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  • #41

    Taskinen wrote:

    I played my first ever chess tournament here on chess.com in a >1200 rated 5 minute blitz. It had I think 90 players at the start and I ended up finishing third with 5.5/7 score! I'm very satisfied to the result considering it was the first time ever I played a chess tournament (online tournament, but anyways). The winner with a perfect 7/7 score was a player starting with 700 rating and 25% win percentage in blitz, so I checked his games with analyzer and in every game his first 7-10 were 100% best moves according to computer. So I have a feeling he used an engine, sent an abuse report to chess.com support and consider myself as the moral 2nd place finisher. grin.png

    That tournament was a ton of fun, so I will sure play more tournaments in the future! This tournament also almost got me to 1200 rating, perhaps I'll hold from playing blitz so I can play another under 1200 tournament again in the near future.

    congrats. at blitz it is hard to use an engine. and in my opinion only few people uses an engine in blitz. at above 1700. there is no satisfaction at using an engine. many players have opening theoretical knowledge at this level and are decent at punishing mistakes. so maybe he is just good.
  • #42

    I doubt using engine can be that tricky in 5 minute blitz. For example if I'm analyzing positions after the game or checking the openings it usually takes 2-3 seconds to find the best move. It is even faster than that if you use lichess.org analyzing tool, because you can have those arrows showing the best moves. Let's imagine you would have this lichess.org tool open while playing, you could see the best engine move to anything in less than 5 seconds. If you have 5 minutes of time (300 seconds), you can make over 60 moves like this. But let's be honest, games don't last 60 moves at my level if another person is using engine.

    Reason why I suspected he might be cheating is because he started with 700 rating and won easily multiple players 400 to 500 points higher rated than him. When checking his games with analyzer, he never made even a "good" move in first 7-10 moves of every game. He always had the 100% best move and then proceeded to win fairly easily usually having much better position and like 4-5 points lead, after which the opponents structure completely collapsed. Let me tell you that on my level people playing 5 minute blitz don't play like that. 100% sure it was either a cheat or someone much much higher rated was playing the tournament with his account.

  • #43

    There is no recorded source of anyone in the history of chess who has ever reached master level after the age of 25. However, with extensive practice and regular play in tournaments you can reach 1800 ELO and even 1900 in several years. 

  • #44

    Stauntonmaster wrote:

    There is no recorded source of anyone in the history of chess who has ever reached master level after the age of 25. However, with extensive practice and regular play in tournaments you can reach 1800 ELO and even 1900 in several years. 

    not true. martin weteschnik learn chess at 25 and achieved fide master. his current rating is at 2300 range. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=64102
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