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tulkos 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?
taoistlunatic 21 ( +1 | -1 )
that is only speed-chess rating US 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.
tulkos 17 ( +1 | -1 )
oops, I forgot to say that this was my standard chess rating,with most of the games taking 30 minutes and Blitz rating is 1546.I am not very good at blitz.
tulkos 0 ( +1 | -1 )
does anyone know?
poisonedpawn78 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 .
zoobrenok 16 ( +1 | -1 )
I think I think you have "real" rating only when you play for money/living.

As long as you play for fun, you will never know you "real" rating.
brobishkin 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...

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chuckventimiglia 70 ( +1 | -1 )
On-line ratings mean 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.
triangulator 22 ( +1 | -1 )
yes all 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,

tulkos 2 ( +1 | -1 )
otb? whats that?
premium_steve 2 ( +1 | -1 )
otb>>> over the board
ajgoldsby 2 ( +1 | -1 )
OTB (Over the board)
ajgoldsby 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Sorry Premium_Steve didnt mean to repeat you :o)
premium_steve 12 ( +1 | -1 )
no problem.... :<l )

i think it's kind of funny. we answered tulkos at the same time........ 3 hours after he asked his question!!!

nottop 115 ( +1 | -1 )
otb chess At 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.

cairo 16 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks Chris for sharing that with us, great stuff :-))

Best wishes
tonlesu 49 ( +1 | -1 )
otb I 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.