Am I really that terrible?

jmmalima
HissingBadger wrote:

I also feel I am absolutely terrible... And the more I practice and learn and study, the more I realise I know nothing... and that the amount of knowledge I have the impression my opponents have is infinite...
So... I'll go slowly... and will keep working... until it pays !

 

I actually went backwards. The more I studied, the more tactics I did, the worse I play and the worse my results became. Then I got an IM to analyse my game and propose a study plan and new repertoire, and promptly lost another 10% of my ranking points.

HissingBadger

Hahaha Brilliant ! SOunds really encouraging !

jmmalima
HissingBadger wrote:

Hahaha Brilliant ! SOunds really encouraging !

 

My £.02, I think there is a huge discrepancy between the learning methods commonly parroted and what you really need to do to learn in a specific environment like online playing. Most methods are advised based on gameplay in controlled environments (like Clubs, or specific groups at same level and learning from similar procedures) not for the wild west like here.

The solution? If you find it just let me know! :-)

kindaspongey

"... If it’s instruction, you look for an author that addresses players at your level (buying something that’s too advanced won’t help you at all). This means that a classic book that is revered by many people might not be useful for you. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (2015)

https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-chess-books-ever

Chessscrub69
Ghost_Horse0 wrote:
Chessscrub69 wrote:

I'm not going into detail here, but sometimes higher level players really tick me off in this community sometimes.  Apparently they came out of the womb GM's and never blunder.

I play scholastic chess, and I do not claim to be good.  Online, my blitz rating is in the 1500,'s.  Over the board, I am 1045 at the time being.  I once searched "what's a good elo", and according to one post I read, players 0-1000 are so bad they essentially play moves at random, and players 1100-1200 are only a step above them.  I feel like I am much improved since when I started chess, and even then, my skill was not THAT bad; my moves had some amount of logic.

I don't know, I'm just curious.  Be honest with me, is my rating terrible?  I intend to maybe post games later on as well.  Maybe get tips.... 

That's all.  Thanks for listening to me whine about my skill, or lack thereof.

1500 blitz is a respectable rating in the sense that you probably really like chess, you've studied it and played it, probably at least for a few years. So you're "one of us" so to speak.

Whether or not it's a "terrible" rating is up to you. Usually it depends on what your goals are and how strong your friends are. If most of your friends are 1200 and your goal is 1600, then you're probably pretty good. If most of your friends are 2000+ and your goal is to get a title, then 1500 is terrible.

I was mainly referring to my over-the-board rating, but thank you for the input.

Ashvapathi

Your OTB rating is low. Your blitz rating is good.

DeirdreSkye

Don't think how bad you are , only think how good you can be.

KeSetoKaiba
DeirdreSkye wrote:

Don't think how bad you are , only think how good you can be.

+1 I like this answer too happy.png

thekokohead

Consider the following. In the US, the USCF keeps percentiles of all the players. 63% is 900 rating. Since you're a scholastic player, that would be 80% percentile for a 900 rating. You aren't bad at all, don't worry about it.

krazykat1975

What does level 47 wizard have to do with being a blowhard? I agree, I think this site is full of blowhards. I don't think he was calling YOU one, Bacon. I think for the most part, people should just disregard their ELO, and just enjoy the game. Recently, I wanted to give some advice to the beginners so that they could enjoy the game a little better, because maybe 20 defeats or so in a row DOES take the fun out of the game. 1500 blitz? I won't see it for awhile. I don't care too, either. Don't worry about it, most players ELO goes up and down, even grandmasters. I watched recently a grandmaster go from number 1 to number 20. As long as your having fun, and having a blast using the brain God gave you, I think you've conquered half the battle of what chess is all about. 

Eleo120397

Try hard, you will improve!

little_guinea_pig
jmmalima wrote:
HissingBadger wrote:

I also feel I am absolutely terrible... And the more I practice and learn and study, the more I realise I know nothing... and that the amount of knowledge I have the impression my opponents have is infinite...
So... I'll go slowly... and will keep working... until it pays !

 

I actually went backwards. The more I studied, the more tactics I did, the worse I play and the worse my results became. Then I got an IM to analyse my game and propose a study plan and new repertoire, and promptly lost another 10% of my ranking points.

Actually? I think that playing and analyzing some games with a strong player is the very best way to improve! For example, three months ago I was scuffling around 1000, and then I played some games with @Vicariously-I. Right after that I gained 600 rating points....... happy.png 

Destroyer942

I analyzed my games and it turned out I play the strongest moves when I play stronger players. The fear actually makes you better and sharpens your intellect.

little_guinea_pig
Destroyer942 wrote:

I analyzed my games and it turned out I play the strongest moves when I play stronger players. The fear actually makes you better and sharpens your intellect.

Meh.... I usually panic and play awfully happy.png

Destroyer942
little_guinea_pig wrote:
Destroyer942 wrote:

I analyzed my games and it turned out I play the strongest moves when I play stronger players. The fear actually makes you better and sharpens your intellect.

Meh.... I usually panic and play awfully

Well based on your blitz rating alone, from my perspective you never play "awfully". Maybe just worse then usual...

krazykat1975

Sometimes it backfires, though, An opponent may be intimidated by another opponents rating, especially in cases when its 100 plus their own. They play poorly instead of strong. Likewise, a strong opponent will sometimes get beaten by a player 100 points minus their own rating. The best defense in chess: Just stay calm, think sharply, keep an eye on your king, and play the best move possible. And feel free to disable your chat, if your opponent chooses to use the chat room as a weapon. Some feel this is part of the game. I, myself, do not. 

Destroyer942
krazykat1975 wrote:

Sometimes it backfires, though, An opponent may be intimidated by another opponents rating, especially in cases when its 100 plus their own. They play poorly instead of strong. Likewise, a strong opponent will sometimes get beaten by a player 100 points minus their own rating. The best defense in chess: Just stay calm, think sharply, keep an eye on your king, and play the best move possible. And feel free to disable your chat, if your opponent chooses to use the chat room as a weapon. Some feel this is part of the game. I, myself, do not. 

lol the chat room as a weapon. You reminded me of this one guy I played who got up a rook on me and kept saying that I'm wasting his time. He was calling me all sorts of insults and then blundered his queen, losing the game almost instantly. He was so mad that he started cussing me out and challenged me to a rematch, only to wait for the duration of the 5 minutes while continuing to cuss me out. I looked at the guy's profile and it later turned out I ruined his win streak. Moral of the story, idiots don't deserve to be heard---disable chat when you play one.

kindaspongey
little_guinea_pig  wrote:

... I think that playing and analyzing some games with a strong player is the very best way to improve! For example, three months ago I was scuffling around 1000, and then I played some games with @Vicariously-I. Right after that I gained 600 rating points...….happy.png 

"... Keep in mind that there is only a weak relationship between the skills of being a good player (which requires little or no interpersonal communication skills) and the ability to instruct (which requires excellent communication skills). …"

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627082829/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman21.pdf

little_guinea_pig
kindaspongey wrote:
little_guinea_pig  wrote:

... I think that playing and analyzing some games with a strong player is the very best way to improve! For example, three months ago I was scuffling around 1000, and then I played some games with @Vicariously-I. Right after that I gained 600 rating points...…. 

"... Keep in mind that there is only a weak relationship between the skills of being a good player (which requires little or no interpersonal communication skills) and the ability to instruct (which requires excellent communication skills). …"

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627082829/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman21.pdf

I realize that, but Vicariously is one in a million, and is extremely good with analysis and communication skills....

 

ghost_of_pushwood
jmmalima wrote:

Then I got an IM to analyse my game and propose a study plan and new repertoire, and promptly lost another 10% of my ranking points.

That's why you shoulda got a GM!