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Please welcome <Golden Executive> as the new contest manager!


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 16210 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-28-15 Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (replies)
   Nov-19-15 Sveshnikov vs J Stocek, 2000 (replies)
YouRang: Well, the first thing I saw was the rather obvious try: 75.gxf8Q+ Rxf8 76.Kf6, and I went to the trouble to satisfy myself the white wins easily. I sensed that this wasn't the most elegant solution, but feeling lazy, I settled.
   Nov-18-15 Ganguly vs H Hernandez, 2008 (replies)
YouRang: Yep - 26.Bxg6+ easy since black can't recapture without being quickly mated, so black needs 26...Ke7. But then, with R, B, Q and Pe5 all ganging up on weakly defended kingside, it's got to be over soon. So, you can play 26.Bxg6 even before you calculate mate, and once you play it, ...
   Nov-16-15 YouRang chessforum (replies)
YouRang: Here's a kinda pretty song I came across:
   Nov-12-15 Sax vs I Farago, 1973 (replies)
YouRang: Looks like ...Rxh2 Kxh2 will eventually lead to a ...Ne2+, forking K and Q .
   Nov-03-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
YouRang: <Jim Bartle> My guess: Once the ump has called the pitch "ball" or "strike", it doesn't matter if the batter swings or not. So, if a wild pitch is made, and the ump calls "ball", it's too late to swing in hopes of changing the call to a strike.
   Nov-03-15 E Eliskases vs Julio Bolbochan, 1951 (replies)
YouRang: At first glance, it looks like an even swap. White says: "you take my Q with your B, and I take your Q with my N". But black alertly plays 30.Qxe5!, taking white's recapturing knight such that it guards his recapturing bishop. With this, black simply goes up a piece. White can still
   Nov-02-15 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
YouRang: Over so soon? How am I supposed to make my dramatic comeback now?! Oh well, congrats to the winners! Thanks <Golden Executive> for running the contest, and doing it so well.
   Oct-28-15 J Klinger vs J Norgaard, 1982 (replies)
YouRang: Combinations based on double-check are often pretty like this. I sort of prefer the discovered checkmate following the pawn capture: 28. Rg8++ Kh7 29.Rh8+ Rxh8 30.Qxf7+ Qg7 31.hxg7# [DIAGRAM]
   Oct-27-15 chessforum (replies)
YouRang: Appreciate the status update. Most people know that mistakes happen (whether it be hardware or human), and that sometimes they are not trivial to resolve. With that being the case, it is best policy to communicate awareness of the problem and report efforts to correct it. If not, ...
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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. :-)
Jul-15-15  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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  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.
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  Golden Executive:

<♔ Game Prediction Contest for Sinquefield Cup 2015 ♔>

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.

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  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! :)

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  WinKing: Sinquefield Cup 2015 Tournament starts tomorrow -

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!

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  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.

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  lostemperor: What is am curioous about is; h do I know my avatar number?
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  WannaBe: Right click on the avatar, select properties, it's in the file's name. =))
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  juan31: ♔ ANNOUNCEMENT ♔
<Game Prediction Contest> for the <Bilbao Masters 2015> tournament. In <Golden Executive Forum>

Round 1 will be played next Monday October 26 16:00 CET(UTC+1:00). The posting pairings (probably sometime Sunday). At that point, the game prediction contest will be open.


Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Liren Ding, Wesley So.

Rounds: 6 (double round robin).
Sofia and Bilbao rules apply.


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  juan31: juan31: ♔ ANNOUNCEMENT ♔ <Game Prediction Contest> for the <Bilbao Masters 2015> tournament. In <Golden Executive Forum>. < IS OPEN > < TODAY> Line-up: Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Liren Ding, Wesley So.

Rounds: 6 (double round robin).
Sofia and Bilbao rules apply.


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  YouRang: Here's a kinda pretty song I came across:

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  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).

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.

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