Evaluating Chess Progress  (Summary)

Evaluating Chess Progress (Summary)

Jan 7, 2016, 4:26 AM |


 Evaluating Chess Progress


   After all is said and done, progress in chess is 'measured' by 'ratings' (that is a numerical 'score') in several different areas.  The main ones we use in the C&O scholastic programs and clubs are the Chess.com “Daily (formerly 'Online') Chess” and “Live Chess – Rapid (formerly 'Standard' or L/S)” ratings.  These are found on each player’s home-page 'profile.'

   “Daily/Online Chess” is modern 'correspondence chess' designed to give players time to 'research' opening theory and basic tactics. Because players are permitted to use chess databases and the built-in 'analysis board,' they may learn about individual openings and move the pieces around before 'submitting' their move to an opponent.  Once established, Daily Chess ratings are frequently two to three hundred points higher than 'Live-Rapid/Standard' ratings.

   “Live–Rapid/Standard” is the Chess.com version of normal, 'over-the-board,' or OTB, chess.  It is played in real-time with an on-screen 'clock' limiting players’ overall time.  The 'Rapid/Standard' designation on Chess.com indicates a time limit of 15 10, or longer. The first number (15) means 15 minutes (for each player) and the second number (10) is an 'increment,' in seconds, added to a player’s time after each move.  A 15 second increment would add 10 minutes to an 'average game' (40 moves).  This is our C&O 'club-rating.'

Clicking on the 'listing' for each type of rating gives a more detailed breakdown of each. Since new players start with an 'estimated' average rating, it normally requires twenty, or more, rated games in each category before the rating is 'established' (meaningful).  Because a rating may change with each game played, ratings should not be tracked on a 'daily' basis but over a 10 or 20-game (or more) period. The more games are played, the more accurate a rating becomes but established ratings have a “plus or minus” factor of 25 to 50 points for beginners.

You will notice that Chess.com also rates 'Live Chess - Blitz' games (10 minutes, or less), 'Chess960,'  Tactics problems, and others. Feel free to try these but put your emphasis on your “Daily/Online” and “Live-Rapid/Standard” ratings.

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