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  1. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    04 Nov '12 01:06
    I was rooting for him! Congratulations David.
  2. Subscriber thaughbaer
    Duckfinder General
    04 Nov '12 10:51
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    I was rooting for him! Congratulations David.
    This is interesting because it's been said in the past that you can't reach 2400 without quacking. Methinks the goalposts have just been moved.
  3. 04 Nov '12 11:19
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    I was rooting for him! Congratulations David.
    what about me, I've broke into the top one thousand, position 926
  4. 04 Nov '12 13:08
    Originally posted by thaughbaer
    This is interesting because it's been said in the past that you can't reach 2400 without quacking. Methinks the goalposts have just been moved.
    Hmmm.
    Let's hope that's the case.
  5. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    04 Nov '12 13:41
    Originally posted by thaughbaer
    This is interesting because it's been said in the past that you can't reach 2400 without quacking. Methinks the goalposts have just been moved.
    I have wondered about that myself. I have 4 "real world" friends who also play on the site, and all 5 of us have seen our ratings increase, for no "real" reason.
    I have suspected ratings inflation, but it's just a hunch.
  6. 04 Nov '12 14:33
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    I was rooting for him! Congratulations David.
    Thanks. Although I probably won't be able to remain above 2400 for long.
  7. 04 Nov '12 15:01
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    I have wondered about that myself. I have 4 "real world" friends who also play on the site, and all 5 of us have seen our ratings increase, for no "real" reason.
    I have suspected ratings inflation, but it's just a hunch.
    Yes, there's definitely a degree of ratings inflation. For instance, a few years ago there were only a few dozen players above 2100 on the site. Now there are about 150.

    Going back further, there used to be hardly anyone above 2200 and now there are many players.
  8. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    04 Nov '12 16:04
    Originally posted by David Tebb
    Yes, there's definitely a degree of ratings inflation. For instance, a few years ago there were only a few dozen players above 2100 on the site. Now there are about 150.

    Going back further, there used to be hardly anyone above 2200 and now there are many players.
    I think this is inherent in the elo calculations. Rating inflation has happened in real world Fide ratings, when you consider the number of games you play online compared to the number of real world games per year, it's no wonder that internet ratings inflate quicker than real World. The top players on ICC or Playchess are all over 3000. What the numbers are isn't really important, it's the order..
  9. 05 Nov '12 10:53
    In addition, players come and go. Every time-out resulting from inactive players donates rating points to the remaining active players. Since players are removed after x days of inactivity, the average rating of active players goes up.
  10. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    05 Nov '12 12:10
    Originally posted by David Tebb
    Thanks. Although I probably won't be able to remain above 2400 for long.
    Your best chance is to avoid playing any of the top 20.
  11. Subscriber roma45
    st johnstone
    05 Nov '12 21:11
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    Your best chance is to avoid playing any of the top 20.
    now there is six 2400+ players
  12. 05 Nov '12 21:16
    I don't think the inflation is evenly spread either. It seems much more apparent the higher the rating group.

    ie 1200 is closer to the same skill level as it was a few years ago but 2100 is much weaker than 2100 was a few years ago.
  13. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    05 Nov '12 21:52
    Originally posted by tomtom232
    I don't think the inflation is evenly spread either. It seems much more apparent the higher the rating group.

    ie 1200 is closer to the same skill level as it was a few years ago but 2100 is much weaker than 2100 was a few years ago.
    I'm still fighting to stay in the 16's like I was 7 years ago
  14. 06 Nov '12 03:14
    Originally posted by tomtom232
    I don't think the inflation is evenly spread either. It seems much more apparent the higher the rating group.

    ie 1200 is closer to the same skill level as it was a few years ago but 2100 is much weaker than 2100 was a few years ago.
    I'm one of the new 2100 guys and I approve that statement.
  15. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    06 Nov '12 07:00
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    I'm still fighting to stay in the 16's like I was 7 years ago
    That is because you are doing the same old things you did 7 years ago. Some of the old dogs can't learn new tricks. You should listen to me and you would do better on RHP. I am proof of it.