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Could You Be The Best In The World?

I was absent-mindedly looking through the official FIDE chess ratings when it occurred to me that although I'm never going to be the best chess player in the world (I still wince a bit as I admit that simple fact), I could still potentially be the best "Ryan" in the world (contrary to popular belief, my first name is not Sonof Tongue out).

So I had a check and...the highest rated Ryan on the FIDE list is rated 2310. I don't have an official rating any more, but I never got anywhere near that so my immediate hopes have been dashed. Still, it's not an impossible target but since I'm now the wrong side of 40 I need to get better fast!

If you want to find out if you're the best player with your first name (or surname) then try using the search facility at the FIDE ratings website*. Be warned, if your name is Magnus you're gonna be disappointed...Wink

 

*top search tip - sort by descending rating and leave a space before and after your name - this searches for exact matches. When I didn't do this the result included other names e.g. Bryan. Yell

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    drumdaddy

    It's official! I'm the top 'drumdaddy' in the universe. 

  • 3 years ago

    Gileslewey

    There's one Giles at 2300 something, but he's flagged for inactivity. The other's 1980 so I think that's probably do-able :)

  • 3 years ago

    KhawerAmirKhan

    If I get any rating at all, I will be the higest rated Khawer. 

  • 3 years ago

    Frittles

    Wow. Only 15 people named Casey versus 112 named Magnus! I had no idea my name was more unique than Magnus! And 2060 is much more doable than 2835!

  • 3 years ago

    meiklejohn

    I had no one come up when I typed in my name so I am the best person to play chess for me first name. [= But for my surname I got two results and one had no rating the other had 1562, so I will chase that down.

    (I always have been trying to get my rateing to 1500 but i have never made it yet.)

  • 3 years ago

    checkmate_89

    I'm disappointed, my first name is Emmanuel (yes, I know, different spelling but you get the point). More disappointing to those whose first names are Robert,Gary,Anatoly,Magnus,and so on.

  • 3 years ago

    Ziryab

    The other Ziryab died a few years after introducing chess to Europe.

  • 3 years ago

    stubborn_d0nkey

    If ever I get a rating, Gelfand would be wary

  • 3 years ago

    kipoph

    Should  I ever get a rating I will be the best Navot in the world

  • 3 years ago

    MikeyObviously

    Stupid Michael Adams with his stupid awesome first name

  • 3 years ago

    Garreh

    Since I spell my name with one 'r' I only have to beat 2300ish

    Happy days

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ NimzoRoy - not if you follow my search tip! Smile

  • 3 years ago

    NimzoRoy

    Since my first name is Roy does that mean I have to compete with all the players named ArROYo? 

  • 3 years ago

    gxtmfa

    I feel very sorry for all the Garrys.

  • 3 years ago

    sandypants

    Another option is to become a serial killer.

  • 3 years ago

    NM iFrancisco

    @ brfc " I'm certianly going to try! My life ambition is to be a GM Laughing Who knows?! I've only been playing 3 and a half years and am at a near 2000 standard. Maybe I started a bit too late, but it's not stopping me!"

    There is a pretty big jump from 2000 to master/FM (about the same as 1200-2000, I would say) and then an even larger gap to GM. As with many other competitve sports/games, the better you get the more you realize how bad/flawed you actually are Yell. Nothing wrong with dreaming big though!

    On topic, highest rating for my surname (out of 7) so at least I could hang my hat on that!

  • 3 years ago

    corpsporc

    Dang, 2625 (Robert Hess)

  • 3 years ago

    rupnaylak

    mine is less than 1500. cool!

  • 3 years ago

    gxtmfa

    Garrett, and luckily no one ever called me Garry.

  • 3 years ago

    chessmaster102

    I'm the only jaylen with a y in the world who's rated so I'm best automatically yaySmile

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