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Do you get psyched out by rating?

  • #1

    We all to a degree get a little intimidated when we see we are paired with someone of a higher rating. How many hundreds of points higher does it take to put a scare in you and on the other end of the spectrum, how many points lower is your opponent when you start to think you've got it in the bag? I tend to get more intimidated if they are about 200 points higher, and I noticed I don't see them as a real threat if they are about 500 points lower.

  • #2

    i dont see them as a threat 300 points lower,

    but i get intimidated if there about 200 points higher.

  • #3

    Under 1900 I always think I have a shot. Under 1300 I feel comfortable, sometimes to my detriment. So, I guess about 300 each way.

  • #4

    325 or 350 more scares me

    250 less i feel good


    I'm only rated 1125 ish so I have a chance within 1450 and less than 900 is pretty easy

  • #5

    I also go up and down a lot (in the last 3 months I've been at 1300 and 950)

  • #6

    I get really psyched out by a higher rating! To the point that I over analyse each move, and convince myself that I am making the wrong move, when I might be making a good one.

    But in a way, it is good for me, because I really think hard about each move, whereas if I were playing a lower rated member, I might just throw pieces about carelessly.

    I'm playing someone 300 points higher than me at the moment! :O *quiver*

  • #7

    don't matter. I crush them all ! TIC

  • #8

    Sure, but I tend to think most people know something I don't when playing. Which makes sense because I suck.

     

    When I play a much much much higher ranked person like I recently did with PerfectGent. I play my best but am no longer intimidated. I know the chances of me winning are pretty slim so I start to look at it more as a learning oportunity.

  • #9

    I'm not intimidated by higher-rated people. It's a chance to learn and, probably, even gain some rating points. Meeting someone rated 200 points above (as the topic starter mentioned) is a wonderful experience - you don't play 2700+ players every day. Wink

  • #10

    I don't really get psyched out by people with ratings above mine, in fact I play better when the significantly higher rated, however I have the same tendancy to play down against weaker players

  • #11

    I know it will be hard to win when my opponent is 400 points higher, also 400 points lower I think I got it in the bag.

  • #12
    Natalia_Pogonina wrote:

    I'm not intimidated by higher-rated people. It's a chance to learn and, probably, even gain some rating points. Meeting someone rated 200 points above (as the topic starter mentioned) is a wonderful experience - you don't play 2700+ players every day.


    You are 2501 FIDE. Nice! Do you change your intensity or strategy at all if you are paired with a 2700? Do you lower your guard a bit if you're paired with a 2000?

  • #13

    1500 and up - 1000 and below

     

    Not so much points but just shear size of the point value... I know I am weird but that is how my brain works Laughing

  • #14

    On-line? Nope.

     

    OTB? Yeah. I look at the rating, and subconciously set my expectations-and that keeps me from playing my best.

  • #15

    I just had a draw with someone rated 200+ points higher and I proposed the draw and avoided more complicated routes partly because of the rating difference, my chance of winning was small in the final position but I should have tried it since I was in no real danger.

  • #16

    About 1899 or less I feel I've got a very high chance of winning. About 2600 or more I'm worried I might be playing a computer unless I know the opponent. 1900-2600 always have a chance of a draw if we both play well. A win or loss would depend on a mistake and the other person noticing it.

  • #17

    only 1000 points higheer scares me in real life ( ia m way to underated) onl 1000 rating                      i get scared when facing this one guy at the club rated 1700 but plays like a FM

  • #18

    nothing my colle cant kill!

    (Yunno, actually this whole colle thing might win more games if i was a 2200)

  • #19
    padman wrote:

    In live chess, I'm nervous if they're above 1750 or so. Terrified if they're above 1900. If they're under 1500 I reckon I have a pretty safe edge but anything can happen when they start chucking their kings gambits at me or I get up to make a cocoa and forget about the game, leaving a mechanical drinking bird to finish the game for me but always being betrayed.

    In long, anything above 2000 tells me it won't me a cakewalk and fear sets in above 2200, accompanied by mild nausea and loss of appetite. At 2400 I'm running around in a panicky circle and facing a 2600 rated player I start dancing on the ceiling wearing a hula skirt speaking in tongues. (Lionel don't sue)

    Yes, you really do not want to know what gravity does to a hula skirt in such circumstances.


    hahahaha this is hilarious! nice one padman

  • #20

    Im pretty intimidated when playing someone over 250 more than me!

    And very comfortable and probably expect to win with people 200 less than me.

    In between i think games go either way and easily be a draw

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