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Penguincw
Member since Dec-22-10 · Last seen May-20-18
♔ MY PROFILE ♔

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. :)

★★★ BIOGRAPHY ★★★

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.

★★★ GAME COLLECTIONS ★★★

Penguincw's Game Collections

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

★★★ CHESS PUZZLES ★★★

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)

★★★ ACHIEVEMENTS ★★★

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)

★★★ PREDICTION CONTESTS ★★★

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)

<lostemperor>
♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♖♖♖♖ (7 gold, 4 bronze; 3rd)

<Overall>
♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♔♕♕♕♕♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♘♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♖♗- ♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗♗ (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>.

★★★ NOTABLE POSTS ★★★

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

chessgames.com chessforum

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

Golden Executive chessforum (kibitz #3235)

More posts will be added as time progresses.

>> Click here to see Penguincw's game collections.

Chessgames.com Full Member
   Current net-worth: 1,773 chessbucks
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   Penguincw has kibitzed 14319 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-20-18 Penguincw chessforum
 
Penguincw: < Penguincw: ... <Switch> has actually already clinched yet another gold, but I can still tie him only if the Americans beat the Canadians in the bronze medal game. > And it's a miracle. Congrats to Sweden for not losing a single game, Switzerland for the surprise ...
 
   May-20-18 Jeremy Lim (replies)
 
Penguincw: < 12 wins down - 4 to go for a Vegas Stanley Cup They did not trail once in the last 4 games against Winnipeg Now 12-3 in the playoffs > Wow. Bunch of middle of the road players came together, and they're amazing. I think the Knights are going to go ahead and win it all. ...
 
   May-20-18 A Esipenko vs M Mikadze, 2018 (replies)
 
Penguincw: < It would have fit perfectly a game with a zugzwang theme rather than a straightforward mating attack. > The database has 182 other games where one of the players has "Miranda" in their name. One of them has to have zugzwang, right? But hey, I like the pun. Took me a while ...
 
   May-19-18 Aman Hambleton
 
Penguincw: Hambleton recently held a simul vs. kids, among other activities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oY... . Great guys.
 
   May-18-18 Ju Wenjun (replies)
 
Penguincw: Congrats Ju Wenjun!
 
   May-17-18 Women's World Championship (2018) (replies)
 
Penguincw: And now it's a must win game, and with black. Tan Zhongyi has done it before, she can do it again. I imagine her going for the win, but it's also possible the game quickly liquefies to nothing.
 
   May-16-18 Cees van der Zee
 
Penguincw: < GrahamClayton: The player with the fewest moves played in the database? > Possibly. At the very least, tied with his opponent, Emil Dluski . Like Van der Zee, this is Dluski's lone game in the database. Couldn't find anyone whose sole game is 0 moves long. On a side note, ...
 
   May-16-18 K Rathnakaran vs K Arjun, 2017 (replies)
 
Penguincw: I didn't get it. White is down a pawn in the initial position, so I just played 31.Qxd4 regaining that pawn. Also knowing there's no 31...Qxe5 due to 32.Qxe5 Rxe5 33.Rf8# 1-0. I will probably disappear now for the rest of the week now.
 
   May-15-18 M Rodshtein vs T L Petrosian, 2008 (replies)
 
Penguincw: Here's to hoping today's puzzle doesn't cause anyone to hallucinate. And well, hallucinate or not, I got it. 28.Qc7+. If 28...Qe7 then 29.Rg7+ wins. (white was up a pawn in the initial position already). And if 28...Ke8 29.Re1+ mate to follow shortly.
 
   May-14-18 F Beltz vs A Guerrero Rodriguez, 2008 (replies)
 
Penguincw: < nalinw: ... Penguincw also hallucinates that 31. ... Kf8 is possible ... > We're all hallucinating on this very Monday. :) < stacase: One of the disadvantages of these puzzles is the fact that you're coming to a situation cold. If you had been playing the game right ...
 
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March of the Penguins

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Feb-19-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Games have started.

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

Feb-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Well the American women do indeed take gold from Canada. Congrats to them.

As for the men's tournament, wow. Canada merely takes the bronze. It sucks, but hey, there were no NHL players, and still proud they were able to get a medal. It isn't easy. Nice to see Canada's depth.

And as for our tournament, since <Mating Net> did not enter predictions for the "playoffs" round, I guess it'll be just be quarterfinals and beyond (FTR, I scored 2 points in that first round).

Results:

Quarters: CZE, OAR, CAN, GER

Semis: OAR, GER

Finals: OAR (GER gets bronze)

And as such,

♔ Mating Net, 4
♔ Penguincw, 4

(out of a possible 8)

Ah finally I get a gold. The HOF standings are

♔♔♔♔♕ <SwitchingQuylthulg>

♔♔♔♕♕♖ <Penguincw>

♔♔ <Mating Net>

Thanks all for playing, and hope to see you next time, which will probably be the IIHF Championship in May. This time, with NHL players (hopefully).

Mar-01-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Don't do both, do 3. =)
Mar-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < WannaBe: Don't do both, do 3. =) >

Alrighty then, will do. :)

Mar-06-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi Penguincw,

<<>Candidates Tournament 2018 begins Saturday, March 10th<>>

A little over 3 days to go!

Countdown to the Candidates Tourament 2018:

https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo... 37&msg=Candidates+Tournament+2018&font=cursive

♘Candidates♘Candidates Tournament 2018♗Candidates♗

https://worldchess.com/

This tournament will run from Mar. 10th thru Mar. 28th 2018. (14 Rounds - Double Round Robin)

Participants include: Aronian, Caruana, Ding Liren, Grischuk, Karjakin, Kramnik, Mamedyarov & So,

Average rating: 2786 (as of 2/18/18) - Category XXII

*****
*****

<<> Candidates Tournament 2018 <>>

Schedule -

Round 1 is Saturday March 10th & it starts @ 15:00hrs(3pm) Berlin time(9am chessgames time).

!!! Time changes will be occurring during the month of March both in Berlin, Germany(on March 25th) & in the United States(on March 11th) . Starting times will vary depending on the rounds. !!!

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

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

**User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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!!!

Mar-29-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi <Penguincw>,

<<>Grenke Chess Classic 2018<>>

Less than 2 days to go!

Countdown to Grenke 2018:

https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

♘Baden♘Grenke Chess Classic2018♗Baden♗

http://www.grenkechessclassic.de/en/

This tournament will run from Mar. 31st thru Apr. 9th 2018. (9 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave, Anand, Vitiugov, Naiditsch, Hou Yifan, Meier & Bluebaum.

Average rating: 2736 (as of 3/28/18) - Category XX

*****
*****

<<>Grenke Chess Classic 2018<>>

Schedule -

Round 1 is Saturday March 31st & it starts @ 15:00hrs(3pm) Baden-Baden time(9am chessgames time). All games for the 9 rounds are @ 15:00 hrs.

<***The only Prediction game that has confirmed they will be up & running is <Golden Executive>'s 'The Game Prediction Contest'. This may change though so stay tuned.***>

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

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

**User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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!!!

*****

Mar-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  juan31: Penguincw the rules in this tournament do not allow draws in less of 40 moves
Apr-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi Penguincw,

<<>Gashimov Memorial 2018<>>

3Ĺ days to go!

Countdown to Gashimov 2018:

https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

♘SHAMKIR♘Gashimov Memorial 2018♗SHAMKIR♗

http://shamkirchess.com/

This tournament will run from Apr. 19th thru Apr. 28th 2018. (9 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Ding Liren, Giri, Topalov, Radjabov, Wojtaszek, Navara & Mamedov

Average rating: 2767 (as of 4/10/18) - Category XXI

*****
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<<>Gashimov Memorial 2018<>>

Schedule - http://shamkirchess.com/content/207

Round 1 is Thursday April 19th & it starts @ 15:00hrs(3pm) Shamkir, Azerbaijan time(7am chessgames time). All rounds begin @ 15:00 hrs. except for the 9th round which begins one hour earlier @ 14:00 hrs(2pm).

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

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

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - 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 (Moves Prediction Contest) - 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. He can't wait to take some or all of your chessbucks. ;)

ChessBookie Game

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

*****

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Going to use your forum to save this stuff.

Round 3

Gir - Rad
33 wor
33 pen
35 bu
41 sw
42 cw
42 ju
44 sea
1-0 35 ocf
1-0 41 cm

Din - Top
1-0 41 ocf
1-0 52 sea
35 bu
36 wor
39 cm
40 pen
41 sw
42 cw
0-1 42 ju

Mam - Kar
1-0 38 ocf
1-0 40 sea
1-0 44 ju
29 sw
33 wor
39 pen
42 cw
43 cm
45 bu

Nav - Woj
33 wor
35 bu
36 pen
41 sw
41 cw
41 cm
41 ju
42 ocf
58 sea

Mam - Car
39 ju
41 sw
43 cw
45 bu
45 pen
0-1 39 cm
0-1 45 ocf
0-1 46 sea
0-1 48 wor

Apr-22-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Just noticed your post <OCF>. But it's fine, go ahead.

And good luck.

Apr-24-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: I hope you and all your friends and family in Toronto are okay.
Apr-24-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Hi <Switch>. Thanks for your concern. No one close to me is affected by that incident yesterday, so that's a good sign.
Apr-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy World Penguin Day all.
Apr-29-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: U18 World Champions: Finland :) Hopefully we can keep this up at the men's tournament.

The promising thing here was that we were unusually good on penalty killing. We had a very respectable 86% tournament penalty killing percentage, and totally aced it in the gold medal game (including scoring the game-winner short-handed). Usually you can rely on any team in Finnish uniforms to suck on penalty killing, hopefully that's starting to change.

It was also refreshing to see USA miss an excellent opportunity to equalize with 1 second left in the game; we've had important games slip away in the last moments way too often. The hardest thing in ice hockey is winning a won game.

Apr-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Ah, that tournament. I missed it in its entirety, probably because of the NHL playoffs.

But hey, the regular IIHF Championship is coming up very soon.

May-16-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Well the playoffs start soon, so better get in my predictions for the 2018 IIHF Championship.

QF:

<SWE> - LAT
<USA> - CZE
<RUS> - CAN
<FIN> - SUI

SF:

<SWE> - USA
RUS - <FIN>

F/BMG:

<SWE> - FIN (G)

RUS - <USA> (3rd)

For once Russia doesn't have Ovechkin to use, because he's actually still in the playoffs. Also, poor South Korea.

Same rules as always. Tournament starts May/17 16:15 local time/17:15 Finland/10:15 am Eastern/7:15 am Pacific.

<SwitchingQuylthulg> <Mating Net> <WannaBe> Anyone?

May-16-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: My predictions:

QF:

<SWE> - LAT
<USA> - CZE
RUS - <CAN>
<FIN> - SUI

SF:

<SWE> - USA
<CAN> - FIN

F/BMG:

<SWE> - CAN (Gold)

<FIN> - USA (Bronze)

May-17-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Games have started a while ago.

So itís just me and <Switch> again. I could advertise this more, but I don't know.

I see our predictions this time mostly come down to RUS-CAN, but thereís more than that too.

May-17-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Been following this tournament out of the corner of my eye (more interested in Stanley Cup...)

And since I'm not really sure which (NHL) players are playing for which countries, especially the 'big' ones, e.g. FIN, SWE, NOR, CAN, USA and who is still playing for the Cup, I did not offer any predictions.

But I do see, that US beat CZE, and will face SWE/LAT winner, right now, 1-0 SWE.

Canada won, and will play winner of FIN/SUI, current score 1-0 FIN.

May-17-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < WannaBe: Been following this tournament out of the corner of my eye (more interested in Stanley Cup...) >

Same, but hey, that hasn't stopped me. It's all for fun. Hockey can be unpredictable, just like the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

< And since I'm not really sure which (NHL) players are playing for which countries, especially the 'big' ones, e.g. FIN, SWE, NOR, CAN, USA and who is still playing for the Cup, I did not offer any predictions. >

Wikipedia has the rosters posted for each team. Though it'll take a bit of research to figure out who's NHL, and who recently joined after their team was eliminated from the playoffs.

And well, I really need to look up what happens when <Switch> and I put faith on our own countries.

Through the QF, the current standings are

SwitchingQuylthulg, 3
Penguincw, 2

Next update will be after it's all done, on May/20. <Switch> has actually already clinched yet another gold, but I can still tie him only if the Americans beat the Canadians in the bronze medal game.

May-19-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Geez US got killed!!
May-19-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Desperate times calls for desperate measures. Is that why with 9 minutes to go the US pulled the goalie, down by 4?

What's the general rule of thumb? Minutes left when you pull your goalie should equal number of goals you're down plus one (maybe)?

May-19-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Penguincw> Well, it's an 'elimination' game, so I'd agree with the decision, in one NHL playoff game, (not even a real elimination game), but with team down 4-1 with 5 min left, goalie got pulled.

I mean, imagine, if you are the road team, game 1 of 7 series; and you are already down 5-1 10 min left in the 3rd period, why not? Or even if you are the home team.

So... Team's losing already, number of goals vs time left is debatable, obviously you wouldn't do it when puck is in your zone, or being short-handed. But if should get lucky and have Power Play...

Coach's call, I guess.

May-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: The only hard-and-fast rule about pulling the goalie I've learned is that when either side pulls the goalie, the team that isn't Finland will score.
May-20-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < Penguincw: ... <Switch> has actually already clinched yet another gold, but I can still tie him only if the Americans beat the Canadians in the bronze medal game. >

And it's a miracle.

Congrats to Sweden for not losing a single game, Switzerland for the surprise silver and the Americans for the bronze.

As for our contest,

♔ Penguincw, 5
♔ SwitchingQuylthulg, 5

This is the current top 2 spots in the HOF:

♔♔♔♔♔♔♕ <SwitchingQuylthulg>

♔♔♔♔♕♕♖ <Penguincw>

(note I counted the World Cup 2016 gold medals)

Thanks all for joining, and hope to see you next time, which will be probably be the IIHF Junior Championship at the end of the calendar year. See you then!

Oh, and one last note. Regarding <Switch> and my "loyalty" to our own countries.

Looking it up, (this is all for the <first game> that our countries played in the playoff/knockout stage, which includes relegation games):

I have predicted Canada to win 6 times, and they did so each of the previous 5 times. I have predicted Canada to lose just once, and they did (this tournament). (I really should've done my research before making predictions)

<Switch> has predicted Finland to win 3 times, and he was correct 2 times. He has predicted Finland to lose twice, and they've done it, once. So overall he's 3/5, and his country is 3-2.

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