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My Best Loss

thseeger12

Last night, I decided on a whim to try my luck against the Vladimir Kramnik bot here on chess.com. For reference, I'm rated 1091 rapid, and so had no business playing a bot of that strength. My mindset going in was "let's see how long I last." Usually when playing strong bots, the answer is not long.

Somehow though, I managed to be competitive. We ended up in a Sicilian, and although he was better for most of the game, I kept it reasonably close up until I blundered a rook at the end and only played a few more moves before resigning. 

I despite the loss, I felt really good about how I played (aside from the blunder), and went to check the game report. What I saw still has me beaming. I played at 87.9 accuracy against a 2800 with only one blunder and 2 mistakes.

Although I lost, I never should have stood a chance at my rating. I think that may have been the best game of chess I've ever played. 

Chessboy2009

gj

pafford

Nice work! Just as an observation from someone in approximately the same rating range: I notice that I often receive a higher accuracy percentage against better rated opponents (even if I don't win). I don't know if that's because they bring the best out in me, or if a better game just makes the best moves easier to see. I just don't know... mainly because I'm obviously still a chess novice. Perhaps someone else can comment on this phenomenon. 

Rasul24

Good game

fangtooth
pafford wrote:

Nice work! Just as an observation from someone in approximately the same rating range: I notice that I often receive a higher accuracy percentage against better rated opponents (even if I don't win). I don't know if that's because they bring the best out in me, or if a better game just makes the best moves easier to see. I just don't know... mainly because I'm obviously still a chess novice. Perhaps someone else can comment on this phenomenon. 

The same thing happens to me, I play better against people higher rated than me. OTB my rating is 1300 something (although that is somewhat underrated because I have gotten better during Covid), and I have managed to draw and play well against 1900s. This is because you know you have to play your best to beat them, so you do play your best. It is a psychological thing.

probodypop43

not bad

arnav2007
pafford wrote:

Nice work! Just as an observation from someone in approximately the same rating range: I notice that I often receive a higher accuracy percentage against better rated opponents (even if I don't win). I don't know if that's because they bring the best out in me, or if a better game just makes the best moves easier to see. I just don't know... mainly because I'm obviously still a chess novice. Perhaps someone else can comment on this phenomenon. 

Or its because stockfish likes those moves better. Also great quote by the Brandon Jiang, chess is about making problems for you opponent, not making the best move.

Champ1812

Same thing happens to me on chess.com! it's like you play better once you find out that someone is higher than you. I think I know why now. See let's say you are a 1450 vs a 1700. You see that if you win you can boost your rating, by a LOT. Even if you don't win you don't lose much. so I think everyone wants to win in chess, right? And then you start to get confident about winning. And then it's like you are the same level as him/her. So you can win but like it is a 10-20% possibility. And now let's say that a 1450 vs a 1300. You see that if you lose you lose by a lot. If you win then you don't win by a lot. Then you start to be nervous and mess up at the last second. And then you lose. And now lastly, 1450 vs 1475. if you win, you don't get so much and if you lose, same thing goes to when you win. in chess.com this is what everyone has. Their disabilities and abilities.happy.pnghappy.pnghappy.png. (And also sometimes you win on clock, but very rarely, depending on your time.clock.pngclock.pngclock.pngclock.pngclock.png!!!!!)

AastikGrover

NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE everyoneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee