The Open File
by Life Master Mike Petersen (Zug)
Only 2700's Need Apply
NOTE to all those who read this article:
I started this tournament with the goal of having some really good games you can find all in one spot, along with the idea of maybe finding out who can really play against others of his/her rating on this site.
I did NOT start this tournament, nor write this article, for idiots and trolls to claim all the participants are cheaters. The vast majority of you do not do this, but if you can't find something else to say, then please do not respond in the comments area.
So, if you've been able to put up with this note, then read on - with my thanks.
Who's the best player at chess.com? Yes, there is a top-rated player (ouachita), but that doesn't necessarily mean he's the best player. The ratings of all the highest players are pretty close.
That's why I decided to host a tournament of only the very highest rated players at chess.com. In order to keep it relatively exclusive, I made it an "invitation only" tournament, and sent invites to all the top players on the first page of the rating list. Unfortunately, only 10 decided to play. A couple of players politely declined via email, stating they had too many games going on at the moment, but for the most part I received no replies from the ones who decided not to play. I was disappointed, but there's one thing I know will come out of this - a lot of great games!
Here are some interesting tidbits about this tournament:
- The average rating of the participants is 2760.
- If this were a FIDE tournament, it would be a Category 21.
- The highest rated player is vovuha at 2879.
- The lowest rated player is burgerkingchess at 2690.
- In the crosstable below, the number after each player's rating is their current position on the rating list.
- The average position on the rating list of all the players is 22.6, so pick either 22 or 23, your choice.
Here is a copy of the current crosstable. If you want to follow the games (and I highly recommend that you do), click on the tournament name.
ONLY 2700'S NEED APPLY
So, follow along, and let's see who the best really is!
Round 1 Crosstable as of 8-9-09:
1 2 3 4 5 Score Tie Break
1. vovuha (2879-2) X X _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 0 0
2. johndyson (2806-10) _ _ X X _ _ _ _ _ _ 0 0
3. AlexK (2792-12) _ _ _ _ X X ½ _ _ _ 0 0
4. NM Zug (2725-31) _ _ _ _ ½ _ X X _ _ 0 0
5. burgerkingchess (2690-41) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ X X 0 0
1 2 3 4 5 Score Tie Break
1. agora (2702-37) X X ½ ½ ½ _ _ _ _ _ 1.5 1.25
2. tmrnambissan (2779-16) ½ ½ X X _ _ _ _ _ _ 1.0 1.50
3. gbsalvio (2734-28) _ ½ _ _ X X _ _ _ _ 0.5 0.75
4. julianlore (2780-15) _ _ _ _ _ _ X X _ _ 0 0
5. NM mrbill (2712-34) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ X X 0 0
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