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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))

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   YouRang has kibitzed 15924 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-02-15 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: <WinKing><<YouRang> should be proud as he picked the right person as his successor.> Thanks, but the line of job applicants was rather short. If <Golden Executive> didn't step up, I suppose the job would have gone to the MONKEY.
 
   Sep-01-15 Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (replies)
   Aug-22-15 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: Hi <lostemperor>. Here we go: 1. Caruana 2. Carlsen 3. Topalov 4. So 5. Nakamura 5. Anand 7. Aronian 8. Giri 8. Grischuk 10. Vachier-Lagrave
 
   Aug-22-15 YouRang chessforum (replies)
 
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 ...
 
   Aug-14-15 Tal vs S Saeed, 1985 (replies)
 
YouRang: <Once> Indeed, a win is a win, and so 56.g4 is just as good. Perhaps it's purely subjective then and a minor issue, but as black, I'd resign immediately if I faced the forced king and passed-pawn game that follows 56.Bg6, e.g. [DIAGRAM] After 56.g4 Rg7, I still have my rook
 
   Aug-05-15 Judit Polgar vs M Yilmaz, 2014 (replies)
 
YouRang: After a few seconds of looking for a tactic against the black king, it dawned on me that the striking characteristic of the position is the precariously placed black queen, whose only escape is through the g4-f5 diagonal. Then it was quickly evident that this is a queen trap: ...
 
   May-06-15 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
YouRang: <Annie K.> Ah, thanks for bringing me up to speed. I'm happy to know that the real Wesley So beat the impersonators to the punch. I hereby resign my role as Protector of Identities of Grandmasters (P.I.G.).
 
   May-06-15 J Augustin vs J Vesely, 1965 (replies)
 
YouRang: I found the QxN+ variation. The smell of the old rook & bishop mating pattern was too strong to ignore, and only the Ng8 stood in the way. 27.Qxg7 Rxg7 28.Rh8+ Rg8 29.Rxg8 Kxg8 30.Rh1 with 31.Rh8# unstoppable. [DIAGRAM]
 
   May-05-15 Kosteniuk vs A Bodnaruk, 2015 (replies)
 
YouRang: <tamar> Yes, in that position, [DIAGRAM] 14.Nb3 is probably best after all. After 14...g4, black really intensified pressure on Pc2 (and thus the white K) with: ...Nc5 (clear path for B & threaten Nd3+), ...Bf5 (hitting Pc2 & guarding d3), and ...Rc8 (making Q+R ...
 
   May-01-15 K Spraggett vs M Campbell, 1974 (replies)
 
YouRang: I solved it the lazy way: 25.Rh8+ Kxh8 26.Qxf7 with Rh1+ in view. This technique employs the almost-reliable principle that a Q & R attack on an open K is a likely win (and even more likely to be no worse than a draw).
 
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Jul-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: ♔ Job Opening - Game Prediction Contest Manager ♔

It's a job I've held for about ten years since I took it over from <cu8sfan>. It's been fun, but some personal changes have led me to decide that it's time for me to turn it over to someone else.

<JOB BENEFITS>

- A six figure salary (if you count the leading zeros). Heck, make it seven.

- International Fame among countless game prediction fans (provided that you stop counting at around 25.)

<JOB REQUIREMENTS>

- Basic computer savvy (know what folders and zip files and applications are).

- Able to edit text files, copy & paste, etc.

- Have a premium membership (need a chessforum in which to operate).

- Be willing to give me your email address.

- A love for chess and the time to spend, several times a year, to run these contests.

And I'm serious about these requirement, especially the last. Please don't apply hastily. Think it over and only apply if running contests really appeals to you. It is a fair amount of work.

<CANDIDATES APPLY HERE>

- If there are multiple candidates, I have no idea how to choose one. Maybe a coin flip.

- If there are no candidates, then I REALLY have no idea how to choose one.

- I probably won't make any quick decisions.

Whoever takes the job will receive a zip file from me via email (or perhaps some other means). This file will contain all the software, data files, and some documentation on how to run it. I'll be available for consultation.

Jul-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Let me see...

1. I ran the Caissar Contest, it's now being run by CG.

2. I ran the CG.com team on GK, the team is now defunct.

3. Maybe I should run the prediction contest, and run it to the ground, too(??).

Jul-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: (sorry, I'm not applying; I can't fulfill the first 3 requirements)

Calling <Golden Executive> and <WinKing>. In case you haven't seen this, please check it out. Thanks. :)

Jul-13-15  Deus Ex Alekhina: Are there any predictions on who will take over the prediction contest? BTW, I just noticed that this is page 666 of YR's forum.
Jul-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: 666??? Aye-ya-ya, let's post a few more (useless) comments and get it to 667! Pronto!!

=)

Jul-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Hmm. Useless comments, eh? I should know a thing or two about that. ;) (oh wait, was that a joke)

Anyway, I've made my 2 predictions above. I should open a bet on that...

Jul-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Nope, still on 666. Need to post more. =))
Jul-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: <Deus Ex Alekhina> Yes, you've hit upon the real reason I'm ready to give up the Game Prediction contest, lol.

By the way, all the premium members on this site have avatars, and each avatar is numbered. Guess who has avatar #666?

http://www.chessgames.com/av/face_6...

Jul-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: And guess who has forum #666!

Oh wait. I have #<9>66 (my apologizes to <TommyC>). :)

Jul-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <who has avatar #666> You are giving it up? Put it on sale at eBay??
Jul-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: Nah, I'm willing to give up the Game Prediction contest, but I'll hang on to the avatar. I have a pair of 'best avatar' Caissars out of it. :-)
Jul-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  virginmind: <YouRang> Sorry to see that you are leaving the office of running the prediction contest. It was fun having it a few times a year and I got used with you running it. It offered a special touch to the feeling of being in a larger family on this site.

I do believe you have your reasons for leaving this very special job. Thank you for running it for so long!

Jul-15-15  Deus Ex Alekhina: Altho the phrase "You rang?" was in fact used on the TV show "The Addams Family", it was used earlier on the show "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" by the beatnik character Maynard G. Krebs played by Bob Denver, who later played Gilligan on Gilligan's Island.
Jul-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: Hi <YouRang>, is bad news to know that you are going to stop running the contest. Manage this type of competition requires dedication and meticulousness, and you did a great job all the time. Thanks for that.

Having software is a big help but I know there is a lot of work behind the scenes, however, it is sad that this contest be discontinued, so after thinking about it for a while, I decided to *apply for the job*.

Jul-27-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  YouRang: Hi <Golden Executive>. Well, there is some work involved with running the contests -- but there's also some fun.

If you would like to try taking on the job, it's yours. I have no doubt that you would be great at it.

I will need to send you some stuff. Do you have an email you can share?

Jul-28-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: All right <YouRang>, I take the job. You can contact me at goldenexecutive10 at gmail.com
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. =))
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