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Canada  Darby

Lightning Chess Player
Age:  57
Occupation:  Sales/ marketing/ advertising
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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24.12.2003

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OverallClassicRapidBlitzLightning
Rapid Rating
2141  1
Class:  Experts
Position:  5 of 46
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Rating progress
Highest:  2141
March 19, 2013  
Played games:  2692
Won:  1936
Lost:  343
Draw:  406
Adjourned:  7
Personal Games
Favorite Games
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Last 90 daysLast 365 days
Known
92
Usage Ratio • Games • Effectiveness
B00 Owen defence: 
30.5%  
C45 Scotch game: 
 6.1%
C00 French defence: 
 4.5%
D00 Queen's pawn game: 
 4.2%
B01 Scandinavian (centre counte...: 
 3.9%
C41 Philidor's defence: 
 3.8%
A10 English opening: 
 2.4%
Others
 44.6%
Never played:  E84 King's Indian: Saemisch, Pa...
Openings Report
Tournaments
Tournament Points
3977
Position:  6 of 3645
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Team Tournaments Wins
x 691 x 702 x 472 x 28
TPs  = 3x691+2x702+1x472+1x28 = 3977
Tournaments:  2726
1st Place:  691
2nd Place:  702
3rd Place:  472
Team Tournaments Wins:  28
Other places:  817
Unknown:  16
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Points
7471
League:  I
Position:  #5
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday April 20, 2014:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
104 of 871 871-104 = 767
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
15 of 913 913-15 = 898
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
18 of 952 952-18 = 934
All Classic
Players & Ratings
9 of 807 807-9 = 798
Tournament
Winners
6 of 3643 3643-6 = 3637
Known openings 92
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
345
 pts = 767+898+934+798+3637+92+345 = 7 471 
The next recalculation: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday April 27, 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
30.5%
308 16 0 0 236 24 32
2 C45 Scotch game
 6.1%
62 45 10 7 0 0 0
3 C00 French defence
 4.5%
45 42 2 1 0 0 0
4 D00 Queen's pawn game
 4.2%
42 4 0 1 30 4 3
5 B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
 3.9%
39 25 6 8 0 0 0
6 C41 Philidor's defence
 3.8%
38 36 1 1 0 0 0
7 A10 English opening
 2.4%
24 0 0 0 19 3 2
8 B50 Sicilian
 2.1%
21 15 2 4 0 0 0
9 C45 Scotch game
 2.0%
20 8 2 10 0 0 0
10 D00 Queen's pawn, Mason variation
 2.0%
20 0 0 0 17 2 1
11 B30 Sicilian defence
 2.0%
20 7 3 10 0 0 0
12 A00 Van't Kruijs opening
 1.9%
19 0 0 0 15 3 1
13 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 1.9%
19 7 0 2 7 2 1
14 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 1.8%
18 15 1 2 0 0 0
15 C42 Petrov: Paulsen attack
 1.7%
17 15 1 1 0 0 0
16 D10 QGD Slav defence
 1.6%
16 0 0 0 12 3 1
17 B00 King's pawn opening
 1.5%
15 10 4 1 0 0 0
18 C44 Scotch opening
 1.4%
14 14 0 0 0 0 0
19 D02 Queen's pawn game
 1.3%
13 0 0 0 9 2 2
20 C42 Petrov's defence
 1.3%
13 12 0 1 0 0 0
21 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 1.2%
12 3 0 0 5 3 1
22 C40 King's knight opening
 1.1%
11 9 1 1 0 0 0
23 B10 Caro-Kann defence
 1.1%
11 10 1 0 0 0 0
24 A40 Modern defence
 1.1%
11 0 0 0 4 3 4
25 C40 Damiano's defence
 1.1%
11 11 0 0 0 0 0
26 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 1.1%
11 9 2 0 0 0 0
27 D10 QGD Slav defence: exchange variation
 1.0%
10 0 0 0 3 4 3
28 A00 Polish (Sokolsky) opening
 1.0%
10 0 0 0 9 1 0
29 A06 Reti opening
 0.7%
7 0 0 0 7 0 0
30 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack: classical variation
 0.6%
6 2 4 0 0 0 0
31 C42 Petrov: Damiano variation
 0.5%
5 5 0 0 0 0 0
32 B01 Scandinavian: Pytel-Wade variation
 0.5%
5 5 0 0 0 0 0
33 C45 Scotch: Schmidt variation
 0.5%
5 4 1 0 0 0 0
34 A00 Benko's opening
 0.5%
5 0 0 0 4 0 1
35 A00 Grob's attack
 0.4%
4 0 0 0 4 0 0
36 C40 Greco defence
 0.4%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
37 B00 KP: Nimzovich defence
 0.4%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
38 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack: modern variation
 0.4%
4 1 1 2 0 0 0
39 B01 Scandinavian gambit
 0.4%
4 3 0 1 0 0 0
40 D00 Queen's pawn: Chigorin variation
 0.4%
4 0 0 0 3 0 1
41 A40 Queen's pawn: English defence
 0.4%
4 0 0 0 2 1 1
42 C41 Philidor's defence
 0.3%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
43 C40 QP counter-gambit (elephant gambit)
 0.3%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
44 A03 Bird's opening
 0.3%
3 0 0 0 2 1 0
45 A02 Bird's opening
 0.3%
3 0 0 0 1 2 0
46 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack
 0.3%
3 2 1 0 0 0 0
47 B01 Scandinavian defence
 0.3%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
48 C44 Scotch: Lolli variation
 0.3%
3 2 1 0 0 0 0
49 C41 Philidor: Philidor counter-gambit
 0.2%
2 1 1 0 0 0 0
50 C41 Philidor: Hanham variation
 0.2%
2 1 0 1 0 0 0
51 A00 Mieses opening
 0.2%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
52 A00 Anderssen's opening
 0.2%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
53 A00 Ware (Meadow Hay) opening
 0.2%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
54 B00 St. George (Baker) defence
 0.2%
2 1 1 0 0 0 0
55 B00 KP: Nimzovich defence
 0.2%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
56 B01 Scandinavian: Icelandic gambit
 0.2%
2 1 1 0 0 0 0
57 A45 Queen's pawn game
 0.2%
2 1 0 0 0 0 1
58 B20 Sicilian: Steinitz variation
 0.2%
2 1 0 1 0 0 0
59 B32 Sicilian defence
 0.2%
2 0 1 1 0 0 0
60 B54 Sicilian
 0.2%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
61 C20 KP: Lopez opening
 0.2%
2 1 1 0 0 0 0
62 C50 King's pawn game
 <0.1%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
63 D00 Blackmar gambit
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 D02 Queen's pawn game, Chigorin variation
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
65 A00 Clemenz (Mead's, Basman's or de Klerk's) opening
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 C45 Scotch: Meitner variation
 <0.1%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
67 A00 Dunst (Sleipner, Heinrichsen) opening
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 A00 Amar (Paris) opening
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
69 D11 QGD Slav: 3.Nf3
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
70 C53 Giuoco Piano
 <0.1%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
71 D15 QGD Slav: 4.Nc3
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 D31 QGD: 3.Nc3
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 C55 Two knights defence (Modern bishop's opening)
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
74 B00 Barnes defence
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
75 B00 Corn stalk defence
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
76 B02 Alekhine's defence
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
77 B03 Alekhine's defence
 <0.1%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
78 A40 Queen's pawn
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
79 A13 English opening
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
80 B32 Sicilian: Labourdonnais-Loewenthal variation
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
81 B40 Sicilian defence
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
82 B54 Sicilian: Prins (Moscow) variation
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
83 C00 Lengfellner system
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
84 C20 King's pawn game
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
85 C23 Bishop's opening
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
86 C40 Gunderam defence
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
87 C40 Latvian counter-gambit
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
88 A00 Anti-Borg (Desprez) opening
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 C41 Philidor: Larsen variation
 <0.1%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
90 A00 Saragossa opening
 <0.1%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
91 C44 King's pawn game
 <0.1%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
92 C44 Ponziani opening
 <0.1%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0

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