Originally posted by atticus2
Whatever the reason, he has certainly found some magic formula. I wish he'd share it!
Between Jun 03 & Aug 04, Sealion ambled along at c. 1850. Then he took a break (presumably), and his rating decayed to 1435. But in Oct 04 from this low point, he climbed quickly through his former ceiling into the 2100-2150 range and bobbled along there until Jul 06. T ...[text shortened]... the past six months, his rating has risen inexorably to the foothills of 2400.
6 years. that's a loooong time. furthermore, 1850 RHP in 2003 isn't anything like 1850 RHP in 2009, because the rating pool has matured.
for example, during the last 2 years my ranking has been quite steadily between 150-200. yet my rating
has gone up from 1800 to 2000 at the same time.
and we probably don't need to dig up the 1800-2400 rating graphs of practically any titled players. a LOT can happen in 6 years, EVEN if the rating pool was stable.