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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 42
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Rating progress
Highest:  2141
March 19, 2013  
Played games:  2801
Won:  1987
Lost:  356
Draw:  449
Adjourned:  9
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Openings
Last 90 daysLast 365 days
Known
78
Usage Ratio • Games • Efficiency
B00 Owen defence: 
31.1%  
C45 Scotch game: 
 4.6%
B01 Scandinavian (centre counte...: 
 4.4%
C00 French defence: 
 4.2%
C44 Scotch opening: 
 4.1%
B50 Sicilian: 
 3.7%
D10 QGD Slav defence: 
 3.7%
Others
 44.2%
Never played:  A93 Dutch: stonewall, Botwinnik ...
Tournaments
Tournament Points
4012
Position:  6 of 1384
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Team Tournaments Wins
x 695 x 707 x 485 x 28
TPs  = 3x695+2x707+1x485+1x28 = 4012
Tournaments:  2808
1st Place:  695
2nd Place:  707
3rd Place:  485
Team Tournaments Wins:  28
Other places:  884
Unknown:  9
Tournaments Archive
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Points
5077
League:  I
Position:  #5
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday July 27, 2014:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
122 of 850 850-122 = 728
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
11 of 893 893-11 = 882
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
20 of 930 930-20 = 910
All Classic
Players & Ratings
8 of 811 811-8 = 803
Tournament
Winners
6 of 1384 1384-6 = 1378
Known openings 80
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
296
 pts = 728+882+910+803+1378+80+296 = 5 077 
The next recalculation: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday July 3, 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
31.1%
176 5 0 0 114 21 36
2 C45 Scotch game
 4.6%
26 12 4 10 0 0 0
3 B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
 4.4%
25 15 2 5 1 2 0
4 C00 French defence
 4.2%
24 19 4 1 0 0 0
5 C44 Scotch opening
 4.1%
23 23 0 0 0 0 0
6 B50 Sicilian
 3.7%
21 7 4 10 0 0 0
7 D10 QGD Slav defence
 3.7%
21 0 0 0 14 2 5
8 D00 Queen's pawn game
 3.4%
19 2 0 1 9 1 6
9 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 3.2%
18 15 2 1 0 0 0
10 A10 English opening
 2.7%
15 0 0 0 13 2 0
11 C41 Philidor's defence
 2.5%
14 12 1 1 0 0 0
12 A00 Van't Kruijs opening
 2.3%
13 1 0 0 12 0 0
13 B30 Sicilian defence
 1.6%
9 4 1 4 0 0 0
14 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 1.6%
9 8 0 1 0 0 0
15 A40 Modern defence
 1.4%
8 0 0 0 1 0 7
16 C42 Petrov: Paulsen attack
 1.4%
8 7 1 0 0 0 0
17 C45 Scotch game
 1.2%
7 6 0 1 0 0 0
18 D02 Queen's pawn game
 1.1%
6 0 0 0 4 1 1
19 A00 Benko's opening
 1.1%
6 0 0 0 5 1 0
20 C40 QP counter-gambit (elephant gambit)
 1.1%
6 6 0 0 0 0 0
21 B10 Caro-Kann defence
 1.1%
6 6 0 0 0 0 0
22 C40 King's knight opening
 0.9%
5 4 1 0 0 0 0
23 C44 Scotch: Lolli variation
 0.9%
5 4 1 0 0 0 0
24 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 0.9%
5 2 1 0 2 0 0
25 B27 Sicilian defence
 0.7%
4 3 1 0 0 0 0
26 C40 Damiano's defence
 0.7%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
27 B40 Sicilian defence
 0.5%
3 1 1 1 0 0 0
28 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 0 1 2
29 C45 Scotch: Schmidt variation
 0.5%
3 0 2 1 0 0 0
30 C45 Scotch: Meitner variation
 0.5%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
31 B01 Scandinavian defence
 0.5%
3 1 1 1 0 0 0
32 C41 Philidor's defence
 0.5%
3 1 0 2 0 0 0
33 B00 St. George (Baker) defence
 0.5%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
34 D10 QGD Slav defence: exchange variation
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 3 0 0
35 D00 Queen's pawn: Chigorin variation
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 3 0 0
36 C44 Ponziani opening
 0.4%
2 1 1 0 0 0 0
37 C42 Petrov's defence
 0.4%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
38 A00 Polish (Sokolsky) opening
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
39 A00 Grob's attack
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
40 A00 Clemenz (Mead's, Basman's or de Klerk's) opening
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
41 A00 Saragossa opening
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
42 A00 Anti-Borg (Desprez) opening
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
43 A06 Reti opening
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
44 A40 Queen's pawn: English defence
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
45 B00 King's pawn opening
 0.4%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
46 D00 Blackmar gambit
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
47 C50 King's pawn game
 0.4%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
48 B02 Alekhine's defence
 0.4%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
49 C44 King's pawn game
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 C42 Petrov three knights game
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
51 C42 Petrov: Damiano variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
52 C55 Two knights defence (Modern bishop's opening)
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
53 D11 QGD Slav: 3.Nf3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 D11 QGD Slav: 4.e3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 C45 Scotch: Pulling counter-attack
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
56 A00 Anderssen's opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 A00 Ware (Meadow Hay) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
58 A00 Gedult's opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
60 A09 Reti opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
61 A41 Queen's Pawn
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
62 B00 Corn stalk defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
63 B00 Barnes defence
 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 B00 KP: Nimzovich defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
66 B01 Scandinavian gambit
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
67 B02 Alekhine's defence: Mokele Mbembe (Buecker) variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
68 B03 Alekhine's defence: four pawns attack, 7.Be3
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
69 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
70 B28 Sicilian: O'Kelly variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
71 B54 Sicilian
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
72 C00 French: Schlechter variation
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
73 C20 KP: Lopez opening
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
74 C40 Gunderam defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
75 C40 Greco defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
76 C40 Latvian counter-gambit
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
77 C41 Philidor: Philidor counter-gambit
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
78 C41 Philidor: Nimzovich variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0

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