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Canada  Darby

Lightning Chess Player
Age:  60
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.]
League
IV


30.1.2006
5.2.2006

Since
24.12.2003
99 %
Premium
Players

20.8.2016
Canada


2004

2004

2005

2012

 
2142

Elo
29.3.2013
 
2140

Elo
25.2.2013
 
2141

Elo
19.3.2013
 
2140

Elo
10.3.2013


Ratings & Games
OverallClassicRapidBlitzLightning
Rapid Rating
2118  1
Class:  Experts
Position:  34 of 158
TimelineCalculation
Rating progress
Highest:  2141
March 19, 2013  
Played games:  2988
Won:  2047
Lost:  382
Draw:  550
Adjourned:  9
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Openings
Last 90 daysLast 365 days
Known
62
Usage Ratio • Games • Efficiency
B00 Owen defence: 
28.9%  
D00 Queen's pawn game: 
 7.7%
C00 French defence: 
 6.2%
C45 Scotch game: 
 5.2%
C41 Philidor's defence: 
 4.6%
B01 Scandinavian (centre counte...: 
 3.7%
C44 Scotch opening: 
 3.4%
Others
 40.3%
Never played:  B83 Sicilian: Scheveningen, 6.Be2
Tournaments
Tournament Points
0
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Group Tournaments Wins
x 0 x 0 x 0 x 0
TPs  = 3x0+2x0+1x0+1x0 = 0
Tournaments:  2989
1st Place:  0
2nd Place:  0
3rd Place:  0
Group Tournaments Wins:  0
Other places:  0
Unknown:  2989
Tournaments Archive
Premium Competition
Points
27933
League:  IV
Position:  #5
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday August 28, 2016:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
418 of 6858 6858-418 = 6440
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
34 of 6964 6964-34 = 6930
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
93 of 9204 9204-93 = 9111
All Classic
Players & Ratings
12 of 5284 5284-12 = 5272
Known openings 62
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
118
 pts = 6440+6930+9111+5272+62+118 = 27 933 
The next round starts at: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday September 4, 2016
Top League:  I
12:00 AM GMT Sunday June 24, 2012
Canada Darby
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Openings Report


Last 90 daysLast 365 days

 Position   Opening  Usage Ratio   Games 
  Win     Lost     Draw     Win     Lost     Draw  
1 B00 Owen defence
28.9%
94 3 1 0 78 11 1
2 D00 Queen's pawn game
 7.7%
25 0 0 0 22 3 0
3 C00 French defence
 6.2%
20 18 2 0 0 0 0
4 C45 Scotch game
 5.2%
17 16 1 0 0 0 0
5 C41 Philidor's defence
 4.6%
15 14 1 0 0 0 0
6 B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
 3.7%
12 11 0 0 0 1 0
7 C44 Scotch opening
 3.4%
11 11 0 0 0 0 0
8 D10 QGD Slav defence
 3.1%
10 0 0 0 6 3 1
9 A00 Van't Kruijs opening
 2.5%
8 0 0 0 7 1 0
10 A00 Benko's opening
 2.2%
7 0 0 0 6 0 1
11 C40 King's knight opening
 2.2%
7 7 0 0 0 0 0
12 B30 Sicilian defence
 1.5%
5 4 1 0 0 0 0
13 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 1.5%
5 5 0 0 0 0 0
14 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 1.2%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
15 C45 Scotch game
 1.2%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
16 A00 Mieses opening
 1.2%
4 0 0 0 4 0 0
17 B50 Sicilian
 1.2%
4 3 1 0 0 0 0
18 B00 King's pawn opening
 0.9%
3 2 1 0 0 0 0
19 A06 Reti opening
 0.9%
3 0 0 0 2 1 0
20 B00 KP: Nimzovich defence
 0.9%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
21 C41 Philidor's defence
 0.9%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
22 C40 Damiano's defence
 0.9%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
23 C40 Greco defence
 0.9%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
24 C55 Two knights defence (Modern bishop's opening)
 0.9%
3 2 1 0 0 0 0
25 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 0.9%
3 2 1 0 0 0 0
26 D00 Queen's pawn, Mason variation
 0.9%
3 0 0 0 3 0 0
27 B40 Sicilian defence
 0.9%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
28 B32 Sicilian defence
 0.6%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
29 D02 Queen's pawn game
 0.6%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
30 A00 Polish (Sokolsky) opening
 0.6%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
31 A13 English opening
 0.6%
2 0 0 0 1 1 0
32 B00 Fred
 0.6%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
33 A00 Dunst (Sleipner, Heinrichsen) opening
 0.6%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
34 A10 English opening
 0.6%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
35 B00 KP: Colorado counter
 0.6%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
36 C42 Petrov: Damiano variation
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
37 C44 Ponziani: Jaenisch counter-attack
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
38 C44 Scotch: Lolli variation
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
39 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack: classical variation
 0.3%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 C45 Scotch: Pulling counter-attack
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
41 C45 Scotch: Schmidt variation
 0.3%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
42 A00 Anti-Borg (Desprez) opening
 0.3%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
43 A00 Saragossa opening
 0.3%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 A00 Clemenz (Mead's, Basman's or de Klerk's) opening
 0.3%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
45 D00 Levitsky attack (Queen's bishop attack)
 0.3%
1 0 0 0 0 0 1
46 D00 Queen's pawn: Chigorin variation
 0.3%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 A00 Grob's attack
 0.3%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 C42 Petrov's defence
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
49 C41 Philidor: Nimzovich, Rellstab variation
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
50 B00 St. George (Baker) defence
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
51 C40 Latvian counter-gambit
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
52 C40 QP counter-gambit (elephant gambit)
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
53 B01 Scandinavian: Pytel-Wade variation
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
54 B01 Scandinavian gambit
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
55 B02 Alekhine's defence
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
56 B10 Caro-Kann defence
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
57 B20 Sicilian: Steinitz variation
 0.3%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
58 B40 Sicilian defence
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
59 B22 Sicilian: Alapin's variation (2.c3)
 0.3%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
60 B27 Sicilian defence
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
61 B27 Sicilian: Quinteros variation
 0.3%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
62 B27 Sicilian: Katalimov variation
 0.3%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0

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