76 ( +1 | -1 ) OTBrating shouldn't be compared to GK-ratings, since this is a Correspondence Chess site. My present rating at ICCF is app. 2340, but for an example nottop has over 2500 at ICCF, but has "only" around 2000 here at GK, so I don't really think you can compare, maybe you can get an indication, but since all start at 1200 here and the system to calculate is different, it is not really compareable.
Why bother about rating anyway, play some joyfull chess, make some new friends and socialise. If your worried about your opponents playing strenght, you can always ask before the games start!
21 ( +1 | -1 ) ratingi agree that chess is not only about rating but it does encourage some people to get better... to compare ratings my ccf is only 1223 (should be higher) while over here i am 1600.
66 ( +1 | -1 ) I completely understand ...your point about rating 'not being the only thing' and so forth. But for some of us who have never played a RATED otb game, its more a matter of curiousity.
Also,Chess Champ also makes a good point. Some of us are somewhat new at 'active chess study', and rating is one indicator of improvement, or 'payoff' for all of that work!
Some individuals do great in a one on one, time controlled environment, while others do better in a no-pressure, correspondence environment. I think that knowing about different peoples rating differences is very interesting! So, if you have an OTB rating, and would like to share it with us, it would be appreciated! Thanks!
134 ( +1 | -1 ) IMO the rating system here cannot work...just because draws are not counted and because you get points even if you play a much lower rated player. If you take a look at cyrano's huge rating: He has a lot of draws against lower rated players, so in OTB he would drop for that - his GK rating is not touched by that. On the other hand he beat a lot of players rated around 1000 - no offence, it's nice to give them the possiblity to play such a strong player. But of course he beats them without even putting his brain on - so why should one get a rating point for such a game? It's very clear that this must lead to a rating inflation and it's only a matter of time till the first (most likely cyrano) hits 3000 which is much more than the world record OTB held by Kasparov (2850). The other thing is that OTB play and correspondence chess are quite different things, I think you cannot compare both of them. In my former chess club we have a quy that is Master in correspondence chess, but his best OTB rating was a bit more than 2000 and dropped to 1700 right now, but of course he understands a lot about chess. By the way, my OTB rating is 2200+ (still on the rise, I hope;-), my rating here is 1880, but maybe that's not for real because I did not play enough games yet. Regards. Frank