An Experiment in Rapid Chess Improvement

Record of my experience in undertaking Michael de la Maza's "Rapid Chess Improvement" program.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

My Rating Debut

Well, the tournament results were turned in, and while the next rating list has not been published, my yet-to-be published rating will be 1542. I have no idea how my 1478 performance rating from the tournament gets converted into a 1542 provisional rating, but I'm not complaining. I was really hoping to have an initial rating in the 1500s, so I'm pretty psyched.

The club has another 4SS tournament this month, so I'm planning on playing in that. There's two sections, 1800+ and U1800, so obviously I'll be playing in the latter. I've not been playing much this month, so hopefully I won't be too rusty. :-)

I've been doing some work on my opening repertoire (highly classified, of course) but I'm getting close to at least having a vague idea of what to play against most major lines. That's a heck of a lot better than I was doing this time last year, so I am making some progress..


At 4:37 AM, Blogger Jens said...

USCF provisional ratings are not exactly identical to performance ratings. For the very first games, they are computed as follows:

Add your opponents rating
Add 200 for every game won
Subtract 200 for every lost game
Now divide your total with the number of games played.

The provisional rating formula becomes more complicated after your second tournament (7 or 8 total games).

Hope this helps,

At 11:03 PM, Blogger RT Solo said...

Hi, I just created a chess blog and posted a couple of my games (I'm an amateur). I'd appreciate if anyone has the time to maybe analyze and leave feedback about my play or my blog. Thanks.

At 1:26 AM, Anonymous wink lady said...

I'm at 1230 and going nowhere fast. Halp?

At 7:19 AM, Blogger fussylizard said...

Focus on the tactics per the program. Then don't forget to have a good thinking process. In the second ChessCafe article MDLM gives a simple 8-step process for each move. Give it a look. That's where I personally need to focus (and I've gotten a bit rusty on my tactics). I've not played in ages though. :-(

Good luck!

At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Chess Sets and Boards said...

Sounds like you are making progress. Keep it up.

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