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YouRang
Member since Feb-23-05
<NOTICE>

The game prediction contest has <moved!>

The new home of the Game Prediction Contest is...

Golden Executive chessforum

Please welcome <Golden Executive> as the new contest manager!

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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.

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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.

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

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   YouRang has kibitzed 16414 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-09-16 playground player chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: <Big Pawn>< ... Therefore, I see no reason for you to say, <God also made it so that those who discover and explain the universe don't necessarily have to recognize God as the creator>. This directly contradicts scripture, showing your comments on this matter to be a ...
 
   Feb-08-16 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: <WannaBe> Thanks, and you're right -- here at work where I use Chrome, I don't see the problem. I'll take a peek at your link. I can't believe this is considered to be an "okay" thing by Microsoft.
 
   Feb-08-16 Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-31-16 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Thanks <lostemperor> for running the contest again. Congrats to the winners.
 
   Jan-31-16 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Great job <Golden Executive>, once again. Thank you. Congrats to all the medal winners, especially <SwitchingQuylthulg> who won a dramatic final round jackpot to jump from nowhere up to the gold medal position. Not to brag, but I had a bit of drama also: I won a dramatic
 
   Jan-28-16 optimal play chessforum
 
YouRang: <OhioChessFan><While you always claim to be non-partisan, you have pretty consistently negative remarks about the Christian side of things that make me think there's a lot going on that you aren't admitting to.> Sometimes you make comments that baffle me, frequently ...
 
   Jan-22-16 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Today's votes: I vote <Tabanus> for Best Historian. I vote <Mr. Georgiev, Wear Down this Tal!> for Pun.
 
   Jan-04-16 YouRang chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: <Penguincw><Golden Executive><wordfunph><WinKing><chancho> Thank you all for the nice Holiday greetings, and my apologies for not replying sooner. I've been away on vacation (followed by a head cold), so I haven't been checking in lately. But I hope you
 
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Jul-28-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Yeah!!! We'll (continue to) have prediction contest!

Long Live Prediction Contest!

Jul-28-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Yes <Golden Executive>! You the real MVP. :')
Jul-30-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Good on you for taking over the contest, <Golden Executive>! Thought I don't participate in the prediction contests (I'm either too busy or too scared of losing, you decide :)) I support the events that make this website a community, and am glad to see it continue.
Aug-16-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive:

<♔ Game Prediction Contest for Sinquefield Cup 2015 ♔>

Line-up:
Carlsen, Caruana, Nakamura, Anand, Topalov, So, Grischuk, Giri, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave.

Round 1 will be played next Sunday, August 23 1:00 PM CDT(UTC-5). I'll post the pairings as soon as they become known (probably sometime Saturday).

All are welcome. Just post your predictions in my forum before each round begins.

Aug-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: Sorry to hear you dont hold the prediciton contest anymore <YouRang>. But I can understand that it takes a lot of work for a week or two! Your legacy will live on in your fabulous CONMAN software. Thanks!

You have a good replacement in <Golden Executive> no doubt and I hope you still join the final standings contest at my forum! :)

Aug-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Sinquefield Cup 2015 Tournament starts tomorrow - http://grandchesstour.com/2015-sinq...

The tournament runs from August 23rd - September 2nd, 2015.

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

User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 (3 categories to medal in)

lostemperor chessforum - Predict the order the players will finish. (3 categories to medal in)

User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves for each game. (4 categories to medal in)

All three contests will be active!

*****

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

ChessBookie Introduction

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

Aug-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: Hi <lostemperor>. Thanks for your comment. I'm looking forward to seeing the contest run in <Golden Executive>'s forum, and I appreciate his willingness to take it on.

I actually never intended to be the contest host myself -- I was just the natural choice to take it on when <cu8sfan> retired since I wrote the software he was using.

For me, it's been a long fun ride, but I don't feel bad about turning it over to someone else. I'll put some predictions in your forum in a moment.

Aug-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: What is am curioous about is; h do I know my avatar number?
Aug-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Right click on the avatar, select properties, it's in the file's name. =))
Oct-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  juan31: ♔ ANNOUNCEMENT ♔
<Game Prediction Contest> for the <Bilbao Masters 2015> tournament. In <Golden Executive Forum>

Round 1 will be played next Monday October 26 16:00 CET(UTC+1:00). The posting pairings (probably sometime Sunday). At that point, the game prediction contest will be open.

Line-up:

Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Liren Ding, Wesley So.

Rounds: 6 (double round robin).
Sofia and Bilbao rules apply.

<ALL ARE WELCOME >

Oct-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  juan31: juan31: ♔ ANNOUNCEMENT ♔ <Game Prediction Contest> for the <Bilbao Masters 2015> tournament. In <Golden Executive Forum>. < IS OPEN > < TODAY> Line-up: Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Liren Ding, Wesley So.

Rounds: 6 (double round robin).
Sofia and Bilbao rules apply.

<ALL ARE WELCOME >

Nov-16-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: Here's a kinda pretty song I came across:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgp...

Nov-28-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  juan31: To <YouRang>

♔ ANNOUNCEMENT ♔ In < Golden Executive forum > <Game Prediction Contest> for the <London Chess Classic 2015> tournament. Round 1 will be played next Friday December 4 16:00 GMT(UTC +0:00).

Line-up:
Carlsen, Caruana, Nakamura, Anand, Topalov, Grischuk, Giri, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Adams.

Rounds: 9

The full pairings are released; the game prediction contest is open right now.

Just post your predictions before each round begins.

Nov-30-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: The 7th London Chess Classic 2015 Tournament starts Friday December 4th - http://www.londonchessclassic.com/

The tournament runs from December 4th thru December 13th, 2015.

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

User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 (3 categories to medal in)

User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves for each game. (4 categories to medal in)

The two contests are now active & open for business!

*****

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

ChessBookie Introduction

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

Dec-22-15  cormier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOQ...
Dec-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Hope life is good <YouRang>. Happy holidays, as in Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dec-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016 to you and yours <YouRang>!
Dec-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <YouRang> Merry Christmas!
Dec-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you & yours <YouRang>! :)
Dec-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Merry Christmas, <YouRang>!
Jan-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: <Penguincw><Golden Executive><wordfunph><WinKing><chancho>

Thank you all for the nice Holiday greetings, and my apologies for not replying sooner. I've been away on vacation (followed by a head cold), so I haven't been checking in lately.

But I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and best wishes for a Happy 2016. :-)

Jan-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Two More Days!!!

♘Tata Steel♘ !!! Tata Steel 2016 !!! ♗Tata Steel♗

This tournament will run from January 16th thru January 31st 2016.

Participants include: Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Sergey Karjakin, Ding Liren, Pavel Eljanov, Shakhryar Mamedyarov, Michael Adams, David Navara, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan & Loek van Wely.

*****

<<> The 'Prediction Extravaganza - Tata Steel' event! <>>

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

User: lostemperor - Predict the order the players will finish. (3 categories to medal in)

User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 10th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2016 - 10 years running)

User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in)

All three of the organizers <lostemperor>, <Golden Executive> & <chessmoron> have confirmed they will be running their contests for this event 'Tata Steel'.

*****

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 Tournament - Two More Days!!!

Jan-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Hi <YouRang>, Your list at <lostemperor> is incomplete. ;)
Jan-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Way to go <YouRang> on winning the Best Avatar Award! Ring up another one for the three-peat. ;)
Jan-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: Congratulations <YouRang> on winning your 3rd. Caissarīs Award!
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