Are you good at chess?

cottonsock
Ah , Deirdre ! thank you for those few kind words. I just with I
could get back to playing 30 min games , but I’ve had a few nasty experiences of players who prefer playing with an engine, so to try avoiding this , I now only play 10 min blitz,
and it’s it so enjoyable, and quite frankly, it’s just not the real
thing .
cottonsock
Sorry , I’ve made a right cock-up of my previous post .
My keyboard seems to have a mind of its own , or it could be
that I’ve drunk to many pints 🍺 either way , when I said
“ I now only play 10 min blitz “ the continuation should have
read “ it’s not so enjoyable,
cottonsock
....... I think someone has spiked my beer !
cottonsock
....... you can’t trust anyone these days. 😤
SonOfThunder2

No joke

cottonsock
....... you mean “ No beer “ Just saying.
glamdring27

'good' is meaningless without context.  Apparently right now I'm in the 96.7% percentile on chess.com for both Blitz and Daily chess.

 

Within that context, by any sensible measure I am at least 'good'.  Am I good if I compare myself to serious chess players who learn the game and play regularly with the aim of improving?  No, of course not.  The average rating on chess,com is very low.  It includes people who play 1 game, lose it and never come back, it includes people who play purely for fun without ever learning anything beyond how to make a legal move (and sometimes not even that, the computer just doesn't allow them to make illegal moves) and a vast number of recreational players, most of whom just play and don't learn.

I occasionally learn stuff, but I haven't been 'learning' or seriously improving at chess for over 20 years either.  I just have a level and I play at it, on average.  Sometimes better, sometimes worse, very occasionally a lot better, too often a lot worse.

 

But the idea that I would be considered 'good' if I put myself in a room with proper chess players is clearly absurd.

cottonsock
I mainly play, just for the fun of it .
yureesystem

When I was 1165 uscf in high school I beat 99% of my peers, just knowing some opening, opening principles, basic tactics and elementary endgame was enough to dominate my friends and fellow students. And now I am 2011 uscf and I think I suck! Maybe master level at 2300 uscf is good player, I totally agree with 2400 uscf is great player.  

 

I will say 1200 to 1300 is not bad and will beat the majority of non-tournament players, they know more than average non-tournament and probably beat them the majority of the time, I think that the author was trying to convey in his article this. 

 

Maybe a player below 1600 elo cannot understand all the substleties in a Tal game but he can still enjoy the beauty and brilliant in Tal's sacrifice, and that is why chess is popular, we all can appreciated beautiful games no matter what level we are at.

franji1966

I am a good player... but a lot of players are better than me!!!!

yureesystem
cottonsock wrote:
Sorry , I’ve made a right cock-up of my previous post .
My keyboard seems to have a mind of its own , or it could be
that I’ve drunk to many pints 🍺 either way , when I said
“ I now only play 10 min blitz “ the continuation should have
read “ it’s not so enjoyable,

 

 

 

I like cottonsock thinking a nice pint of guinness beer and relax and get down to some serious chess playing, the Brits know how to have fun.  Go to a pub for beer and chess, when  I see the IMs and GMs go to their friendly pub for chess and beer, man, the Brits know how to have great time. 

 Something good about the British people, they are friendly bunch, some of my British friends said, when I come to their country look them up and we play chess and drink beer, that is hospitality. grin.png

AlkinKing
I guess I just think it’s foolish to judge my chess skill based on people that don’t play

Btw I copy and pasted that guide directly from the USCF website

Sorry if it came off rude, apparently I was feeling opinionated this morning.
DjonniDerevnja
PierreBayle wrote:

use that's what I believe.  But a part of me wants to say "YES!" because I know I could destroy anybody who asked me that question (because only non-players ask it)!  

If you are good is related to who you compare yourself with. I compare myself to players I meet in my club and in otb  tournaments. I am closing in on my goal for 2018, and that is to reach the average in my club. The last half year I have been scoring average against average  (1650 fide).  I think average is good, because I think its a very good club. We had 7 of our kids representing Norway in the European Youth Championship. I think that is extraordinarily fantastic happy.png (Those kids are a lot better than average in my club, three of them are clubchampions  in the mastergroup, and  they, Daniel Nordquelle, Andreas Tryggestad and Johannes Haug all have been playing in Pro chess league if I remember correctly).