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Canada  Darby

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Age:  61
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
5.2.2006

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24.12.2003
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7.11.2017
Canada


2004

2004

2005

2012

 
2142

Elo
29.3.2013
 
2140

Elo
25.2.2013
 
2141

Elo
19.3.2013
 
2140

Elo
10.3.2013


Ratings & Games
OverallClassicRapidBlitzLightning
Rapid Rating
2122  1
Class:  Experts
Position:  34 of 170
TimelineCalculation
Rating progress
Highest:  2141
March 19, 2013  
Played games:  2991
Won:  2050
Lost:  382
Draw:  550
Adjourned:  9
Games Feed
Games Archive
Openings
Last 90 daysLast 365 days
Known
66
Usage Ratio • Games • Efficiency
B00 Owen defence: 
31.6%  
C45 Scotch game: 
 6.1%
D00 Queen's pawn game: 
 5.3%
C41 Philidor's defence: 
 5.0%
C41 Philidor: exchange variation: 
 3.7%
C00 French defence: 
 3.4%
C40 King's knight opening: 
 2.9%
Others
 42.0%
Never played:  A34 English: symmetrical variation
Openings Report
Tournaments
Tournament Points
0
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Group Tournaments Wins
x 0 x 0 x 0 x 0
TPs  = 3x0+2x0+1x0+1x0 = 0
Tournaments:  2989
1st Place:  0
2nd Place:  0
3rd Place:  0
Group Tournaments Wins:  0
Other places:  0
Unknown:  2989
Tournaments Archive
Premium Competition
Points
30947
League:  III
Position:  #12
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday November 19, 2017:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
130 of 7443 7443-130 = 7313
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
29 of 7079 7079-29 = 7050
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
99 of 10996 10996-99 = 10897
All Classic
Players & Ratings
13 of 5542 5542-13 = 5529
Known openings 66
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
92
 pts = 7313+7050+10897+5529+66+92 = 30 947 
The next round starts at: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday November 26, 2017
Top League:  I
12:00 AM GMT Sunday June 24, 2012
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