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Canada  Darby

Lightning Chess Player
Age:  58
Occupation:  Customer service/ support
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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OverallClassicRapidBlitzLightning
Rapid Rating
2141  1
Class:  Experts
Position:  5 of 44
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Rating progress
Highest:  2141
March 19, 2013  
Played games:  2792
Won:  1983
Lost:  353
Draw:  447
Adjourned:  9
Personal Games
Favorite Games
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Last 90 daysLast 365 days
Known
79
Usage Ratio • Games • Effectiveness
B00 Owen defence: 
31.8%  
C45 Scotch game: 
 4.9%
B01 Scandinavian (centre counte...: 
 4.4%
C44 Scotch opening: 
 4.3%
C00 French defence: 
 4.1%
D10 QGD Slav defence: 
 3.6%
B50 Sicilian: 
 3.5%
Others
 43.4%
Never played:  A53 Old Indian defence
Openings Report
Tournaments
Tournament Points
4008
Position:  6 of 1384
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Team Tournaments Wins
x 694 x 707 x 484 x 28
TPs  = 3x694+2x707+1x484+1x28 = 4008
Tournaments:  2803
1st Place:  694
2nd Place:  707
3rd Place:  484
Team Tournaments Wins:  28
Other places:  877
Unknown:  13
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Points
5036
League:  I
Position:  #5
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday July 20, 2014:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
105 of 840 840-105 = 735
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
12 of 883 883-12 = 871
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
20 of 924 924-20 = 904
All Classic
Players & Ratings
9 of 805 805-9 = 796
Tournament
Winners
6 of 1384 1384-6 = 1378
Known openings 78
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
274
 pts = 735+871+904+796+1378+78+274 = 5 036 
The next recalculation: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday July 27, 2014
Top League:  I
12:00 AM GMT Sunday June 24, 2012
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Last 90 daysLast 365 days

 Position   Opening  Usage Ratio   Games 
  Win     Lost     Draw     Win     Lost     Draw  
1 B00 Owen defence
31.8%
193 4 0 0 124 25 40
2 C45 Scotch game
 4.9%
30 14 5 11 0 0 0
3 B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
 4.4%
27 16 2 6 1 2 0
4 C44 Scotch opening
 4.3%
26 25 1 0 0 0 0
5 C00 French defence
 4.1%
25 20 4 1 0 0 0
6 D10 QGD Slav defence
 3.6%
22 0 0 0 15 2 5
7 B50 Sicilian
 3.5%
21 8 4 9 0 0 0
8 D00 Queen's pawn game
 3.3%
20 2 0 1 9 1 7
9 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 2.8%
17 14 2 1 0 0 0
10 C41 Philidor's defence
 2.6%
16 15 0 1 0 0 0
11 A10 English opening
 2.6%
16 0 0 0 14 2 0
12 A00 Van't Kruijs opening
 2.3%
14 1 0 0 13 0 0
13 C42 Petrov: Paulsen attack
 1.5%
9 8 1 0 0 0 0
14 C45 Scotch game
 1.5%
9 7 0 2 0 0 0
15 A40 Modern defence
 1.5%
9 0 0 0 1 1 7
16 B30 Sicilian defence
 1.5%
9 4 1 4 0 0 0
17 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 1.3%
8 7 0 1 0 0 0
18 B10 Caro-Kann defence
 1.3%
8 7 1 0 0 0 0
19 D02 Queen's pawn game
 1.2%
7 0 0 0 5 1 1
20 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 1.0%
6 2 1 0 2 1 0
21 A00 Benko's opening
 1.0%
6 0 0 0 5 1 0
22 C40 King's knight opening
 0.8%
5 4 1 0 0 0 0
23 C44 Scotch: Lolli variation
 0.8%
5 4 1 0 0 0 0
24 D00 Queen's pawn: Chigorin variation
 0.7%
4 0 0 0 4 0 0
25 C40 Damiano's defence
 0.7%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
26 C40 QP counter-gambit (elephant gambit)
 0.7%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
27 B27 Sicilian defence
 0.7%
4 3 1 0 0 0 0
28 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 0.7%
4 0 0 0 0 1 3
29 C45 Scotch: Meitner variation
 0.5%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
30 B40 Sicilian defence
 0.5%
3 1 1 1 0 0 0
31 C41 Philidor's defence
 0.5%
3 1 0 2 0 0 0
32 B01 Scandinavian defence
 0.5%
3 1 1 1 0 0 0
33 A00 Polish (Sokolsky) opening
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 3 0 0
34 B00 St. George (Baker) defence
 0.5%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
35 B00 King's pawn opening
 0.5%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
36 C42 Petrov: Damiano variation
 0.3%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
37 C42 Petrov's defence
 0.3%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
38 A00 Anti-Borg (Desprez) opening
 0.3%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
39 C45 Scotch: Schmidt variation
 0.3%
2 0 1 1 0 0 0
40 A40 Queen's pawn: English defence
 0.3%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
41 A00 Saragossa opening
 0.3%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
42 C40 Greco defence
 0.3%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
43 C50 King's pawn game
 0.3%
2 1 0 1 0 0 0
44 D00 Blackmar gambit
 0.3%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
45 A00 Clemenz (Mead's, Basman's or de Klerk's) opening
 0.3%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
46 A00 Grob's attack
 0.3%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
47 B00 KP: Nimzovich defence
 0.3%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
48 D10 QGD Slav defence: exchange variation
 0.3%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
49 B02 Alekhine's defence
 0.3%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
50 A00 Anderssen's opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 C55 Two knights defence (Modern bishop's opening)
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
52 D00 Levitsky attack (Queen's bishop attack)
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 A00 Ware (Meadow Hay) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 C45 Scotch: Pulling counter-attack
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
55 A00 Gedult's opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 D11 QGD Slav: 3.Nf3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
58 C44 Ponziani opening
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
59 D11 QGD Slav: 4.e3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 B03 Alekhine's defence: four pawns attack, 7.Be3
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
61 B02 Alekhine's defence: Mokele Mbembe (Buecker) variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
62 B01 Scandinavian gambit
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
63 B28 Sicilian: O'Kelly variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
64 B00 Reversed Grob (Borg/Basman defence/macho Grob)
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
65 B54 Sicilian
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
66 B00 Barnes defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
67 C00 French: Schlechter variation
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
68 C20 KP: Lopez opening
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
69 B00 Corn stalk defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
70 C40 Gunderam defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
71 A41 Queen's Pawn
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
72 C40 Latvian counter-gambit
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
73 A16 English opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 C41 Philidor: Philidor counter-gambit
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
75 A09 Reti opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 A06 Reti opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 C41 Philidor: Nimzovich variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
78 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack: Indian variation
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 C42 Petrov three knights game
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0

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