Nick Grey wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:59 am
Seen no where that they will publish the test conversions along side traditional. I expect the usual results missing getting accumulated on monthly updates of tournaments etc. I'm far more interested if Christopher Kreuzer has played any chess and whether he will be lower than me on this next list.
Yes, my chess playing activity has dropped off precipitously to only a few games a year. It was very difficult to reduce the amount of chess I was playing (even though I had taken a conscious decision to do that in part because of other demands on my time and in part because I realised I was playing too much chess). But once I was playing less, it became easier to play less and less. And other matters are still taking up lots of my time. It is difficult to reverse the trend and play more chess again, something that I was not expecting!
I have still managed to play at least one game a season, and also at least one game per half season. It is a bit shocking to realise that my last win over the board was on 9 February 2018 against one Nick Faulks (i.e. I went the whole of 2019 without a win, and it is coming up to two years without an OTB win). And since then my results have been:
23/02/2018 - loss (to a 156)
13/09/2018 - loss (to a 207)
28/09/2018 - draw (with a 165)
24/10/2018 - loss (to a 233*)
22/02/2019 - loss (to a 230*)
26/09/2019 - loss (to a 198)
The 207 and the 198 are the same player (Richard 'Rick' McMichael) and the 233* and the 230* are the same player (2370-rated FM Davit Mirzoyan
, who I've mentioned here before, who scored 11.5/12
last season, and is in the ECF grading database as David Mirzoyan
, scoring 6/9 in the 2018 London Chess Classic FIDE Open, but only played four rounds of the 2019 edition, reaching 2/4 - he also scored 5/6 in two Golders Green Rapidplays last season and 7/7 in a CCF rapidplay - can't tell if he is around and playing this season or not).
Anyway, as I had a lot of past games for the grading system to rely on, my grade has only shifted very slightly from 164A to 165C to 165D to 165E. I suspect it might drop a bit this time, but then again it might not.