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Is there perhaps just a tincy little bit of intellectual snobbery creeping into all this rating business, who cares so long as we are having fun :-)
7 years of zhe thread. Wow!
2800 or bust
Well, chess is a snobbish game. Yes, it's a game that anyone can play, but it's an intellectual version of arm-wrestling. Ratings are just the way of measuring how many chumps you've beaten (or lost to). The bigger the rating the more intellectual brawn you have. So yeah, it's snobbish. But that's what competitive chess is about, competition.
Well I am competitive, not that it's getting me as many wins as I would like, just between you and me though I would love to have a high rating then maybe people would think I was intellingent too ;) Perhapse I am a closet intellectual snob after all !!!
I think 9999 (which is impossible) is the best rating
Ellie, you can improve your game greatly ... simply decide that one of your next books will be a book on chess, and study. What worked for me was a book called something like "the 64 most instructive games of chess." with each one teaching a particular strategy. You'll be surprised at how "intellectual" you will feel after a few victories. Come to think of it, I should follow my own advice!!!
What's a good rating? The best theory on here: 150 higher than you are now!
Hunter, you mean 62 games?http://www.amazon.com/Most-Instructive-Games-Chess-Played/dp/0486273024Excellent recommendation!
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