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|Aug-02-12|| ||YouRang: 1-2-3 Ranker - <FINAL>|
|Aug-02-12|| ||YouRang: Betting Ranker - <FINAL>|
|Aug-02-12|| ||YouRang: <♗> HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY <♗>|
Please join me in congratulating the the gold medal winner of Biel 2012, whose performance shall be memorialized forever (or for an indefinite period of time, whichever comes first) in the the <Hall of Fame> (see my profile above):
♔♔♔ <blade2012> Bie12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t)+BetRnk(1)
♔♔♕♕♕♖♖ <YouRang> Bie12:StdRnk(1t)+123Rnk(1t) / Dor12:BetRnk(3) / Bil11:123Rnk(2) / Pea10:123Rnk(2t) / Bie07:BetRnk(3) / Dor06:123Rnk(2t)
- Congratulations to newcomer <blade2012> who achieved the astounding accomplishment of a *triple crown* performance despite missing a round! He quite nearly came in sole first place in all contests. As it is, he did earn sole first place in Betting Ranker by a wide margin.
- The Hall also welcomes <YouRang>, who after seven years finally wins gold in his 30th tournament -- in fact *two* gold medals! Also, the Hall officially offers and apology to <YouRang> for the many years in which he has been the butt of jokes around here. Now that <YouRang> is a HOF member, those jokes must stop! Clearly, there is no such thing as an "organizer's curse" after all. It was just a matter of time until a tournament came along with the right combination of BIZARRE OUTCOMES AND DUMB LUCK! HAW! HAW! Heh... Oh, sorry.
- The Hall recognizes the fine performance by <Blunderdome> who won one jackpot and predicted a number of other large payoff games to earn silver in Betting Ranker.
- The Hall confers honorable mentions to HOFer <chessmoron> who added two bronze medals to his growing collection which now includes 14 medals.
- The Hall also welcomes HOFer <su3eichfeld> back to the medals podium as he takes the bronze in Betting Ranker -- The 14th medal in his stellar collection that includes 8 gold medals.
This concludes the Biel 2012 Prediction contest. Thanks to all for playing!
Hope to see you for the next contest, which will be......probably..... Bilbao 2012!
News reports indicate that Bilbao will run from Sept 24 - Oct 13, and among the six player we will see Carlsen, Kramnik and Aronian.
Hope to see you there!
|Aug-02-12|| ||YouRang: <For the record>
Below are the medals I have on file for people who have not yet won gold. (If the Hall of Fame is heaven, this is Purgatory)
Robin01 ~ Wij12:123Rnk(2)+StdRnk(3t) / Baz11:123Rnk(3)+BetRnk(3) / Pea10:123Rnk(2t) / Wij10:123Rnk(3t) / Dor08:StdRnk(2t)+123Rnk(3t)
nimh ~ Bie08:BetRnk(2) / Dor08:StdRnk(2t)+123Rnk(2)
Tabanus ~ Dor10:123Rnk(2t)+BetRnk(2) / Lin10:StdRnk(3t)+123Rnk(3t)
cu8sfan ~ Wij09:BetRnk(2) / Lin08:123Rnk(3t) / Bie07:BetRnk(2)
kellmano ~ Mte07:StdRnk(2t)+123Rnk(2)+BetRnk(3)
whiteshark ~ Pea10:BetRnk(2) / Dor10:123Rnk(2t) / Dor08:123Rnk(3t)
call14 ~ Tal11:123Rnk(2t) / Lin08:123Rnk(2)
VargPOD ~ Baz11:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(2)
Blunderdome ~ Bie12:BetRnk(2) / Wij12:StdRnk(3t) / Pea10:StdRnk(3t) / Wij10:StdRnk(3t)
Billy Vaughan ~ Tal09:BetRnk(3) / Mte08:123Rnk(2t)+StdRnk(3t)
Broon Bottle ~ WCC07:StdRnk(3t) / Dor07:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(3t)
Elixir of Life ~ Mte07:BetRnk(2) / Lin07:BetRnk(3)
just a kid ~ Dor09:BetRnk(2)+123Rnk(3t)
siamesedream ~ Wij12:StdRnk(2)+123Rnk(3)
falso contacto ~ Dor11:BetRnk(2)
Golden Executive ~ Tal11:123Rnk(2t)
Jafar219 ~ Dor06:BetRnk(2)
jessicafischerqueen ~ Lin07:BetRnk(2)
karpkasp ~ Wij12:BetRnk(2)
rogge ~ Pea09:StdRnk(2t)
Thorski ~ Tal09:BetRnk(2)
Xaurus ~ Mte08:BetRnk(2)
nikooshu ~ Wij10:StdRnk(3t)+BetRnk(3) / Mte08:StdRnk(3t) / Lin09:StdRnk(3t)
micartouse ~ Wij07:123Rnk(3t)+BetRnk(3)
square dance ~ WCC07:StdRnk(3t) / Lin07:StdRnk(3t)
Aurora ~ Dor08:123Rnk(3t)
BishopofBlunder ~ Bil11:BetRnk(3)
Montreal1666 ~ Dor06:StdRnk(3t)
Penguincw ~ Wij12:StdRnk(3t)
poorpatzer ~ Wij11:BetRnk(3)
TechN9ne ~ Dor06:StdRnk(3t)
Vincent1987 ~ Dor07:BetRnk(3)
|Aug-02-12|| ||WannaBe: Standard Ranker, D@ng, 1-2-3 Ranker, Double D@ng, Betting Ranker, Triple D@ng.|
Missed out on <ALL 3>!! Quadruple D@ng.
|Aug-02-12|| ||Penguincw: Thanks for hosting. Congratz to winner. To Yourang: Firstly, thanks for hosting. Secondly, congratz for making it to the HOF. Lastly, no more long streaks of not winning gold. ;)|
|Aug-02-12|| ||WinKing: Congratulations to all the medal winners <blade>, <YouRang>, <Blunderdome> <chessmoron> & <su3eichfeld>. Awesome performance <blade> on pulling off 'the hat trick'!!!|
Thanks for another great tournament <YouRang>!
|Aug-02-12|| ||WinKing: YEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! <YouRang> wins not one but two GOLDS! Way to get that 'monkey off your back'!|
Let the celebration begin!
Enjoy it to the fullest <YouRang> - Congratulations!
|Aug-02-12|| ||WinKing: Oh yeah almost forgot. Welcome to the HOF
<blade> & <YouRang>! :)
|Aug-02-12|| ||cromat: congrats all winners...
<YouRang>, Welcome 2 HOF and thanks 4
finding time 2 host this contest! It's always fun 2 take part in it. Looking forward 4 the next!
|Aug-02-12|| ||WannaBe: Thank you, <YouRang> for running back-to-back tournaments! Plus the withdraw/substitution for Biel. =)|
|Aug-02-12|| ||OhioChessFan: In related news, the earth tipped off its axis, hell froze over, and the Cubs won the World Series.|
|Aug-02-12|| ||Golden Executive: Congratulations to all the winners.
A triple crown by <blade2012> who besides missed one round is a big deal.
<YouRang> has finally left the purgatory. Justice was done!
Congratulations and thanks <YouRang> for hosting this amazing contest.
|Aug-03-12|| ||wordfunph: grats to all the winners and special thanks to our excellent host <YouRang>!|
|Aug-03-12|| ||blade2012: Thanks to all for congrats and thanks <YouRang> for hosting this funny contest!|
|Aug-03-12|| ||YouRang: Many thanks for the kind words and congratulatory remarks. :-)|
Special thanks to <blade2012> for picking all draws in the final round of a tournament which had twice as many decisive games as draws.
If I had been shut out of the gold medals yet again in my 30th try because someone took a triple crown on their first try (despite missing a round!), it would have likely pushed me over the edge into howling-at-the-moon lunacy. (Although I do enjoy howling at the moon -- millions of dogs can't be wrong.)
I just returned from the Hall of Fame where the Induction Ceremony was held. It was every bit as glorious as I had imagined it to be (which figures since it is, after all, an imaginary place).
Yes, there were the giant statues of <Legend>, <su3eichfeld>, <lostemperor> and others; the opulent shrines commemorating the triple crown performances, the theatre showing film clips that reviewed all the dramatic medal winning performances of the past. There wasn't a dry eye in there I can tell you!
Naturally, most of the crowd was there to get <blade2012>'s autograph, and rightfully so. They looked at me with a "who let HIM in here" expression, but I didn't care. Because there on the wall was a shiny new plaque with my name on it. They even put it in a frequently visited corridor. (It's right next to the dumpster, so people see it whenever they take out their trash.)
Yes, life is good for us Hall of Famers. ;-)
|Aug-03-12|| ||WinKing: <YouRang: Yes, life is good for us Hall of Famers. ;-)>|
I know it felt good to say that - "for *us* Hall of Famers". 'Rock on' <YouRang>.
|Aug-03-12|| ||YouRang: Thanks <WinKing> for the encouragement. And I don't want to stop here.|
Using optimistic modeling techniques, I've already calculated that, at this pace, I should overtake <Legend> for the top spot around the year 2036. This assumes, of course, that <Legend> and others who have a proven knack for earning medals will suddenly stop winning. ;-)
|Aug-04-12|| ||YouRang: Just had a frustrating loss vs. the Playing Zone computer:|
[Black "Computer 2"]
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d5 4. exd5 Nf6 5. c4 O-O 6. Nc3 c6 7. dxc6 Nxc6 8. d5 Na5 9. b4 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 Bxa1 11. bxa5 e6 12. Nb4 Bc3+ 13. Bd2 Bxd2+ 14. Qxd2 Qxa5 15. Be2 b6 16. O-O Bb7 17. Rb1 Rac8 18. Qc3 Rc5 19. a3 Rfc8 20. Rd1 Bxf3 21. Qxf3 Rf5 22. Qb7 Qc5 23. Nd3 Qc7 24. Qxc7 Rxc7 25. Rc1 Rg5 26. f4 Ra5 27. Rc3 Rb5 28. Ne5 Rb1+ 29. Kf2 Rb2 30. g4 f6 31. Nd3 Ra2 32. h4 Rf7 33. Kf3 e5 34. Nc1 Ra1 35. c5 Re7 36. c6 Rc7 37. Ba6 exf4 38. Kxf4 h6 39. Bb7 Rb1 40. Na2 Rf1+ 41. Kg3 Rg1+ 42. Kf3 Rh1 43. Kg2 Rxh4 44. Nb4 Rxg4+ 45. Kf3 Rg5 46. Na6 Re7 47. c7 Rf5+ 48. Kg3 Rg5+ 49. Kf2 Rf5+ 50. Bf3 Rxc7 51. Rxc7 g5 52. Kg3 Ra5 53. Rxa7 Rxa3 54. Ra8+ Kg7 55. Nc7 Rxa8 56. Nxa8 b5 57. Bd5 f5 58. Nc7 b4 59. Na6 f4+ 60. Kg4 b3 61. Bxb3 Kf6 62. Bc2 Ke6 63. Nb4 Ke5 64. Na2 Kf6 65. Nc1 Kg7 66. Ne2 Kf6 67. Nd4 Kf7 68. Kf5 Kg8 69. Kg6 g4 70. Kxh6 f3 71. Bd3 f2 72. Bf1 g3 73. Nf5 g2 74. Bxg2 Kf7 75. Ne3 Kg8
Final position (I had white):
click for larger view
It was a good game, and I was looking forward to winning with B+N -- but then I lost on time. :-(
|Aug-18-12|| ||YouRang: Not sure if this story is sad, happy, or funny...
<Anti-Semitic pol who discovered Jewish roots faces tough road away from hate
What if you're not who you think you are? Earlier this month, a Hungarian politician who used "Jewishness" as an insult and floated conspiracy theories about Jewish people buying up his country's property resigned all his political positions after his colleagues realized he was secretly Jewish....>
|Aug-19-12|| ||perfidious: It's not so hard to take that 'road away from hate' if one is so minded.|
|Aug-20-12|| ||YouRang: <perfidious: It's not so hard to take that 'road away from hate' if one is so minded.>|
Yes, but being 'so minded' is the hard part. It often means rejecting core beliefs that have been ingrained since childhood by the people you most love and trust.
For most people, such ingrained ideas become 'hallowed truths' -- off limits to even the self scrutiny that comes with maturing to adulthood.
|Sep-12-12|| ||YouRang: <The Deafness Before the Storm>|
More on what the Bush Administration knew before the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
|Sep-12-12|| ||OhioChessFan: Dave Chappelle had a disturbing skit about a Black anti-black racist. There were some moments that were laugh provoking, but it was so disturbing it felt odd to laugh, which was the whole point.|
Per what Bush knew, I think most of those claims are a canard. It's easy to cherry pick out now, that stuff that was on target. What kind of other stuff did they "know" then that didn't come to fruition?
|Sep-13-12|| ||YouRang: <OhioChessFan><Per what Bush knew, I think most of those claims are a canard. It's easy to cherry pick out now, that stuff that was on target. What kind of other stuff did they "know" then that didn't come to fruition?>|
True. If the "on target" stuff was mixed in with a bunch of "off target" stuff, and the writer chose to omit the the off target stuff, that would be one potential way to distort this story.
Similarly if the sort of "warnings" that Bush received were actually commonplace, with no reason to think they were different from all the others that didn't amount to anything, that would be another potential distortion.
However, I haven't seen evidence that these sorts of distortions actually occurred. I don't think it would be hard to produce this evidence if it existed.
The story, and the comments reportedly made by the CIA officials suggests that these threats were credible and not commonplace. Besides that, I do think that Bush considered Iraq a bigger threat (as the story says), and that he may have accepted the story that Bin Laden and Hussein were in cahoots.
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