Originally posted by Fat Lady
According to the ECF website Anna's grade was 86 last year. Without the inflation she probably would have come out at around 110 to 120 this year, I don't think the inflation affected her grade as much as some juniors. Like most juniors she can play much stronger that expected if it's a position she is familiar with or if it's very tactical, but can be grou ...[text shortened]... reckon any woman/girl graded 160 or more can get a WFM title if they put their mind to it.
There’s still plenty wrong with the ECF system, but it’s a step in the right direction. I just don’t see any reason why we can’t have a live system updated monthly - like the rest of the Chess playing world! I’ve played a load of games this season and done quite well, but I think I’ve already peaked at about 120 even though we are only a quarter of the way in.
I must admit I’ve ended up with egg on my face a couple of times with tactics from juniors, they are as you say very sharp. Whenever I’m up against a kid now I don’t play my usual 1.e4 and go for a Nimzo-Larsen instead - best case scenario they won’t know it and blunder - but at the very least it will bore them into submission. Also once you get into an endgame it’s over, they just don’t have the patience
If she’s 131 at the age of 10 and keeps playing (it’s the teenage years that can prove a distraction!) It’s likely she’ll end up an excellent player with some kind of title - and good luck to her!