Rookies Chess Rating Mystery

My Chess journey has reached a plateau of queries around the rating structure and how this can improve or hinder my development especially in the short play blitz type games.

Blitz chess

I’ve been a novice short blitz player for a while now and have noticed that when a game is won, my rating can jump upwards of 14 points + (vice versa for a loss) depending on the rating of my opponent. This in no way means that i have reached that standard if a victory is made, but my rating will indicate as such. In Live Online play this can be quite confusing and hinder my progress as I felt like I had to pit myself against players of the higher rating i had achieved which in fairness was not my level at all. Its a bit like being an Olympic boxing champion who wants to make the transition to Professional boxing or the office junior wanting to become the company director, there has to be a period of training before these goals can be attained.

Chess training

As ratings don’t appear to allow for this period of enlightenment and as I am wanting to improve both my long play and short play, I had an epiphany and took the bull by the horns and said to myself, I will play Live Online short games at the level I think I am at rather than what the online server dictates, the results have been startling and I have enjoyed my games more. As a result my long play games are showing a better understanding of the structure and strategy of chess play.

You Tube vid – Vol.114,115,116 Ten Ways to Get Better at Chess

The only issue now is that as the small incremental rating increases occur it will be harder for me to find players on the Live short blitz play who will want to play me as they will think I am a higher rated player, not knowing that I am still a novice short game player wanting to play at the  rate I know I am at and not what the online server states I am.

You Tube vid – Batman & Robin vs Bane

I suppose its like any league, if you win you get promoted, if you lose you get relegated, but you can’t make a porsche out of a mini so I remain Robin awaiting the day I can become Batman.


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