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The Caissars
Member since Dec-28-12
Welcome to << The Caissars >>

It is an annual tradition of Chessgames to begin the year looking back at the previous. We're celebrating 2016 as we salute 2015, and offer these 14 categories available for awards:

<1. BEST AVATAR>

Nominees: User: capafan, User: jnpope, User: Party Animal, User: trulssk, User: YouRang

Winner: <YouRang>

<2. BEST USERNAME>

Nominees: Party Animal, perfidious, SetNoEscapeOn, thegoodanarchist

Winner: <perfidious>

<3. MOST HELPFUL>

Nominees: Annie K., FSR, harrylime, Penguincw, Sally Simpson, WinKing

Winner: <Penguincw>

<4. BEST POST>

Nominees: <latvalatvian> A Giri vs Svidler, 2015 (kibitz #2), <Stevie King> Kibitzer's Café (kibitz #167564), <TheTamale> Igor Ivanov vs L Witt, 1981 (kibitz #6)

Winner: <Stevie King>

<5. FUNNIEST POSTER>

Nominees: Abdel Irada, john barleycorn, Phony Benoni, technical draw, TheFocus, WannaBe, diceman

Winner: <WannaBe>

<6. MOST CONSTRUCTIVE>

Nominees: Annie K., AylerKupp, Golden Executive, Penguincw, WinKing, YouRang

Winners: <Annie K.> and <Golden Executive>

<7. BEST PROFILE>

Nominees: User: AJ of Alaska, User: Golden Executive, User: Karposian, User: MarkFinan, User: parisattack, User: visayanbraindoctor

Winner: <visayanbraindoctor>

<8. BEST ANALYSIS>

Nominees: cro777, RandomVisitor

Winner: <cro777>

<9. BEST GAME COLLECTION>

Nominees: Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2015 (Phony Benoni) Game Collection: Chajes v Janowski Match (Chessical)

<10. MOST INFORMED>

Nominees: cro777, Retireborn, SwitchingQuylthulg, Tabanus, TheFocus

<11. BEST HISTORIAN>

Nominees: ljfyffe, MissScarlett, Tabanus, TheFocus, thomastonk

Winner: <Tabanus>

<12. BEST (WORST) PUN OF THE YEAR>

Nominees: <Mr. Georgiev, Wear Down this Tal!> (Kiril D Georgiev vs Shaked, 1999)

<Brace Yourself, Winter is Coming> (Botvinnik vs W Winter, 1936)

Winner: A two way tie between both nominees!

<13. PLAYER OF THE YEAR>

Nominees: Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, Veselin Topalov, Wei Yi

Winner: A tie between Wei Yi and Magnus Carlsen!

<14. GAME OF THE YEAR>

Nominees: D Khismatullin vs Eljanov, 2015, Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015, W So vs Ding Liren, 2015

Winner: Khismattulin vs. Eljanov, 2015!

♖ 2015 SCHEDULE ♖

January 8th: Announcement
January 8-14: Nominations
January 15: Rest day
January 16: Voting for 1 & 2
January 17: Voting for 3 & 4
January 18: Voting for 5 & 6
January 19: Rest day
January 20: Voting for 7 & 8
January 21: Voting for 9 & 10
January 22: Voting for 11 & 12
January 23: Voting for 13 & 14
January 24: Closing ceremony

♘ NOMINATION RULES ♘

From January 8-14 we receive nominations for all categories. You may nominate up to 3 users (games, etc.) for any single category. To qualify for the main voting phase, a user (game, etc.) must have at least two nominations. You may not nominate yourself.

♘ VOTING RULES ♘

All votes must be time-stamped with the correct date to be counted. Early and late votes will be ignored and/or deleted.

Two awards are voted for every day as per the schedule above. You may vote for both awards in one post; in fact you are encouraged.

When you vote, please use the word "vote" or "voting", the category you are voting for, and also enclose the name of the candidate in <gold text>. For example: "I vote for <Chess Player> for best username."

You may not vote for yourself.

In previous years you were allowed to vote for two candidates in each category. That practice is no longer allowed: you must choose one and only one candidate when you vote.

♕ OTHER RULES ♕

While you actually cast your nomination/vote you are encouraged to say a few words about their merits, but please don't be confrontational or argumentative. This is intended to be an enjoyable affair.

If you have more than one Chessgames account you are welcome to participate in this process but you must choose *ONE* account to use only. Sockpuppetry shan't be tolerated.

See the chessforum below for more information; if you have any questions just ask. And thanks for participating!

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   The Caissars has kibitzed 87 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-24-16 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
 
The Caissars: The winner of the 2015 BEST GAME award goes to D Khismatullin vs Eljanov, 2015 . The winner of the 2015 PLAYER OF YEAR is a dead tie between Magnus Carlsen and Wei Yi . ♔ In the event you'd like to double check my counting, here are the votes: For Wei Yi: FSR, wordfunph,
 
   Jan-02-15 chessgames.com 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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Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Uh, thanks <cg> for hosting the Caissars, an award ceremony where the drama surrounding it was probably more intense than the voting itself.

See you next year, maybe.

P.S. Really late, but thanks all for voting me for <Most Helpful>! :)

Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Did <FSR> change his vote? I was under the impression that he had voted for the brilliant <Prepare yourself for Winter> pun.
Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: <Un-official> Part 1/2

<Best Avatar>

2004 - tamar
2005 - tamar, YouRang
2006 - Phony Benoni, technical draw, Yelena Dembo
2007 - Red October
2008 - technical draw
2009 - Red October
2010 - Travis Bickle
2011 - WannaBe
2012 - parmetd
2013 - Annie K.
2014 - YouRang
2015 - YouRang

<Best Username>

2004 - suenteus po 147
2005 - HannibalSchlecter, suenteus po 147, tpstardefender

2006 - iamverywellatchess
2007 - Resignation Trap
2008 - Woody Wood Pusher
2009 - ILikeFruits, VaselineTopLove, whatthefat
2010 - jessicafischerqueen, Once, SwitchingQuylthulg
2011 - Resignation Trap
2012 - Phony Benoni
2013 - notyetagm
2014 - Cheapo by the Dozen
2015 - perfidious

<Most Helpful>

2004 - tpstar
2005 - tpstar
2006 - WannaBe
2007 - WannaBe
2008 - brankat, hms123
2009 - zanshin
2010 - Phony Benoni
2011 - hms123
2012 - hms123
2013 - hms123
2014 - WannaBe
2015 - Penguincw

<Best Post>

2004 - IMlday
2005 - tpstar
2006 - JoeWms, mahmoudkubba, tpstar
2007 - Domdaniel
2008 - Domdaniel
2009 - GoSo
2010 - Domdaniel
2011 - Once
2012 - john barleycorn
2013 - tpstar
2014 - Phony Benoni
2015 - Stevie King

<Funniest Kibitzer>

2004 - Lawrence, offramp
2005 - tpstar
2006 - WannaBe
2007 - technical draw
2008 - technical draw
2009 - technical draw
2010 - technical draw
2011 - technical draw
2012 - technical draw
2013 - technical draw
2014 - technical draw
2015 - WannaBe

<Most Constructive>

2004 - iron maiden
2005 - cu8sfan
2006 - Sneaky, twinlark
2007 - brankat
2008 - Red October
2009 - hms123
2010 - chancho
2011 - wordfunph
2012 - Bistro Biographers
2013 - cro777,wordfunph
2014 - wordfunph
2015 - Annie K., Golden Executive

<Best Profile>

2004 - nikolaas
2005 - Larsker
2006 - Hesam7
2007 - jessicafischerqueen
2008 - malthrope
2009 - malthrope
2010 - malthrope
2011 - brankat, jessicafischerqueen
2012 - jessicafischerqueen
2013 - Domdaniel
2014 - Domdaniel
2015 - visayanbraindoctor

Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: <Un-official> Part 2/2

<Best Analysis>

2004 - Honza Cervenka
2005 - patzer2
2006 - Honza Cervenka
2007 - mateo
2008 - Eyal
2009 - Eyal
2010 - Iskubadayb
2011 - dzechiel
2012 - Eyal
2013 - Eyal
2014 - DaringSpeculator, csmath
2015 - cro777

<Best Game Collection>

2004 - Benjamin Lau
2005 - RonB52734
2006 - suenteus po 147
2007 - suenteus po 147
2008 - KingG
2009 - Phony Benoni
2010 - crawfb5
2011 - crawfb5, Phony Benoni
2012 - Phony Benoni
2013 - TheFocus
2014 - notyetagm
2015 - Phony Benoni

<Most Informed>

2004 - acirce
2005 - acirce
2006 - acirce
2007 - acirce
2008 - percyblakeney
2009 - achieve
2010 - wordfunph
2011 - tpstar
2012 - Softpaw
2013 - Karpova
2014 - SwitchingQuylthulg
2015 - SwitchingQuylthulg

<Best Historian>

2004 - SBC
2005 - Benzol, SBC
2006 - Resignation Trap
2007 - nescio
2008 - malthrope
2009 - malthrope
2010 - jessicafischerqueen
2011 - jessicafischerqueen
2012 - Bistro Biographers
2013 - jessicafischerqueen
2014 - Tabanus
2015 - Tabanus

<Best/Worst Pun>

2006 - Kasparov vs Ehlvest, 1978 ("Ehlvest Has Left the Building")

2007 - Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk, 2007 ("Mamed Said Knock You Out")

2008 - Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 ("Bilbao Baggins")

2009 - Yifan Hou vs Short, 2008 ("Hou Wears Short's Shorts"), Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 ("No Country for Old Men")

2010 - S Hosea vs P A Fontaine, 2009 ("Do You Know the Way to San Hosea?")

2011 - Akobian vs The World, 2011 ("Drawma Queen")

2012 - Fischer vs R Ault, 1959 ("Control-Ault-Delete")

2013 - S Kuipers vs A Pijpers, 2007 ("Jeepers Kuipers, How'd You Beat Art Pijpers?")

2014 - The World vs Arkadij Naiditsch ("Suffering from c6-ness")

2015 - Kiril D Georgiev vs Shaked, 1999 ("Mr. Georgiev, Wear Down this Tal!"), Botvinnik vs W Winter, 1936 "(Brace Yourself, Winter is Coming")

<Player of the Year>

2012 - Magnus Carlsen
2013 - Magnus Carlsen
2014 - Magnus Carlsen
2015 - Magnus Carlsen, Wei Yi

<Game of the Year>

2013 - Aronian vs Anand, 2013
2014 - Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2014
2015 - D Khismatullin vs Eljanov, 2015

<Special Life-Time Achievement Award>

2009 - Sneaky
2010 - Honza Cervenka

Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Golden Executive> Thanks for the update! :)
Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: I forgot the magnificent pun "No Country For Old Men" which might be better than the 2 co-winners this year, and was the only 5 star entry from the membership that year.
Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <puns> As an addendum to the list above, quite a few people unofficially voted for Best/Worst Pun in 2005; Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947 ("I concede clearly now; Therien is gone.") had the most supporters, but was not officially declared a Caissar winner.

E Torre vs Tarjan, 1983 ("Me Tarjan, Eugene!") received some support despite not being a 2005 pun; it would probably have won in 2004 if the category had existed then (though it was originally used in 2003 and reused in 2004). Chiburdanidze vs Panno, 1992 ("I Wish I was an Oscar-Maia Winner") is another classic 2004 pun.

Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Great work <GE>. :)
Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Golden Executive> yodaman!
Jan-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Nice job on the Caissars <GE>.

<<Un-official> Part 1/2>

<<Un-official> Part 2/2>

Looks pretty official to me. You put some serious work into that. :)

Jan-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <WinKing: Nice job on the Caissars <GE>... You put some serious work into that. :)>

I'll second that! TXL

Jan-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Nice list, <Golden Executive>! Your most constructive trophy is well deserved.
Jan-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Golden Executive: Thanks guys. Actually I just updated the list that <SwitchingQuylthulg> posted here chessgames.com chessforum (kibitz #18630)

The main credit goes to him. :)

Jan-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: Thanks, but I just updated (and fixed some mistakes in) <NakoSonorense>'s list... and he updated the original list by <nikolaas> :)
Jan-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I think the <"Caissars"> need a bouleversement.

<1. BEST AVATAR> and <2. BEST USERNAME>

These are a waste of time. I can just about see Best Username as being interesting. There is a problem with Best Avatar in that (a) people change avatars and (b) if someone ceases being a premium member the avatar disappears. So a punter might click to have a look at last year's winner to see a big blank.

<3. MOST HELPFUL> This can probably stay.

<4. BEST POST> Perhaps the nominees should be anyone from the Memorable Quotes chessforum plus any wildcard nominees.

<5. FUNNIEST POSTER> This can stay. But it should be moved down to be next to Best / Worst Pun

<6. MOST CONSTRUCTIVE> I have never understood this. How is it different to <most helpful>?

<7. BEST PROFILE> A complete waste of time. Profiles are always changing. And is one supposed to examine them all before nominating?

<8. BEST ANALYSIS> This is just too vague. If it was <Best <single> analysis>, like <best post> it might make sense. But most analysis is just GIGO from Stockfish that no one understands. It can be poncified, but so what?

<9. BEST GAME COLLECTION> I'd love to know how many game collections there are. Individual members have 100s! We are expected to look through them all?? In any case, doesn't Phoney Benoni win every year with his collection of GsOTD?

<10. MOST INFORMED> This can stay. I don't know what it means, but it can stay.

<11. BEST HISTORIAN> Very very cronyish; 90% of the cg.com members will have no idea what is being voted on, but I think it can stay.

<12. BEST (WORST) PUN OF THE YEAR> This can stay, as it is easy to look up, using the winner of <Best game collection>.

<13. PLAYER OF THE YEAR> I am sure the winner is delighted and honoured to win this, so this can stay.

<14. GAME OF THE YEAR> This can stay as well.

But what about replacements? I think that members should be canvassed about what awards should be on offer. Also, there should be THREE votes every day with no rest day. <A single nomination makes a Candidate.>

Jan-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <BEST NEWCOMER>.

<BEST NEW TOURNAMENT/MATCH PAGE>.

<BEST GAME ANALYSIS/COMMENTARY of 201x>.

<MOST INTERESTING LIVE BROADCAST GAME> [with a list].

<BEST HISTORIAN> with voting restricted and compulsory to cg.com historians.

I am sure I can think of some more.

Jan-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <offramp> The difference between helpful and constructive:

Helpful - How do I post a picture of the board and pieces (FEN), where do I submit a game not in the database, ChessViewer Deluxe II is not working.

Constructive - Name pronounciations (<Annie K.>), offering ideas that make the site and its page easier to navigate, correcting errors or grammar in players' bio. etc.

Jan-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <WannaBe> that is very good. Do you think that that difference should be specified at next year's "<"Caissar's">", so as to assist the new voters?
Jan-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <offramp> New voters can always ask for clarifications.

Who's hold them back from asking?!

Jan-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <WannaBe: <offramp> New voters can always ask for clarifications. Who's hold them back from asking?!>

That is a good point. This year I did see lots of new voters seeking clarification on various issues. They are like that. Very forward.

Jan-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <MOST AMAZING MOVE of 2015>.

<MVC: MOST VALUABLE CONTRIBUTOR>.

<FUNNIEST/BEST KIBITZ>.

<GM's QUOTE OF THE YEAR>.

<SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT YEAR>.

<KIBITZER MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED>.

<A CHESS STAR FOR (THIS YEAR)>.

Jan-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <best chessbookie tipster>.

<best non-chess kibitz>.

<(factual) biggest single win at chessbookie>.

<best double-act>.

Jan-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <book of the year>.
Jan-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  rogge: I propose <Fundamentalist of the year>
May-15-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: The problem with <7. BEST PROFILE> and <BEST AVATAR> is that the poor guy or gal that wins it may feel that he or she should not change his or her award-winning avatar or profile for fear of antagonistically disenfranchising the fanirmods.
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