Originally posted by Indonesia Phil
Some chess players are just better players than others and will win more or less every time, however when two players of roughly equal ability lock horns [say within 50 points of one another] then it seems to me that a certain amount of luck kicks in. I win games sometimes [and only sometimes!] where I don't think I've played any better than games whi ...[text shortened]... right place at the right time. Anybody agree with this or am a talking out of my rear endgame?
Talking out of your rear... sorry.
You will not think you are playing any better than normal because you aren't... your opponent is just playing worse than your usual standard of play allowing you to capitalize on their mistakes.
Luck can exist in games based on your definition. For instance, if a class A player takes on a IM and wins because the IM made a blunder... one person will say that there was no luck while another person might say the class A player was lucky that the IM blundered.