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Canada  Darby

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Age:  62
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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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
2125  1
Class:  Experts
Position:  47 of 185
TimelineCalculation
Rating progress
Highest:  2141
March 19, 2013  
Played games:  2995
Won:  2054
Lost:  382
Draw:  550
Adjourned:  9
Games Feed
Games Archive
Openings
Last 90 daysLast 365 days
Known
77
Usage Ratio • Games • Efficiency
B00 Owen defence: 
24.7%  
D00 Queen's pawn game: 
 6.4%
C00 French defence: 
 5.6%
B01 Scandinavian (centre counte...: 
 4.5%
C45 Scotch game: 
 4.5%
C41 Philidor's defence: 
 4.0%
C41 Philidor: exchange variation: 
 3.6%
Others
 46.7%
Never played:  A26 English: closed system
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
33057
League:  III
Position:  #4
At 2:00 AM GMT Sunday November 18, 2018:
Leaderboard Position Points
All Lightning
Players & Ratings
192 of 8000 8000-192 = 7808
All Blitz
Players & Ratings
54 of 10707 10707-54 = 10653
All Rapid
Players & Ratings
115 of 8652 8652-115 = 8537
All Classic
Players & Ratings
10 of 5804 5804-10 = 5794
Known openings 79
10 x hours played
in the last 30 days
186
 pts = 7808+10653+8537+5794+79+186 = 33 057 
The next round starts at: 1:59 AM GMT Sunday November 25, 2018
Top League:  I
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