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|Jan-25-15|| ||OhioChessFan: Or perhaps regaled.|
|Jan-25-15|| ||FSR: Claude has the highest winning percentage this side of Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia.|
|Jan-25-15|| ||tpstar: Also Gioachino Greco|
Bloodgood wins the Creepiest Picture hands down.
|Jan-27-15|| ||offramp: His middle name is a nickname given to him by Father Seamus Mulcahy. |
It is based on the noise he was expected to make in the electric chair.
|Jul-27-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: I boosted my gameknot rating by playing mostly lower-rated players. I got my gameknot rating about 100 points higher than my USCF rating.|
Then the fun wore off and I stopped. But I am not stuck in prison, I can go out and do other stuff.
|Jul-27-15|| ||andrewjsacks: <FSR> And this side of Jude Acers in his rated matches. Know that story?|
|Jul-28-15|| ||FSR: <andrewjsacks> Not exactly. I vaguely recall hearing allegations that Acers padded his rating in that manner.|
|Jul-28-15|| ||andrewjsacks: <FSR> Scandalous it was. Caused the USCF to make rule changes. Do a little research, perhaps.|
|Jul-28-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: <andrewjsacks: <FSR> Scandalous it was. Caused the USCF to make rule changes. Do a little research, perhaps.>|
I posted some info that I found on the Jude Acers page a few years back.
|Jul-28-15|| ||Howard: Inside Chess ran an article about Bloodgood's artificially (to put it mildly !) high rating (which at the time made him one of the "top 20" players in the U.S.) back in 1996.|
Still recall it rather well. How his rating got so ridiculously high had more to do with his playing in a closed pool of other players, rather than agreeing with other inmates to "fix" his games.
|Jul-28-15|| ||john barleycorn: <Howard> was not Bloodgood rated US #2 behind Kamsky in 1996?|
|Jul-28-15|| ||zanzibar: I only found this one post by <thegoodanarchist> in the Acer forum, quoting the wiki article:|
Jude Frazer Acers (kibitz #163)
I can see a big problem in any rating system that allows you to collect rating points off of unrated players. Similarly, for losing points to unrated players.
Not really Acers' problem, per se. On the other hand, after getting his rating frozen at 2399 he didn't play a rated tournament until 2007 (when he was ~63).
There, he proved a capable fellow:
<Acers' recent result at the 17th World Senior Chess Championship, with a FIDE performance of 2289, should help to confirm his playing strength.>
|Jul-29-15|| ||andrewjsacks: <Zanzibar> "Not really Acers' problem, per se." Interesting take on it. No, not his "problem," that there was a glitch in the rating system that permitted unethical use of it. His only "problem" was that he did so to such an almost incredible extent that the USCF had to modify several rules.|
|Jul-29-15|| ||Howard: John Barlaycorn....according to Inside Chess, Bloodgood was ranked around 12th or 13th place (roughly). |
But he certainly wasn't #2 !
|Jul-29-15|| ||Howard: Zanzibar's point was basically made in that Inside Chess article. Bloodgood was exploiting an anomaly when it came to playing unrated players in a CLOSED rating pool. That's how his rating got so ridiculously high.|
|Jul-29-15|| ||john barleycorn: <Howard> I read it in a German chess magazine (SM64 2/97) which referred to Chess Life & Review, January 1997 and gave:|
|Jul-29-15|| ||zanzibar: RE: Acers
<andrewjsacks> I'd have to learn much more about the details before I'd feel comfortable drawing that conclusion.
You might be right, that he was deliberately exploiting the rating system.
But, my understanding is that he really was a very strong player (> 2289 in his prime presumably), and that he just played local, match games.
So, was he deliberately milking the system, or was he just playing his "style" of chess?
And if he was deliberately running up his rating, was he doing so to expose the problem, or to exploit it?
I guess I think, ultimately, the USCF rating system needed modifying, either way.
So in the end, it was a positive.
|Jul-29-15|| ||john barleycorn: <Howard> and according to that article the key weakness in the USCF rating system was that (other than in the FIDE rating) your rating would increase always if you would beat the same weak players a hundred times and more.|
|Jul-29-15|| ||andrewjsacks: <Zanzibar> RE Acers|
Well, not much I can say to your response, extremely generous as it is to him. I do suggest you attempt to research it, for example an article, easy to access, by Sam Sloan. There are others too. Anyway, you are a gentleman to attempt to exonerate Mr. Acers. We can respectfully disagree on the point.
|Jul-30-15|| ||zanzibar: <andrewjsacks> Yes, I readily admit to an initial presumption of innocent generally. And especially when I don't know the full story.|
I also readily admit that you might be completely correct in your considered statements on the matter.
I'll try to do a little more research in the matter at some point in the future. And possibly report back - but maybe in Acers' forum instead of this one.
Thanks for your comments in the exchange.
|Jul-30-15|| ||diceman: <tpstar:
Bloodgood wins the Creepiest Picture hands down.>
...he has that Uncle Fester charm.
|Jul-30-15|| ||andrewjsacks: <zanzibar> Good man. This is the type of professional, polite, and gentlemanly exchange--despite differences of opinion--that should be the rule here, not the exception.|
|Jul-31-15|| ||sakredkow: I hope I can remember never to click on this guy's name again.|
|Jul-31-15|| ||offramp: <andrewjsacks> This is a good page for your Frankenstein's-Monster avatar. |
They go together: Bloodgood fire bad.
|Aug-01-15|| ||andrewjsacks: <offramp> Good one!|
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