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Please welcome <Golden Executive> as the new contest manager!


Love chess.
Wish I were better at it.

About my peculiar moniker, "YouRang":

There used to be a show on American TV called "The Addams Family". One of the characters was a creepy 6'9" zombie-like butler named "Lurch" (pictured in my avatar, with a rare smile). In the show, someone would summon Lurch with the bell-pull (a hangman rope), which would make a loud GONG sound, and Lurch would promptly appear and say (in a deep voice), <"You rang?"> (sample: Kind of a dumb show really, yet it has long had cult-like following. Recently many original episodes became available on DVD (

Anyway, I picked "YouRang" for my user name because I was out of my mind at the time, but I'm better now.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Glorious accomplishments:

- 2005 Co-winner of <"Best Avatar" Caissar>! (thank you! thank you!)

- 2006 Biel prediction contest (1st place [tie] in final standings prediction)

- 2006 User name "YouRang" named among top 100 TV catch-phrases (

- 2007 Defeated GM Arno Nickel (with the help of 2000+ other members & their computers) in the classic: Chessgames Challenge: The World vs A Nickel, 2006

- 2007 Took 1st place (tie) in <lostemperor>'s Final Standing prediction contest for the Linares tournament

- 2008 Defeated GM Gert Jan Timmerman (with the help of 3000+ other members & their computers) in the classic: The World vs G Timmerman, 2007

- 2009 Achieved a draw with the black pieces in my rematch with GM Arno Nickel (with help of 2000+ other members and their computers) in the classic: Chessgames Challenge: A Nickel vs The World, 2008

- 2010 On May 6, User: thegoodanarchist spotted a license plate that said "URANGG", presumably in honor of my moniker.

- 2010 Finished in top 25 with 2,200 chessbucks in Summer leg of chessbookie. (Just 2 bets: predicted Ponomariov was winner of Dortmund, and Caruana as winner of Biel).

- 2010 Won a silver medal in 123 Ranker for the Pearl Spring tournament. (It would have been gold except <Winter> stole it with a fantastic perfect final round. Grrr...)

- 2011 Won gold in <lostemperor>'s Wijk aan Zee 2011 Final Standings prediction contest by finishing in first place for all 3 contests -- absolute ranker, least-squares ranker, and pair betting ranker! Yee-haw!

- 2011 Won silver medal in 123 Ranker for Bilbao tournament.

- 2011 I was honored in a cartoon:! [Thanks to <Blunderdome> for finding this]

- 2011 Won gold in <lostemperor>'s Tal Memorial 2011 Final Standings prediction contest.

- 2012 A pun I suggested for for the game Akobian vs The World, 2011 ended up winning the <Best Pun> Caissar award! In that game, the World team used a queen sac to force a draw with a flourish. The pun: "Drawma Queen".

- 2012 Won silver and bronze in <lostemperor>'s Wijk Aan Zee 2012 Final Standings prediction contests.

- 2012 Won a bronze in Betting Ranker for the Dortmund 2012 tournament. A complete surprise.

- 2012 At LOOONG last, I managed to make it into my own <Game Prediction Hall of Fame> by winning two golds in Biel 2012 -- both first place ties in Standard Ranker and 123 Ranker :-)

- 2012 Won gold in <lostemperor>'s Bilbao 2012 Final Standings prediction contest.

- 2012 Defeated GM Varuzhan Akobian (with the help of *only* 1500+ other members & their computers) in the classic: Chessgames Challenge: The World vs Akobian, 2012

- 2013 Succeeded in completing a full year without any glorious accomplishments!

- 2014 Defeated GM Simon Kim Williams with the black pieces (with the help of 1100+ other members & their computers) in the classic: Chessgames Challenge: S Williams vs The World, 2013

- 2014 Won two medals in the World Chess Candidates tournament prediction contest: Silver in Betting Ranker and bronze in 123 Ranker.

- 2014 Had a late surge to win two medals in the Norway 2014 prediction contest. Gold (shared 5 ways) in 123 Ranker, and Bronze in Standard Ranker. Also won a silver in <lostemperor>'s Final Standings Betting contest, so it's sort of a perfect sweep: One medal of every color. :-)

- 2014 Defeated Super-GM Arkadij Naiditsch (with some assistance by 1400+ other members & their computers) in the classic: Chessgames Challenge: The World vs Naiditsch, 2014. Some hocus-pocus was involved.

- 2015 Won the <Best Avatar Caissar> award for the 2nd time (see first glorious accomplishment above). I don't like to brag, but (here comes some bragging) this victory has been described as "a small landslide" (The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #1506))

- 2016 Won yet another <Best Avatar Caissar> award for the third time (see 2005 and 2015). Unlike last year's "small landslide", this election was very close, and it even involved a "Steve Harvey-esque" winner-announcement fiasco:

(1)The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #1820)

(2) The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #1895)

I wouldn't want to have <The Caissars>'s job, lol.

- 2017 Took a break from

- 2018 Won a Caissar for <Most Constructive>, tied with <WinKing>, which is a very nice honor. I should take breaks from more often!

>> Click here to see YouRang's game collections.

   YouRang has kibitzed 17860 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-27-19 lostemperor chessforum (replies)
YouRang: Thank you <lostemperor> for hosting. I had been stinking up the rankers the whole tournament, so I was very surprised to see myself standing on the (crowded) bronze medal podium. There must have been a big shakeup in the standings during the latter rounds. Congrats to the ...
   Jan-27-19 Golden Executive chessforum (replies)
YouRang: Thanks <Golden Executive>. Very pleased to have made off with a bronze medal. A rare event for me. :-) Congrats to all the other big winners.
   Jan-10-19 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
YouRang: <Penguincw: Hi <YouRang>. Hope life is treating you well, and have a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays+New Years. :)> Hi <Penguincw>. I don't post here as often as I used to, but I did notice your kind well-wishes. Life is treating me okay, and I hope the same for ...
   Jul-31-18 YouRang chessforum (replies)
YouRang: <thegoodanarchist>, Well I am still just stunned by the terrible news about Daniel Freeman. I certainly didn't know Daniel well -- I had a few private emails with him over the years, as well as some public exchanges. I've come to understand that he was also User: Sneaky , ...
   Jul-30-18 chessforum (replies)
YouRang: Oh wow - I just saw the awful news about Daniel's death. I had suspected that maybe there were some personal issues to explain the non-response by to the reported problems on the Biel tournament page, but this is a completely unexpected jolt. I'm sure that there's much more ...
   Jul-25-18 N Georgiadis vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
YouRang: Computer analysis: After <26.Rxa7> [DIAGRAM] Carlsen played <26...Rh7>, which was well-met by <27.Rc8>, leading to a drawish game. It looks like Carlsen would have be winning with 26...Rc8!! [DIAGRAM] Ultimately, using the rook to pave the way for the h-pawn to
   Jul-03-18 Team White vs Team Black, 2017 (replies)
YouRang: Oop - Ignore my previous comment - Move 55 was the last move. :-p
   Apr-16-18 WinKing chessforum (replies)
YouRang: <WinKing> Very sorry to hear the sad news. Losing your mom is one of life's worst days. If you're like me, your mind is probably flooded with memories of her, and right now those memories sting a bit. However, over time the sting goes away and those memories will be your most ...
   Mar-16-18 Ponomariov vs D Baramidze, 2014 (replies)
YouRang: This game has an extremely rare quality: It's a serious game that ended with one player having <two bishops on the same colored squares>! [DIAGRAM] Note *two* LSBs for white (Ponomariov).
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