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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.

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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 16761 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-29-16 Ghitescu vs Fischer, 1960 (replies)
 
YouRang: Monday 14...? [DIAGRAM] Can you move like Fischer? Sure! At least on those occasions where he had to resort to beginner tactics: <14...Bxh2+>, check with discovered attack on white's unguarded queen. Game over.
 
   Aug-28-16 C Sandipan vs Tiviakov, 2007 (replies)
 
YouRang: <al wazir: I didn't make a serious attempt to solve this one; "insane" is above my pay grade.> Yes, but I find that some insane puzzles aren't quite as insane as others. :-) Today's puzzle at least presents a few move ideas out of the gate. Sometimes the insane puzzles give ...
 
   Aug-28-16 C A Hevia Alejano vs Shabalov, 2015 (replies)
 
YouRang: Hi <Sally Simpson>. Speaking of human blunders, your last position reminded me of Kramnik's famous flub vs Deep Fritz: [DIAGRAM] Kramnik played <34...Qe3??> The computer didn't overlook the mate in one. Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006
 
   Aug-26-16 Feuerstein vs Bennett, 1955 (replies)
 
YouRang: I guess the main wrinkle in this line (after <9.Qxc3>) is that black can protect Bc8 (e.g. <9...Nc6>), allowing the exchange of rooks: <10.Qxh8 Qxh1> [DIAGRAM] But then white has at least a couple strong replies: [1] <11.Bh6!> threatening Qxf8#. [2] ...
 
   Aug-25-16 Goglidze vs Botvinnik, 1935 (replies)
 
YouRang: *sigh* I see now why I thought this puzzle was so easy. I had it in my head somehow that my (black) Nb6 was guarded. (Blaming it on lack of coffee again.) After <24...Bxa3 25.Rxa3 Qxe2> [DIAGRAM] I thought the combination was over, but of course white now has ...
 
   Aug-24-16 J M Bellon Lopez vs M Grabarczyk, 2001 (replies)
 
YouRang: *sigh* Now that I've had my morning coffee, it seems so simple. I shouldn't try to solve puzzles right before bedtime...
 
   Aug-23-16 Toldsepp vs Keres, 1934 (replies)
 
YouRang: <Marmot PFL: 9 Bd3? is an incredible move to see in a postal game.> Yep, at white's 9th move: [DIAGRAM] White has Qe4+ as a nice option, and the simple 9.Nc3 develops his N with good squares at d5 and e4 in view. Yes, black can attack the Q with 9...Nb4, but then white has ...
 
   Aug-22-16 K Burger vs Benko, 1969 (replies)
 
YouRang: I see that a bunch of people struggled a bit with this puzzle. Just as an experiment, suppose the puzzle position had been as follows: [DIAGRAM] All I did was move black's LSB from b7 to c8, which takes away the Q+B battery along the a8-h1 diagonal. Would this make the puzzle seem
 
   Aug-21-16 Sutovsky vs A Giri, 2009 (replies)
 
YouRang: Heh, I just noticed that black didn't win this after all. Looking ahead, the key mistake came shortly after the puzzle position. After <29.Ka1>: [DIAGRAM] Black had 29...b2+! 30.Ka2 Qe4 (get Q out of take and attack Rh1, with ...Rb8 threatened) 31.Rf1 (threaten Qxf7+) O-O ...
 
   Aug-20-16 M N Sher vs J Pinski, 1996 (replies)
 
YouRang: <Patriot: 30.Ng5! is the move I missed, which prevents the defense, 30...Ne6. I went with 30.Bxc7 Qxc7 31.Qe8+ Kg7 32.Rd8. It wasn't totally clear but it seemed like an interesting hunt.> I don't think you missed anything. As <patzer2> pointed out earlier, 30.Bxc7 is ...
 
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Dec-25-15
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  WinKing: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you & yours <YouRang>! :)
Dec-25-15
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  chancho: Merry Christmas, <YouRang>!
Jan-04-16
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  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
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  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.

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<<> 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'.

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Jan-14-16
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  whiteshark: Hi <YouRang>, Your list at <lostemperor> is incomplete. ;)
Jan-19-16
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  WinKing: Way to go <YouRang> on winning the Best Avatar Award! Ring up another one for the three-peat. ;)
Jan-19-16
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  Golden Executive: Congratulations <YouRang> on winning your 3rd. Caissarīs Award!
Mar-08-16
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  WinKing: Three More Days!!!

♘Candidates♘ !!! Candidates 2016 !!! ♗Candidates♗

This tournament will run from March 11th thru March 28th 2016.

Participants include: Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Peter Svidler & Veselin Topalov

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<<> The 'Candidates Tournament 2016' ! <>>

< 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.

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Mar-18-16
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  lostemperor: <YouRang> can you tell me how to put pseudo-contestants into the standings predicitions without influencing the pair betting ranker?
Mar-18-16
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  YouRang: <lostemperor> I posted a reply in your forum....
Mar-29-16
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  cormier: << (...) The sorrowful mysteries help the believer to relive the death of Jesus and standing at the foot of the cross , near Mary to penetrate with her in the depths of the love of God for the humanity and for man to feel all the regenerative force. >>
Mar-29-16
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  cormier: (...) Ever since the Christian piety , specially during Lent across the practice of the Cross , has arrested on every moment of the Passion, realizing that there is found the culmination point of the revelation of love and that there is also the source of our salvation . (...)
Mar-29-16
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  cormier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDd...
Apr-14-16
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  cormier: The crowning of Mary in heaven. << (...) Finally, crowned with glory (...) , she shines as Queen of the Angels and Saints, the anticipation and the top of the eschatological state of the Church. >> ( Jean- Paul11, 23 ) .
Apr-14-16
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  cormier: Conclusion : << (...) The glorious mysteries thus nourish to the faithful the hope of the eschatological end goal towards which they are running as members of the People of God who make's their way through history. This can only impel them to testify with courage to this " joyful news " which gives meaning to their entire existence . >> ( John-Paul 11 , 23) .
Apr-14-16
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  YouRang: <cormier> As you probably know, I'm not Catholic, so I don't ascribe much credence to the "crowning of Mary" or other sayings of Popes.

Sorry, but IMO Popes are just regular guys who who wear fancy garb and get a lot of important theology wrong because they give more credence to the traditions of men than they do to scripture.

It's the same type of mistake that the Pharisees made - Mark 7:8-13

Apr-16-16
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  WinKing: Only 2 more days!!!

♘Norway 2016♘ !!! Norway 2016 !!! ♗Norway 2016♗

This tournament will run from April 19th thru April 29th 2016.

Participants include: Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Li Chao, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Veselin Topalov, Pavel Eljanov, Pendyala Harikrishna & Nils Grandelius

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<<> Norway 2016! <>>

< 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.

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Apr-23-16
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  cormier: thx <YouRang>
May-23-16
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  WinKing: Hi <YouRang>!

Coming soon Shamkir 2016 (Gashimov Memorial Tournament)!!!

♘Shamkir 2016♘ Gashimov Memorial ♗Shamkir 2016♗

This tournament will run from May 26th thru June 4th 2016.

Participants include: Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Rajabov, Eltaj Safarli, Hou Yifan & Rauf Mamedov

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<<> Shamkir 2016! (Gashimov Memorial) <>>

< 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)

***<Golden Executive> & <chessmoron> have confirmed they will be running their contests for this event. I am hoping that <lostemperor> will be running his as well.***

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Jul-03-16
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  cormier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO8...
Jul-12-16
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  WinKing: Bilbao 2016 Starts Tomorrow!!!

♘Bilbao 2016♘ Bilbao 2016 ♗Bilbao 2016♗

This tournament will run from July 13th thru July 23rd 2016.

Participants include: Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So & Wei Yi.

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<<> Bilbao 2016!!! <>>

< 2 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)

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). This contest is run by <chessmoron> & hosted by <OhioChessFan>.

***<lostemperor> will be back for the Sinquefield Cup tournament on August 4, 2016***

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Jul-12-16  thegoodanarchist: Under "glorious accomplishments" you listed:

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

I still remember that! I was between jobs, living in Manassas, VA at the time.

It was a low-rent epiphany for me, realizing how many fans of the show were willing to adopt monikers in tribute to it (i.e., at least 2! At least 5, if you assume that "URANGG" tried to get "URANG" and "U RANG" & "U RANGG" but those were taken already. Note to the reader: create your own permutations and see if there are more fans willing to take on the name)

Although you do disclaim yours by saying you were "out of your mind at the time" and are "better now".

Honestly, how can anyone be better than they were when they chose their user name to be a catch phrase from the Addams Family?

Please don't answer that question flippantly. It must be well thought out or else it can be nothing but disappointing.

Jul-13-16
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  YouRang: <thegoodanarchist><Although you do disclaim yours by saying you were "out of your mind at the time" and are "better now".

Honestly, how can anyone be better than they were when they chose their user name to be a catch phrase from the Addams Family?>

To be honest, when I first stumbled across this site, I just wanted to leave a comment, but I was by no means intending to stick around and make it a regular habit.

With that mindset, I figured I'd just register with some silly user ID rather than consume a perfectly good user ID that might be desired by someone else in the future.

So, dipping into misty shadows of my childhood memories, I randomly thought about Lurch. Probably because I used to do a pretty good "You Rang?" Lurch impression to the delight of my friends. (In retrospect, their delight may have been slightly exaggerated in my own mind).

Anyway, "YouRang" is the silly user ID that I chose. However, I ended up sticking around longer than I thought, and then I became envious of those others with avatars. So I became a premium member, and naturally chose a custom avatar depicting Lurch.

The rest is forgettable history...

Jul-14-16  thegoodanarchist: cool...
Aug-02-16
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  WinKing: Coming in three days(August 5) Sinquefield Cup 2016!!!

♘Sinquefield Cup 2016♘ Grand Chess Tour ♗Sinquefield Cup 2016♗

This tournament will run from Aug. 5th thru Aug. 14th 2016. (9 Rounds)

Participants include Anand, Aronian, Caruana, Ding Liren, Giri, Nakamura, So, **Svidler**, Topalov & Vachier-Lagrave.

**Svidler replaced Kramnik who withdrew**

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<<> Sinquefield Cup 2016! <>>

< 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 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). This contest is run by <chessmoron> & hosted by <OhioChessFan>.

***<lostemperor> & <Golden Executive> have confirmed they will be open for business for this contest. Still awaiting word from <chessmoron>.***

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