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Every 400 rating points in USCF is a qualitative leap in chess performance.
IMO, anyone can make USCF 1600 with a little sweat and a touch of O.C.D. And they can do it in 1-2 years, at most. Otherwise consider taking up bridge instead.
But breaking USCF 2000 or 2200 is a different matter all together.
USCF 1800 presently represents the top 10 percent of active tournament players. 2000 is the top 7 percent. And every rating point above 2000 comes with great effort.
Don't kid yourself. Just because the Polgar sister did it is no argument that EVERYONE can somehow become a titled player. Just ain't gonna happen.
Everyone above USCF 1800 is very good with the Black pieces and very good in the endgame. It's a qualitative leap, every 400 points. The average person will only make the leap once or (perhaps) twice. After that, all bets are off whether they can go any higher.
Expert Class (2000-2199) is a more typical endpoint for the average "chess fanatic." Class A would satisfy most people.
If you can play chess at a reasonable strength level (say Class A), and at a reasonable speed (say G/15 through G/60), what's not to like?
At most? Ouch, guess I was riding the short bus for quite a long time.
If chessplaying and IQ were truly correlated, we wouldn't keep seeing this idiotic topic being posted here.
lol...well, once again we seem to have run into one of those arbitrary "The Level Which Any Reasonably Intelligent Person Can Be Expected To Achieve" statements.
I thought these questions had been settled a long time ago:
Reasonably intelligent person: 1800
Unreasonably intelligent person: 1700
Reasonably unintelligent person: 1500 (I've maxed out my talent - hurray!!)
Unreasonably unintelligent person: 1400
Although it might not be pc to admit it, yes, there certainly is a correlation between IQ and chess strength.
There is a correlation between IQ and doing anything well. This ain't exactly rocket science. And btw you're hardly likely to find anybody less PC than I am (to me that acronym still, and always, refers only to computers).
I just hope we're not talking USCF ratings...
There is a correlation between IQ and doing anything well. This ain't exactly rocket science.
**ciljettu is not a rocket scientist. Must google search jockeys**
I pretty proud of this game.
I have to say that high intelligence might lead to good chess but their analytical abilities might be extremely poor.
I guess I am unreasonable sometimes, or am I ....
Honestly trysts I'm not getting you. Could you speak in plain English?
It was a joke about you being about an inch shorter than I
IQ is a very complex term. We can not relate it with only one thing.
Yeah, I thought it was a silly statement too. I would dare to say most US tournament players don't make 1600 in "at most 2 years" In fact the average adult tourney player is under 1600 anyway, and the core of adult players has been around for quite a bit longer than 2 years.
Well, that doesn't help.
Ah, that's what I call going for the jugular.
And how do you spell it?
"Can't spell VW but I got a Porsche..."
Albert Einstein tried to play chess but was hopeless at it.
What I was going to say.
I know a woman with an IQ of two hundred and forty...but she can't change a car tyre...experts are baffled...
i think that to reach anything higher than low master, we need to have learned and gotten serious about the game in our formative years. expert is probably all i have hopes for and i've been playing for ten years. just desitined to suck.
If you can call expert sucking...
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