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Here the format how to post your predicitons

1. Carlsen
1. Caruana
1. Aronian
4. Giri
5. So
6. Vachier-Lagrave
7. Wojtaszek
8. Ding
9. Radjabov
10. Ivanchuk
11 Jobava
12. Saric
13. Hou
13. Van Wely




Some years ago I came up with a new but simple system to calculate the final standings of a tournament including all players. This is how it goes:

For each correct standing you'll get a maximum amount of points. Each prediction deviation from the actual player standing in the tournament, will deduct one point from your total (ABSOLUTE RANKER).

In case of a shared player's standing the average standing counts (both actual and in your predictions).

The SQUARE RANKER, squares your predictions' deviations. Here only medals are awarded if the winner s is not the same person s as in the absolute ranker.

Same goes for the The PAIR BETTING RANKER compare all possible pair outcomes of the tournament participants. This is invented by YouRang

The three best predictions will get Real Virtual Gold Silver and Bronze!

Note: only one set of medals is awarded (in the absolute ranker) unless another ranker produces a different winner.

Special thanks to <YouRang> who made a software to calculate these numbers. Don't miss his YouRang chessforum game results prediction contest during the tournament also ([1-0], [1/2], [0-1])!

or predict the # of moves in User: ohiochessfan organized by <chessmoron>






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♔♔Golden Executive


♔♕Where is my mind


♔SoUnwiseTheKnight B4
♔Like a GM

♔ Gold
♕ Silver
♖ Bronze




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   Feb-11-15 lostemperor chessforum
lostemperor: Gibraltar open and Grenke chess classic ended. We are spoiled with so much world class chess after Tata! Nakamura was a class apart in Gibraltar while Carlsen played strong and enterprising chess in Baden-Baden right untill the armageddon tie breaker blitz against Naiditsch! ...
   Jan-29-15 Wei Yi (replies)
lostemperor: If Wei Yi wins his game in the Gibraltar open today vs Khotenashvili, what seems the case, he will break Magnus Carlsen's record of being the youngest ever player to reach 2700 by (over) a year, though for now only in the live ratings.
   Jan-26-15 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
lostemperor: Yes I still got a bronze overall. Congrats to other medalists and thanks <chessmoron> for the work and <OhioChessFan> for sponsoring! :)
   Jan-25-15 YouRang chessforum (replies)
lostemperor: Hahah well noticed <chancho>! :D
   Jan-07-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
lostemperor: ♔ANNOUNCEMENT♔: Join the TATA STEEL CHESS predictions by predicting the final outcome of the masters group at my forum.
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  lostemperor: PAIR BETTING RANKER 11


$-24.95,Golden Executive

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  lostemperor: Large Payoff Pair results:
Payoff,Pair result,WinnerS

$14.00,Ding-above-Caruana, Penguincw

$14.00,Ding-equal-Vachier, SwitchingQuylthulg

$14.00,Giri-above-Caruana, Karposian

$14.00,Ivanchuk-above-Aronian, Penguincw

$14.00,Saric-above-Jobava, Penguincw

$14.00,So-above-Caruana, wordfunph

$14.00,Vachier-above-Aronian, Penguincw

$14.00,Vachier-above-Caruana, Penguincw

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  lostemperor: Final stages in Wijk aan Zee. Today the penultimate round shortly after followed by the last!
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  lostemperor: Final results after today's grand final!
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  lostemperor: <TATA STEEL CHESS 2015 FINAL UPDATE

<A great tournament with a lot of fighting chess!! World Champion Carlsen won but only half point ahead of four young players Vachier-Lagrave, Giri, So and Ding! Good "old" Ivanchuk, a living legend, showed he still has what it takes with a fine 6th place.

<Round 12 - Saturday the 24th
Van Wely, L. - Jobava, B. -
Radjabov, T. - Hou, Y. -
Ivanchuk, V. - Caruana, F. -
Vachier-Lagrave, M. - Aronian, L. -
Ding, L. - Carlsen, M. -
Saric, I. - Wojtaszek, R. 1-0
Giri, A. - So, W. 1-0

Round 13 - Sunday the 25th
So, W. - Van Wely, L. 1-0
Wojtaszek, R. - Giri, A. -
Carlsen, M. - Saric, I. -
Aronian, L. - Ding, L. 0-1
Caruana, F. - Vachier-Lagrave, M. 0-1
Hou, Y. - Ivanchuk, V. -
Jobava, B. - Radjabov, T. 1-0

1. Carlsen
2. So
2. Vachier
2. Ding
2. Giri
6. Ivanchuk
7. Caruana
8. Radjabov
9. Wojtaszek
9. Aronian
11. Hou
12. Saric
13. VanWely
14. Jobava>

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Score evaluation method: Absolute value of rank deviation Maximum score: 98


60,Golden Executive

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  lostemperor: SQUARE RANKER FINAL

Score evaluation method: Least Squares of rank deviation Maximum score: 910


710,Golden Executive

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  lostemperor: Earnings,UserID

$-25.85,Golden Executive

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  lostemperor: Large Payoff Pair results:
Payoff,Pair result,Winners

$14.00,Ding-above-Caruana, Penguincw (Jackpot!)

$14.00,Ding-equal-Vachier, SwitchingQuylthulg (Jackpot!)

$14.00,Giri-above-Caruana, Karposian (Jackpot!)

$14.00,Ivanchuk-above-Aronian, Penguincw (Jackpot!)

$14.00,Ivanchuk-above-Caruana, Penguincw (Jackpot!)

$14.00,Saric-above-Jobava, Penguincw (Jackpot!)

$14.00,So-above-Caruana, wordfunph (Jackpot!)

$14.00,Vachier-above-Aronian, Penguincw (Jackpot!)

$14.00,Vachier-above-Caruana, Penguincw (Jackpot!)

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  lostemperor: This was an exciting tournament with a lot of surprising results! It fell prey to, <wordfunph>♔♕ and <Penguincw>♔!! Not the faint hearted with strong and daring predictions :)

<Penguincw> even manages to win 6 jackpots with unlikely long shots!

An excellent second place for top chess bookie leader and multiple HOFer <SwitchingQuylthulg>♕! Bronze for <OhioChessFan>♖ (again) and <Karposian>♖!


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  lostemperor: Semi-Jackpots:

$7.00,Ding-equal-Giri, SwitchingQuylthulg + wordfunph

$7.00,Ding-equal-So, Aurora + WannaBe

$7.00,Giri-above-Aronian, Karposian + OhioChessFan

$7.00,Giri-equal-Vachier, SwitchingQuylthulg + WinKing

$7.00,So-above-Aronian, Karposian + wordfunph

$7.00,So-equal-Vachier, chessmoron + WinKing

$7.00,VanWely-above-Jobava, cromat + WannaBe

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  lostemperor: Missed chances:

$0.00,Aronian-equal-Wojtaszek, (0 winners)
$0.00,Ding-above-Aronian, (0 winners)
$0.00,Hou-above-Jobava, (0 winners)
$0.00,Radjabov-above-Aronian, (0 winners)

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  WinKing: Thanks for hosting a lively affair <lostemperor>! With all of the very young players in this tournament it was hard to tell what would happen next. Congratulations to all of the medalists!
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  WannaBe: Thanks, <lostemperor>, for another great contest!!

Will see you for the next one.

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  Penguincw: Wow! Finishing up with 6 jackpots. For whatever reason, whenever you comment on my predictions, I always win a gold. :) I hope my next set of predilections (whenever that will be) will blow you away. ;)

Anyway, thanks for hosting, and congrats to the medalists, especially <wordfunph>, who came close to a triple crown.

BTW: What's the next tournament? Zurich seems good, but it has a small field, so Norway would probably be best.

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  lostemperor: It is no coincidence you also won the betting ranker at <YouRang> forum <Penguincw>!:)

I am not sure when the next attractive tournament is. There will be a strong tournament in Grenke, but in slightly over a week, a bit soon (and not so attractive as Tata)!

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  OhioChessFan: Thanks Yoda. I didn't think I was doing all that well, but I think if So had not won in the last round, I'd have a gold. Very hard tournament in any case. Congratulations to the winners.
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  WannaBe: Don't think anyone thought Aronian would have such a sub-par performance.

I think people also had high expectations of Caruana...

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  YouRang: Thanks <lostemperor> for running the contest.

A regrettably poor showing by me, unless you give points for consistency: third from bottom in all contests!

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Thanks to <lostemperor>, and congratulations to the other medalists!
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  wordfunph: <lostemperor> and to all, thank you :)
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  lostemperor: yes Levon Aronian was disapponting. Sometimes it seems he lack the will to win. Ding Liren and Wesley So however overperformed greatly.
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  lostemperor: To keep track of our top chess players; they will be playing again. Today the strong Gibraltar opec starts http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c... with Topalov, Nakamura, Svidler, Vitiugov, Jakovenko, Yu Yangyi, Harikrishna, Rappor and Hou Yi Fan

Next week a new top tournament starts with Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Aronian, Adams, Bacrot and Naiditsch

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  lostemperor: From Tata, Wei Yi and Hou Yifan go on playing in Gibraltar! It is good when you are young and can play marathon top chess for one month <;)
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  lostemperor: Gibraltar open and Grenke chess classic ended. We are spoiled with so much world class chess after Tata!

Nakamura was a class apart in Gibraltar while Carlsen played strong and enterprising chess in Baden-Baden right untill the armageddon tie breaker blitz against Naiditsch!

Gibraltar open:

1. Nakamura 8.5/10
2. Howell 8/10
3. Hou YiFan, Toplalov, Wei Yi, Harikrishna and 5 more players 7.5/10!

Grenke Chess classic

1. Carlsen 4.5
1. Naiditsch 4.5
3. Adams 4
3. Caruana 4
5. Aronian 3.5
5. Bacrot 3.5
7. Anand 2.5
8. Baramidze 1.5

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