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In the United States if you ask someone if they play chess and they say "no," it's because they don't know how the horsey moves. In Russia, if you ask someone if they play chess and they say "no," it's because they're only 1600.
There's an insight that we can remember.
BTW, I'm not any good at chess.
If any player can reach otb expert ( 2000-2100 USCF or FIDE), he or she is a good player. That is the lowest title before master and better than A class (1800-1999 USCF). I believe most players would like to become master but it is too much work for most players.
PG-13 would be the ideal rating on this site. But that's a bit hopeful. Mostly, I'm happy if its kept rated-R.
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!
A good player is somebody that can still manage to shine and win games repeatedly against players of a similar rating ... so even 900 that never loses to 900s is a good player.
A 900 player who never loses to 900s is unlikely to stay 900 for long...
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