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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.]


30.1.2006
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OverallClassicRapidBlitzLightning
Rapid Rating
2141  1
Class:  Experts
Position:  16 of 129
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Rating progress
Highest:  2141
March 19, 2013  
Played games:  2896
Won:  2024
Lost:  374
Draw:  489
Adjourned:  9
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Last 90 daysLast 365 days
Known
60
Usage Ratio • Games • Efficiency
B00 Owen defence: 
40.6%  
C45 Scotch game: 
 5.6%
C41 Philidor's defence: 
 4.6%
D00 Queen's pawn game: 
 3.7%
B01 Scandinavian (centre counte...: 
 3.7%
C00 French defence: 
 3.2%
B50 Sicilian: 
 2.7%
Others
 35.9%
Never played:  E01 Catalan: closed
Tournaments
Tournament Points
4047
Position:  6 of 1401
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Team Tournaments Wins
x 700 x 711 x 497 x 28
TPs  = 3x700+2x711+1x497+1x28 = 4047
Tournaments:  2875
1st Place:  700
2nd Place:  711
3rd Place:  497
Team Tournaments Wins:  28
Other places:  938
Unknown:  1
Tournaments Archive
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Points
20356
League:  I
Position:  #9
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday December 21, 2014:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
178 of 5030 5030-178 = 4852
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
38 of 4512 4512-38 = 4474
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
56 of 6120 6120-56 = 6064
All Classic
Players & Ratings
15 of 3410 3410-15 = 3395
Tournament
Winners
6 of 1401 1401-6 = 1395
Known openings 60
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
116
 pts = 4852+4474+6064+3395+1395+60+116 = 20 356 
The next recalculation: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday December 28, 2014
Top League:  I
12:00 AM GMT Sunday June 24, 2012
Canada Darby
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Last 90 daysLast 365 days

 Position   Opening  Usage Ratio   Games 
  Win     Lost     Draw     Win     Lost     Draw  
1 B00 Owen defence
40.6%
166 9 3 0 120 19 15
2 C45 Scotch game
 5.6%
23 19 2 2 0 0 0
3 C41 Philidor's defence
 4.6%
19 16 2 1 0 0 0
4 D00 Queen's pawn game
 3.7%
15 0 0 1 11 2 1
5 B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
 3.7%
15 7 5 1 1 1 0
6 C00 French defence
 3.2%
13 10 3 0 0 0 0
7 B50 Sicilian
 2.7%
11 7 2 2 0 0 0
8 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 2.4%
10 6 1 0 0 1 2
9 C44 Scotch opening
 2.2%
9 9 0 0 0 0 0
10 B00 King's pawn opening
 2.2%
9 4 1 3 1 0 0
11 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 2.0%
8 8 0 0 0 0 0
12 C45 Scotch game
 2.0%
8 7 1 0 0 0 0
13 A00 Van't Kruijs opening
 1.7%
7 0 0 0 5 0 2
14 C40 King's knight opening
 1.5%
6 6 0 0 0 0 0
15 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 1.5%
6 1 0 0 2 1 2
16 A00 Benko's opening
 1.5%
6 0 0 0 5 0 1
17 C42 Petrov's defence
 1.2%
5 3 2 0 0 0 0
18 D00 Queen's pawn, Mason variation
 1.0%
4 0 0 0 4 0 0
19 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 1.0%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
20 A10 English opening
 1.0%
4 0 0 0 3 0 1
21 B40 Sicilian defence
 1.0%
4 3 0 1 0 0 0
22 A06 Reti opening
 1.0%
4 0 0 0 4 0 0
23 C50 King's pawn game
 0.7%
3 2 0 1 0 0 0
24 D10 QGD Slav defence: exchange variation
 0.7%
3 0 0 0 2 1 0
25 D10 QGD Slav defence
 0.7%
3 0 0 0 0 1 2
26 C41 Philidor: Hanham variation
 0.5%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
27 C41 Philidor's defence
 0.5%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
28 C40 Greco defence
 0.5%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
29 D02 Queen's pawn game
 0.5%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
30 B32 Sicilian: Labourdonnais-Loewenthal variation
 0.5%
2 1 0 1 0 0 0
31 B30 Sicilian defence
 0.5%
2 1 0 1 0 0 0
32 C45 Scotch: Schmidt variation
 0.5%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
33 B10 Caro-Kann defence
 0.5%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
34 B00 St. George (Baker) defence
 0.5%
2 1 0 1 0 0 0
35 C44 Scotch: Lolli variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
36 D00 Queen's pawn: Chigorin variation
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
37 C44 King's pawn game
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
38 D15 QGD Slav: 4.Nc3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
39 C42 Petrov: Damiano variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
40 D00 Blackmar gambit
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 C42 Petrov: Paulsen attack
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
42 C45 Scotch: Meitner variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
43 A00 Grob's attack
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 A00 Clemenz (Mead's, Basman's or de Klerk's) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 A00 Saragossa opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
46 A00 Anti-Borg (Desprez) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack: classical variation
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 A10 English: Anglo-Dutch defense
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
49 A40 Queen's pawn
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
50 A40 Modern defence
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 0 0 1
51 A41 Queen's Pawn
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
52 B00 KP: Nimzovich defence
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
53 B22 Sicilian: Alapin's variation (2.c3)
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
54 B28 Sicilian: O'Kelly variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
55 C00 French: King's Indian attack
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 C20 KP: Indian opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
57 C20 KP: Lopez opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
58 C40 Damiano's defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
59 C41 Philidor: Philidor counter-gambit
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
60 C41 Philidor: Larsen variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0

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