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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
2117  -24
Class:  Experts
Position:  41 of 215
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Rating progress
Highest:  2141
March 19, 2013  
Played games:  2985
Won:  2046
Lost:  381
Draw:  549
Adjourned:  9
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Openings
Last 90 daysLast 365 days
Known
71
Usage Ratio • Games • Efficiency
B00 Owen defence: 
31.3%  
C00 French defence: 
 5.4%
B01 Scandinavian (centre counte...: 
 4.6%
C41 Philidor's defence: 
 4.6%
C45 Scotch game: 
 4.4%
D00 Queen's pawn game: 
 4.0%
D10 QGD Slav defence: 
 2.8%
Others
 42.9%
Never played:  B46 Sicilian: Taimanov 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:  2984
1st Place:  700
2nd Place:  712
3rd Place:  497
Group Tournaments Wins:  28
Other places:  1047
Unknown:  0
Tournaments Archive
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Points
29325
League:  I
Position:  #15
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday July 26, 2015:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
261 of 6750 6750-261 = 6489
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
40 of 6885 6885-40 = 6845
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
111 of 9266 9266-111 = 9155
All Classic
Players & Ratings
14 of 5264 5264-14 = 5250
Tournament
Winners
7 of 1422 1422-7 = 1415
Known openings 71
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
100
 pts = 6489+6845+9155+5250+1415+71+100 = 29 325 
The next recalculation: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday August 2, 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
31.3%
179 5 0 0 136 24 14
2 C00 French defence
 5.4%
31 28 3 0 0 0 0
3 B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence
 4.6%
26 21 2 0 1 1 1
4 C41 Philidor's defence
 4.6%
26 25 0 0 1 0 0
5 C45 Scotch game
 4.4%
25 20 3 2 0 0 0
6 D00 Queen's pawn game
 4.0%
23 0 0 0 20 3 0
7 D10 QGD Slav defence
 2.8%
16 0 0 0 10 2 4
8 B50 Sicilian
 2.6%
15 9 1 5 0 0 0
9 C44 Scotch opening
 2.6%
15 14 1 0 0 0 0
10 B30 Sicilian defence
 2.5%
14 9 2 3 0 0 0
11 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 1.9%
11 10 1 0 0 0 0
12 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 1.8%
10 4 2 0 0 0 4
13 A00 Van't Kruijs opening
 1.6%
9 0 0 0 9 0 0
14 B10 Caro-Kann defence
 1.6%
9 4 0 5 0 0 0
15 A10 English opening
 1.4%
8 0 0 0 4 1 3
16 D00 Queen's pawn: Chigorin variation
 1.2%
7 0 0 0 5 1 1
17 C40 King's knight opening
 1.2%
7 7 0 0 0 0 0
18 C40 Greco defence
 1.1%
6 5 1 0 0 0 0
19 C45 Scotch: Schmidt variation
 1.1%
6 3 2 1 0 0 0
20 B00 King's pawn opening
 1.1%
6 5 0 1 0 0 0
21 C45 Scotch game
 1.1%
6 4 2 0 0 0 0
22 C42 Petrov's defence
 0.9%
5 4 0 1 0 0 0
23 D00 Queen's pawn, Mason variation
 0.9%
5 0 0 0 4 0 1
24 D02 Queen's pawn game
 0.9%
5 0 0 0 4 1 0
25 C41 Philidor: exchange variation
 0.9%
5 5 0 0 0 0 0
26 C40 Damiano's defence
 0.9%
5 5 0 0 0 0 0
27 B01 Scandinavian defence
 0.7%
4 1 1 2 0 0 0
28 C42 Petrov: Damiano variation
 0.7%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
29 B01 Scandinavian gambit
 0.7%
4 0 2 2 0 0 0
30 A00 Benko's opening
 0.7%
4 0 0 0 4 0 0
31 C41 Philidor: Hanham variation
 0.7%
4 4 0 0 0 0 0
32 B54 Sicilian
 0.5%
3 2 0 1 0 0 0
33 C41 Philidor: Nimzovich variation
 0.5%
3 2 0 1 0 0 0
34 B32 Sicilian defence
 0.5%
3 3 0 0 0 0 0
35 B27 Sicilian: Hungarian variation
 0.5%
3 1 0 2 0 0 0
36 A00 Polish (Sokolsky) opening
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 2 1 0
37 B20 Sicilian defence
 0.5%
3 2 1 0 0 0 0
38 A00 Dunst (Sleipner, Heinrichsen) opening
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 3 0 0
39 D00 Levitsky attack (Queen's bishop attack)
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 3 0 0
40 A06 Reti opening
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 2 0 1
41 A00 Mieses opening
 0.5%
3 0 0 0 3 0 0
42 C44 Ponziani opening
 0.4%
2 0 0 2 0 0 0
43 C42 Petrov: Paulsen attack
 0.4%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
44 D10 QGD Slav defence: exchange variation
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
45 A00 Ware (Meadow Hay) opening
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 2 0 0
46 A00 Saragossa opening
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 1 0 1
47 C40 QP counter-gambit (elephant gambit)
 0.4%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
48 A01 Nimzovich-Larsen attack: classical variation
 0.4%
2 0 0 0 1 1 0
49 B00 KP: Nimzovich defence
 0.4%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
50 B02 Alekhine's defence
 0.4%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
51 B40 Sicilian defence
 0.4%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
52 B27 Sicilian defence
 0.4%
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
53 C45 Scotch: Meitner variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
54 D11 QGD Slav: 3.Nf3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 0 1 0
55 D15 QGD Slav: 4.Nc3
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 C45 Scotch: Pulling counter-attack
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
57 C44 Konstantinopolsky opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
58 B29 Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rubinstein variation
 0.2%
1 0 0 1 0 0 0
59 B27 Sicilian: Katalimov variation
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
60 B12 Caro-Kann defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
61 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 B03 Alekhine's defence
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
63 B01 Scandinavian: Icelandic gambit
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
64 B00 Reversed Grob (Borg/Basman defence/macho Grob)
 0.2%
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
65 B00 Carr's defence
 0.2%
1 0 1 0 0 0 0
66 A40 Modern defence
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 0 0 1
67 A15 English, 1...Nf6 (Anglo-Indian defense)
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 A03 Bird's opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
69 A00 Amar (Paris) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 A00 Clemenz (Mead's, Basman's or de Klerk's) opening
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0
71 A00 Grob's attack
 0.2%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0

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