Tournamant

GREGS54
Sorry for my ignorance, I was invited to play a Tournament with the promise it would help me learn. I started getting these offers of play from people I hadn’t heard of. I assumed it was the tournament. The players had ratings of 1000 and below about my level. Today I was notified , all at the same time, three games had begun with me as a participant with players rated 1600 and above. I fail to see how getting used to the wipe the floor is teaching me anything, is this what is supposed to Happen?
notmtwain
GREGS54 wrote:
Sorry for my ignorance, I was invited to play a Tournament with the promise it would help me learn. I started getting these offers of play from people I hadn’t heard of. I assumed it was the tournament. The players had ratings of 1000 and below about my level. Today I was notified , all at the same time, three games had begun with me as a participant with players rated 1600 and above. I fail to see how getting used to the wipe the floor is teaching me anything, is this what is supposed to Happen?

 

If nothing else, you have learned not to sign up for tournaments without checking out the competition.

According to the description, there should be four simultaneous games.

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You are rated 948. I see games against 

  • 1678
  • 1525
  • 1360
  • 1148.

Only one game is against a >1600. Still, you are expected to get wiped in all four games. Play carefully and thoughtfully. You can use opening databases to try and stay in the games as long as possible.

It is a ChessUniversity.com tournament. I presume you are studying a course there. 

It will give you the chance to demonstrate your level and what you have learned.

Yes you will probably get wiped off the board by the higher rated players but many people come to the forum complaining that they have to play against lower rated players. 

Don't forfeit the games. You won't be able to play any other tournaments for months.

The next tournament you sign up for should be limited to players <1200 or so. The problem is there aren't any like that open now. You will have to keep checking.

GREGS54
Thanks for taking the time to explain it. That was not how the message I received, unsolicited, was worded though. On looking through the tournament menu iI have seen that the tournaments are rated and if I CHOSE one I certainly wouldn’t have picked one with players rated greater than 1600.

I am trying to get my rating above 1000, After I lose 4 games I didnt ask for I will be even further away from that goal.

Here is the message I received
ChessUniversity.com Training Tournament #1
You are invited to come play training games against other Chess University members through our Training Tournament!
If you want to improve at chess, be sure to get free chess tips from Chess.com's #1-selling coach and Chess University President Kairav Joshi to improve your chances of winning the tournament!
Click HERE to get the tips.
Good luck and have fun!
Here is a message from the Tournament Director regarding this tournament:
You are invited to come play training games against other Chess University members through our Training Tournament!
If you want to improve at chess, be sure to get free chess tips from Chess.com's #1-selling coach and Chess University President Kairav

Is there any way I can resign without losing points?
notmtwain

I now see that you have played 29 of your 36 games against one player, RGS88, who you have a record of 7-19-3 against .

That probably means your real rating isn't 948.  I don't know what it should be but when you have that large a concentration against one player and he has played most of his games against you, both of your ratings are probably seriously off.  

I see that you have a more or less even results (6-7-2) against RGS88 as white but are an abysmal 1-12-1 as black,  This suggests the possibility that something is seriously wrong with your openings as black.

It is pretty obvious from this game that RGS  is letting you win occasionally:

 

 

Don't you see that your knight is pinned against your king in the above position? Do you understand that you will lose your knight if your opponent moves his pawn to d4?  You may notice that your opponent didn't take advantage of the pin for several moves and later moved his queen where you could take it.

Perhaps the tournament will do you good and give you exposure to a wider variety of players.

You can look at your results in the Game Explorer and see where you went wrong. Use that info to avoid some of those mistakes this time through.

notmtwain

I think you can resign those games without losing any points because they are all less than 3 moves completed when I looked.   I would encourage you to play anyway to start getting a more realistic assessment of your actual rating. 

Who knows? You might get a draw. It is even possible that you could win one of those games. They have a nice line in the tournament results page where they display the biggest upset.  It could be your name there. (Probably not but you'll never know unless you try.)

GREGS54
Thanks for your time, I was just looking for a platform to play chess with my son who lives in another state, hence the concentration of games. I really wasn’t looking to be the next Bobby Fisher and yes he probably does let me win a few thanks for telling me that. It’s probably because I told him I was cutting him out of the will if I kept losing, or maybe he’s just being nice.