Why is my rating dropping?

SNUDOO

I remember when I hit 1604 for the first time- I decided to push my luck with some 3 mins (I play 10 mins usually).

After losing some, I would panic and try to get my rating back up. But I would lose because of lack of attention. I ended up dropping back down to 1450 and took several months to get back up to 1600 again. 

Now when I get mad I only play around five 3min games at max lol

SNUDOO

I was like 14 addiction cripples

sbtix2004
sjsharks7 wrote:

One thing you dont do when your on tilt is play a bunch of games

I wish you had told me this a month ago.

eric0022
KeSetoKaiba wrote:

Just to clarify, I am not one of those people who take "ratings" extremely seriously; I do however, pay attention to it as it is a good way to measure improvement. I am constantly trying to improve at chess, specifically because most of my friends who play chess are rated between 1500 and 1900 while I am currently perhaps only a 1450-ish player.

However, lately I have been dropping quite a bit rating-wise and feeling like I am "missing everything" at times. Before then I have been generally improving (of course with the common fluctuations ratings bring), but recently it is like I am another person- and not for the better. Frustratingly, I do not feel as if I have been doing anything different (from amount played, to openings, to tactics etc.) Why is my rating dropping? Likewise, how can I reverse the current trend, and begin improving again?

A few days ago I was even up to 1498 for a short while, but slowly after have dropped to about 1360. I play 10 minute blitz chess, so perhaps rating fluctuates more in that than daily games - but time controls are not the problem as I have always (now still) played OTB games with much longer time controls too.

https://www.chess.com/member/kesetokaiba viewing the past 90 days on the graph says it all.

Is this a slump, a weird phenomenon, or am I over-reacting to blitz rating fluctuations?

Furthermore, how can I return to going up in rating? I am not greatly stressed over the results of a game, but I do want to improve - even if that means long term correct improving. Any thoughts from anyone is welcome

 

Seems like you are now doing well...

 

It's my turn to enter the same reality now (my playing strength has dropped considerably for the past few days and I lost more than 250 rating points in several days).

KeSetoKaiba
eric0022 wrote:
KeSetoKaiba wrote:

Just to clarify, I am not one of those people who take "ratings" extremely seriously; I do however, pay attention to it as it is a good way to measure improvement. I am constantly trying to improve at chess, specifically because most of my friends who play chess are rated between 1500 and 1900 while I am currently perhaps only a 1450-ish player.

However, lately I have been dropping quite a bit rating-wise and feeling like I am "missing everything" at times. Before then I have been generally improving (of course with the common fluctuations ratings bring), but recently it is like I am another person- and not for the better. Frustratingly, I do not feel as if I have been doing anything different (from amount played, to openings, to tactics etc.) Why is my rating dropping? Likewise, how can I reverse the current trend, and begin improving again?

A few days ago I was even up to 1498 for a short while, but slowly after have dropped to about 1360. I play 10 minute blitz chess, so perhaps rating fluctuates more in that than daily games - but time controls are not the problem as I have always (now still) played OTB games with much longer time controls too.

https://www.chess.com/member/kesetokaiba viewing the past 90 days on the graph says it all.

Is this a slump, a weird phenomenon, or am I over-reacting to blitz rating fluctuations?

Furthermore, how can I return to going up in rating? I am not greatly stressed over the results of a game, but I do want to improve - even if that means long term correct improving. Any thoughts from anyone is welcome

 

Seems like you are now doing well...

 

It's my turn to enter the same reality now (my playing strength has dropped considerably for the past few days and I lost more than 250 rating points in several days).

I am doing all right now, but when this forum was created: I was in a slump of about 150-200 rating points lost (if I recall correctly) over the course of a few days. This forum helped me emotionally keep into chess when my rating wasn't so great; so now I leave this forum to help others overcome those inevitable times too. 

p.s. by "all right now" I mean that I can't complain that my rating is currently going up, but I am also recovering from a recent drop about a month ago too, so there is that to factor in as well.

ahadhuseynov
KeSetoKaiba wrote:

Just to clarify, I am not one of those people who take "ratings" extremely seriously; I do however, pay attention to it as it is a good way to measure improvement. I am constantly trying to improve at chess, specifically because most of my friends who

play chess are rated between 1500 and 1900 while I am currently perhaps only a 1450-ish player.

However, lately I have been dropping quite a bit rating-wise and feeling like I am "missing everything" at times. Before then I have been generally improving (of course with the common fluctuations ratings bring), but recently it is like I am another person- and not for the better. Frustratingly, I do not feel as if I have been doing anything different (from amount played, to openings, to tactics etc.) Why is my rating dropping? Likewise, how can I reverse the current trend, and begin improving again?

A few days ago I was even up to 1498 for a short while, but slowly after have dropped to about 1360. I play 10 minute blitz chess, so perhaps rating fluctuates more in that than daily games - but time controls are not the problem as I have always (now still) played OTB games with much longer time controls too.

https://www.chess.com/member/kesetokaiba viewing the past 90 days on the graph says it all.

Is this a slump, a weird phenomenon, or am I over-reacting to blitz rating fluctuations?

Furthermore, how can I return to going up in rating? I am not greatly stressed over the results of a game, but I do want to improve - even if that means long term correct improving. Any thoughts from anyone is welcome

So, if my rating is dropping, I’m doing the opposite of improving?

KeSetoKaiba

Don't fall into "fallacy of equivocation" here. When I said "improving" it referred to rating going up and NOT chess understanding improving. If your rating is dropping, then by definition, that is the opposite of "improving" rating. However, this does not mean you are un-learning what chess you understand, or that you are not on the road of improvement. 

Chess rating fluctuates up and down a lot - that is just how the rating system works. Don't over-think it and just keep learning and working at your chess ability.

Robin_A_UK

I did read a lot of the posts above, but not all, so if i am repeating an observation of someone else I apologise.  I believe its possible to have a range grades that are position dependent.  There are some games I achieve over 95% accuracy according to the analysis and play really quite ok.  Then there are positions where I struggle to hit 40% accuracy.  In terms of grades if I were say 1500 in the french advance variation with black, but in the scotch as white against the main line I am 1700 my grade is going to vary depending on the openings I meet when playing.  So, I believe that a factor in fluctuating grades (not the only one) is the ease with which you can play types of positions.  

If you can use the Explorer to explore your games and discover the types of game you are playing worse in and work on those types of positions.  In that way your improvement will be more consistent.  I try to do this but fail dismally as I think "I don't have time to study i'll just play a few games" and hence I am on a big slump at the moment.