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Canada  Darby

Lightning Chess Player
Age:  59
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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Ratings & Games
OverallClassicRapidBlitzLightning
Rapid Rating
2118  1
Class:  Experts
Position:  50 of 204
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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
67
Usage Ratio • Games • Efficiency
B00 Owen defence: 
30.2%  
C45 Scotch game: 
 5.0%
C00 French defence: 
 4.8%
C41 Philidor's defence: 
 4.0%
B01 Scandinavian (centre counte...: 
 4.0%
C44 Scotch opening: 
 3.1%
B30 Sicilian defence: 
 2.9%
Others
 46.0%
Never played:  D06 Queen's Gambit
Tournaments
Tournament Points
4049
Position:  7 of 1433
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Group Tournaments Wins
x 700 x 712 x 497 x 28
TPs  = 3x700+2x712+1x497+1x28 = 4049
Tournaments:  2989
1st Place:  700
2nd Place:  712
3rd Place:  497
Group Tournaments Wins:  28
Other places:  1052
Unknown:  0
Tournaments Archive
Premium Competition
Points
31886
League:  I
Position:  #11
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday August 30, 2015:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
254 of 8527 8527-254 = 8273
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
37 of 6914 6914-37 = 6877
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
107 of 10098 10098-107 = 9991
All Classic
Players & Ratings
14 of 5130 5130-14 = 5116
Tournament
Winners
7 of 1428 1428-7 = 1421
Known openings 67
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
141
 pts = 8273+6877+9991+5116+1421+67+141 = 31 886 
The next recalculation: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday September 6, 2015
Top League:  I
12:00 AM GMT Sunday June 24, 2012
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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
30.2%
127 2 0 0 103 14 8
2 C45 Scotch game
 5.0%
21 17 3 1 0 0 0
3 C00 French defence
 4.8%
20 18 2 0 0 0 0
4 C41 Philidor's defence
 4.0%
17 16 0 0 1 0 0
5 B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
 4.0%
17 15 1 0 0 1 0
6 C44 Scotch opening
 3.1%
13 12 1 0 0 0 0
7 B30 Sicilian defence
 2.9%
12 6 4 2 0 0 0
8 B00 King's pawn opening
 2.6%
11 10 0 1 0 0 0
9 B50 Sicilian
 2.6%
11 8 0 3 0 0 0
10 A10 English opening
 2.6%
11 0 0 0 7 1 3
11 D00 Queen's pawn game
 2.4%
10 0 0 0 10 0 0
12 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 2.1%
9 9 0 0 0 0 0
13 C40 King's knight opening
 2.1%
9 9 0 0 0 0 0
14 D10 QGD Slav defence
 1.9%
8 0 0 0 6 0 2
15 A00 Van't Kruijs opening
 1.7%
7 0 0 0 7 0 0
16 B10 Caro-Kann defence
 1.4%
6 2 0 4 0 0 0
17 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 1.4%
6 2 1 0 0 0 3
18 D00 Queen's pawn: Chigorin variation
 1.4%
6 0 0 0 2 2 2
19 C40 Greco defence
 1.4%
6 5 1 0 0 0 0
20 C40 Damiano's defence
 1.4%
6 6 0 0 0 0 0
21 D02 Queen's pawn game
 1.2%
5 0 0 0 4 1 0
22 C42 Petrov's defence
 1.2%
5 3 1 1 0 0 0
23 B00 KP: Nimzovich defence
 1.0%
4 3 1 0 0 0 0
24 C45 Scotch: Schmidt variation
 1.0%
4 2 2 0 0 0 0
25 A00 Benko's opening
 1.0%
4 0 0 0 4 0 0
26 B20 Sicilian defence
 0.7%
3 2 1 0 0 0 0
27 C45 Scotch game
 0.7%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
28 B02 Alekhine's defence
 0.7%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
29 B01 Scandinavian gambit
 0.7%
3 1 0 2 0 0 0
30 B01 Scandinavian defence
 0.7%
3 1 0 2 0 0 0
31 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack: classical variation
 0.7%
3 0 0 0 2 1 0
32 C42 Petrov: Damiano variation
 0.5%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
33 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 0.5%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
34 D11 QGD Slav: 3.Nf3
 0.5%
2 0 0 0 1 1 0
35 D10 QGD Slav defence: exchange variation
 0.5%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
36 C40 QP counter-gambit (elephant gambit)
 0.5%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
37 A00 Ware (Meadow Hay) opening
 0.5%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
38 A00 Saragossa opening
 0.5%
2 0 0 0 1 0 1
39 A03 Bird's opening
 0.5%
2 0 0 0 1 0 1
40 A06 Reti opening
 0.5%
2 0 0 0 1 0 1
41 D00 Levitsky attack (Queen's bishop attack)
 0.5%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
42 B40 Sicilian defence
 0.5%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
43 B27 Sicilian defence
 0.5%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
44 C44 Ponziani opening
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
45 D00 Queen's pawn, Mason variation
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
46 C45 Scotch: Pulling counter-attack
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
47 C44 Konstantinopolsky opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
48 C45 Scotch: Meitner variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
49 D15 QGD Slav: 4.Nc3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 A00 Polish (Sokolsky) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 A00 Clemenz (Mead's, Basman's or de Klerk's) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 A00 Amar (Paris) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 A00 Dunst (Sleipner, Heinrichsen) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 A00 Mieses opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 A02 Bird's opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 A40 Modern defence
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 0 0 1
57 B00 St. George (Baker) defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
58 B00 KP: Nimzovich defence
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
59 B02 Alekhine's defence: Maroczy variation
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
60 B03 Alekhine's defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
61 B27 Sicilian: Katalimov variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
62 B29 Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rubinstein variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
63 B32 Sicilian defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
64 C00 French: Schlechter variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
65 C40 Gunderam defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
66 C41 Philidor: Larsen variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
67 C41 Philidor: Nimzovich variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0

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