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Canada  Darby

Lightning Chess Player
Age:  57
Occupation:  Sales/ marketing/ advertising
Country:  Canada
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Time for a new photo. The hat is a type of derby, which in England is often called a darby. This particular specimen is a top-of-the-line number (like yours truly, heh heh) made with only the finest of materials and construction techniques.

My mother taught me to play chess when I was four. Just over 50 years later I am still learning the game. I'll never be the next Bobby Fischer but if I can keep my ratings high enough to start with 2's then at least I'll be in the same time zone as that greatest of players (sorry, Mr. Kasparov, but I'm too old to switch favourites).

The players I fear most on this site aren't the ones who are clearly at Master level or better, but the 800-pound gorillas whom I have the misfortune of getting pounded by just as they are starting to work their way up the rankings.
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On Sunday, May 27, 2012, I had the extraordinary good luck to finally take down the nearly invincible Daniel Flores. In the Gold-medal final of the 95th Olympic Open Blitz Tournament, we played a 2-game match. Up to this time I had lost every game in every category I'd ever played against him. On this day, however, the first game ended in a draw and I won the second on time, even though my position on the board in each game was in trouble. This is by far the best victory I've ever achieved in chess. It is the highlight of my otherwise miserable relationship with this most mentally demanding of games. Thank you, Mr. Flores, for making my year!
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On Thursday, August 30, 2012, I achieved a goal I had previously thought impossible... 2100+ ratings across all categories. I held this particular honour for all of about 12 hours, then the next day promptly lost a couple of Lightning games to C-class players and I've been struggling ever since to recover. C'est la vie. Makes me respect all the more those players who achieve 2300 or better and hold those numbers with authority. [Addendum: yesterday, September 22, 2012, I finally returned to 2100+ glory. Now I've set my default search parameter to unrated games only so that I can concentrate on tournaments.]
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On Friday, September 14, 2012, I finally reached the #8 position in the all-time tournament winners list. This accomplishment is significant only because InstantChess has this peculiar way of recognizing only the top EIGHT in certain lists, i.e., the one just mentioned, and the 30-day tournament winners list found on the General page. Getting to the #8 spot has earned me another one of those badges they put on your profile. The #7 spot should be mine in a few days, but after that it's hard slogging. And never mind trying to catch Mike58 for the top position. That's like a Porsche trying to catch a Bugatti Veyron. Ain't never gonna happen in this lifetime. [Addendum: the #7 spot is now mine, but #6 is another 1,000 points away... I should live so long.]
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So now InstantChess is awarding profile badges for how many games we've played, i.e., 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000. I've got all four of those badges, as do several other players I know. I suspect the next badge in this series is for 100,000 games, and who knows? Maybe I'll be first to get it. But I suspect those who stick primarily to 1-minute Lightning games will have the edge in that department. My Gosh, what a glorious waste of time this all is! And I love every minute of it. [Addendum: I just discovered today, Sunday, September 23, 2012, that anatolij of Russia has played over 165,000 games!! And counting! And yes, the next badge is for 100,000. His Lightning count alone exceeds 150,000. So I guess the NEXT badge in the series is... 200,000? I don't think IC has come with the next badge yet -- maybe they think nobody has even cracked 100,000.]


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2141  1
Class:  Experts
Position:  6 of 46
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Highest:  2141
March 19, 2013  
Played games:  2698
Won:  1941
Lost:  344
Draw:  406
Adjourned:  7
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Known
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Usage Ratio • Games • Effectiveness
B00 Owen defence: 
30.4%  
C45 Scotch game: 
 5.9%
C00 French defence: 
 4.4%
D00 Queen's pawn game: 
 4.3%
C41 Philidor's defence: 
 4.2%
B01 Scandinavian (centre counte...: 
 3.9%
A10 English opening: 
 2.3%
Others
 44.6%
Never played:  E62 King's Indian: fianchetto vari...
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Tournament Points
3977
Position:  6 of 3646
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Team Tournaments Wins
x 691 x 702 x 472 x 28
TPs  = 3x691+2x702+1x472+1x28 = 3977
Tournaments:  2730
1st Place:  691
2nd Place:  702
3rd Place:  472
Team Tournaments Wins:  28
Other places:  822
Unknown:  15
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7471
League:  I
Position:  #5
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday April 20, 2014:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
104 of 871 871-104 = 767
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
15 of 913 913-15 = 898
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
18 of 952 952-18 = 934
All Classic
Players & Ratings
9 of 807 807-9 = 798
Tournament
Winners
6 of 3643 3643-6 = 3637
Known openings 92
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
345
 pts = 767+898+934+798+3637+92+345 = 7 471 
The next recalculation: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday April 27, 2014
Top League:  I
12:00 AM GMT Sunday June 24, 2012
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4155th Swiss Open Classic Tournament
April 2, 2014 3:11 PM – April 7, 2014 3:11 PM GMT
Swiss
Facility:  Live
Colors:  Random
Duration:  5 days
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Classic
Time per Player:  30 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  4 - 16
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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525th Olympic Open Blitz Tournament
March 15, 2014 6:35 PM – April 14, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
Olympic
Facility:  Live
Colors:  By turns
Games:  2 per Match
Duration:  4 weeks
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Blitz
Time per Player:  5 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  8
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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Russian Federation D-r23
2nd Place
Canada Darby
3rd Place
England qc22

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509th Olympic Open Blitz Tournament
March 7, 2014 10:33 PM – April 6, 2014 10:33 PM GMT
Olympic
Facility:  Live
Colors:  By turns
Games:  2 per Match
Duration:  4 weeks
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Blitz
Time per Player:  5 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  8
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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4099th Swiss Open Classic Tournament
March 7, 2014 12:43 AM – March 12, 2014 12:43 AM GMT
Swiss
Facility:  Live
Colors:  Random
Duration:  5 days
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Classic
Time per Player:  30 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  4 - 16
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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4098th Swiss Open Rapid Tournament
March 6, 2014 5:07 PM – March 11, 2014 5:07 PM GMT
Swiss
Facility:  Live
Colors:  Random
Duration:  5 days
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Rapid
Time per Player:  15 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  4 - 16
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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4095th Swiss Open Classic Tournament
March 5, 2014 9:41 PM – March 10, 2014 9:41 PM GMT
Swiss
Facility:  Live
Colors:  Random
Duration:  5 days
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Classic
Time per Player:  30 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  4 - 16
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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4078th Swiss Open Rapid Tournament
February 25, 2014 7:13 PM – March 2, 2014 7:13 PM GMT
Swiss
Facility:  Live
Colors:  Random
Duration:  5 days
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Rapid
Time per Player:  15 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  4 - 16
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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4067th Swiss Open Classic Tournament
February 19, 2014 11:28 AM – February 24, 2014 11:28 AM GMT
Swiss
Facility:  Live
Colors:  Random
Duration:  5 days
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Classic
Time per Player:  30 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  4 - 16
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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4066th Swiss Open Rapid Tournament
February 19, 2014 12:57 AM – February 24, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
Swiss
Facility:  Live
Colors:  Random
Duration:  5 days
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Rapid
Time per Player:  15 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  4 - 16
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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469th Olympic Open Blitz Tournament
February 16, 2014 6:57 AM – March 18, 2014 6:57 AM GMT
Olympic
Facility:  Live
Colors:  By turns
Games:  2 per Match
Duration:  4 weeks
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Blitz
Time per Player:  5 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  8
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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457th Olympic Open Blitz Tournament
February 4, 2014 1:31 AM – March 6, 2014 1:31 AM GMT
Olympic
Facility:  Live
Colors:  By turns
Games:  2 per Match
Duration:  4 weeks
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Blitz
Time per Player:  5 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  8
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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3504th Swiss Regular Blitz Tournament
January 31, 2014 10:00 PM – February 1, 2014 12:00 AM GMT
Swiss
Facility:  Live
Colors:  Random
Duration:  2 hours
Game:  Classic Chess
Clock:  Blitz
Time per Player:  5 minutes
Increment:  0 seconds
Rated Games:  No
Players:  4 - 16
Classes:  All Classes (except Computer Players)
Countries:  All


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