4 ♕ ♖ <Karposian> Bil14:StdRnk(1t)+BetRnk(1) / Nor14:StdRnk(1) / WCC14:StdRnk(3t) / Wij13:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2)

♔3 ♕4 ♖5 <cromat> Dor12:123Rnk(2t) / Dor10:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Lin10:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t) / Dor09:123Rnk(1t)+StdRnk(3t) / Dor08:StdRnk(2t) / Dor07:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t) / Dor06:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t)

♔3 ♕4 ♖4 <YouRang> Nor14:123Rnk(1t)+StdRnk(3) / WCC14:BetRnk(2)+123Rnk(3t) / Bie12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / Dor12:BetRnk(3) / Bil11:123Rnk(2) / Pea10:123Rnk(2t) / Bie07:BetRnk(3) / Dor06:123Rnk(2t)

♔3 ♕3 ♖2 <nfazli> Tal13:BetRnk(3) / Dor12:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(2) / Tal11:BetRnk(1) / Bil11:BetRnk(2)+StdRnk(3t) / Wij09:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t)

♔3 ♕ ♖2 <PinnedPiece> Dor14:BetRnk(1) / Nor14:123Rnk(1t) / Dor12:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3) / Dor11:BetRnk(3)

♔3 ♖2 <Penguincw> Wij15:BetRnk(1) / Nor14:123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(3) / Wij14:BetRnk(1) / Wij12:StdRnk(3t)

♔3 <WinKing> Dor12:StdRnk(1t) / Tal11:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1)

♔2 ♕5 ♖3 <wordfunph> Bil14:123Rnk(3t) / WCC14:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2) / Tal13:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(2t) / Nor13:BetRnk(2)+StdRnk(3t) / Wij12:StdRnk(3t) / Tal11:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t)

♔2 ♕5 ♖2 <yalie> Dor11:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(2t) / Wij08:123Rnk(3)+BetRnk(3) / WCC07:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Bie07:StdRnk(2t) / Lin07:123Rnk(1)+StdRnk(2)

♔2 ♕4 ♖3 <percyblakeney> Wij09:StdRnk(3) / Bie08:123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3t) / Mte08:StdRnk(1) / Wij08:StdRnk(2t) / WCC07:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Mte07:StdRnk(2t)+123Rnk(3)

♔2 ♕3 ♖2 <DCP23> Lin10:BetRnk(3) / Mte09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t)+BetRnk(3) / Lin09:123Rnk(2t) / Lin07:BetRnk(1) / Wij07:BetRnk(2)

♔2 ♕3 <karpkasp> Nor14:BetRnk(2) / Wij14:BetRnk(2) / Dor13:BetRnk(1) / WCC13:BetRnk(1) / Wij12:BetRnk(2)

♔2 ♕3 <nimh> WCC13:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1) / Bie08:BetRnk(2) / Dor08:StdRnk(2t)+123Rnk(2)

♔2 ♕2 ♖3 <Ragh> Tal11:BetRnk(2) / Wij11:BetRnk(1) / Dor10:StdRnk(3t) / Tal09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(3t) / Pea09:123Rnk(3) / Bie07:StdRnk(2t)

♔2 ♕2 ♖ <iron maiden> Lin08:StdRnk(2t) / Wij08:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2) / WCC07:StdRnk(3t) / Wij07:StdRnk(1)

♔2 ♕2 <lmreith> Bie08:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Bie07:123Rnk(1)+StdRnk(2t)

♔2 ♕ ♖6 <Blunderdome> Bil14:123Rnk(3t) / WCC14:StdRnk(3t) / Dor13:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(3) / Bie12:BetRnk(2) / Wij12:StdRnk(3t) / Pea10:StdRnk(3t) / Wij10:StdRnk(3t)

♔2 ♕ <Ziggurat> Dor08:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(2)

♔2 ♖ <Barok Espinosa> Bil12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(3)

♔2 ♖ <juan31> Bil14:123Rnk(1t) / Dor14:StdRnk(3t) / Nor14:123Rnk(1t)

♔2 ♖ <Winter> Pea10:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(3)

♔2 ♖ <wtwz> Tal13:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1) / Nor13:123Rnk(3t)

♔2 <hitman84> Mte07:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)

♔2 <ooda> Wij12:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)

♔ ♕4 ♖5 <Robin01> Dor13:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Wij12:123Rnk(2)+StdRnk(3t) / Baz11:123Rnk(3)+BetRnk(3) / Pea10:123Rnk(2t) / Wij10:123Rnk(3t) / Dor08:StdRnk(2t)+123Rnk(3t)

♔ ♕4 ♖3 <whiteshark> Wij15:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(3) / Tal13:BetRnk(2) / Nor13:BetRnk(3) / Bil12:BetRnk(2) / Pea10:BetRnk(2) / Dor10:123Rnk(2t) / Dor08:123Rnk(3t)

♔ ♕2 ♖ <amadeus> Pea10:123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3t) / Wij07:123Rnk(1t)+StdRnk(2t)

♔ ♕2 ♖ <mikejaqua> Mte08:123Rnk(1)+StdRnk(2)+BetRnk(3) / WCC07:BetRnk(2)

♔ ♕ ♖2 <suenteus po 147> Wij10:BetRnk(2) / Dor08:BetRnk(3) / WCC07:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(3)

♔ ♖4 <WannaBe> WCC14:BetRnk(3) / Wij14:BetRnk(3) / WCC13:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t) / Wij13:BetRnk(1)

♔ ♖2 <poorpatzer> Tal13:StdRnk(3t) / Nor13:BetRnk(1) / Wij11:BetRnk(3)

♔ ♖ <ahmadov> WCC07:BetRnk(1) / Wij07:123Rnk(3t)

♔ ♖ <imag> Lin10:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(3t)

♔ ♖ <sakii> Lin08:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(3t)

♔ ♖ <twinlark> Wij07:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(3t)

<chancho> Wij14:123Rnk(1t)

<chesssantosh> Baz11:BetRnk(1)

<Civhai> Wij11:123Rnk(1)

<LIFE Master AJ> Tal13:BetRnk(1)

************* Multiple Crowns **************

* Triple Crowns: <blade2012> (Bie12), <lostemperor> (Dor06), <SloVice> (Bil11), <su3eichfeld> (Dor09), <virginmind> (Mte09), <Where is my mind> (Pea09)

* Double Crowns: <Legend> (Bil12+Dor11+Dor07), <lostemperor> (Dor14+Lin10+Bie08), <blade2012> (WCC14+Wij14), <Golden Executive> (Bil14+Dor14), <messachess> (Lin09+Wij09), <su3eichfeld> (Lin10+Tal09), <zarg> (Wij10+Tal09), <Barok Espinosa> (Bil12), <Blunderdome> (Dor13), <chessmoron> (Bil12), <hitman84> (Mte07), <Karposian> (Bil14), <kolobok> (Dor07), <nimh> (WCC13), <OhioChessFan> (Nor13), <ooda> (Wij12), <SloVice> (Dor10), <virginmind> (Baz11), <WinKing> (Tal11), <Winter> (Pea10), <wtwz> (Tal13), <YouRang> (Bie12), <Ziggurat> (Dor08)

************ Crowns by Contest *************

* StdRnk Crowns: 7♔ <Legend>; 5♔ <chessmoron>; 4♔ <lostemperor>; 3♔ <virginmind> <Golden Executive> <Karposian> <OhioChessFan>

* 123Rnk Crowns: 5♔ <lostemperor>; 4♔ <su3eichfeld> <Legend>; 3♔ <SloVice> <messachess> <blade2012>; 2♔ <Golden Executive> <NakoSonorense> <chessmoron> <zarg> <YouRang> <virginmind> <juan31>

* BetRnk Crowns: 6♔ <NakoSonorense>; 4♔ <SloVice>; 3♔ <SwitchingQuylthulg>; 2♔ <su3eichfeld> <Penguincw> <PinnedPiece> <nfazli> <virginmind> <blade2012> <karpkasp> <lostemperor>

************* Crowns by Year ***************

* 2006 (1 tournament): 3♔ <lostemperor>

* 2007 (6 tournaments): 4♔ <kolobok>; 3♔ <Legend>; 2♔ <yalie> <hitman84>

* 2008 (5 tournaments): 5♔ <NakoSonorense>; 2♔ <lostemperor> <Ziggurat>

* 2009 (6 tournaments): 6♔ <su3eichfeld>; 4♔ <Where is my mind> <messachess>; 3♔ <virginmind>; 2♔ <zarg>

* 2010 (4 tournaments): 3♔ <SloVice> <lostemperor>; 2♔ <zarg> <Winter> <su3eichfeld>

* 2011 (5 tournaments): 3♔ <SloVice> <Legend>; 2♔ <SwitchingQuylthulg> <WinKing> <virginmind>

* 2012 (4 tournaments): 3♔ <Legend> <blade2012>; 2♔ <ooda> <Barok Espinosa> <YouRang> <chessmoron>

* 2013 (5 tournaments): 2♔ <wtwz> <OhioChessFan> <Blunderdome> <karpkasp> <nimh>

* 2014 (5 tournaments): 4♔ <Golden Executive> <blade2012>; 3♔ <lostemperor> <Karposian>; 2♔ <Penguincw> <PinnedPiece> <chessmoron> <juan31>

* 2015 (1 tournament): 1♔ <Penguincw> <Legend> <whiteshark>

********** Crowns by Tournament ************

* Baz (1 year): 2♔ <virginmind>

* Bie (3 years): 3♔ <blade2012>; 2♔ <YouRang> <lmreith> <lostemperor>

* Bil (3 years): 3♔ <SloVice>; 2♔ <chessmoron> <Golden Executive> <Karposian> <Legend> <Barok Espinosa>

* Dor (9 years): 5♔ <Legend> <lostemperor>; 3♔ <su3eichfeld> <cromat>; 2♔ <Golden Executive> <PinnedPiece> <SloVice> <Blunderdome> <Ziggurat> <chessmoron> <kolobok>

* Lin (4 years): 2♔ <su3eichfeld> <NakoSonorense> <lostemperor> <messachess>

* Mte (3 years): 4♔ <virginmind>; 2♔ <hitman84>

* Nor (2 years): 2♔ <OhioChessFan>

* Pea (2 years): 3♔ <Where is my mind>; 2♔ <Winter>

* Tal (3 years): 2♔ <zarg> <WinKing> <su3eichfeld> <wtwz>

* WCC (3 years): 2♔ <nimh> <blade2012>

* Wij (9 years): 3♔ <NakoSonorense> <messachess> <Legend>; 2♔ <SloVice> <Penguincw> <ooda> <zarg> <blade2012> <chessmoron> <iron maiden>

== Notes:
I keep track of all medals won, but in order to appear in the hall of fame, one must win a gold (♔) medal.

Medals: ♔ = Gold; ♕ = Silver; ♖ = Bronze

Tournaments: Baz=Bazna Kings; Bie=Biel; Bil=Bilbao; Dor=Dortmund; Lin=Linares; Mte=Mtel; Nor=Norway; Pea=Pearl Spring; Tal=Tal Memorial; WCC=World Chess Championship; Wij=Wijk Aan Zee

Contests: StdRnk=Standard Ranker; 123Rnk=1-2-3 Ranker; BetRnk=Betting Ranker

t = tie

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Love chess.
Wish I were better at it.

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: Kind of a dumb show really, yet it has long had cult-like following. Recently many original episodes became available on DVD (

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 (

- 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 cartoon:! [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)

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

   YouRang has kibitzed 15750 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-26-15 Biographer Bistro (replies)
YouRang: Multiple greatests? I believe it's okay to use "greatest" in regard to multiple items in cases where multiple measures of "greatness" are used. For example, one may buy a CD of the Beatles top 10 Greatest Hits. In this case, the notion of greatness is subjective, which means that ...
   Jan-26-15 N Barsalou vs B Wall, 1980 (replies)
YouRang: Proposed new chess notation: <1. f4 e5 2. d3 exf4 3. Bxf4 Nc6 4. Nf3 Bc5 5. c3 d6 6. Nbd2 Nf6 7. Bg5 Ng4 8. Bh4[LOL!] Qxh4+ 9. Nxh4 Bf2# 0-1>
   Jan-26-15 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
YouRang: Thanks <lostemperor> for running the contest. A regrettably poor showing by me, unless you give points for consistency: third from bottom in all contests!
   Jan-25-15 YouRang chessforum (replies)
YouRang: <For the record> Below are the medals I have on file for people who have not yet won gold. (If the Hall of Fame is heaven, this is purgatory) ♕2 ♖2 siamesedream ~ Nor13:123Rnk(3t) / Bil12:123Rnk(2t) / Wij12:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(3) Tabanus ~ ...
   Jan-25-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
YouRang: Ohhh. A "typo". Jobava did win - thanks.
   Jan-23-15 playground player chessforum (replies)
YouRang: A daring bakery might make you a Mohammed cake under the strict condition that you tell no one where you got it.
   Jan-21-15 I Saric vs Van Wely, 2015
YouRang: After <90.Rg7>, Van Wely (black) faced this position: [DIAGRAM] Obviously, he needs to guard that pawn! But he blundered badly with <90...Rg3+?> allowing <91.Ke4!> which threatens to double-attack the pawn with Kf5. <91...g4 92.Rg5!> moving the rook closer ...
   Jan-20-15 Caruana vs Yifan Hou, 2015 (replies)
YouRang: Hi <fmartelli>. Yes, 39.Qa1 looks like it holds at first, but as I mentioned above, black's attack continues with 39...Qf3! [DIAGRAM] Black now threatens ...e3 since fxe3 allows ...Qxg3+ and ...Rd2 and mate to follow. To hold off these threats, white can try 40.Qb2 ...
   Jan-16-15 chessforum (replies)
YouRang: <Domdaniel> They did, and it almost worked. But the deal fell through when they described the Mary Rose as a Tudor ship. The Norwegians replied that they were shopping for a Fordor.
   Jan-14-15 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
YouRang: My vote: Best profile: <Domdaniel> Best Analysis: <DaringSpeculator>
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The Game Prediction Contest

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== Outcomes:
SO 1-0 Van Wely
Wojtaszek 1/2 Giri
Carlsen 1/2 Saric
Aronian 0-1 DING
Hou 1/2 Ivanchuk
JOBAVA 1-0 Radjabov

Congratulations to Carlsen for (yet another) clear first win of the tournament!

Very good showings by Giri, Ding, So, and Vachier-Lagrave, who each finished 1/2 game back.

I hope we see more tournaments with Hou. With Polgar's retirement, it's nice to see a female presence in the top tournaments again.

== Standard Ranker
BEST (4/7 right): juan31

Worst (1 right): 3 persons

== 1-2-3 Ranker
BEST (scored 6): Jimmy W, juan31, Penguincw

Worst (scored 1): 3 persons

== Betting Ranker
BEST (gained $22.33): Penguincw

Worst (lost $5.63): 3 persons

High Payoff Games:

$22.00,Carlsen-Saric[1/2],SwitchingQuylthulg (JACKPOT!!)

$22.00,Caruana-Vachier-Lagrave[0-1],Penguincw (JACKPOT!!)

$7.33,Aronian-Ding[0-1],alfamikewhiskey + Jimmy W + Penguincw

$7.33,Jobava-Radjabov[1-0],alfamikewhiskey + juan31 + lostemperor


Almost appropriately, this tournament finished with a tough round to predict....


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  YouRang: Standard Ranker - <FINAL>

♔ 50,Legend,13,54.9%
♕ 47,OhioChessFan,13,51.6%
♕ 47,SwitchingQuylthulg,13,51.6%
46,Jimmy W,13,50.5%
44,Golden Executive,13,48.4%
43,Baron Harkonnen,12,51.2%

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  YouRang: 1-2-3 Ranker - <FINAL>

♔ 79,whiteshark,13,19/40,17/28,8/23
♕ 76,virginmind,13,12/22,25/45,9/24
♖ 69,Legend,13,9/14,36/67,5/10
68,Golden Executive,13,10/27,27/50,7/14
61,Baron Harkonnen,12,12/24,28/51,3/9
58,Jimmy W,13,6/13,37/71,3/7

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  YouRang: Betting Ranker - <FINAL>

♔ $64.76,Penguincw,13
♕ $28.77,SwitchingQuylthulg,13
♖ $23.99,whiteshark,13
$2.63,Golden Executive,13
-$3.26,Baron Harkonnen,12
-$13.28,Jimmy W,13

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Please join me in congratulating the the gold medal winners of the Wijk Aan Zee 2015 Game Prediction Contest. Their performances shall be memorialized forever (or for an indefinite period of time, whichever comes first) in the the <Hall of Fame> (see my profile above).

We hereby confer upon the following, with all due pomp, the title "Hall of Famer" (or HOFer for short):

♔11 ♕6 ♖7 <Legend>[*] Wij15:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(3) / Tal13:StdRnk(3t) / Wij13:StdRnk(2t) / Bil12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / Dor12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Wij12:StdRnk(3t) / Tal11:123Rnk(2t)+BetRnk(3) / Dor11:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1) / Wij11:StdRnk(1t) / Dor09:StdRnk(3t) / Dor08:StdRnk(2t) / Lin08:StdRnk(1) / WCC07:StdRnk(3t) / Dor07:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(2) / Wij07:123Rnk(1t)+StdRnk(2t) / Dor06:BetRnk(3)

♔3 ♖2 <Penguincw>[*] Wij15:BetRnk(1) / Nor14:123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(3) / Wij14:BetRnk(1) / Wij12:StdRnk(3t)

♔ ♕4 ♖3 <whiteshark> Wij15:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(3) / Tal13:BetRnk(2) / Nor13:BetRnk(3) / Bil12:BetRnk(2) / Pea10:BetRnk(2) / Dor10:123Rnk(2t) / Dor08:123Rnk(3t)

[*] Was already in the Hall of Fame

- Congratulations to HOFer <Legend> who finshed strong to emerge with a clear 3-point first place lead in Standard Ranker for the gold medal, plus a bronze medal in 123 Ranker. He has now advanced his career medal count to 24, including 11 gold. With that, he moves back into the exceedingly glorious top position in the Hall of Fame.

- Congratulations to <whiteshark>, who smashed his way into the Hall of Fame with an impressive dominating performance in 123 Ranker. He practically had it wrapped up several rounds ago. In addition to that gold, he also takes a bronze from Betting Ranker. In relinquishing the top spot in Purgatory, he enters the Hall with a career 8 medals.

- Congratulations to HOFer <Penguincw> who utterly murdered the Betting Ranker with 3 jackpots and 4 semi-jackpots. His jackpot in the final round gave him a total of $64.76, winning by a *margin* of practically $36! Mind you, a *total* of $36 would have been enough to win gold.

Honorable mentions:

- The Hall confers honorable mentions to HOFer <SwitchingQuylthulg>, who earned a pair of silver medals: One in Standard Ranker and one in Betting Ranker. He earned his Betting Ranker silver medal by alertly being the only person to predict Carlsen-Saric to be a draw! I believe this is the only time a jackpot was awarded for a drawn game.

- Honors also to HOFer <OhioChessFan> who took a silver in Standard Ranker, pushing his career medal count to 22.

- Finally, honors go to HOFer <virginmind>, who was the only person to give <whiteshark> any competition in 123 Ranker, finishing in second place 7 points ahead of the third place position!

This concludes the Prediction contest for Wijk Aan Zee 2015. Thanks to all for playing!

Hope to see you for the next contest, but at this point, I can't say what it will be.

Stay tuned!

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  YouRang: <For the record>
Below are the medals I have on file for people who have not yet won gold. (If the Hall of Fame is heaven, this is purgatory)

♕2 ♖2
siamesedream ~ Nor13:123Rnk(3t) / Bil12:123Rnk(2t) / Wij12:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(3)

Tabanus ~ Dor10:123Rnk(2t)+BetRnk(2) / Lin10:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t)

♕2 ♖
call14 ~ WCC14:123Rnk(3t) / Tal11:123Rnk(2t) / Lin08:123Rnk(2)

cu8sfan ~ Wij09:BetRnk(2) / Lin08:123Rnk(3t) / Bie07:BetRnk(2)

kellmano ~ Mte07:StdRnk(2t)+123Rnk(2)+BetRnk(3)

VargPOD ~ Baz11:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(2)

♕ ♖2
Billy Vaughan ~ Tal09:BetRnk(3) / Mte08:123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3t)

Broon Bottle ~ WCC07:StdRnk(3t) / Dor07:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(3t)

♕ ♖
Elixir of Life ~ Mte07:BetRnk(2) / Lin07:BetRnk(3)

jsy ~ Nor13:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(3t)

just a kid ~ Dor09:BetRnk(2)+123Rnk(3t)

capafan ~ Tal13:123Rnk(2t)

falso contacto ~ Dor11:BetRnk(2)

Jafar219 ~ Dor06:BetRnk(2)

jessicafischerqueen ~ Lin07:BetRnk(2)

pbercker ~ Nor13:123Rnk(2)

rogge ~ Pea09:StdRnk(2t)

Thorski ~ Tal09:BetRnk(2)

Xaurus ~ Mte08:BetRnk(2)

nikooshu ~ Wij10:StdRnk(3t)+BetRnk(3) / Mte08:StdRnk(3t) / Lin09:StdRnk(3t)

KKDEREK ~ Dor14:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3) / Wij14:StdRnk(3t)

micartouse ~ Wij07:123Rnk(3t)+BetRnk(3)

square dance ~ WCC07:StdRnk(3t) / Lin07:StdRnk(3t)

Aurora ~ Dor08:123Rnk(3t)

BishopofBlunder ~ Bil11:BetRnk(3)

Montreal1666 ~ Dor06:StdRnk(3t)

TechN9ne ~ Dor06:StdRnk(3t)

Vincent1987 ~ Dor07:BetRnk(3)

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  Legend: Thank you <YouRang> for this wonderful contest! I am honored to be in your Hall of Fame. :)

Drinks are on me tonight! Cheers! :D

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  Penguincw: Finally I can breathe out! Not winning gold would've probably set me up for the biggest collapse ever (but I am a Leafs fan, sort of... ).

Anyway, thanks to <YouRang> for hosting and congrats to the winners, especially <whiteshark> for providing good competition. Congrats to you for making the HOF.

Now time for me to brag/rub it in: I'd like to thank all who motivated me to put up my own predictions for the last few rounds. Even though I would've probably won gold if I copied his predictions (or simply not post at all), thanks. ;)

With this gold medal, I become the first ever user to win a gold medal in Betting Ranker and defend it the very next year in the same tournament (Tata 2014 -> Tata 2015).

For the record, if anyone's wondering why I picked all upsets, I'll tell you why: with the large amount of players, Corus/Tata Steel has usually been a difficult tournament to predict. I had a look at the previous tournaments, and kept a record of what would've happened in Betting Ranker if I predicted only (or mostly) upsets:

2015: 1st by more than 2* of 2nd
2014: 1st by more than 2* of 2nd
2013: Roughly -$10 (not last)
2012: 1st by more than 2* of 2nd
2011 1st by about $15
2010: 3rd place (trailing 2nd not by much)
2009: miss podium by a few bucks
2008: deep in the cellar
2007: roughly half of 3rd place

Honestly, who's going to turn down a (roughly) 1 in 2 chance of winning gold?

I don't know what the next tournament will be (I'm guessing Zurich, but if that's too short, Norway will be fine), but I'm not going to pull out the same method (although I might try it next year).

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  virginmind: That was sweet. Thanks <YouRang>, nice job keeping alive this great contest. And congrats to the winners!
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Thanks to <YouRang>, and congratulations to all the medalists!
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  juan31: As always thanks < YouRang> for your kindness, Congratulation to all the winners
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  OhioChessFan: Congratulations to the players for not mailing it in the final round. 4 decisive games, and all among people who couldn't win the tournament. Amazing stuff. Frustrating round for me, as I felt Giri and Carlsen were a team. I was picking either both to win or both to draw and I went with the win. But I am pretty sure that I wasn't the only person with that idea. But a draw for a jackpot? Unbelievable.

Thanks to <YouRang> and congrats to the winners. Hope everyone enjoyed it, win or not.

Jan-25-15  Baron Harkonnen: Thanks <yourang> for the explanation, and thanks <a lot> for hosting this amazing tourney.

<penguin> It was kind of late, probably 30 minutes, I wasn't at home, celphone without battery, my fault 100% . I would fare ok but that's life. :p Thanks for the tip.

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  WannaBe: Thanks to <YouRang> for another super-duper Prediction Contest.

Congratulations to all the Winners and HoFers!!

(Check's in the mail for the amount I owe.)

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  chancho: Pay up, suckah!!
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  OhioChessFan: <Honestly, who's going to turn down a (roughly) 1 in 2 chance of winning gold?>

I think most regulars have that strategy figured out but don't use it.

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  WinKing: Always fun to play here <YouRang> thanks for hosting! Congratulations to all of the medalists!
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  lostemperor: Congratulations all who beat me (three in the Betting Ranker but quite a few in the ohter rankers)! :) Thanks <YouRang> for running a fine contest again:)
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  lostemperor: Hahah well noticed <chancho>! :D
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  alfamikewhiskey: Thanks <YouRang> for hosting.

I <will> stay tuned - great fun :)

Jan-25-15  cromat: thanks <YouRang>, congrats winners
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  WinKing: Special kudos to <whiteshark> on his entry into the Hall Of Fame & getting off of that 'cursed' purgatory list. ;)
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  Golden Executive: Thanks <YouRang> for another edition of the contest. Great job as usual.

Congratulations to all the medal winners!

See you guys (and gals) the next time.

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  wordfunph: cheers to all winners!

<YouRang> thanks.

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