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Member since Dec-23-03 · Last seen Jun-28-17
USCF regular adult member. I am in West Bend,WI USA I have paid accounts at about 6 of 30+ correspondence sites. I play without assistance and hope my opponent doesn't either.
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   ketchuplover has kibitzed 5404 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-25-17 Grand Chess Tour Paris (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
ketchuplover: Wake up Hikaru!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   Jun-22-17 World Team Chess Championship (2017) (replies)
ketchuplover: You don't win by resigning for your country. You win by making the other poor dumb bastard resign for his country!
   Jun-18-17 Petur Johannesson (replies)
ketchuplover: Apparently his rating is 1004 via data from <whiteshark>. I did not see his name under J in the players directory. Until further data is brought forth his is CG's lowest rating. Sweet glory unto him and his family!
   Jun-18-17 Hannu Kalervo Edwardsson (replies)
ketchuplover: Update! It's the lowest rating I have found under the player directory!
   Jun-18-17 Vladimir P Malaniuk
ketchuplover: He was mentioned on the chess discussion board today
   Jun-16-17 Rachelle Hoareau (replies)
ketchuplover: Lowest rating I have seen here so far!
   Jun-16-17 Soley Lind Palsdottir
ketchuplover: Lowest rating I have seen so far!
   Jun-16-17 Hisako Wakabayashi
ketchuplover: lowest rating I have seen thus far!
   Jun-16-17 Kholoud Al-Khelaifi
ketchuplover: lowest rating I've seen so far!
   Jun-16-17 Varuzhan Akobian
ketchuplover: Best wishes at the world team championship
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  moronovich: Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year to come <ketchuplover> !
Dec-28-14  Patriot: Thanks and I hope you improve greatly as well!
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  Travis Bickle: Yo ketchuplover, do you know of any really good new chess play sites? Not correspondence chess but real time play? Thanks Travis
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  Penguincw: Happy New Year <ketchuplover>! :)
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  Nf3em: Happy New Year to you too
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  Fusilli: <ketchuplover: belated happy 10th anniversary to ye!> Thank you! And happy new year!
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  zanzibar: <ketchuplover> Thank you for the wishes.

The same to you too, a prayer for health, and a little wealth.

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  ketchuplover: <TravisBickle> If you haven't already please check out and or

No guarantees of satisfaction. Best wishes going forward.

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  Travis Bickle: Thank you Mr Ketchup! ; P
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  ketchuplover: I am back in premium mode!
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  Penguincw: Welcome back to premium land!
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  visayanbraindoctor: <ketchuplover: I think the creation of chess rating systems has been at least slightly detrimental to the PURE enjoyment of chess>

That's right. Elo ratings did not exist for most of the history of chess (up until the late 1960s), yet chessplayers still gave us wonderful games, and the WC cycle went on as normal.

I hate it when kibitzers go about citing rating this and rating that, when praising the chess playing skills of their favorite. The ratings have nothing to do with his skills.

Ratings can be abused.

1. Ratings can be manipulated. Much has already been written on this.

2. Manipulated ratings may be used to get into the higher tiers of the WC cycle.

3. Ratings are being used by tournament organizers to promote a tournament for their own benefit. Oh yeah, this tournament has the highest average rating ever, and so is the strongest in history (not necessarily true); so come and watch it and advertisers put on your money here!

4. Fanboys politicize the ratings system in order to promote their favorite players.

5. Rating centered culture does a great injustice to chess players who were active in the eras when there were no ratings.

6. Rating centered culture will do more injustice to all past chess players, including present ones decades from now when rating inflation will have pushed up the top ten players' ratings higher and higher (say up to the 2800s).

Even now, there are absurd statements, like 'Nakamura is a stronger chessplayer than Fischer; his ratings prove it.' No offense to Naka; he is a very strong chessplayer, but not in Fischer's level. I imagine that the same fanboys today proclaiming WC Carlsen as the greatest ever based solely on ratings will be the first to whine when 50 years from now all of the top ten players will have ratings higher than 2800; and so will have been 'proven' to be stronger than Carlsen.

7. Rating centered culture results in present day beginners getting discouraged from studying games of pre-WW2 masters.

8. Rating centered culture discourage chessplayers from studying and learning from excellent games if they happened to be be played by low rated players.

9. Rating centered culture fosters an elitist culture that prevents strong and deserving players that happen to have low ratings because they come from a place where ratings have not equilibrated with the European and Russian zones from getting invited to strong international tournaments.

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  ketchuplover: Thanks Penguin :)
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  ketchuplover: Hope everyone enjoy(s)(ed) the world championship match :)
Nov-11-16  Everyone: Likewise <ketchuplover>!


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  moronovich: Time to enjoy !

I cheer for Carlsen,but also for an even match.

all the best - moro -

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <ketchuplover>, seriously, I got a haircut last week, the famous US Marines "Three Minute Special." Do I need a new one already?
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: At least you *have* a time machine. When you repair the machine, mind if I take it for a little spin?
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  chancho: Likewise! 👍
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: And the same good wishes to you!
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  Penguincw: Hi <ketchuplover>. I'd just like to drop by and wish you a Happy Holidays. :)
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  FSR: Happy holidays, <ketchuplover>! Hope you have a great New Year!
Mar-30-17  Transformer: <ketchuplover: where does wesley's unbeaten streak stand currently?>


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  The Chess Express: "ketchuplover: you look mahvelous dahling :)"

Thanks for the compliment. I hope you're a chick :)

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  whiteshark: <For me this is the lowest rating on this site!> Take Petur Johannesson with <1004> accto (and that's the sole Open I've checked)
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