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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.

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   YouRang has kibitzed 16520 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-02-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: More examples of stealing home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNG...
 
   Apr-30-16 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Thanks <lostemperor> for running the contest. Congrats to all of the medalists.
 
   Apr-29-16 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Thanks <Golden Executive> for another beautifully run contest. Congrats to the medalists, particularly the top HOFer <lost emperor>. Almost became the first person to win two career triple crowns.
 
   Apr-27-16 Kharlov vs Tseshkovsky, 1996 (replies)
 
YouRang: The coolest thing about this puzzle IMO is that black really can't decline the knight-sac. The N threatens the K+Q fork, and black-to-move is helpless to avoid it without getting mated. Of course, black gets mated eventually in any case.
 
   Apr-14-16 YouRang chessforum (replies)
 
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 ...
 
   Apr-13-16 playground player chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: <playground player> Hmm, I don't think infection would normally increase blood pressure. However, if the infection strained your kidneys, that could cause high blood pressure(*). Whatever the case, lets hope the doctor is right about being alright within three months. (*) ...
 
   Apr-05-16 zanzibar chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Reminds me of Douglas Adams' "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". One of the funniest books ever. :-)
 
   Mar-28-16 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Same here -- cg.com is crawling.
 
   Mar-11-16 Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (replies)
 
YouRang: <"The question before us is why a4"> My recollection is that it had something to do with trying to find <cro777>'s black cat in a dark room (with uncertainty about whether the cat actually existed). Or maybe that consideration came up later... The only thing we know for
 
   Feb-26-16 Petursson vs Damljanovic, 1988 (replies)
 
YouRang: <alfiere nero: Isn't the last move a blunder? What if the King had moved to C6 or C7?> In either case, 59.Rxd2 Nxd2 60.Kxd2 gives white a winning game with 2N+P for a R (and eventually Ne5/Nxg6 will make it 2N+2P and connected passers vs. R).
 
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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!
Mar-08-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

*****

<<> 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.

*****

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 - Three More Days!!!

Mar-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: <YouRang> can you tell me how to put pseudo-contestants into the standings predicitions without influencing the pair betting ranker?
Mar-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: <lostemperor> I posted a reply in your forum....
Mar-29-16  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  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  cormier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDd...
Apr-14-16  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  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

*****

<<> 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.

*****

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!!!

Apr-23-16  cormier: thx <YouRang>
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