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Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Feb-16-19

I'd like to thank the user who gave me a year of premium services from Feb/14/2012-Feb/14/2013, the user who gave me 3 years of premium services from Dec/26/2015-Dec/26/2018 and the user who gave me 2 years of premium services from Dec/31/2018-Dec/31/2020. :)


Outside of chess, I also like to watch sports (who doesn't), and even play sports (even though I'm not great at it). Baseball is by far my favourite sport.


Penguincw's Game Collections

To view all my collections, see here: Game Collection: 0: Table of Contents.


Here are some chess puzzles I composed. I'm not a very strong composer, but they should be fun to solve nevertheless. However, since my forum won't always be open, I decided to use one of my game collections for that purpose:

Game Collection: Chess Puzzles

Here's a sample:

White to move, mate in three

click for larger view

Solution: (click on above game collection)


Here's my short list of achievements on this site (other than achievements relating to the prediction contests, which are listed further below):

966th user to open up their forum.

Became the 45th user to reach 13,000 posts (unofficial).

Only the 2nd user (honour shared with 7 other users) to win a membership from the Santa Claus draw twice.

In the ChessBookie Game, finished first in the Championship 2015 preseason with 1727 cbs, 174 cbs ahead of 2nd place. Also, in the Fall 2014 preseason, I finished in 2nd with 1418 cbs, just 40 cbs behind first at the last known update.

4th user, and 3rd overall (after <SwitchingQuylthulg> (x2), <wordfunph> and <Annie K.>) to run the ChessBookie Game.

At the 2016 Caissar Awards, I was nominated and won the "Most Helpful" award for 2015.

In Spring 2016, I became the 172nd user to qualify for the Championship Leg in the ChessBookie Game, finishing in 10th place with 4,204 cbs. (fact-checking needed)


I like competing in the prediction contests, and so far, have won these medals (along with the rank listed):

<Golden Executive>

♔♔♔♕♕♕♕♖♖♖♖♖♖♖ (3 gold, 4 silver, 7 bronze; 23rd)

<chessmoron> (hosted by <OhioChessFan>) ♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (10 gold, 12 silver, 22 bronze; 10th)

♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♖♖♖♖ (7 gold, 4 bronze; 3rd)

♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♕♕♕♕♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♗- ♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (20 gold, 16 silver, 33 bronze; 8th)

Updated through Tata Steel 2018.

<Golden Executive>'s Games Prediction Contest: User: Golden Executive

<chessmoron>'s Moves Prediction Contest (hosted by <OhioChessFan>): User: OhioChessFan

<lostemperor>'s Final Standings Prediction Contest: User: lostemperor

Other Notable Achievements:

Only user to ever win a quadruple crown (London Chess Classic 2011) in the Moves Prediction Contest (or any contest for that matter).

Only user to ever win a Betting title crown in the Games Prediction Contest, and defend it the very next year, same tournament (Tata Steel 2014 & 2015).

First user to ever win a gold medal in each of the 3 contests from the same tournament (Tata Steel 2015).

The 4th user to have won at least 3 golds in 3 different contests (after <chessmoron>, <lostemperor> and <SwitchingQuylthulg>). Members of this club are unofficially considered to be "grandmasters" of the prediction contests.

For the 7th consecutive year (2011-2017), I have won at least one gold medal in one of the contests. I am one of just 6 active users to have done so, the others being <chessmoron>, <cromat>, <lostemperor>, <SwitchingQuylthulg> and <WinKing>.


I've made over 13,000 posts, but not all posts are created equally. In fact, most of them don't have too much value, but here are some of my best posts:

Probably my most "viral" post to date (introducing the now defunct Chessgames Playing Zone The Kibitzer's Café

Probably the first <on the internet> to notice the Original Six sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning were going through during the Stanley Cup playoffs, 2015: Mating Net chessforum.

More posts will be added as time progresses.

Here are some of my favourite posts by <other users> around the site (no reason given to some):

The Kibitzer's Café

SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum chessforum

<YouRang> describes his Hall of Fame (which I am in): YouRang chessforum

Golden Executive chessforum (kibitz #3235)

More posts will be added as time progresses.

>> Click here to see Penguincw's game collections. Full Member
   Current net-worth: 553 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 15384 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-16-19 Jim Eade
Penguincw: < " I do think it plausible to suggest that some people think amphetamines might enhance chess performance over the short term. ... " > - Jim Eade It might help you make your moves faster, but won't help with the quality of your moves.
   Feb-16-19 Vera Menchik
Penguincw: < Feb-16-13 Sneaky: I propose that from now on, February 16th is known as Vera Menchik day. > Happy Vera Menchik Day then? :)
   Feb-16-19 Irina Krush
Penguincw: GM Krush had a good showing at the Cairns Cup (2019) . Finished in 3rd with 5.5/9, as the top American. She also entered as the 2nd lowest rated player.
   Feb-16-19 Valentina Gunina
Penguincw: Congrats to GM Gunina for winning the Cairns Cup (2019) . Scored 7/9, half a point ahead of 2nd, and 1.5 points ahead of 3rd. Had a 4 game winning streak at one point.
   Feb-16-19 Pablo Cruz Lledo
Penguincw: (this was in July 2018) IM Pablo Cruz Lledo wins the Xativa Open, finishing in sole first with 6/7. All his games were decisive.
   Feb-15-19 V Gunina vs Z Abdumalik, 2019 (replies)
Penguincw: Wow, 7.Ke2. Moving the king. Surprised that it's the most common response here. Opening Explorer I thought 7.Bxd3 followed by 8.Qe2 and maybe 9.Kxe2 is good. Turns out it was only tried once, in a blitz game, and black won. N Dzagnidze vs Z Abdumalik, 2017
   Feb-15-19 Najdorf vs Gliksberg, 1929
Penguincw: Final position looks like an Opera Mate.
   Feb-15-19 Valentin Stoica
Penguincw: Happy Birthday IM Valentin Stoica. Would've been cool if he was born the day before (a person named Valentin born on Feb/14).
   Feb-15-19 Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman
Penguincw: < Feb-01-12 Penguincw: Happy Birthday (in about 15 days). > 6 years and 14 days later, Happy 43rd!
   Feb-15-19 Dragan Kosic
Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Dragan Kosic.
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March of the Penguins

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  cu8sfan: Hi <Penguincw>. Thank you so much for the message on the board. I was away for a while and had no idea. O dear... So sorry to hear the news. (._.)
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  tpstar: <cu8sfan> Nice to see you. =)
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  cu8sfan: Thanks, <tpstar>! Good to see some old friends.
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  tpstar: <cu8sfan> Ah yes, you remember the old days when this was a chess site! ;>D

Many people have requested private messaging over the years, ever since <Chess Champ> first proposed using the Internet for communication. Except with the present atmosphere, this would lead to an additional level of Moderating which they simply cannot do. In the meantime, we are stuck with this hamhanded means of sending private messages, but both parties must be alert as other people are following these developments very closely.

See you around!

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  cu8sfan: Sad! Sounds scary. I will. (._.) I was gone too long.
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  Penguincw: You're welcome <cu8sfan>. Glad you're catching up on what has gone on with the site. And may he rest in peace.

< tpstar: ... private messaging. >

I'm really glad DF never implemented it. As much as I wanted it, right now, I'm really glad it's not there.

While it does allow you to exchange messages with close friends and the great people of this site, I'm sure there are people on this site you'd rather not interact with.

A while ago, someone thought their passwords may not be secured. I'm just glad anything that a user could post on this site, is public info. Anyone can view it, nothing to hide. So no leaked PMs to worry about.

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  tpstar: <Penguincw> In the early days, when this was a free site without Premium Memberships, the clearly stated ideal was that we would resolve disagreements among ourselves in real time, as we were all equal, plus you never knew when an Administrator with their King avatar would appear, thus scattered references to the old guard. When they instituted chessforums in January 2006, they were specifically worried about a former poster named <WMD> who loved to target <ray keene> about old damage, meaning would that constitute Libel, but at least each Premium Member and name players could Moderate their own chessforum as they saw fit. Blow the Whistle came about later (I believe 2007) yet some folks believe it was here all along. Moreover, name players being able to Moderate their own player page was not here at the start either. The ability to banish a repeat offender from your player page was also a late addition, starting with the Raymond Keene page in one special case and then the Wesley So page in 2015 with the anti-Wesley faction.

The recent discussions about private messaging raise your exact concern ("people on this site you'd rather not interact with") especially for juniors and students, but there is a key subtext about selective editing of old posts as a clear form of special treatment. chessforum (kibitz #29544)

Still, this site does offer private messaging, if you know how to do it in real time. Right now it must be done instantly.

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  offramp: Congratulations on your ....

<Penguincw has kibitzed 15000 times to chessgames Nov-15-18 Caruana vs Aronian, 2014>

...15,000 posts!

You are one of the "Echt" posters: you post genuinely about chess and don't fill this chess site with vast amounts of drivel about politics and music. Ego te salutant.

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  Penguincw: Thanks <offramp>. :)
Nov-25-18  JimNorCal: How did you come to choose the user name Penguincw, what does it mean?
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  Penguincw: < JimNorCal: How did you come to choose the user name Penguincw, what does it mean? >

You know, it was 8 years ago. :) But I like penguins. However, the name "Penguin" was long taken, so gotta add some letters at the end.

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  WinKing: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you

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  offramp: I hope you have had a merry Christmas, <PCW>, and that you have a happy New Year... And I hope we all have a good 2019.
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  juan31: <Penguincw> Feliz vida para usted
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  Count Wedgemore: Thanks for your message in my forum, <Penguincw> I wish you a happy and prosperous new year!
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  chancho: Merry Christmas!!
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  moronovich: Happy Holidays and also good luck in the championship leg to you <Penquincw> !
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  cormier: joyeux Nol et bonne Anne <Penguincw> .....
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  Penguincw: This will be the last post before my forum closes (by me). Membership expires tonight. Once again, thanks to the user who donated. Have a Happy Holidays to all. Hope to return to premium land.
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  Penguincw: Wow, I don't know who, but thanks so much to the user who just gifted me a 2 year membership. Means a lot to me. :)
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  FSR: Happy New Year, <Penguincw>!
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  WinKing: Hi Penguincw,

<<>Tata Steel Masters 2019<>>

2 more days!

Countdown to the Tata Steel Masters 2019:

♘Alkmaar♘Wijk aan Zee♗Leiden♗

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

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

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


<<>Tata Steel Masters 2019<>>

Schedule -

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

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1. Run & hosted by <Golden Executive>. (3 categories to medal in) This year will be the 11th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2018 - 11 years running)

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in) This contest is run by <chessmoron> & hosted by <OhioChessFan>.


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

ChessBookie Game

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


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  wordfunph: <Merry Christmas <wordfunph>.>

sorry i'm late, thanks amigo peng!

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  jith1207: Thanks for the wishes, Penguincw. Wish you the same and happy new year.
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  YouRang: <Penguincw: Hi <YouRang>. Hope life is treating you well, and have a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays+New Years. :)>

Hi <Penguincw>. I don't post here as often as I used to, but I did notice your kind well-wishes. Life is treating me okay, and I hope the same for you. Happy New Year.

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