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Chessgames Bookie
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Mar-27-15
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   Chessgames Bookie has kibitzed 1132 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-08-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Chessgames Bookie: Fixed... :) I'd like to put up a Winner bet for the upcoming Reykjavik Open 2015 ( ), but registration is still open there, and if a strong player drops in at the last minute, that would really mess things up. Well, at worst, I'll ...
   Feb-01-15 GRENKE Chess Classic (2015) (replies)
Chessgames Bookie: Place your bets, folks! Grenke Chess Classic 2015: WINNER
   Jan-26-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
Chessgames Bookie: All sorts of juicy Tradewise Gibraltar bets are open! :) ChessBookie Game
   Jan-25-15 Wei Yi (replies)
Chessgames Bookie: Wanna bet?! ;) Tradewise Gibraltar: Wei Yi Special
   Jan-18-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
Chessgames Bookie: Five rounds to go in Tata Steel 2015... so, who do you think will win it? Betting is open! Tata Steel: In-Play WINNER
   Jan-09-15 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Chessgames Bookie: Whither Carlsen? :) See if you can predict whether he is going up or down, at Carlsen - Live Rating on the 1st of March 2015 !
   Jan-09-15 Fabiano Caruana (replies)
Chessgames Bookie: Soooo... is Fabiano Caruana going up or down? Place your bets here, if you think you know! :) Caruana - Live Rating on the 20th of February 2015
   Oct-13-14 Caruana vs Tomashevsky, 2014 (replies)
Chessgames Bookie: Place your bets on this game's result and opening moves and win chessbucks! FIDE Grand Prix Baku 2014 Round 11: Caruana - Tomashevsky FIDE Grand Prix Baku 2014 Round 11: Opening Moves This game is also part of the round 11 Daily Double: FIDE Grand Prix Baku 2014 ...
   Oct-10-14 Millionaire Chess (2014) (replies)
Chessgames Bookie: Place your bets on round 3 here: Millionaire Chess Open 2014 Round 3: So (2755) - Ramirez (2574) Millionaire Chess Open 2014 Round 3: Felgaer (2577) - Bu Xiangzhi (2710) Millionaire Chess Open 2014 Round 3: Holt (2571) - Yu Yangyi (2697) Good luck, and have fun!
   Oct-07-14 FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) (replies)
Chessgames Bookie: Will round 6 be as exciting and full of action as round 5 was? Place your bets: FIDE Grand Prix Baku 2014 Round 6: DAILY DOUBLE FIDE Grand Prix Baku 2014 Round 6: Karjakin - Gelfand FIDE Grand Prix Baku 2014 Round 6: Tomashevsky - Nakamura FIDE Grand Prix Baku ...
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  MarkFinan: Hi Annie.. Sorry, I didn't realise that you were the bookie here! It must have been your predecessor who wasn't speaking to me, lol. And thank you.. April 4th. A month to climb 10 places will be harder than the last few months to reach 19th. My best effort yet though. 🙋
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  Annie K.: My great predecessors did some great predecessing here, btw. ;)

Good luck!

Mar-02-15  abhishikt: Carlen's rating was lower, so why did the lower ticket lost?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <abhishikt> 2863.0 is not lower than 2862.0.
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  technical draw: Darn, went to the doc and missed out on some good betting. I cudda been a contender.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Bookie> Didn't Ivanchuk take sole first in the Vladimir Petrov Memorial rapid tournament?
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  Chessgames Bookie: According to both Ivanchuk and Mamedyarov are on first with 8 points each.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: That site gives Chessgames-style tournament standings, only counting the games they broadcasted :) In addition, they have the wrong result for Ivanchuk's round 1 game, which messes things up even more.

Ivanchuk finished on 9 points, half a point ahead of Karjakin, Gelfand and Rapport; see for the final standings.

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  Chessgames Bookie: OK, thanks <Switch>.
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  Chessgames Bookie: Fixed... :)

I'd like to put up a Winner bet for the upcoming Reykjavik Open 2015 (, but registration is still open there, and if a strong player drops in at the last minute, that would really mess things up. Well, at worst, I'll put up an In-Play Winner bet, after a couple of rounds.

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  Annie K.: <Switch: <Chessgames-style tournament standings>>

Ouch, btw... ;p

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  Sneaky: I need a quick double-up. Let's see some over/under bets please!
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  Annie K.: There's not much point to posting separate Over/Under bets these days, since I like to use <wordfunph>'s idea of incorporating them into game bets, to break up the most likely result(s). :)
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  Penguincw: Say, can you put in game by game betting? Even if you don't know the colours for Game 1, you can always do it for Game 2. :)
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  Annie K.: Possibly I'll put up a few Game 2 bets tomorrow, ok. :)
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  MarkFinan: <<Even if you have an outstanding loan, the Loanshark may decide to increase your credit limit and offer to loan you more chessbucks.

The Loanshark is your guarantee that you can always play the game. No matter how poorly you are doing, you can always go to the loanshark to get some more chessbucks>>

Hi Annie.. I couldn't get a loan out of the bookie today and I paid something like half of what I owed him back yesterday. I wouldn't have paid it back if I'd known there was going to be more wagers available today. Is there any reason why I can't? I just wanted to go for it seeing as the leg ends early next month.

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  Annie K.: Hi <Mark>! I don't control the Loanshark, he's his own fishie. The lines you quoted refer to what we call "hard luck loans" - when your net worth is negative. When you're in the positives it's not so easy to get a loan out of Sharkie, which is also why you probably shouldn't tie up much of your money in long-term bets like Tournament Winner and what Carlsen's rating will be in two months. ;)

<Switch> explained Sharkie's policies in detail recently, so I'll just copy from him:

<The Loanshark will only offer you a loan if one or both of the following conditions are met:

• You don't have an existing loan, or only have a small existing loan of less than about half your net worth. (Generally, any loan you're offered - whether you already have a loan or not - is calculated so your total loan if you accept will be equal to approximately half your net worth, which we might call your loan cap.)

• You're doing so badly you qualify for a hard luck loan, in which case the loan cap at half your net worth won't apply and loan offers will be based on your credit rating instead. (Though you've been unlucky so far, you won't qualify for a hard luck loan yet; your net worth will have to be below or very close to zero, and your funds should also be close to zero.)

In addition to the above, you can only get one loan per calendar day, unless you've fully paid back your previous loan before requesting the new one.>

Chessgames Bookie chessforum (kibitz #8131)

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  Sneaky: I'm going all-in on the double-Muzychuk wager. Bring it on, boys!
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  MarkFinan: <<SETTLEMENT DATE: Mar-25-15 PROJECTED PAYOUT: 4,735 (9:4)
Women's World Championship 2015 Round 3 Winner: Gunina - Cramling Cramling
YOU WIN! COLLECT 4735  1500c$
[cash in ticket]>

Good luck Sneaky. But check this ticket out. My biggest win to date 🙋

Annie.. Thanks for the reply although probably a blessing in disguise anyway. I'm set for my first top 25 finish, but I still think it would have been top 15 if not for those pesky 10 granders, lol.

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  Annie K.: The closing tournament of the Championship leg, Aeroflot Open 2015: WINNER bet is now up. :)

<Mark> nice job. Consider it good practice, and next time just make sure you're one of those pesky 10 granders yourself! ;)

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  Penguincw: < I'm set for my first top 25 finish, but I still think it would have been top 15 if not for those pesky 10 granders, lol.>

Gonna state some obvious statements:

Although it is difficult to calculate where you would be if everyone started with 1K, here's the leaderboard not including the 10K people, updated Wed Mar 25, 05:15:

18. greed and death 7,238
19. moulicules 5,972
22. MarkFinan 5,222 (3rd)
23. salmar 4,660
24. vector 4,183
25. Chessz 4,136
26. MiTaxi 3,604
27. WinKing 3,383
28. abhishikt 3,226
29. SirRuthless 2,989
30. Captain Hindsight 2,779
31. andrgrimes 2,756
32. syracrophy 2,682
33. Penguincw 2,634 (!?)

Assuming you got the 1K Pay Day, this means you have profitted 3222 cbs this leg. Only 10 users have done better than you (give or take one or two), so you would have been around 11th place, although it's much easier to make money with 10K vs. 1K.

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  OhioChessFan: I know I'm lazy, but I continue to be amazed at how many people are spending time trying to beat the 10K's. A 3 month exercise in futility must have some appeal I'm not seeing.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Why do people play during the other legs, trying to beat the other 1K starters? Statistically, any given player starting with c$1,000 has better chances of winning a prize during the Winter Leg than during, say, the Summer Leg; since there are more prizes available, this shouldn't be too surprising.

Of course, some players really <do> have no chance of catching up with the qualifiers... namely, the ones who never feature anywhere near the top even when everybody starts with c$1,000. I'm sure <MarkFinan> is more competent than them, and there's no reason why he shouldn't keep trying; at this point, one or two big lucky bets could put him in the top 10.

Mar-25-15  Beholder: My personal best was making 17K out of 1K. And that was long before any 'paydays'.
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  technical draw: I started the championship leg with $1,000 and I finished 3rd once. Since then I have been basically a cellar dweller except this year. I'm just hoping for a top 10 finish.
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