960 This is as well as I can play

Oct 8, 2015, 2:19 AM |

By any measure, I can't play better than this.

On Oct. 24, 2011, I achieved my best rating (1853) in correspondence 960 games at chess dot com. Yesterday I peaked at 1894, which put me in the 99.5 percentile, ahead of 111,124 other players.

Stockfish said this game was error-free — no blunders, mistakes, or inaccuracies, it said — until move 34, and then Stockfish reported four mistakes in the endgame, but three of those were winning human moves.

I can still make nice sacrificial combinations.

I don't know if I'll earn the piece of paper that comes with a 2200 USCF rating. Online, I can play at 3 a.m. when I'm most alive. Most USCF-rated games happen between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which is bedtime. Also, USCF games begin with that overdone starting position #518 — when opponents have to think for themselves in the other 959 starting positions, I get better results.

A resourceful save, then a cheapo.