LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   Report Post  
Old October 7th 16, 05:23 PM
Junior Member
First recorded activity by ChessBanter: Oct 2016
Location: USA
Posts: 17
Default My Experience at ICC

My experience at The Internet Chess club has been strange..
Having reached 1997 standard rating approx. 20 years ago, I expected to move higher not lower.

However, suddenly and inexplicably the all the opponents I encountered began playing like experts and masters regardless of rating.

This dropped me to the 1700range for many years.

Then again suddenly and inexplicably all opponents, regardless of rating, began playing like masters. This has recently dropped me to the 1500 area.

I tested all the available chess computers such as Slow Mo. Slow Bo, and Wimp, on ICC seeking a fair level of competition and all began playing like grandmasters regardless of how low I went.

One computer recently permitted me to win two miserable points after a savage struggle in which it seemed to anticipate every plan I made.
It was rated only 1100. So my efforts to find a proper level of competition on ICC was systematically frustrated in that manner.

Why? Well, I guess that such an experience tends to naturally arouse the suspicion that one isn't wanted to go beyond a certain level.

You see, I was repeatedly allowed to get enticingly close to the 1700 once more, but then both computers and players again suddenly began playing like grandmasters regardless of rating and I was once more at the 1500 level threatening to dip into the 1400s. Explanation? Gee? I don't know. Stronger computers? Stronger players which cancelled out the fact that I am now approx several times stronger as a player than I was when I hit the 1787 mark 20 years ago? Really? But then why no change in playing strength when I dropped to lower rateds?


Strangely, the only improvement I saw was when I mentioned this garbage here yesterday. Then suddenly the computers began playing at their rated levels and I easily beat them four times. Negative publicity caused something to happen?

Of course I am relieved. However, if indeed I notice that the same garbage starts again, I will no longer play on ICC. Should have done that long ago instead of insisting on being part of a scenario which was patently detrimental to my enjoyment of the game.

The situation provoked basic blunders that I would not have made had I not been as frustrated by all of it as I gradually became.

Last edited by Radrook : October 7th 16 at 05:39 PM
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
AVAILABILITY LIST OF MY CONSULTANTS surya (Chess Politics) 0 August 22nd 08 02:12 PM
AVAILABILITY LIST OF MY CONSULTANTS surya (Chess Politics) 0 August 21st 08 08:08 PM
AVAILABILITY LIST OF MY CONSULTANTS surya (Chess Politics) 0 August 21st 08 02:23 PM
AVAILABILITY LIST OF MY CONSULTANTS surya (Chess Politics) 0 August 19th 08 02:31 PM
AVAILABLE HOT LIST OF MY CONSULTANTS surya (Chess Politics) 0 August 18th 08 01:50 PM

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 04:35 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2004-2019 ChessBanter.
The comments are property of their posters.

About Us

"It's about Chess"


Copyright © 2017