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

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Players: Anand, Aronian, Ponomariov, Vallejo

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• StdRnk: K=<Golden Executive>, K=<Karposian>, K=<OhioChessFan>

• 123Rnk: K=<Golden Executive>, K=<juan31>, R=<Blunderdome>, R=<wordfunph>

• BetRnk: K=<Karposian>, Q=<Golden Executive>, R=<OhioChessFan>


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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K11 Q2 R5 <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)

K10 Q6 R6 <Legend> 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)

K8 Q5 R2 <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)

K8 Q5 R <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)

K8 Q R2 <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)

K7 Q6 R9 <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)

K7 Q2 R <virginmind> 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)

K7 Q R2 <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)

K5 Q7 R5 <SwitchingQuylthulg> 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)

K5 Q3 R <Golden Executive> Bil14:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(2) / Dor14:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(3) / WCC13:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2) / Tal11:123Rnk(2t)

K5 Q <messachess> Lin09:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(2) / Wij09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1) / Wij08:123Rnk(1)

K4 Q3 R14 <OhioChessFan> 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)

K4 Q3 R2 <zarg> Dor10:StdRnk(3t) / Wij10:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1t) / Tal09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / Pea09:StdRnk(2t)+BetRnk(3) / Lin09:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(2t)

K4 Q R4 <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)

K4 Q R2 <kolobok> Dor08:123Rnk(3t) / Bie07:StdRnk(1) / Dor07:123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(1)+StdRnk(3t) / Lin07:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t)

K4 Q R <Karposian> Bil14:StdRnk(1t)+BetRnk(1) / Nor14:StdRnk(1) / WCC14:StdRnk(3t) / Wij13:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2)

K3 Q4 R5 <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)

K3 Q4 R4 <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)

K3 Q3 R2 <nfazli> Tal13:BetRnk(3) / Dor12:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(2) / Tal11:BetRnk(1) / Bil11:BetRnk(2)+StdRnk(3t) / Wij09:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t)

K3 Q R2 <PinnedPiece> Dor14:BetRnk(1) / Nor14:123Rnk(1t) / Dor12:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3) / Dor11:BetRnk(3)

K3 <WinKing> Dor12:StdRnk(1t) / Tal11:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1)

K2 Q5 R3 <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)

K2 Q5 R2 <yalie> Dor11:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(2t) / Wij08:123Rnk(3)+BetRnk(3) / WCC07:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Bie07:StdRnk(2t) / Lin07:123Rnk(1)+StdRnk(2)

K2 Q4 R3 <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)

K2 Q3 R2 <DCP23> Lin10:BetRnk(3) / Mte09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t)+BetRnk(3) / Lin09:123Rnk(2t) / Lin07:BetRnk(1) / Wij07:BetRnk(2)

K2 Q3 <karpkasp> Nor14:BetRnk(2) / Wij14:BetRnk(2) / Dor13:BetRnk(1) / WCC13:BetRnk(1) / Wij12:BetRnk(2)

K2 Q3 <nimh> WCC13:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1) / Bie08:BetRnk(2) / Dor08:StdRnk(2t)+123Rnk(2)

K2 Q2 R3 <Ragh> Tal11:BetRnk(2) / Wij11:BetRnk(1) / Dor10:StdRnk(3t) / Tal09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(3t) / Pea09:123Rnk(3) / Bie07:StdRnk(2t)

K2 Q2 R <iron maiden> Lin08:StdRnk(2t) / Wij08:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2) / WCC07:StdRnk(3t) / Wij07:StdRnk(1)

K2 Q2 <lmreith> Bie08:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Bie07:123Rnk(1)+StdRnk(2t)

K2 Q R6 <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)

K2 Q <Ziggurat> Dor08:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(2)

K2 R2 <Penguincw> Nor14:123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(3) / Wij14:BetRnk(1) / Wij12:StdRnk(3t)

K2 R <Barok Espinosa> Bil12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(3)

K2 R <juan31> Bil14:123Rnk(1t) / Dor14:StdRnk(3t) / Nor14:123Rnk(1t)

K2 R <Winter> Pea10:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(3)

K2 R <wtwz> Tal13:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1) / Nor13:123Rnk(3t)

K2 <hitman84> Mte07:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)

K2 <ooda> Wij12:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)

K Q4 R5 <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)

K Q2 R <amadeus> Pea10:123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3t) / Wij07:123Rnk(1t)+StdRnk(2t)

K Q2 R <mikejaqua> Mte08:123Rnk(1)+StdRnk(2)+BetRnk(3) / WCC07:BetRnk(2)

K Q R2 <suenteus po 147> Wij10:BetRnk(2) / Dor08:BetRnk(3) / WCC07:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(3)

K R4 <WannaBe> WCC14:BetRnk(3) / Wij14:BetRnk(3) / WCC13:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t) / Wij13:BetRnk(1)

K R2 <poorpatzer> Tal13:StdRnk(3t) / Nor13:BetRnk(1) / Wij11:BetRnk(3)

K R <ahmadov> WCC07:BetRnk(1) / Wij07:123Rnk(3t)

K R <imag> Lin10:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(3t)

K R <sakii> Lin08:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(3t)

K R <twinlark> Wij07:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(3t)

K <chancho> Wij14:123Rnk(1t)

K <chesssantosh> Baz11:BetRnk(1)

K <Civhai> Wij11:123Rnk(1)

K <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: 6K <Legend>; 5K <chessmoron>; 4K <lostemperor>; 3K <virginmind> <Golden Executive> <Karposian> <OhioChessFan>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Baz (1 year): 2K <virginmind>

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

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

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

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

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

* Nor (2 years): 2K <OhioChessFan>

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

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

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

* Wij (8 years): 3K <NakoSonorense> <messachess>; 2K <Legend> <SloVice> <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 (K) medal.

Medals: K = Gold; Q = Silver; R = 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. :-)

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

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   Dec-20-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Dec-13-14 chessforum (replies)
YouRang: <"undocumented feature" means the same thing as "bug".> Yes, if it's in quotes (which you did). However, I wasn't sure if that joke was intended, since I'm not sure you knew that I was a programmer. I'm sure there are some "undocumented features" in code that I've written, ...
   Dec-10-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
YouRang: <...including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent...> Kind of gives new meaning to "planned parenthood".
   Dec-08-14 jepflast chessforum (replies)
YouRang: And now it's back up! :-)
   Dec-06-14 RandomVisitor chessforum (replies)
   Nov-15-14 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
YouRang: <Penguincw: < What are "HOFers"? > It's "the way lazy people write Hall of Famers." ;) <YouRang> always uses it...> You may call them "lazy people", but they are really <efficient people> (or EP for short).
   Nov-10-14 Mayet vs Hirschfeld, 1861 (replies)
YouRang: <reticulate: The given solution certainly works, but so does Qh4, and it doesn't take long: 12...Qh4 (threatening Qxh2#) 13. Bxf4 (the only move, really) Qxf4 14. Qxf3 (<<Rxf3 is no better>>) Qxh2# > I'm afraid that 14.Rxf3 is a LOT better since it renders ...
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The Game Prediction Contest

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  Karposian: Round 6:

Aronian - Anand 1/2
Vallejo - Ponomariov 1-0

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  OhioChessFan: <Worst (scored 0): 35 persons >

Lot of participants that round.

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  wordfunph: Round 6:

Aronian - Anand 1/2
Vallejo - Ponomariov 1/2

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Round 6:

Aronian - Anand 1-0
Vallejo - Ponomariov 0-1

Sep-20-14  Penguincw: Round 6 games have started.
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  YouRang: <Penguincw: Round 6 games have started.> Thank you :-)
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== Outcomes:
ARONIAN 1-0 Anand
VALLEJO 1-0 Ponomariov

== Standard Ranker
BEST (1/2 right): Blunderdome, Karposian, SwitchingQuylthulg, YouRang

Worst (0 right): 6 persons

== 1-2-3 Ranker
BEST (scored 2): Blunderdome, Karposian, SwitchingQuylthulg, YouRang

Worst (scored 0): 6 persons

== Betting Ranker
BEST (gained $8.00): Karposian

Worst (lost $2.00): 6 persons

High Payoff Games:
$10.00,Vallejo-Ponomariov[1-0],Karposian (JACKPOT!!)

$3.33,Aronian-Anand[1-0],Blunderdome + SwitchingQuylthulg + YouRang



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  YouRang: Standard Ranker - <FINAL>

♔ 7,Golden Executive,6,58.3%
♔ 7,Karposian,6,58.3%
♔ 7,OhioChessFan,6,58.3%

1-2-3 Ranker - <FINAL>

♔ 11,Golden Executive,6,2/2,4/8,1/2
♔ 11,juan31,6,3/5,2/5,1/2
♖ 10,Blunderdome,6,4/5,2/4,0/3
♖ 10,wordfunph,5,2/3,3/6,1/1

Betting Ranker - <FINAL>

♔ $9.17,Karposian,6
♕ $1.62,Golden Executive,6
♖ $1.17,OhioChessFan,6

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Please join me in congratulating the the gold medal winners of the Bilbao 2014 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):

♔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)

♔4 ♕3 ♖14 <OhioChessFan>[*] 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 ♕ ♖ <Karposian>[*] Bil14:StdRnk(1t)+BetRnk(1) / Nor14:StdRnk(1) / WCC14:StdRnk(3t) / Wij13:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2)

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

[*] Was already in the Hall of Fame

- Congratulations to HOFer <Golden Executive> who had perfect predictions in half the rounds to earn medals in all three contests: Gold in Standard Ranker and 123 Ranker, and silver in Betting Rank. His medaling performance is almost identical to his performance in the last tournament (Dortmund), except that in Dortmund he "only" got bronze in Betting Ranker.

- Congratulations to HOFer <Karposian> who won a pair of gold medals in Standard Ranker and Betting Ranker. The latter medal was gained in dramatic fashion with a final round jackpot (the only one to predict Vallejo's win over Ponomariov).

- Congratulations to HOFer <OhioChessFan> whose perfect predictions in the late rounds 4 and 5 elevated him to the Gold podium in Standard Ranker, and also taking the bronze in Betting Ranker. He has now amassed 21 career medal, and has solidified the "king of bronze" title with 14 bronze medals.

- Congratulations to HOFer <juan31>, who has demonstrated a knack for winning medals by taking gold in 123 Ranker, thus earning medals in each of the last three tournaments.

Honorable mentions:

- The Hall confers honorable mentions to HOFer <wordfunph>, who took bronze in 123 Ranker to increase his career total to 10 medals.

- Honors also to HOFer <Blunderdome> who earned his 6th career bronze in 123 Ranker to push his total to 9 medals.

This concludes the Prediction contest for Bilbao 2014. Thanks to all for playing!

Hope to see you for the next contest, which will be ..... probably .....: - Wijk Aan Zee 2015 - January 9-25, 2015 - 14 players to be named later

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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)

♕4 ♖2
whiteshark ~ Tal13:BetRnk(2) / Nor13:BetRnk(3) / Bil12:BetRnk(2) / Pea10:BetRnk(2) / Dor10:123Rnk(2t) / Dor08:123Rnk(3t)

♕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)

Sep-20-14  Penguincw: Thanks for hosting <YouRang>. A bit shameful that you, I and <Switch> played in all 6 rounds yet didn't win a medal, but I guess that's how the contest goes.

Once again, thanks for hosting, and congratz to the medalists, especially <GE> (who won his 2nd career double crown), <Karposian> (who has been on fire recently having just won a triple crown in <cm>'s contest), <juan31> (who like I've said before, is having a career year), and <OCF> (sorry, no comment ;) ).

< High Payoff Games:
$10.00,Vallejo-Ponomariov[1-0],Karposian (JACKPOT!!) >

Wow. Says a lot about this contest. There have been semi-jackpots higher than that.

< Hope to see you for the next contest, which will be ..... probably .....: - Wijk Aan Zee 2015 - January 9-25, 2015 - 14 players to be named later >

Too bad Tal Memorial was cancelled and "replaced" by the Russian Superfinal. Tal would be real happy...

BTW: Would LCC be an option if it were available?

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  OhioChessFan: Curses. If it hadn't been the last round, I'd have taken Vallejo. I thought they'd all go through the motions. Congrats to all the winners and thanks to Lurch.
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  Karposian: Thanks <YouRang> for another great contest. Congrats to all the winners, that includes myself, of course :)
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  Golden Executive: Thanks <YouRang> for another amazing contest. Thanks <Penguincw> and congratulations to all the other medal winners!

See you guys next time.

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  juan31: Thank you YouRang for the contest and your kindnees. Gracias. Congratulations to all.
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  wordfunph: <YouRang> great thanks and congrats to all winners!
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  YouRang: <Penguincw><<YouRang>. A bit shameful that you, I and <Switch> played in all 6 rounds yet didn't win a medal, but I guess that's how the contest goes.>

Not everyone can be a winner. It falls upon some of us to sacrificially bear the responsibility of demonstrating this principle.

<BTW: Would LCC be an option if it were available?>

Unlikely. It's in early December when my time will be occupied by other things.

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  Thanh Phan: I doubt it would appear beyond your understanding or reasoning as a world team member, yet there are at least one willing to comment negatively towards your name or viewpoint in the current <The World vs Arkadij Naiditsch> game, Had a thought you would have liked to know, best wishes towards your response
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  YouRang: Hi <Thanh Phan>. Having looked at the game forum, I see you are referring to a comment made by <Noflaps>, yes?

It may be a translation issue, but I'm quite sure that his comment was meant in a way that was both innocent and positive. I have always been on good terms with <Noflaps>.

Oddly enough, despite the misunderstandings, I feel that I've been the receiving end of nice sentiments from everyone who commented, including yourself.

As you may know, I regard you was one of the nicest people on this site, and I do appreciate your concern on my behalf.

If <noflaps> ever does send a negative comment my way, I am happy to have you as an advocate :-)

On the other hand, if he sends a negative comment my way, don't be too sure that I don't deserve it.

- Warm regards

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  Thanh Phan: <YouRang> You are very much a gem of a prior era, and the world would appear in a more sad state if even they would take note of your passing,

With a cheered heart we read each time you write, the memories gather when you are willing to provide insight towards a thought or comment with your unique understanding of the human race,

I hope, not for the first time, that you and your thoughts would be there for us, in our time of trying, knowing someone like you were willing and able to help, in your own way

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  YouRang: <Thanh Phan> You are too kind! Blessings upon you.
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  Thanh Phan: That you are able and willing to help inform others about thoughts, belifes and hopes, is a bonus,

your unconnected free form explanations and ease of explain about your understanding of current religions has helped greatly for us, a community of about 31-42 peoples in our household

In other words, your words count! An offering of thanks will be sent, knowing you are there for others, one of the best gifts available

Nov-02-14  Penguincw: Hi there. Just a friendly notice that the participants of Tata Steel have been announced:

Just 12 players, although there's still 2 months to go. :)

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  tpstar: Round 1 games have started. =)
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  WannaBe: You doing Tata?

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