How Many Rated Tournaments Before You Won Your First?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1


    How many rated tournaments did you play in before you won your first?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2


    I'll let you know if it ever happens. Frown

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  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4


    I won my first tournament and my first rated game the same day at the Alabama state championships in 1973.  Only problem was they had an unrated title and that has been my only claim to winning anything in chess, but it was a nice wood chess set with box.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5


    I won first on tie breaks in my section of the first USCF rated tournament I went to.  It was a scolastic though, so it doesn't count for much.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #6


    My sixth, I think - might be seventh, hard to keep the order straight from 40 years ago!

    But I had won my unrated high school championship twice before I won a rated event.

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  • 3 years ago · Quote · #8


    I won the first rated tournament I ever played in but it was in duplicate bridge. 

     As for chess my first tournament was the US Open in Omaha in 1959 which I scored 6 out of 12 and did not win.

    My 2nd USCF Tournament was the Bradly Summer Open which I did win.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #9


    10 tournaments before my first win. You guys are too good.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10


    I have been close to winning a few tournaments bu i have always bottled it in the last game. :( There fore in the 9 years of playing (5 very active and 25 tournaments) i have never won one. I have came second in the All-Ireland's twice with my school team but never won :(

    Actually that just reminded me that my school team (i was board 8/12) won an internaional competition in Millfield ENgland, but we won the lower tiered tournament. Came second in the next tier up the year after. We beat the winners in the last round but they had more points over all.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11


    Hasn't happened yet--the closest I've come is third place.  Embarassed

    I'm confident I'll win one soon, though.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #12


    It is quite difficalt - you must win at least 4 games from 5. Before my first gold I took 2nd and 3rd place 6 times. And over all it was may be 15 tournaments I played before I get gold.

    Something specific in tournaments games - pretty often I am loosing to much weeker player which happened very rare in not-tournament games. When player rated 750 playing like 1200 I am not sure that somebody else play instead of this men. I just do not understand - why they doing this crap.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #13


    I won my first rated tournament, scoring 7 out of 7 and getting rated 1400

    Earlier I played in some unrated tournaments (there might be 15 of them but I do not recall exactly - that was in 1991)

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #14


    Won my first?  As in first tournament? 

    I've never won a tournament.  I've won my class but not sure that counts :p

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