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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
2117  -24
Class:  Experts
Position:  54 of 223
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Rating progress
Highest:  2141
March 19, 2013  
Played games:  2981
Won:  2045
Lost:  381
Draw:  546
Adjourned:  9
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Last 90 daysLast 365 days
Known
76
Usage Ratio • Games • Efficiency
B00 Owen defence: 
30.8%  
C45 Scotch game: 
 5.8%
C00 French defence: 
 5.0%
D00 Queen's pawn game: 
 4.2%
C41 Philidor's defence: 
 3.9%
B01 Scandinavian (centre counte...: 
 3.6%
D10 QGD Slav defence: 
 2.9%
Others
 43.8%
Never played:  E92 King's Indian: classical variation
Tournaments
Tournament Points
4049
Position:  7 of 1422
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Group Tournaments Wins
x 700 x 712 x 497 x 28
TPs  = 3x700+2x712+1x497+1x28 = 4049
Tournaments:  2978
1st Place:  700
2nd Place:  712
3rd Place:  497
Group Tournaments Wins:  28
Other places:  1038
Unknown:  3
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Points
30441
League:  I
Position:  #16
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday June 28, 2015:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
441 of 6955 6955-441 = 6514
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
41 of 7053 7053-41 = 7012
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
125 of 10119 10119-125 = 9994
All Classic
Players & Ratings
15 of 5173 5173-15 = 5158
Tournament
Winners
7 of 1422 1422-7 = 1415
Known openings 77
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
271
 pts = 6514+7012+9994+5158+1415+77+271 = 30 441 
The next recalculation: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday July 5, 2015
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
30.8%
190 5 0 0 144 24 17
2 C45 Scotch game
 5.8%
36 29 5 2 0 0 0
3 C00 French defence
 5.0%
31 28 3 0 0 0 0
4 D00 Queen's pawn game
 4.2%
26 0 0 0 21 5 0
5 C41 Philidor's defence
 3.9%
24 22 0 1 1 0 0
6 B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
 3.6%
22 16 4 0 1 0 1
7 D10 QGD Slav defence
 2.9%
18 0 0 0 10 4 4
8 B50 Sicilian
 2.4%
15 8 1 6 0 0 0
9 B30 Sicilian defence
 2.4%
15 9 3 3 0 0 0
10 C44 Scotch opening
 2.3%
14 13 1 0 0 0 0
11 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 2.1%
13 11 2 0 0 0 0
12 A00 Van't Kruijs opening
 1.8%
11 0 0 0 9 2 0
13 B10 Caro-Kann defence
 1.6%
10 5 0 5 0 0 0
14 A10 English opening
 1.6%
10 0 0 0 5 1 4
15 D00 Queen's pawn, Mason variation
 1.5%
9 0 0 0 6 1 2
16 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 1.5%
9 5 2 0 0 0 2
17 C40 Greco defence
 1.5%
9 8 1 0 0 0 0
18 D00 Queen's pawn: Chigorin variation
 1.3%
8 0 0 0 6 1 1
19 C40 King's knight opening
 1.1%
7 7 0 0 0 0 0
20 C45 Scotch game
 1.1%
7 5 2 0 0 0 0
21 C45 Scotch: Schmidt variation
 1.0%
6 3 2 1 0 0 0
22 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 1.0%
6 6 0 0 0 0 0
23 B00 King's pawn opening
 1.0%
6 5 0 1 0 0 0
24 C40 Damiano's defence
 1.0%
6 6 0 0 0 0 0
25 A00 Benko's opening
 0.8%
5 0 0 0 5 0 0
26 D02 Queen's pawn game
 0.8%
5 0 0 0 4 1 0
27 B27 Sicilian: Hungarian variation
 0.6%
4 1 0 3 0 0 0
28 C41 Philidor: Nimzovich variation
 0.6%
4 1 0 3 0 0 0
29 C41 Philidor: Hanham variation
 0.6%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
30 A06 Reti opening
 0.6%
4 0 0 0 3 0 1
31 B01 Scandinavian gambit
 0.6%
4 0 2 2 0 0 0
32 B01 Scandinavian defence
 0.6%
4 1 1 2 0 0 0
33 A00 Dunst (Sleipner, Heinrichsen) opening
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 3 0 0
34 B54 Sicilian
 0.5%
3 2 0 1 0 0 0
35 A00 Mieses opening
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 3 0 0
36 A00 Polish (Sokolsky) opening
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 2 1 0
37 D00 Levitsky attack (Queen's bishop attack)
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 3 0 0
38 B20 Sicilian defence
 0.5%
3 2 1 0 0 0 0
39 C42 Petrov's defence
 0.5%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
40 C42 Petrov: Paulsen attack
 0.5%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
41 C42 Petrov: Damiano variation
 0.5%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
42 C44 Ponziani opening
 0.5%
3 0 0 3 0 0 0
43 B00 KP: Nimzovich defence
 0.5%
3 1 0 2 0 0 0
44 C40 QP counter-gambit (elephant gambit)
 0.3%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
45 D10 QGD Slav defence: exchange variation
 0.3%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
46 B32 Sicilian defence
 0.3%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
47 B27 Sicilian: Katalimov variation
 0.3%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
48 B27 Sicilian defence
 0.3%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
49 B22 Sicilian: Alapin's variation (2.c3)
 0.3%
2 0 0 2 0 0 0
50 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack: classical variation
 0.3%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
51 A00 Saragossa opening
 0.3%
2 0 0 0 1 0 1
52 B00 Carr's defence
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
53 B00 Corn stalk defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
54 C45 Scotch: Meitner variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
55 A15 English, 1...Nf6 (Anglo-Indian defense)
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 A03 Bird's opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
57 A00 Ware (Meadow Hay) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
58 A00 Amar (Paris) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 A00 Grob's attack
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 D11 QGD Slav: 3.Nf3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
61 D11 QGD Slav: 4.e3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 D15 QGD Slav: 4.Nc3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
63 C45 Scotch: Pulling counter-attack
 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 B01 Scandinavian: Icelandic gambit
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
66 C44 Ponziani: Jaenisch counter-attack
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
67 B02 Alekhine's defence: Brooklyn defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
68 B02 Alekhine's defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
69 B03 Alekhine's defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
70 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
71 B12 Caro-Kann defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
72 C41 Philidor: Larsen variation
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
73 B29 Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rubinstein variation
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
74 B32 Sicilian: Labourdonnais-Loewenthal variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
75 B40 Sicilian defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
76 C02 French: advance, Paulsen attack
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0

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