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When i first started on this site. I wanted to be the best 1200 player. As time passed, i was bumped up to 1400 (online). Just kept improving (and losing) but never thought about my rating til i reached 1700. I believe if i stay at that rating, i am cool because there are alot of players at that level that are better than i am. I'm currently 1800+ (online) but i'm no better than i am than i was at 1200. The difference being in my experience, that's it. For me, i'll probably plateau at this rating because it:s more of an hobby and i'm comfortable with my play (right now).
Ratings aren't an true measure of chess ability. You are. Don't ever make the mistake of judging yourself by others.
But since chess is a competition, that's rather unavoidable, isn't it? lol
I judge the opinions that I read here by the ratings of the posters. If they have high ratings, I know they are oxygen deprived and cannot be expected to make sense.
Hm. I think what's unavoidable is being judged by others (in terms of rating). Even in competition, you don't mean to say just because you're 100pts below your opponent you'd automatically sell yourself short? That.."lol"..you couldn't possibly win? Ratings can't measure the Heart, Will, and commitment one has.
(The air where i'm at is just fine, thankyouveddymuch, it's just the alcohol that i drink that makes me "quirky" sometimes. Heh)
For many top level chess people (1800+) a large percentage of their moves are simply "autopilot" because they've used them before with much success. Not to mention, they've played so many times and found what works in various attacks, defending certain positions etc.
Autopilot is a strange and inaccurate metaphor for pattern recognition.
Autopiolwt is good wording
By definition: "Good" would mean either better then bad or better then others. Once you define that your answer can be answered properly. If you're a 1200 you would annihilate any random person of the street, all day! But 1200 on here and you're likely to be full rookie (not bad, never bad in chess - just improving ;). So my answer is a 1200 here is good to someone that isn't an active chess player, but I'd say 1600 on here and you're getting good. I'm only 1400-1500 but I still get beaten by "rookies" sometimes lol. Just love it, it comes easy when you do...
To me good isnt really an elo number, but rather how consistently the person plays and how well they know the great murky middle game. Anyone can learn an opening book, it doesnt take much skill just being able to memorize someone elses work. Anyone can learn the basic endgame mechanics such as how to mate with a rook and a king against a king. The middle game is where the real skill of a chess player begins to show. A good chess player to me has the ability to show some thinking on their own in a consistent way that wont have them throwing the game away in the middle part of the game.
A good player to me is someone who doesnt just hand me the game at some point but rather forces me to plan and push for a win. Sadly the average person I play delivers the game on a silver platter once the opening section is complete. Those people arent good players at least from my viewpoint.
I dont find elo to be a really great indicator as to whether a person is good or not. I have played 1400 players who have given me fits and players suprisingly stronger than me according to there elo and I was the one who gave them fits.
Now im going to have a cup of coffee or im going to have a fit.
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