Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Retrieving My Old USCF Rating

Attention bloggers over age fifty and inveterate collectors of, *well*, stuff, does anyone out there have old issues of 'Chess, Life, & Review', between 1973-76? I know this must come as a real shock to most of you, but I was once forteen years old.

If the USCF cannot respond appropriately, I need to furnish proof, I assume, of my old 1667 provisional rating. This puts me one step closer to joining the USCF and so, play some over the board chess. I am preparing. And, why yes, I have the time now!

The Caro-Kann, Slav, QGA&D, anti-Indian variations from 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5, Endings, and CT-Art 3.0. Yes, there is enough to do! Any help in finding old issues (ratings lists) much appreciated.


Blogger Greg said...

I have a CD with issues of CL&R up to 1975 on it. Would that be helpful?

Thu Dec 04, 04:11:00 AM PST  
Blogger es_trick said...

Don't worry, DK. They still have you in their 'master list.' They had my old rating from 1978, which they used when I resumed play in 2006.

Thu Dec 04, 11:11:00 AM PST  
Blogger transformation said...

thanks folks. its been found. all the care and comments, not to mention many emails truly much appreciated. thank you all!

Thu Dec 04, 01:01:00 PM PST  
Blogger chesstiger said...

I wonder why you want to play with your old rating. I would have started fresh and see how far a 50+ can come further then a once 14 year old boy.

Thu Dec 04, 01:33:00 PM PST  
Blogger transformation said...

while superficially a almost sounding a bit abbrassive, i understand your intent is not malicious. good question.

i might prefer to do that.

but it does get me to twenty games faster, when i am now told i had 11 games. the fact is, its just a provision till enough or sufficient games acrete to generate a more accurate rating. think of it like the RD factor at Chess Tactical Server or FICS. it only affects the speed with which wins and loses affect the aggregated number.

i dont want to game the system. i want an honest fair rating. maybe it is NOT about what i want, but USCF policy.

i now find, that the rating i had could work against me, exactly as you say, not for me, so it aught to be about policy.

as for my feelings, i only had 11 games then, while i was not inexperienced back in the day.

now i have 8,000 or more on line games scattered around, so if using 11 games to compress the window to my NOT being provisional is a good thing, i dont see this as my subverting the fact that i am pretty experienced at chess, and not a newbe.

again, your way might be best, but will probably use it, as many others have, come back to chess from long ago as the USCF requires, i am told.


Thu Dec 04, 01:48:00 PM PST  
Blogger tanc (happyhippo) said...

hello dk,

Great to hear that you've found your rating.

Have you planned what games you intend to participate in in the coming year?


Thu Dec 04, 02:10:00 PM PST  
Blogger likesforests said...

Glad to hear you found your rating! I don't blame you for wanting to escape provisional limbo-land. This is a strange phase in your chess career where you lose rating points if you beat an 1100, but gain rating points if you lose to a 2100.

Thu Dec 04, 02:52:00 PM PST  
Blogger transformation said...

@tanc: its too early to set a plan, for my focus must be in not EXECUTING my job search, as OCD [obcessive compulsive disorder :) ] as i can honestly be, but in really SETTING the frame for my job search. right now, that means a list of 100 companies in areas i can understand and sell in, then start calling the VP of sales, something i am very good at. i no longer enjoy this hunt, but am proven in sales.

that said, you and all my brothers (and sisters, Polly!) here and not here surely know that A. i dont sit around, and B. study chess for a several hours a day, every single day.

so this rating is important to me, and that in and of itself speaks volumes AND my job search needs to stay on top as MOST important.

i do have a tickler in my (writen) day planner to call Carolyn Kleist back of the Seattle Chess Club (who by the way is really nice as i remember her, from my single visit to the club to hear GM Seirawan lecture [1] when i was starting back in 2001), and get the details about Friday night rated games. after 8 of those, i can think about a tournament as a rated player, or sooner or latter.

i dont wish to spend emotional energy on sitting in a room for days and hours and hours when i have no income, nor savings, really. i am in the same place i was in six years ago when i HAD to take the job i just lost.

finally, my addiction to increment is boundless, so i must C. TRANSFER my brain to not playing fast games (6/12 but still pennies shy of standard @ 14 mintues is still fast, but a big jump from 3/8 @ 8:20 minutes), but still increment, on line at ICC and FICS, then D. play 25/10, then E. go to a tournament. i am not going to just show up and play G30 or G60 fully rated stone cold.

i believe in being ready, not inadvertant. its taken me only 36 years, so why rush now :) ?

so, yes, it will happen and i will control the process, as i prussic my way up (climbing term from getting out of a crevice or inching up a rope [1]) from fast games, to not fast games, to slower games, to preparing my openings, to some more ending study, to shifting to a schedule where i am not working late, staying up late, etc.

@likeForests: thank you for your understanding. we all know youve been there, and my getting 8 more games down is a reasonible motive.

you make a great point, one that i know but hadnt really thought about. loosing points, beating a lower ranked player! yikes.

warmest, dk

[1] This is how we met. i noticed what a nice guy he was, and then wrote him a letter, proposing that i be the fund raiser for the U.S. Chess Championship, first as Seattle Chess Foundation, then was it, the American Foundation for Chess, then reverting back to the USCF... gosh. he recommended me, then when that initiative got stone walled, asked him to coffee, then we have been friends ever since. after about four years, we became really close friends, such as now, when i can email him in europe, and he is writing me back five minutes before he leaves the house to go to Linares. now thats close.

[2] "Prussicing and Jumaring: These are techniques of ascending a fixed rope up steep or vertical ground. Prussicing is the basic technique and is usually a slow and awkward way of ascending. It requires the use of two, short loops of rope which are slid up the fixed line. Jumaring is basically the same as prussicing, but instead of loops of rope, mechanical clamps are used to slide up the rope".

Thu Dec 04, 03:40:00 PM PST  
Blogger Polly said...

Carolyn Kleist is still quite involved with the Seattle chess scene. They gave her and her husband a certicicate of appreciation at the end of the tournament on Sunday.

Thu Dec 04, 11:27:00 PM PST  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Hot damn, DK's gonna take the tournament plunge!!!

Fri Dec 05, 06:01:00 AM PST  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Be mentally prepared for your rating going down. Not because I think that is likely going to happen (quite the contrary) but to be hardened in the case statistic anomalies occur. Swings of plus or minus 200 points are rare, but not unheard of. I've seen a lot of people leaving chess because of misinterpreting such anomalies.

Fri Dec 05, 11:18:00 AM PST  

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