Thursday, January 12, 2006


2005 in Review

2005 was a decent year in chess. I began the year with a 1632 rating and finished with a rating of 1845. My rating peaked in April at 1904, after a run of 17.5/18. I floated down to about 1850 where I remained, plus or minus 15 points for the rest of the year.

Below are the statistics, broken down. "Full time stats" means that each player had at least 2 hours to play the game. At shorter time controls, it was easier to lose against 1600 rated players. A 1650 player isn't a slouch, but a loss will drop your rating 20+ points. So any ratings gains could be quickly evaporated by one loss to a mid-level player.

To get above 2000, it would take a lot of work, analyzing openings. Perhaps I will have the time or motivation at some point this year, but not as of right now.

Looks like you had a very good year! I don't quite keep such meticulous records of my games, but I know I had some significant accomplishments last year. I tied for 4th place in our city tournament. I beat for the first time someone from chess club who used to alway beat me and claimed I would never improve (and going into 2006, I now have a 2 game winning streak against him). I beat my first Class A player. 2005 was a good year for us both.

Don't give up on your Expert player aspirations. You have a lot of talent, and I know you can achieve and probably even surpass that goal.
Thanks for the encouragement. I had a horrible loss yesterday. I made the worst blunder in a year, missing a mate in one while I was winning. My mind was focused on my plan and I wasn't concentrating. Not a good start to 2006.

Good job on your year. Chess is ups and downs.

I'm an engineer so I like to look at stats. My best accomplishment was clear 1st in the Houston Open's U1800 section in March. I was really practicing then and playing well. I've had less time to devout to chess now that I'm married and it might decline further if I get into this part-time MBA program I am applying to.
I can identify! When I went for my MBA, even my wife took a backseat for a while (thank God she's understanding).
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