I more or less took five years out of otb play, just playing enough county games to maintain my grade (rating) at about 1950. I've just come back to otb chess this season and I've found that I'm sharper than I was and my otb analysis is probably far better, after just playing a few chess.com tournaments at 3 day chess. In my second game after the layoff I beat a 2000+ without trying too hard and I think the reason for that is that the 3-day game strengthens the habit of analysing everything. At my rating, the number of online cheats is extremely minimal. They do occur and it's possible to recognise them and then you find, a few months later, that they've been removed by chess.com, so think their cheat recognition algorithms aren't that bad. Actually there's an obvious method to tell if someone's cheating but I'm not going to say what it is. We should be able to work it out. Incidentally, I found far, far more cheats at 5 minute chess than at 3-day chess, which is why I use 10 minutes and not five as my Blitz standard. For those complaining that their rating is lower here than elsewhere, it's well known that 1800 here is stronger in general than 1800 elsewhere.
Why are we bringing threads that have been dead for almost a year and a half back to life? Especially a thread where the title and all of its contents are complete and utter horsesh*t anyway?
Anybody with half a brain knows that Internet Chess Ratings don't mean sh*t, not one iota!
- People cheat in Correspondence Chess - hence why I'm below 2100 there.
- Don't have the time to play Standard Chess here - I spend my spare time Over the Board - and if I did, I'd face cheaters because they'd use their time to check the old bot!
- Blitz Chess doesn't mean jack. It just shows that you can click your mouse faster. The games of 5-minute I have here are simply to kill time, and it's very rare that I play more than maybe 4 or 5 games at a time. It does happen, but it's extremely rare, because I make better use of my time studying books rather than playing stupid Blitz, which proves no skill at all.
- Bullet Chess is even worse. It's nothing more than a lag test.
The 1600 bullet rating I had at "that other chess site", the 1900 rating I have for 5-minute here, the 1880 that I have for over the board Quick Chess, and the 2000 or so Correspondence rating I have here, they all don't mean sh*t!
All that matters is your Over The Board, Regular Time Control rating. For me, that's 2110 currently, the only rating that counts!
Fascinating.And thankyou for the publicity. Possibly because there are so few interesting topics. Why do you think I disappeared for a year or two? There were more trolls than norms. Oh, and U.S. ratings are inflated, aren't they? That is, compared with FIDE?
Why does your on the board rating count? Unless you are a titled player, your on the board rating is just as useless as the internet rating.
The rating that counts is the rating that matters to you. None of them mean much to anyone else. I do generally agree it's those who favour OTB, however. All ratings function best as personal markers: are you improving? My OTB over the past few years has revealed problems in my game, problems that may stem directly from stabilisation of my online blitz rating. I get away with a lot of junk in blitz. That junk hurts me OTB.
"Why does your on the board rating count?"
Over the board means the most because you can be the most sure that your opponents are the most engaged and motivated in their games. They tend to involve over the board tournaments for money. Sitting in a playing hall is pretty different from playing in your room as if you were playing a video game. Finally, the time controls in OTB tend to be way longer than in online chess. Compare someone who's just casually saying "I'm just gonna play a few games online" to someone who is driving somewhere just to play in a tournament.