Ratings deflation is now an accepted phenomenon at the lower end of the fide ratings scale, especially at below 2300. The mechanism for the deflation is driven primarily by promising young players getting a low initial rating, say 1700. When these young players improve to a stage when they can draw or beat higher-rated established older players, these young players take rating points off the established players. The established players would, more often than not, see their ratings drop each time they play in FIDE-rated events although their playing strength is maintained. This is a worldwide phenomenon.
27 April 2013
Rating pools may be identified with countries. Most players play most of their games within a limited geographical region. Even in Malaysia, we do not often see many Klang Valley players going out of that region to take part in chess events. Only the serious and committed players are willing to bear the costs and time commitment to go out of their way to participate in chess events.
24 April 2013
Before moving on to the next part of my Pattaya Analysis, here is the first of two articles on ratings pools and ratings deflation for the benefit of readers who may wish to have more information on these subjects.
22 April 2013
Part 2 of my Pattaya Analysis covers Yit San's performance. Yit San had been doing well in the local Malaysian circuit at rapid time controls. However, it is clear that the standard of play at classical time controls in Pattaya is just so much higher. In fact, I would argue they require two significantly different skills sets as regards players below 2300 playing strength.
21 April 2013
I usually do an analysis after every event my kids play, which I discuss with them and then decide see how to progress from there. I am sharing our experience relating to the just-completed Bangkok Open. Hopefully, my thinking processes on the issues that we, as a chess-playing family with limited financial budget, have to address, will be helpful to parents in similar circumstances.
14 April 2013
The boys arrived at Pattaya last night, located a hotel and safely checked in. The boys’ hotel is less than 200 metres away from the Dusit Thani Hotel, the venue for the Bangkok Open starting today.