". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Roller Coaster Chess

So, Trevor started out the tournament with an uphill match against a 2600+ rated grandmaster. Then yesterday he was able to coast a bit, playing first an "A" player (rating of 1800-2000) and then a "B" player (1600-1800) and winning both rounds (Trevor, with a rating between 2000-2200, is an "Expert").

Well, guess what? This morning looks to be another long, slow ascent against a grandmaster (a slightly lower-rated one this time around). Poor kid--good thing he has a strong, young heart!

Actually, Trevor much prefers the tougher opponents. The risk of losing is greater, of course, but the playing experience is much more valuable. And a loss to someone so highly rated does not have as negative an effect on one's own rating as losing to someone who is lower-rated (does that make sense?). Still, the extreme swings can't be easy. They are also a little surprising, since Trevor is playing in the top rating class for this tournament. Lower-rated players have the option of competing in a lower rating class, but some of them prefer to play "up"--thus getting to play people like Trevor!

Two grandmasters in one tournament. And who knows . . . maybe a draw or even a win against one of them?

I'll let you know!

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