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  1. 31 Jul '13 21:39
    Out of interest, does anyone (mods etc) keep any stats on significant rating difference victories, eg a player with a low rating beating someone with a particular high one?

    Not gloating, but I seem to have hovered around the mid-1300s for a while now, but just got checkmate against someone with a high-1900 rating. Might be insignificant in the great scheme of things and I appreciate not everyone's into ratings, but it's a bit of a milestone for lowly old me.

    Cheers,

    FW
  2. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    31 Jul '13 22:15 / 1 edit
    Congratulations!
    I mated a 1950 once (and still keep it in my current folder as reminder)

    Just recently got a draw with a 2100.

    Nothing to compare with your David & Goliath effort though!!
  3. 31 Jul '13 22:26
    Thank-you (might nick your avatar while i'm at it....:-) )
  4. 01 Aug '13 01:22
    Dude, you're too modest. That was a huge checkmate for you, and in less than 20 moves!

    A real Sharknado of a win, which shows that chess is a helluva game for anyone, no matter what one's rating might be.
  5. 01 Aug '13 03:33
    Hi Flying Wolk.

    You got Leigh Griffiths back, he will score some goals for you.

    FlyingWolf - pongi3 RHP 2013

    I was going to say good game, but you never broke sweat, I'd of played
    the same moves 'cept I would have 0-0-0 or 0-0 before Nd5....OK. Good game.

    This pongi3 lad is a bit of fighter, very few draws.
    Today he perhaps thought his grade would just win it.

  6. 01 Aug '13 08:11
    Hi gp34,
    That game felt like a once-great League 1 team beats Premiershio supremos giant-killing!

    We're going to need Griffiths' goals this season, although the bookies have us favourites to make a swift return to the Chump. Did well per-season.

    Thanks for the game comments - had a few close calls against some high-rating opponents recently, but this one topped it. I guess it's what makes chess the game it is......!

    FW
  7. 01 Aug '13 09:44
    Here's a real life game in which someone with an ECF grade of 58 (about 1100 FIDE) beat someone with an ECF grade of 125 (about FIDE 1650):
    http://www.halesowenchessclub.org.uk/chvgrzy.htm

    What makes it remarkable, however, is that the loser of this game plays on a well known online chess site where his rating is in excess of 2450! (my rating on the same site is about 300 points lower).
  8. 01 Aug '13 10:50
    I'm not doubting you didn't play well in the game but cynically I would say the supposed 1900 player you beat is not actually 1900!! or perhaps they are wanting to drop their rating for tournament entry as many seem to do, sandbaggers as they are known.
    Cheers.
  9. 01 Aug '13 11:47
    You can't sandbag very much as your tournament rating never goes 100 below your highest rating.

    As a high 1800-low 1900 rating player here, I can attest that lots of mistakes are still made at this level, at least by me. Especially when playing an opening that one is unfamiliar with.
  10. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    01 Aug '13 23:53
    Originally posted by gothcharles
    I'm not doubting you didn't play well in the game but cynically I would say the supposed 1900 player you beat is not actually 1900!! or perhaps they are wanting to drop their rating for tournament entry as many seem to do, sandbaggers as they are known.
    Cheers.

    Take a look at his opponents stats!
    No record of throwing games.
    And he hasn't won any tournaments.
    No sandbagging.

    And if there was evidence of sandbagging it would be extremely rude and uncharitable to point it out and ruin someone's winphoria!
  11. 05 Aug '13 22:09
    This takes some beating: OTB nearly 30 years ago a friend of mine played a mega sharp Najdorf, got a good ending and finally ground down a player 785 points higher. (victim was Owen Hindle if anyone remembers him)
  12. 06 Aug '13 22:47 / 1 edit
    Very nice.

    My biggest ratings gap win was when I was 1559 vs a player rated 1908, at the time.

    A couple sacrifices, some well placed bishops and naked aggression was just enough to win the day.

    That was a year ago. Hope I can recapture some of that past glory one of these days.

  13. Subscriber moonbus
    Uber-Nerd
    07 Aug '13 14:23
    As a high 1800-low 1900 rating player here, I can attest that lots of mistakes are still made at this level, at least by me. Especially when playing an opening that one is unfamiliar with.
    Amen to that. I have been on the receiving end myself a few times. Here at RHP I once left my Q en prise against a 1500 player (incredibly, my opponent did not see it); I managed to finagle a won endgame and then proceeded to throw that away, too. Altogether an embarrassing performance on my part. My opponent got away with a well-earned draw, I reckon. Lack of attention to detail was the culprit.

    (Game 9834715 -- a comedy of errors.)