Andy, how did you clear that hurdle of 1600-1700?
Not too well, obviously. Still, as compensation I was a 1700 for only about 3 weeks...suddenly I was just seeing things a lot better (and farther). And so I became an A player just like that.
there seems to be a barrier at around 1800 but I dont think its a barrier as much as just absorbing information. A few players hung out at 1800 then bounced from there to a strong level (Fischer mentioned that he did this, Tal Shaked told me he did the samething)
I also think there is some mental thing about any particular rating that blocks people. If your at 1800 for instance your strength is a range +/- 200 points. once you realize that you can let go of that 20 point difference and just play....
I think the "barriers" depend on the players. I've heard of people getting stuck everywhere.
Well for your info my barrier is at the 1800 here aarrgghh !
Oh yeah..still, you did hop that fence once.
yeah once.... pal.
Well, what if you'd made it only to 1798? Grrrr...
I never could quite get to 2300 either (not even unofficially).
class B rating range (1600-`1799) has been proven to be the most difficult barriars to cross with that being said I just brok through class B a month ago and im now at 1684 after 2 tournaments (won both) wish me luck
Good luck. My only advice is to work on your weaknesses, really hard. That kind of discipline tends to be what it takes to get to really high levels of play. And of course, B level is very respectable in itself.
For top players, the most important rating is their FIDE rating. Since July 2009, FIDE issues a ratings list once every two months.
The following analysis of the November FIDE rating list gives a rough impression of what a given FIDE rating means:
The main requirement to be an NM is that you have to be a real "people person."
Wow, there's actually a guy in the 2600s who isn't a GM? Who is this freakin' genius?!
I suspect the 2600+ non-GM is Vladimir Afromeev. Google him...
However, a couple of years ago, Alex Lenderman reached 2601 FIDE and his GM title had not yet been approved.
So what? I'm over 1200, and not yet a GM. :)
Alex Lenderman is awesome.
A genius with bills to pay LOL
My point exactly.
Before becoming a GM Ben Finegold had a rating of 2602 and when he actually became a GM he fell below 2500 talk about a contradiction
Not to revive a dead thread or anything... but becoming a national master in Canada is a little trickier. You need a 2200 rating, plus 3 norms, and getting norms is ridiculously hard because very few tournaments are strong enough.