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World Cup Prediction Contest is conducted in two stages, group winners and match-play winner.

<Stage 1>

Maximum 16 points possible. Current Prediction Standing:

14 -- <chessmoron>, <Keyser Soze>, <Morfishine>

13 -- <Valiant>, <technical draw>, <TheAlchemist>, <paavoh>, <Golden Executive>, <Count Wedgemore>

12 -- <juan31>, <NakoSonorense>, <Winston O Boogie>, <zborris8>

11 -- <offramp>, <optimal play>, <Penguincw>, <Diademas>

10 -- <sodal>

<Stage 2>

Knock out!! Once the bracket is set, you will be asked to predict each game's winner, all the way to the final. (Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final game)

Round of 16 <TWO POINTS> for each correct pick

Quarter Finals <FOUR POINTS> for each

Semi-Finals <EIGHT POINTS> for each

Final <SIXTEEN POINTS> for picking the winner

In other words, 16 possible points will be up for grabs for each round, for a total of 80 points.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** ****

<You do not pick knock out winners until bracket is final>


Round 16: Winner1, Winner2, Winner3, Winner4, Winner5, Winner6, Winner7, Winner8

Quarter-Finals: Winner2, Winner3, Winner6, Winner8

Semi-Finals: Winner3, Winner6

Final: Winner3

<Group play prediction must be made before Russia-Saudi Arabia game starts>

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   Jul-20-18 Jeremy Lim
WannaBe: I, personally do not see LAL winning it all and have a parade at downtown LA, I also personally doubt they would win Western Conference. Here is my reasoning: In order to be in the Western Conference Final, you have to win the Qtr (or second round) LAL would most likely, ...
   Jul-20-18 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: When technology's use goes horribly wrong:
   Jul-14-18 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: Whats this Discard Ticket?? 4 of them?!!? Ugh.
   Jul-13-18 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: <Penguincw> Yes, this is a 'friendly' to use football term. =)))
   Jul-10-18 James Mason (replies)
WannaBe: bunchapervs. =))
   Jul-10-18 technical draw chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: Okay, (I am a freakin' idiot...) after moving and listening to SF Giants on radio play-by-play since 2012. I have <FINALLY> realized that J. Miller is the straight man of the two men broadcast team. Ugh!! I am so embarrassed.
   Jul-08-18 offramp chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: In 1987, the Tour started in West Berlin! Wow.
   Jul-06-18 chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: I did a reboot, the issue seem to have gone away with IE logging me out. Unless did something on their side, too.
   Jul-04-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
WannaBe: 🍎🍰🍎🍰🍎🍰⚾⚾⚾🏉🏉🏉
   Jul-02-18 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
WannaBe: Seriously, technology, what can go wrong?
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If my math is right, each individual will receive around 4341.33 dollars; however, the lawyers will receive probably 100x (if not more)!

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  WannaBe: Goodness Gracious, in the 49th tournament, Intermediate, group 343, I'm the highest ranked player in that group!
Sep-11-08  myschkin: . . .

"Acid Little Lungs" :D


800 grams lung boiled, cut into strips and lodged in brew of water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 bay leaf, some juniper berries , a pinch of cloves, salt and sugar

2-3 onions cut into cubes (?)

200 grams of lard

200 grams of flour

about 1 liter brew, in which the lung
was put in

little salt, pepper, sugar

a good shot vinegar



Fry the pieces of onion (should not become brown) in (the?)lard.

How to do the roux: heat flour (until it is slightly tanned ? ). Stir in lungbrew until no lumps can be seen - let the sauce simmer for another 20 minutes. Put the meat in after 10 minutes. Season to taste with (a good dose of) vinegar, salt, pepper (and sugar, depends).

Bon appetit (be creative, like I did while translating^^)

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  WannaBe: Sounds yummy, will give it a try as soon as I get my hands on some lungs. =)
Sep-12-08  myschkin: . . .

<WannaCook> look out for calf lungs only зм

Sep-12-08  zoren: hi, thanks for posting on my page. (309 pages? you have more kibitzes than GM's!)
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  WannaBe: Wow, how about them Bruins!! We've got a great football team this year.
Sep-14-08  NakoSonorense: Shut up!!! :( No more comments.

There's a computer-related question coming your way... soon. I warn ya!

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  WannaBe: <NakoSonorense> Thanks for the warning, looking forward to your question. =)
Sep-15-08  NakoSonorense: Ok, here it goes. I need internet at home and I'm trying to figure out what to do.

I think a WLAN would work fine as I need to connect two computers. But I've got no idea as to the providers out there. I'd be willing to pay as much as $60-70 a month.

What do you recommend?

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  WannaBe: <NakoSonorense> Basic DSL/Cable modem, allows multiple connections (with wire). You get the modem as part of the package, with DSL, you also get dongles that plugs into the phones, but that's another story.

If you want to avoid the wires, (partially, or all of your computers) get a wireless router, like this: then you can set it up the way you want.

(By using a key system, you can access the wireless connection after you enter the key, that way your neighbor can't piggy-back on your signal, or if you are a nice guy, just leave it open, like libraries, Starbucks, or hot spots... Then everyone within range can share your connection!)

Depending on where your home is, it may or may not be DSL ready, because it requires special setup by the phone company, and the wiring required.

If DSL is not an option, cable may be the way to go for you. If you want, you can even have Fios:

Hope this helps, and not confuse you even further. =)

Sep-16-08  NakoSonorense: Thanks!

E-mail on route to your inbox!

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  WannaBe: A quick game I played on FICS:

[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2008.09.17"]
[Round "?"]
[White "WannaBeCG"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "901"]
[BlackElo "986"]
[ECO "C44"]
[TimeControl "720"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 Bd6 4. Nc3 exd4 5. Nxd4 Be5 6. Nxc6 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 bxc6 8. Bd3 Nf6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O d5 11. f4 Nxe4 12. Bxe4 dxe4 13. Qxd8 Rxd8 14. Rfd1 Bf5 15. Rd2 Rf8 16. Rb1 a5 17. h3 Be6 18. a3 a4 19. g4 f5 20. g5 Bf7 21. Rd7 Rac8 22. Rb7 Be6 23. Rdxc7 Rxc7 24. Rxc7 Bd5 25. Ra7 Rb8 26. Rxa4 Rb2 27. Ra8+ Kf7 28. Bd4 c5 29. Ra7+ Ke6 30. Bxc5 Rxc2 31. Rxg7 Rxc3 32. Re7#

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  WannaBe: On second thought, it wasn't such a good game, missed the mate, only to recover and play it a move later.

Blunders galore on both sides.

Sep-18-08  zoren: I might try e4 Ke2 in a real tournament game, just to piss off some of my rivals, if I'm already trailing badly in score.

I can see it pissing them off like I wrote them off as a bad player. I think I'd be hated though if I actually came out with a draw or even won. The locals here are more serious than I am about chess.

According to a player I know there was a guy there at the club who screamed an explicit word at the top of his lungs when he couldn't convert an advantage and he hurled his set. I'd be glad to play Ke2 if it elicits such response!

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  WannaBe: For goodness sakes, don't play like this!!

[Event "FICS Blitz"]
[Site "FICS"]
[Date "2008.09.16"]
[Round "?"]
[White "WannaBeCG"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "25"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Bc5 3. Bc4 d6 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb6 7. O-O Nxe4 8. Qb3 Bg4 9. Bxf7+ Kf8 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Qe7 12. Bd5+ Qf7 13. Qxf7#

Sep-20-08  Insane Olde Batte: Helo!

I'm an out of work waitress and my friend told me you might give me a job.

The last place I worked at was the Hooter's Bar and grill in Paterson New jersey.

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  WannaBe: <Insane Olde Batte> Unfortunately, I don't have any openings. =(
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  WannaBe: Our football team is the <BEST>!!!

Wait, this isn't the Odd Lie page.

Sep-23-08  NakoSonorense: I'm connected up. I got Time Warner Internet Cable.. Will be paying $30/month, which will be split in half between my rommate and me. I also got the router and it's working wonders...

Thanks for your help! xD

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  WannaBe: <NakoSonorense> My bill's in the mail.
Sep-23-08  NakoSonorense: No more bills, please! I've got enough already!
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  dzechiel: <WannaBe: Dodgers' records against possible playoff opponents in the NL: ...>

Yeah, but that's all in the past. The Dodgers have added Manny Ramirez and along with Ethier, Loney, Garciapara, Kemp, DeWitt, Martin and Blake are really hot right now. If I was the Cubs, I wouldn't want to play them first.

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  WannaBe: <dzechiel> Yes, it is possible, that we can pull off what the Cardinals did two years ago!!

Here's to LA Dodgers-LA Angels World Series!!! (I don't care if the rest of the U.S. won't watch it!)

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  technical draw: <WannaBe> Do you know where baby TD is? Fess up, you were always jealous of baby TD. So if you don't confess I'll be having rabbit stew for dinner.
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