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Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen Feb-21-18

I'd like to thank the user who gave me a year of premium services from Feb/14/2012-Feb/14/2013 and the user who gave me 3 years of premium services from Dec/26/2015-Dec/26/2018. :)


I prefer not to reveal too much about myself, but have the following words to say:

I'm a Canadian. I picked up chess in 2009, and joined this site just over a year later.

Outside of chess, I also like to watch sports (who doesn't), and even play sports (even though I'm not great at it). Baseball is by far my favourite sport.


Penguincw's Game Collections

To view all my collections, see here: Game Collection: 0: Table of Contents.


Here are some chess puzzles I composed. I'm not a very strong composer, but they should be fun to solve nevertheless. However, since my forum won't always be open, I decided to use one of my game collections for that purpose:

Game Collection: Chess Puzzles

Here's a sample:

White to move, mate in three

click for larger view

Solution: (click on above game collection)


Here's my short list of achievements on this site (other than achievements relating to the prediction contests, which are listed further below):

966th user to open up their forum.

Became the 45th user to reach 13,000 posts (unofficial).

Only the 2nd user (honour shared with 7 other users) to win a membership from the Santa Claus draw twice.

In the ChessBookie Game, finished first in the Championship 2015 preseason with 1727 cbs, 174 cbs ahead of 2nd place. Also, in the Fall 2014 preseason, I finished in 2nd with 1418 cbs, just 40 cbs behind first at the last known update.

4th user, and 3rd overall (after <SwitchingQuylthulg> (x2), <wordfunph> and <Annie K.>) to run the ChessBookie Game.

At the 2016 Caissar Awards, I was nominated and won the "Most Helpful" award for 2015.

In Spring 2016, I became the 172nd user to qualify for the Championship Leg in the ChessBookie Game, finishing in 10th place with 4,204 cbs. (fact-checking needed)


I like competing in the prediction contests, and so far, have won these medals (along with the rank listed):

<Golden Executive>

♔♔♔♕♕♕♕♖♖♖♖♖♖♖ (3 gold, 4 silver, 7 bronze; 23rd)

<chessmoron> (hosted by <OhioChessFan>) ♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (10 gold, 12 silver, 22 bronze; 10th)

♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♖♖♖♖ (7 gold, 4 bronze; 3rd)

♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♕♕♕♕♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♗- ♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (20 gold, 16 silver, 33 bronze; 8th)

Updated through Tata Steel 2018.

<Golden Executive>'s Games Prediction Contest: User: Golden Executive

<chessmoron>'s Moves Prediction Contest (hosted by <OhioChessFan>): User: OhioChessFan

<lostemperor>'s Final Standings Prediction Contest: User: lostemperor

Other Notable Achievements:

Only user to ever win a quadruple crown (London Chess Classic 2011) in the Moves Prediction Contest (or any contest for that matter).

Only user to ever win a Betting title crown in the Games Prediction Contest, and defend it the very next year, same tournament (Tata Steel 2014 & 2015).

First user to ever win a gold medal in each of the 3 contests from the same tournament (Tata Steel 2015).

The 4th user to have won at least 3 golds in 3 different contests (after <chessmoron>, <lostemperor> and <SwitchingQuylthulg>). Members of this club are unofficially considered to be "grandmasters" of the prediction contests.

For the 7th consecutive year (2011-2017), I have won at least one gold medal in one of the contests. I am one of just 6 active users to have done so, the others being <chessmoron>, <cromat>, <lostemperor>, <SwitchingQuylthulg> and <WinKing>.


I've made over 13,000 posts, but not all posts are created equally. In fact, most of them don't have too much value, but here are some of my best posts:

Probably my most "viral" post to date (introducing the now defunct Chessgames Playing Zone The Kibitzer's Café

Probably the first <on the internet> to notice the Original Six sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning were going through during the Stanley Cup playoffs, 2015: Mating Net chessforum.

More posts will be added as time progresses.

Here are some of my favourite posts by <other users> around the site (no reason given to some):

The Kibitzer's Café

SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum chessforum

<YouRang> describes his Hall of Fame (which I am in): YouRang chessforum

More posts will be added as time progresses.

>> Click here to see Penguincw's game collections. Full Member
   Current net-worth: 2,846 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 13969 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-19-18 Yifan Hou vs Koneru, 2011
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: .
   Feb-19-18 Penguincw chessforum
Penguincw: Games have started. --- I'm going with the 4-time defending champions, the Canadian ladies, picking up the gold.
   Feb-19-18 Mating Net chessforum
Penguincw: Hi <Mating Net>. Would you like to participate in the Olympics tournament (predicting the men's ice hockey playoff bracket) on my forum? Unfortunately there are only a few hours left, but if possible, I can make it just quarterfinals and beyond only. Closes Feb/19 10:10 pm, ...
   Feb-19-18 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum
Penguincw: Hi <Switch>. Would you like to participate in the Olympics tournament (predicting the men's ice hockey playoff bracket) on my forum? Unfortunately there are only a few hours left, but if possible, I can make it just quarterfinals and beyond only. Closes Feb/20 5:10 am, ...
   Feb-19-18 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
Penguincw: Hi <WannaBe>. Would you like to participate in the Olympics tournament (predicting the men's ice hockey playoff bracket) on my forum? Unfortunately there are only a few hours left, but if possible, I can make it just quarterfinals and beyond only. Closes Feb/19 7:10 pm ...
   Feb-17-18 Jobava vs B Savchenko, 2014
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: .
   Feb-15-18 Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: .
   Feb-15-18 Koneru vs Yifan Hou, 2011
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: .
   Feb-13-18 Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: .
   Jan-31-18 Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886
Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: .
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March of the Penguins

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  Penguincw: Games have started, about 10 minutes ago.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: The first period of CZE-FIN pretty much says everything about our play in this tournament so far.

Shots on goal: CZE 4 - FIN 15. Goals: CZE 1 - FIN 0. And the Czech goal was, of course, a power-play goal.

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  Penguincw: Welp, there busts both our brackets. But of course, the only game that matters is SWE-USA, but you know, that's assuming they get to face each other. Looking at our brackets, you already set yourself up with an advantage by riding Sweden to the finals. The Americans are the favourites, but no guarantee to get by the Russians.

Tough loss for Finland. I thought they had many chances in OT. They fire off a lot of shots, but you know, in OT, it only needs to go in once.

FIN nearly went on the PK. CZE did ice the puck once, but the FIN goalie cut it off before it could be so. 2 rushes later, one of the Czech players was down on the ice, but no penalty called. That could've changed the momentum, but I'm probably trying to squeeze water from a stone.

As for the shootout, FIN nearly pulled it off, but 2 nice moves from the Czechs in earlier rounds was too much.

Well there goes the even year magic.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: This year's team was very Finnish. A basically good team that somehow always finds a way to lose respectably; and the hardest thing in hockey is winning a won game.
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  Golden Executive: Better late than never. Happy New Year to you too <Penguincw>!
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  Check It Out: <Penguincw> Happy new year, love your CG contributions!
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  Penguincw: Thanks <Golden Executive> and <Check It Out>. Happy New Year to you guys.
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  Penguincw: As for hockey, the 4 seeds did put up some fight. Canada cruised easily, but should they have even allowed 2 goals? Meanwhile, Sweden only got by Slovakia by a score of 3-2. Shocking! The Americans did beat the Russians, 4-2. DEN beat BLR in Game 1.

We're both 3/4. SWE-USA game will decide all, for us.

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  Check It Out: Hockey, eh? Is that the northern version of futbol?
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  OhioChessFan: <How cold is it in Canada right now? Too cold for even penguins, apparently.

The frigid temperatures in Alberta this weekend forced keepers at the Calgary Zoo to bring their resident king penguins inside on multiple occasions.>

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  tpstar: The U.S. is so cold that Democrats are keeping their hands in their own pockets.

Go Canada, eh.

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  Penguincw: < Check It Out: Hockey, eh? Is that the northern version of futbol? >

Funny, just the other day I was debating with some guys whether or not hockey is essentially ice football (football as in soccer).

< OhioChessFan >

Yeah, it's cold. I think it might be even colder than the South Pole. I can't remember the last time I've been able to open my windows, not that I want to (this does occur several times a year). I believe Canada's capital city, Ottawa, recently passed Mongolia's Ulaanbaatar as the coldest capital city in the world.

As for penguin life, well you know, us birds are designed to withstand cold weather, but the chicks are not, yet. As you can see in documentaries such as "March of the Penguins", it's very possible (and likely) that the eggshell of a chick can freeze.

< tpstar: The U.S. is so cold that Democrats are keeping their hands in their own pockets. >

I can tell you from personal experience, a pair of gloves is way better than hands in pockets.

< Go Canada, eh. >

Go Canada. You can beat the Czechs. :)

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  Penguincw: And Sweden beats the U.S., as this contest is practically over. <Switch> gets the gold, I get the silver. Let's see who will get the gold, silver and bronze at the actual competition.

The U.S. had their chances, especially in the 1st period, when they were down 1-0, but on the powerplay. Sweden was a little sloppy with changing, as the U.S. managed to pull off a 3 on 0 rush, with their 3 best forwards nonetheless. But they couldn't score, and actually took a penalty too.

On a side note, surprised how empty the stadiums looked. Though cold weather (like mentioned above), and other factors (such as expensive tickets) can't help.

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  Penguincw: I forgot to mention that Sweden is looking scary, as they haven't trailed yet in the tournament. Assuming Canada advances, that's who they'll face for the gold. I'm sure Canada is glad that the Americans lost - because it's U.S.A., and also previous results weren't that great, but Sweden isn't a practice team.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Canada's 53% power play percentage after the group stage is scary to put it mildly! It will probably come down a bit in the playoffs>

Tell me it's going to come down a bit. It's not really possible for a hockey team to maintain a PP% like that game after game... please?

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  Penguincw: < Switch: ... Tell me it's going to come down a bit. It's not really possible for a hockey team to maintain a PP% like that game after game... please? >

Well Canada's powerplay was shutout on the night, and even surrendered a short handed goal. But no matter, because the gold is back in Canada!

Great effort by the Swedes regardless, and nice job by the Americans to take the bronze.

As for this contest,

♔ SwitchingQuylthulg, 6
♕ Penguincw, 5

(hmm, identical standings and scores as the IIHF Championship last May)

HOF Standings:

♔♔♔♔♕ <SwitchingQuylthulg>

♔♔♕♕♖ <Penguincw>

<Mating Net>

(assuming the World Cup of Hockey 2016 doesn't count, but if it does, add a gold for <SwitchingQuylthulg> and I)

Thanks all for playing, and see you next time, which will likely be ... the Olympics next month.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <(hmm, identical standings and scores as the IIHF Championship last May)>

Where I guaranteed the gold when Sweden won their semi (which you had picked USA to win) and thereby qualified to play Canada in the final... :)

Congratulations to Canada! You scored the most goals of any team, had the best power play of any team, the best penalty killing of any team and the best save percentage of any team... and even the best attendance of any team, better than home team USA.

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  Penguincw: And here are the unofficial IIHF Rankings for the Juniors:

1) CAN 2890
2) USA 2845
3) SWE 2810
4) RUS 2770
5) FIN 2735
6) CZE 2670
7) SVK 2560
8) DEN 2505
9) SUI 2485
10) BEL 2330
11) LAT 2285
12) GER 2240
13) KAZ 2205

BEL gets demoted, while KAZ will join Division A next year (2019).

Here's last year's standings: Penguincw chessforum (kibitz #892).

CAN takes over the top spot for 3rd, USA stays put. SWE rises to 3rd, RUS falls to 4th. Places 5-11 all stay put.

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  WannaBe: US won bronze, and Swedish captain Lias toss his silver medal into crowd:

Oh, Canada won the gold, too. Time to invade Canada... =)

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  WinKing: Hi Penguincw,

<<>Tata Steel 2018 begins Saturday January 13th<>>

3 days to go!

Countdown to the Tata Steel 2018...

♘Tata♘Tata Steel 2018♗Tata♗

This tournament will run from Jan. 13th thru Jan. 28th 2018. (13 Rounds)

Participants include: Adhiban, Anand, Carlsen, Caruana, Giri, Hou, Jones, Karjakin, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Matlakov, So, Svidler & Wei

Average rating: 2750(as of 1/3/18) - Category XX


<<> Tata Steel 2018 <>>

Schedule -

Round 1 (Sat. 1/13) starts @ 1:30pm Wijk aan Zee time(7:30am chessgames time)

< 3 Prediction Contests: (Win virtual medals - Gold, Silver & Bronze) >

*** User: lostemperor - Predict the order the players will finish. Run & hosted by <lostemperor>. (3 categories to medal in) ***

**User: Golden Executive - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1. Run & hosted by <Golden Executive>. (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 11th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2018 - 11 years running)**

*User: OhioChessFan - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in). This contest is run by <chessmoron> & hosted by <OhioChessFan>.*


Also, don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. She can't wait to take some or all of your chessbucks. ;)

ChessBookie Game

Don't miss out on the fun for this Super Event!!!

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  wordfunph: thanks <penguincw>, best wishes :)
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  Penguincw: Just found out, 3 days after, that January 20th was Penguin Awareness Day.

Beware of me...

Or is it aware?

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  Penguincw: Ooh, almost forgot about the Olympics. Starts in a couple of hours. Hopefully we can have a contest. As always, minimum 2 players, and same scoring as always.


<FIN> - South Korea

<Slovenia> - NOR

<USA> - Slovakia


<OAR> - Slovenia








Still sucks not to have our NHL players, but I got crucified (in real life) last time I didn't root for the Canadians, and they won it all. So even though they are depleted, Go Canada Go!


<SwitchingQuylthulg>, <WannaBe>, <Mating Net>. Anyone? Would you like to participate? Contest closes Feb/20 12:10 pm Korean time, or Feb/19 10:10 pm <cg> time.

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  Mating Net: I'm in. In the quarters I'll go with:








Bonus: In the ladies final I'll go with USA. They have to win one of the years, right?

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  Penguincw: Games have started.


I'm going with the 4-time defending champions, the Canadian ladies, picking up the gold.

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