39 ( +1 | -1 ) Whats the real rating?I play some what better with live chess,probably because I focuse better,but my 1824 rating on uschess live seems a little overdone.I have kept this rating steadily for over a month,and it has not gone down,and I was wondering what my actual rating would be,or if that rating is the official rating since it is done by uschess?
21 ( +1 | -1 ) that is only speed-chess ratingUS chess live is all speed-chess, totally different rating. Your gameknoe rating is probably more accurate to compare with tournament play where the games take a few hours.
18 ( +1 | -1 ) i can tell you your rating ..go play in over the board fide tournaments and after you have finished 25 games .. thats your real rating . anything else is an approximation that is bound to be off .
57 ( +1 | -1 ) Zoo man...You hit the nail on the head... On-line ratings mean nothing... Only live, over the board, chess playing will account for your real elo rating... There are to many questions on-line that negate the rating there... Example: Is this really you playing?... Or is it the latest Fritz program or Chess Master 8000?... Only on line can this fact be covered up... Now try doing this live, over a chess board... Its hard to hide a chess program in person... Though I had a few kids try... Anyone will try anything for money...
70 ( +1 | -1 ) On-line ratingsmean something to me. I have been playing email, postal and now GK for a very long time. My USCF CC rating is aroud 2100. I know that I do not use chess engines and the like and really do not worry if my opponent is doing so. I give all my opponents the benefit of the doubt that they are not getting any analysis from chess engines. That is the only way I can enjoy the game. If I worried about that I could not enjoy the game and would not play.
I can no longer play OTB chess because of health and other reasons therefore Correspondence Chess is my only medium for playing or I would have to give up the game. Yes, my on-line, email and correspondence ratings do mean something to me. Chuck
22 ( +1 | -1 ) yesall internet ratings are off, and 30 min is fast I prefere and play better in 60+ and i got a few 1800 uscf rated friends that wont play 30 min either. you need to play otb to know what your rating realy is,
i think it's kind of funny. we answered tulkos at the same time........ 3 hours after he asked his question!!!
115 ( +1 | -1 ) otb chessAt the urging of my chess coach I went to an OTB tournament. It was held in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA. The room was badly lit, the chairs were uncomfortable. But I won my first two games and went to my hotel feeling kind of "up." When I went for a drink at the hotel I was assaulted by people wearing cheese on their heads and a woman with a gross mustache. Her boyfriend (a large man) got angry at me and asked what I thought was wrong with "his woman"
I pretended to go to the john but actually went back to my room and locked all the doors and hid under the bed.
By the next day my back was killing because of the "M. De Sade" chairs and I withdrew from the tournament.
The t.d. said I could do that but then I could have no chance at winning a trophy for best unrated.
I thought about that - I looked at the cheap trophy, I thought about my back and I told him -
"I think that is fair."
But on the way out, the visiting chess master - one V. Pupols - yelled something incomprehensible to me.
I said - "Excuse me?"
He said - "I just said I surrender. I'm putting my hands up. Don't shoot. I know how to say that in seventeen different languages."
The life of a traveling chess master is not an easy one.
That is my one experience with otb tournaments. You can have it.
16 ( +1 | -1 ) ThanksChris for sharing that with us, great stuff :-))
Best wishes Cairo
49 ( +1 | -1 ) otbI don't know if the otb Wisconsin chess tournament is biographical or just a humorous anectdote. But judging all tournaments by your first tournament is kind of like judging all women by your first date. The experience in the bar could happen anyplace and has nothing to do with the tournament. But it's good you mention Vic Pupols, the Seattle master. He is a legend here in the Northwest. He's been winning tournaments in these parts for 50 yrs. He has many Grandmaster scalps on his belt including "Bobby". He was instrumental in the developement of Seirawan.