Ratings Under 1,000. There are No Davids or Goliaths!!

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It is always good for a laugh to hear players and parents talking about how good a 1,000 player is.  “Your next opponent is rated 968, be careful.”  or I’ll hear a player say, ” Her rating was really high, just over 1,000!).  ” I’ll do the best I can their rating is much higher than mine.”.  SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on parents and players alike for knowing so little about the rating system!  If you pay a coach and your player still thinks a 1,000 rating means anything, that’s even worse!!  Chess player egos are the most imagination driven egos in all of sports because the players, parents, and the coaches don’t make sure that everyone understands the rating system.  I explain the rating system pretty early on to my private students, and within a tournament or 2 to all the others!  If you don’t get to work at helping everyone understand the rating system, you are hurting your player’s growth.  Over or under 1,000, they should not be playing blind!

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Until you fully understand the ratings system, let’s talk about what to do when the pairings come up.  1) Look up the opponent’s history at USChess!  The “General” page will give their rating and category.  2.) Look at their, ” Tournament History” to see how many events they have played in and the highest their rating has been.  3.) Go back to the “General” page and click on “Game Statistics” to see the strongest players they’ve played and the result. 4.) click on, “Record by Year” to see total games, and winning percentage. If you do this the moment the postings come out, you will not be late for the round.  Even if you are late, it’s worth a minute or 2 to gather this info so that your player get’s the correct perspective on their opponent!

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This past weekend the VSCA held a tournament at Maggie Walker High School.  The player rated 908 finished with a perfect score of 4-0 and a new rating high of 1082.  I’ll bet that none of his opponent’s knew that this player’s rating had fallen from 1077 in July of 2018, that they’ve only played 44 tournament games and that their record against opponents rated 1,000 or higher was a dismal 1 point out of 8 tries!  If you look at all of your previous opponents that have a rating of 1,000 or lower, you will find that none of them have a positive record against players rated over 1,000!  The next player finishing with 3.5 watched their rating go from 887 to 968.  They’ve played 75 tournament games.  they have 1 point out of 5 tries.  The player that took 3rd with 3.5 points, watched their rating go from 687 to 964!!  They’ve played 51 games, seen a player over 1,000 only twice and lost both times.  One player at the tournament who’s rating was 948 at the beginning of the tournament has played 131 tournament games met players over 1,000 only 9 times and has a score of 3.5 against those opponent’s.

tru-alien-vs-predaator-exclusive-063   The part that makes things confusing is the k factor, (http://www.uschess.org/content/view/12201/221/).  The K Factor tells what the maximum number of points a player can get for a win!  For players under 1,000 the K factor is 52 or more points.  For players at my rating high of 1943 the K factor is 27.5 points!  What that means is even if I had scored 3.5 points against players that were rated 235, 198, 259, and 302 above my rating, my new rating would be just 2058.  I would have picked up just 115 points, not the 277 that the 687 player got for the same numerical results.

The next time you get paired with someone who’s rating is 1,000 or less just remember, you are supposed to respect your opponent, not put faith in them!!  The 964 of today may have been 687 of just 4 games ago!  Learn the rating system, play intelligently, and know something about every opponent you play!

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Young folks do battle at the Boy and Girls Club of Greater Richmond

On Saturday July 29th children from the Boys and Girls club of Greater Richmond.  The 4 contestants were Christopher Collins, Anton Wilson, Iyana Scroggins, and London Rise.  The play format was a Quad.  This is an everyone plays everyone setting.

Here, 12 year old Head Coach for Boushall Middle School, Giovonnie Pearson watches the board as an assistant referee. G-Man as he is called is ensuring that the game is recorded and that if a piece is touched and the player wants to make a claim, there will be no disputes.

3x weighted pieces, vinyl board, and quiver are winners choice.

Books, clocks and hats were also for the taking for winners

What a selection!

After 2 rounds of grueling battle Alton has 1.5, Christopher has 1.5, Iyana has 1, and London has 0.  What’s always good recovery food after a couple games of tournament chess?  That’s right ……… Pizza

Papa John’s pizza is comfort food!

When the battle is done, Alton and Christopher are tied for 1st, Iyana get’s second and London takes 3rd!

Christopher and Alton tied for 1st and were both allowed to pick a 1st place prize

the whole happy gang

Get your kids involved with RCI!  We have it all.  World class instruction, free weekly workshops at our own office, work and community service opportunities for the kids, and tournaments to test and document their skill.  Hope to see you at our, “Fearless Tournament Openings” camp, August 14th – 18th right here at Create Space.  Your tournament player will definitely thank you.

 

RPS Chess Teams Sweeps K-12 Section at Meadowdale Spring Scholastic Chess Tournament!

On Saturday, May 20th, 51 players from across Central Virginia came together to play chess at the Meadowdale Library in Chesterfield County. 3 RPS Teams coached and sponsored The Richmond Chess Initiative were entered into the top section. Brown and Boushall Middle Schools are part of Next Up RVA. The 3rd team was from Armstrong High School where they participate in A.C.E

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Our players were fighting for their lives as early as round 1. Giovonni, (right) is playing the # 1 seed and Leonardo, (left) is playing the # 2 seed! The day is going to turn out really interesting because for 8 of our 11 RPS players, this is their 1st tournament!

Individual Honors were had by Iceon of Brown 5th Place, Venniecia of Armstrong, 4th place, and Noah of Armstrong, 3rd place!


1st Place Team honors went to Brown’s team of Iceon, Najei,(sitting) Isaac, and Xavier!  2nd Place Team honors went to Armstrong’s team of Venniecia,(sitting) and Noah!  3rd Place Team went to went to Boushall’s team of Giovonni, Amari,(sitting) Xzavian, and Leonardo!


The real team picture. All team honors go out to the players, parents, coaches, Next Up RVA, A.C.E., RCI, and The Virginia Scholastic Chess Association. Changing “hobbies and interest” to “Accomplishments” one child and tournament at a time! Congratulations to all the Rated Tournament Chess Players! Enjoy your new title and continue to pursue being the complete chess personality!

30 DAY INVESTMENT WILL YIELD 30% RETURN

THIS IS MIKE CALLAHAM WITH SOME AWESOME NEWS ABOUT AN ACQUISITION THE RICHMOND CHESS INITIATIVE IS MAKING!  IF YOU’VE BEEN FOLLOWING, RCI HAS BEEN WORKING WITH THE PRO FUNDING SUITE SINCE OCTOBER OF 2016.  THE PRO FUNDING SUITE IS THE PRIMARY PROVIDER OF, “NO AGE REQUIREMENT” WORK AT RCI.  THE OWNER IS RETIRING AND WANTS TO SELL THE BUSINESS AND HE IS GIVING US 1ST SHOT AT IT.  YOU ALL KNOW THAT RCI HAS SPONSORED MORE THAN 1000 EVENTS AT RICHMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, AND SPECIAL EVENTS SINCE 2012.  A FAIR MARKET VALUE OF ABOUT $400,000.00!  WE DON’T HAVE ANY GRANTS!  WE ARE PRIVATELY FUNDED,  ( I PAY FOR ALL OF THIS!).  RCI FINANCES THE MISSION WITH SERVICE CONTRACTS, PRIVATE LESSONS, GROUP LESSONS, CAMPS, AND OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH NATIONAL COMPANIES THAT WE PROVIDE SALES AND MARKETING SERVICES FOR.  BECOMING THE OWNER OF THIS NATIONAL COMPANY WILL ALLOW RCI TO TRANSFORM CHESS AND YOUNG ENTREPRENEURSHIP INTO SYNONYMS!!

TO MAKE THIS PURCHASE I’M SHORT JUST $1,000.00.  IF THIS WERE THE END OF APRIL, THIS WOULD BE A REPORT OF THE GREATEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN AT RCI, BUT THAT MONEY IS A FEW WEEKS OFF AND HE’S NOT GOING TO WAIT THAT LONG.  IN SUPPORT OF OUR MISSION, HE’S NOT ACCEPTING OTHER OFFERS UNTIL HE GET’S AN ANSWER FROM US!  HE HAS BEEN IN SUPPORT OF OUR MISSION SINCE DAY 1.

I NEED YOUR HELP NOW!!  ALL MONEY RAISED WILL BE RETURNED ON OR BEFORE 30 APRIL 2017!

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