Originally posted by chesskid001
Well first of all, let me say that for a 1300 you played extremely well. If someone were to show me that game, I would've guess black was at least 1600, if not better than that. In my humble opinion, I believe his comment was a bit of an insult; people tend to act that way when they lose to to players lower then them. I mean, it was clear that he was dis ...[text shortened]... d pair of rooks, any 1700 would know it was dead lost, and he did not resign after you queened.
Chesskid....thanks a million for the compliment! A few people have told me the same thing, that I'm under-rated and play much higher. A few reasons for this....I started playing seriously (at the club) about a year and a half ago, not knowing much at all about strategy and even tactics but wanted to start playing again since I played some when I was younger. My second provisional game I lost to the lowest rated player at the club, rated 500!!!!! So my provisional rateing tanked to 150! As I kept learning and playing it slowly crept back up, but I think my knowledge of the game has increased must faster than my rating because I just don't get to play that many rated games. The highest rated player I've beaten was 1800, and then this win from a 1700. It's strange because I'll beat some higher rated players, and then blunder and lose to a 1200!
I'm just trying to improve and have fun, and stay competitive! I like the challenge. I'm 28 years old now, and my lifetime chess goal is to someday hit class A (1800). I've already won a 1st place class prize at our biggest local tournament, so life is good! :-)
I don't think it was meant to be insulting, maybe just an excuse. I was just contemplating if it makes sense, if opening surprises hinder stronger players more than weaker, but I guess that depends on how well each is prepared, and how well each plays when they have to think for themselves.