Chess rating: 1818
Give chess goodie
|Thu Feb 9 2017 1:55PM | edited: 1:56:55 | MsgID: 19550667|
If you use the rating system on here it pays to take it as more of a guide to the 'type' of player they are rather than there actual ability. By that I mean that you will find many players who will have a rating that can easily fluctuate by 500 points or so over a relatively short space of time.
The more serious player seems to be within a constant range of say 2050 - 2300. Even within that 250 or so points difference, arguably the top end should be winning more often than the lower. But I would expect the games are much tighter, likely follow specific openings and variations both know, and possibly a fair few drawn games also.
Once you start to get over 2300+ the waters muddy again. There are obviously a good selection of genuine very high quality players who use all the legal means available and very much specialise in the pace, time and patience required for this style of chess. Many of these likely working their way up from the previous group and constantly improving over months if not years.
Doubtless there are also a lot of engine users out there also. I do not mean post game research but during, pointless and cheating but that is the nature of any competition.
Going back to type rather than ability then I personally lack the above skills to really ever be a consistently decent player on this site. Certain positions excite me, others bore me to tears. Some days chess feels like a good way to waste an hour, others I can just glance at the board for a few seconds and make what appears to be the appropriate move and often blunder.
Depends as Neilo stated also who I am playing. Peer pressure within groups we know here or in the real world can easily see my ability increase dramatically.
I think that those of you who play good quality CC consistently here. Have to accept that a lot of lower rated players you meet will have a seemingly varied skill level that is largely dependent on how they feel at the time + little to no research or tools they bother with. The latter being the more obvious reason why pure ability will only carry you so far in a game against the more solid serious CC player.