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The Caissars
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Welcome to << The Caissars >>

From Saturday January 5th to Saturday January 19th we will be collecting votes for the 2018 Chessgames Caissars.

Our new automated Caissar voting booth will allow all Chessgames members to vote for the games, members, collections, avatars, players, and moves that really made 2018 a year to remember.

To vote, visit Caissars Voting Page. (You must be a registered member.)

<BEST AVATAR> — Who has the prettiest avatar?
<BEST USERNAME> — The best screen-name.
<MOST HELPFUL> — The one who always is there when you need them.
<MOST CONSTRUCTIVE> — The one who contributes the most to CG.
<FUNNIEST POSTER> — The one who always makes you laugh.
<BEST POST> — The best chess-related post.
<BEST OFFTOPIC POST> — The best post unrelated to chess.
<BEST GAME COLLECTION> — The best game collection.
<MOST INFORMED> — The one who's got all the facts at their fingertips.
<BEST HISTORIAN> — The King of the Biographer Bistro.
<PLAYER OF THE YEAR> — The chess player of note this year.
<BEST/WORST PUN> — The most laugh (groan) inducing pun.
<GAME OF THE YEAR> — The best game of 2018.
<MOVE OF THE YEAR> — The most amazing move of 2018.

Everybody is invited to come here and cast your votes on these categories. For more information, see the post The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #2274). Full Member

   The Caissars has kibitzed 108 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-25-19 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
The Caissars: Voting for the 2018 Caissars has closed and the totals have been tallied. The winners for each category are listed below. Thanks to everybody who participated, and congratulations to this year's Caissar Award recipients! 1. There is a TIE for BEST AVATAR, and the co-winners are
   Jan-17-18 Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2018 (replies)
The Caissars: It’s not too late to cast your votes at our Caissars Voting Page for the best chess/Chessgames of 2017. We’ll announce the winners shortly after this game.
   Jan-13-17 W So vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
The Caissars: <OFF TOPIC> For those who haven't voted in our annual award ceremony, the Caissars, be sure to visit the Caissars Voting Page and cast your vote for the best chess of 2016.
   Jan-02-15 chessforum (replies)
The Caissars: ♖ NOTICE ♖ It is an annual tradition of Chessgames to begin the new year looking back at the previous. We're celebrating 2015 as we salute 2014, and offer these 14 categories available for awards: 2. Best Username 3. Most Helpful 4. Best Post 5. Funniest ...
   Jan-02-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
The Caissars: ♖ NOTICE ♖ It is an annual tradition of Chessgames to begin the new year looking back at the previous. We're celebrating 2015 as we salute 2014, and offer these 14 categories available for awards: 2. Best Username 3. Most Helpful 4. Best Post 5. Funniest ...
   Jan-17-13 Biographer Bistro (replies)
The Caissars: You folks have won two Caissars this year: "Most Productive" and "Best Historian(s)". Congraulations; the CG community does not overlook your valiant contributions.
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  offramp: <SkySports: Wasn't this supposed to be over on the 19th?>

The results of the Caissars normally come 4 weeks after the conclusion of the <Holiday Contest Clue Hunt>.

The Holiday Contest Clue Hunt is currently at clue number 38 out of 64, so it is roughly half way through.

<Wannabe> gave a reasonable estimate when he estimed,

"<Winners will be announced on July 4th.>"

He probably meant 2019.

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  jith1207: Caissars award results were announced on Jan 18th last year, unless that one was the previous year's.. ;)
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  The Caissars: Voting for the 2018 Caissars has closed and the totals have been tallied. The winners for each category are listed below. Thanks to everybody who participated, and congratulations to this year's Caissar Award recipients!

1. There is a TIE for BEST AVATAR, and the co-winners are Users: <trulssk> and <WannaBe>!

2. The winner of BEST USERNAME is User: <moronovich>!

3. The winner of MOST HELPFUL is User: <Annie K>!

4. The winner for BEST POST is Stockfish vs AlphaZero, 2018 (kibitz #4), posted by User <pdxjjb>, which begins <I spent a long time analyzing this game using SF10. After a lot of computer time (10+ CPU hours on a 2013 Mac Pro, mostly focused on a few move sequences), I found a couple of interesting things...>

5. The BEST OFFTOPIC POST was a close contest, but Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (kibitz #509) by Richard Taylor edged out JohnBulten's Kibitzer's Café (kibitz #245373) by a single vote.

6. The FUNNIEST POSTER winner was again User <offramp>, who seems to pwn this category.

7. The winner for MOST CONSTRUCTIVE member was User: <Annie K.>

8. The BEST GAME COLLECTION was won by <Phony Benoni> this year for Game Collection: Ostend 1906, with an honorable mention to <Bubo bubo>, who placed second by only 1 vote with Game Collection: Cabinet of Curiosities.

9. The winner for MOST INFORMED is User: <SwitchingQuylthulg> by a large margin.

10. The BEST HISTORIAN honor was taken this year by User <Phony Benoni>, with last year's winner <Tabanus> placing second by only a single vote.

11. The PLAYER OF THE YEAR winner is co-founder <Daniel Freeman>, who tragically & suddenly passed away last July. Daniel's crowning achievement—creating this unique chess community—will continue to grow and improve as we build on his legacy.

12. The BEST PUN OF THE YEAR award was won decisively by User <Sargon>, our resident <Punmaster General>, for <To Boldy Go Where No Man Has Gone: b4> Fischer vs J Gloger, 1964. At least he's good for something.

13. The MOVE OF THE YEAR winner is Svidler vs D Andreikin, 2018 with 10 votes, barely edging out Aronian vs Kramnik, 2018 with 9 votes, and Stockfish vs AlphaZero, 2018 with 8.

14. And the GAME OF THE YEAR winner is T Hillarp Persson vs T Laurusas, 2018, with Mamedyarov vs Caruana, 2018 and R Praggnanandhaa vs T S Ravi, 2018 tying for second place.

Once again, congratulations to all Caissar Award winners! We're looking forward to see what 2019 will bring as we enter a new era for See you all next year!

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  jith1207: Thank you, that was instant turnaround.

Congratulations to all the deserved winners of the past year's award.

Quite an honor for Daniel, and more fittingly so. Here's hoping DomDaniel was one of the voters, who selected these winners.

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  offramp: Here is a piece of judiciousnessness (or, rather, a LACK of judiciouslessnessness):

<MOVE OF THE YEAR winner is Svidler vs D Andreikin, 2018 with 10 votes,>.

Well done! It would have been easy to discount the accidental “Kxh2” votes.

Many thanks to the 11 guys and gals of our wonderful community of 262,241 registered users who think I am funny. The other 262,230 think I am serious. Let us strive in the year ahead to reconcile these two factions.

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  WannaBe: Co-winner for Best Avater!! Thanks. =))
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  wordfunph: congrats to all winners!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to the winners!
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  offramp: Here is a category suggestion for next year:

<BEST FORUM>, i.e. the Moves Prediction Contest or whatever.

Years ago I suggested <best Newcomer>. This could still be a good category next year.... All the nominees would be a fait accompli, Kibitzers who joined in 2019 and have made (eg) 250 posts. And are known to be NOT sock puppet accounts. (Many accounts are openly sock puppets, they are not being secretive.)

I really think that would be a good category.

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  jith1207: Yes I wanted to recommend the best forum as well. You could also have <best forum name>, just like the user name, advertising different features of premium membership, of course. Unfortunately it will be restricted only about premium members but that's OK, just as the best avatar contest. <Best new kibitzer> would be great as well, including all members. Please consider those suggestions.
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  OhioChessFan: Best forum name was one I thought a good idea. Best forum would turn into one more clique voting bloc. It's a valid criticism of The Caissars that they are very cliquish and voting for the best forum would just add to the clique voting bloc.

I wouldn't mind if the Caissars disappeared, but if they are here, they might as well be done right. This year was by far the worst for a case of amnesia. There were some great posts and great puns this year that nobody happened to nominate. The winners of best post and best off topic post were okay, I guess, but there was some great stuff on this site that never made its way to the voting booth. And the pun was pretty good, I'll give it a B+, good, but a bit obvious, "b4" used as "before" isn't exactly original, but sorry, Sargon, there were some that were far better that just didn't get that first vote. If they had, just like the best post and off-topic post, I am convinced the casual voter would have chosen them once they saw them on the ballot. Those 3 categories are so dependent upon memory that they really are prone to a bad set of choices. I credit some people for not nominating themselves, which I thought might happen in all 3 of those categories.

Jan-26-19  login:

'It always just turns into a big circle jerk.'

(by Audrey M., UC Berkeley, 1999)

... noble simplicity and quiet grandeur would suit the same handful of self-decorated cockalorums quite well. To trick death even further you should fabricate more meaningless CG-esteem boosters like 'Primus inter pares' (coll. Pip), 'Funniest deceased', 'Most helpful with the least amount of posts', 'Even more constructive in the Middle East' or 'Best behind the scenes (only emails count)' for this eternal bunch of gluttons.

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  Count Wedgemore: Anathema against the Caissars!
Jan-26-19  zanzibar:
Jan-28-19  morfishine: Dear <offramp> is correct, there should be some new categories, for example the Caissar 'Inflated ego delusional towering intellect award', for which I nominate <john barleycorn>
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  Richard Taylor: I am deeply indebted to the wonderful and discerning authors of the Caissa awards, and those who, with great nous, have voted in said awards or honours; and it is with immense, nay tremendous, nay infinite appreciation and affection as well as thanks and appreciation that I, with huge thankfulness and great, nay infinite, modesty, accept my award for the wittiest post.

Thank you thank you thank thank you thank you thank thank you all. You are all so kind, so generous, and so discerning and insiteful. Wonderful! What a wonderful lot! How infinite a thing of thing is Man!

Judiciousness. Yes, judiciousness. I left off judiciousness.

An example of the usage: 'Judge Judy is very judicious if not juicy. She has great acumen and is and has a very very very judiciousness in her juicy judging.'

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  Richard Taylor: My congratulations to offramp for his win for the most boring contributer. Congrats offy!!
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  Richard Taylor: is good, I have to concede that one...
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  Richard Taylor: Svidler's move was beautiful. Svidler is a likable fellow. He is a keen cricket fan...or am I wandering again? It is though, a trifle amusing to find a Russian enthusiast of that noble English game...
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  Richard Taylor: Oops! It was Andreikin's move...I got muddled up again...

And it appears that my award is, perhaps, a kind of compliment. Such is life...

And indeed offramp does say some witty things, I see I muddled him up also...I recall offramp starting off one of those places where everyone is waiting for a GM chess match with a quote from Wallace Steven's 'The Emperor of Icecream'! Very drole, and strangely apposite at the time, or so it seemed...

These Caissa awards are more fun than the puzzles for sure! I almost understand them...

(By the way what is the reason, apart from general idiocy, why I had 'seamed' for seemed and I do that kind of mispelling a lot? ('There' for 'their' and so on). Not that it matters I suppose...Shakespeare spelled his own name several different ways...this obsession with spelling an grammar is a modern disease.

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  offramp: I saw my name mentioned and I returned to London from my peaceful abode in the valley of Paris in order to respond.

Mr Taylor describes me as the Most Boring Man in the History of Humanity. He could be right. I am a fan of metronomes and carpets.

BUT who nominated his silly comment that eventually won that silly Caissar?

It was me, gawd blimey!

The story is actually quite funny..

I thought that a Richard Taylor quote would be superb as quote of the year, and I chose one more or less at random.

However, ANY Richard Taylor quote is going to be good. See above.

After I had nominated it, it was the only one to get any votes, because only one other person knew how to nominate a quote LOL!

Richard Taylor may ocker around Auckland telling people that Alan O'Brien is the most boring person in the history of the world... BUT I didn't half do him a favour!

Offramp is having another massive laugh!! I love Richard taylor and I am not traducing him!

Jan-29-19  Dr Winston OBoogie: I vote/Nom <Domdaniel> as funniest kibitzer.
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  Richard Taylor: Dear Comrade Sir Off Ramp: It was indeed I that, bitter at being pipped out of being nominatificated as the most boring man in the world, did put the boot in, as they say in the trade...this of course meant I almost did something interesting...Which I hope is boring...It must be, I'm bored!...Now, where was I or where am I? Ah, the most boring in the universe...if you had won that I would indeed have been chagrined...

It has been mooted re myself that I write the most awesomely tedious and stupid drivel known to mankind or womankind...

These things said, I am deeply indebted to your nominatalism of me as the most...whatever I won....

What about Chris Owen? I am glad, seriously now, that such as he are (is?) allowed to post. It adds colour. There has always been a great tradition in chess going back 20,000 years or more, that chess players are by default, or in the case of many of those who have the misfortune not to be boring, are simply eccentric. Chess being a strange and inherently boring (in a beautiful way) and useless game: the fascination really is in the droves of the mad and tormented (and mostly woodpushers like myself) it attracts to worship at the feet of Caissa herself...

And indeed, it is this side of chess, in my case I am interested in: the personalities I meet at chess events or those I have in the past... (the most recent case was when I kibitzed at a Latvian born (Australian) character (he was amusing to watch and talk with as he analyzed his game, I managed to sacrifice two rooks for his opponent and he then saw my devious forced win from there!...but he had played the great Tal, even one one or two blitz games against him...but a real character, getting very excited about his chess and the analysis and ideas...but most importantly an eccentric like Chris Owen...

What does "ocker round" mean? It is to do with Australia I believe Dr Offramp...I will now google said phrase:


result for ocker



a rough, uncultivated Australian man.
"the cop was a big beefy ocker"

Ah, well ocker describes about 90% of New Zealanders so I suppose that is a pretty good description...

I am deeply indebted to your nominalism of me and your information and continuing interest in the case at hand...I hope all go-eth well...

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  Richard Taylor: I will now go and eat an apple.
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  Diademas: Just so I don't forget: I will nominate the following for a Caissar in the category "BEST OFFTOPIC POST":
<Susan Freeman: <Nisjesram> You are welcome. Thank you for helping and contributing. :)> chessforum (kibitz #32322)

That is truly next level irony!

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