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<NOTICE: The game prediction contest is currently up for grabs. If you are interested in hosting this contest, let me know. Thanks. >

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

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Gashimov Memorial (2015) - Apr 17 thru Apr 26 - 10 players - 9 rounds


StdRnk: ♔=<chessmoron>, ♔=<WinKing>, ♖=<Karposian>, ♖=<Penguincw>

123Rnk: ♔=<chessmoron>, ♕=<chancho>, ♕=<juan31>, ♕=<lostemperor>, ♕=<WannaBe>

BetRnk: ♔=<SwitchingQuylthulg>, ♕=<siamesedream>, ♖=<chancho>


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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♔11 ♕6 ♖7 <Legend> Wij15:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(3) / 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)

♔11 ♕3 ♖5 <lostemperor> Gas15:123Rnk(2t) / 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)

♔9 ♕6 ♖9 <chessmoron> Gas15:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1) / 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)

♔8 ♕5 ♖2 <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)

♔8 ♕5 ♖ <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)

♔8 ♕ ♖2 <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)

♔7 ♕3 ♖ <virginmind> Wij15:123Rnk(2) / 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)

♔7 ♕ ♖2 <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)

♔6 ♕9 ♖5 <SwitchingQuylthulg> Gas15:BetRnk(1) / Wij15:StdRnk(2t)+BetRnk(2) / 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)

♔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)

♔5 ♕ <messachess> Lin09:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(2) / Wij09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1) / Wij08:123Rnk(1)

♔4 ♕4 ♖14 <OhioChessFan> Wij15:StdRnk(2t) / 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 ♕3 ♖2 <zarg> Dor10:StdRnk(3t) / Wij10:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1t) / Tal09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / Pea09:StdRnk(2t)+BetRnk(3) / Lin09:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(2t)

♔4 ♕ ♖4 <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)

♔4 ♕ ♖2 <Karposian> Gas15:StdRnk(3t) / Bil14:StdRnk(1t)+BetRnk(1) / Nor14:StdRnk(1) / WCC14:StdRnk(3t) / Wij13:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2)

♔4 ♕ ♖2 <kolobok> Dor08:123Rnk(3t) / Bie07:StdRnk(1) / Dor07:123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(1)+StdRnk(3t) / Lin07:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t)

♔4 <WinKing> Gas15:StdRnk(1t) / Dor12:StdRnk(1t) / Tal11:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1)

♔3 ♕4 ♖5 <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)

♔3 ♕4 ♖4 <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)

♔3 ♕3 ♖2 <nfazli> Tal13:BetRnk(3) / Dor12:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(2) / Tal11:BetRnk(1) / Bil11:BetRnk(2)+StdRnk(3t) / Wij09:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t)

♔3 ♕ ♖2 <PinnedPiece> Dor14:BetRnk(1) / Nor14:123Rnk(1t) / Dor12:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3) / Dor11:BetRnk(3)

♔3 ♖3 <Penguincw> Gas15:StdRnk(3t) / Wij15:BetRnk(1) / Nor14:123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(3) / Wij14:BetRnk(1) / Wij12:StdRnk(3t)

♔2 ♕5 ♖3 <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)

♔2 ♕5 ♖2 <yalie> Dor11:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(2t) / Wij08:123Rnk(3)+BetRnk(3) / WCC07:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t) / Bie07:StdRnk(2t) / Lin07:123Rnk(1)+StdRnk(2)

♔2 ♕4 ♖3 <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)

♔2 ♕3 ♖2 <DCP23> Lin10:BetRnk(3) / Mte09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(2t)+BetRnk(3) / Lin09:123Rnk(2t) / Lin07:BetRnk(1) / Wij07:BetRnk(2)

♔2 ♕3 <karpkasp> Nor14:BetRnk(2) / Wij14:BetRnk(2) / Dor13:BetRnk(1) / WCC13:BetRnk(1) / Wij12:BetRnk(2)

♔2 ♕3 <nimh> WCC13:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1) / Bie08:BetRnk(2) / Dor08:StdRnk(2t)+123Rnk(2)

♔2 ♕2 ♖3 <Ragh> Tal11:BetRnk(2) / Wij11:BetRnk(1) / Dor10:StdRnk(3t) / Tal09:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(3t) / Pea09:123Rnk(3) / Bie07:StdRnk(2t)

♔2 ♕2 ♖ <iron maiden> Lin08:StdRnk(2t) / Wij08:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(2) / WCC07:StdRnk(3t) / Wij07:StdRnk(1)

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

♔2 ♕ ♖6 <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)

♔2 ♕ ♖ <juan31> Gas15:123Rnk(2t) / Bil14:123Rnk(1t) / Dor14:StdRnk(3t) / Nor14:123Rnk(1t)

♔2 ♕ <Ziggurat> Dor08:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(2)

♔2 ♖ <Barok Espinosa> Bil12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(3)

♔2 ♖ <Winter> Pea10:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(3)

♔2 ♖ <wtwz> Tal13:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1) / Nor13:123Rnk(3t)

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

♔2 <ooda> Wij12:StdRnk(1)+123Rnk(1)

♔ ♕4 ♖5 <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)

♔ ♕4 ♖3 <whiteshark> Wij15:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(3) / Tal13:BetRnk(2) / Nor13:BetRnk(3) / Bil12:BetRnk(2) / Pea10:BetRnk(2) / Dor10:123Rnk(2t) / Dor08:123Rnk(3t)

♔ ♕2 ♖ <amadeus> Pea10:123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3t) / Wij07:123Rnk(1t)+StdRnk(2t)

♔ ♕2 ♖ <mikejaqua> Mte08:123Rnk(1)+StdRnk(2)+BetRnk(3) / WCC07:BetRnk(2)

♔ ♕ ♖4 <WannaBe> Gas15:123Rnk(2t) / WCC14:BetRnk(3) / Wij14:BetRnk(3) / WCC13:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t) / Wij13:BetRnk(1)

♔ ♕ ♖2 <suenteus po 147> Wij10:BetRnk(2) / Dor08:BetRnk(3) / WCC07:123Rnk(1)+BetRnk(3)

♔ ♕ ♖ <chancho> Gas15:123Rnk(2t)+BetRnk(3) / Wij14:123Rnk(1t)

♔ ♖2 <poorpatzer> Tal13:StdRnk(3t) / Nor13:BetRnk(1) / Wij11:BetRnk(3)

♔ ♖ <ahmadov> WCC07:BetRnk(1) / Wij07:123Rnk(3t)

♔ ♖ <imag> Lin10:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(3t)

♔ ♖ <sakii> Lin08:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(3t)

♔ ♖ <twinlark> Wij07:BetRnk(1)+123Rnk(3t)

<chesssantosh> Baz11:BetRnk(1)

<Civhai> Wij11:123Rnk(1)

<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), <chessmoron> (Gas15+Bil12), <Golden Executive> (Bil14+Dor14), <messachess> (Lin09+Wij09), <su3eichfeld> (Lin10+Tal09), <zarg> (Wij10+Tal09), <Barok Espinosa> (Bil12), <Blunderdome> (Dor13), <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: 7♔ <Legend>; 6♔ <chessmoron>; 4♔ <lostemperor>; 3♔ <WinKing> <virginmind> <Golden Executive> <Karposian> <OhioChessFan>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* 2015 (2 tournaments): 2♔ <chessmoron>

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

* Baz (1 year): 2♔ <virginmind>

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

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

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

* Gas (1 year): 2♔ <chessmoron>

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

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

* Nor (2 years): 2♔ <OhioChessFan>

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

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

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

* Wij (9 years): 3♔ <NakoSonorense> <messachess> <Legend>; 2♔ <SloVice> <Penguincw> <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 (♔) medal.

Medals: ♔ = Gold; ♕ = Silver; ♖ = Bronze

Tournaments: Baz=Bazna Kings; Bie=Biel; Bil=Bilbao; Dor=Dortmund; Gas=Gashimov Memorial; 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. :-)

- 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))

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

   YouRang has kibitzed 15909 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-28-15 Golden Executive chessforum
YouRang: Hi <Golden Executive>. I sent you an email -- let me know if you don't see it.
   Jul-27-15 YouRang chessforum (replies)
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 ...
   May-06-15 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).
   Apr-29-15 Yates vs Reti, 1924 (replies)
YouRang: I figured out right away that the tactic probably featured Rh8+ to set up a N fork (Nxg6+ would fork K+Q except that black spoils it with ...fxg6). It took me a minute to figure out how to make it work, but finally I saw it: 24.Ng5! [DIAGRAM] If 24...Qxg5, we fork the "other" way
   Apr-27-15 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
YouRang: Thanks <lostemperor>. I'm happy to come away with a bronze. Congratz to the other medalists, especially <chessmoron> who really nailed this tournament, and <Robin01> who cleaned up in Pair Betting.
   Apr-24-15 Adams vs Judit Polgar, 2008 (replies)
YouRang: Very interesting pawn ending. <master of defence: Much better for white was 37.fxg5 f4 38.h4 followed by Kf2-g2-h3. Or i missed something?> It does look like 37.fxg5 was white's best move, but counter-intuitively, white must *not* play 38.h4 to guard his g5 pawn -- he should ...
   Apr-20-15 Velimirovic vs I Susic, 1965 (replies)
YouRang: To be fair... Perhaps we all saw 35.Qf7# so quickly because we are all trained to look for queen sacs on Monday. Consequently, we already had Qf7+ in mind because we tried it (unsuccessfully) on move 34. Velimirovic (white) was almost certainly not thinking along those lines. He ...
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  playground player: Jeb Bush--the quintessence of what's wrong with the Republican Party. I've worked very hard in politics, but I'm beginning to think I've wasted my time and effort.
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  Fusilli: <YouRang> <Hmm. I think the trick is to make good decisions based on the information you have at the time -- not on the information that you'll have a dozen years later.>

lol. Exactly!

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  Penguincw: Hi <YouRang>, just wondering: is Norway/Dortmund good to go for next week(s)? :)
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  WinKing: Hi <YouRang>. Are you gonna be open for business for Norway 2015 or are you passing on this event?
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  OhioChessFan: As the crowds mass and beat on your door and pull on the rope cord, anxiously awaiting you to answer by asking "You rang?", I invite everyone to the Moves Prediction Contest at my place, run by <chessmoron> Click on Elvis for details.
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  YouRang: Hi folks. Sorry I haven't been around much lately.

I'm afraid that I won't be able to do the Norway tournament. I happen to be super-busy at work, plus I'll be away for at least a couple days during the tournament, so it just doesn't work out for me. :-(

Enjoy the tournament.

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  WinKing: Real world stuff comes first <You Rang>. Thanks for letting us know. Don't work too hard my man. :)
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  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.


- 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.)


- 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.


- 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.

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  WannaBe: Let me see...

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

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

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

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  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.
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  WannaBe: 666??? Aye-ya-ya, let's post a few more (useless) comments and get it to 667! Pronto!!


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  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...

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  WannaBe: Nope, still on 666. Need to post more. =))
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  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?

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  Penguincw: And guess who has forum #666!

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

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  WannaBe: <who has avatar #666> You are giving it up? Put it on sale at eBay??
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  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. :-)
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  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.
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  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*.

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  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?

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  Golden Executive: All right <YouRang>, I take the job. You can contact me at goldenexecutive10 at
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  WannaBe: Yeah!!! We'll (continue to) have prediction contest!

Long Live Prediction Contest!

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  Penguincw: Yes <Golden Executive>! You the real MVP. :')
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