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ketchuplover
Member since Dec-23-03 · Last seen Jun-10-21
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   ketchuplover has kibitzed 5962 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-24-21 D Gukesh
 
ketchuplover: Never heard of him until today
 
   May-24-21 Teimour Radjabov (replies)
 
ketchuplover: vs. Shak today I think 10.Bxd5 is worth a shot :)
 
   Apr-28-21 Wang Hao (replies)
 
ketchuplover: All the best to him
 
   Apr-26-21 Ian Nepomniachtchi (replies)
 
ketchuplover: HIP HIP HOORAY!
 
   Apr-22-21 MissScarlett chessforum (replies)
 
ketchuplover: hush hush sweet scarlett
 
   Apr-04-21 Karen Movsziszian
 
ketchuplover: 5/5 at La Nucia,Alicante
 
   Mar-10-21 Diocletian chessforum
 
ketchuplover: This is the ghost of chessgames' past
 
   Mar-08-21 Steinitz vs Pillsbury, 1892
 
ketchuplover: $150/yr
 
   Jan-31-21 Jorden van Foreest (replies)
 
ketchuplover: winner winner chicken dinner!
 
   Dec-21-20 Wei Yi (replies)
 
ketchuplover: 2/3 at Chinese Championship :)
 
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Jan-08-15  Travis Bickle: Thank you Mr Ketchup! ; P
Nov-02-16
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  ketchuplover: I am back in premium mode!
Nov-02-16
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  Penguincw: Welcome back to premium land!
Nov-02-16  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.

Nov-03-16
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  ketchuplover: Thanks Penguin :)
Nov-11-16
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  ketchuplover: Hope everyone enjoy(s)(ed) the world championship match :)
Nov-11-16  Everyone: Likewise <ketchuplover>!

:^)

Nov-11-16
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  moronovich: Time to enjoy !

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

all the best - moro -

Nov-15-16
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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?
Nov-18-16
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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?
Nov-30-16
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  chancho: Likewise! 👍
Dec-15-16
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: And the same good wishes to you!
Dec-24-16
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  Penguincw: Hi <ketchuplover>. I'd just like to drop by and wish you a Happy Holidays. :)
Dec-27-16
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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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Jun-12-17  The Chess Express: "ketchuplover: you look mahvelous dahling :)"

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

Jun-16-17
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  whiteshark: <For me this is the lowest rating on this site!> Take Petur Johannesson with <1004> accto http://chess-results.com/tnr234895.... (and that's the sole Open I've checked)
Jul-30-17
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  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday to me :)
Jul-30-17
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  tpstar: <ketchuplover> Happy Birthday!!
Aug-26-19
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  ketchuplover: Thanx <tpstar>
Dec-25-19
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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas to my old buddy, <ketchuplover>.
Feb-25-20  Parachessus: Happy and Merry belated birthday and Christmas and New Years!
Jun-06-20
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  Penguincw: < ketchuplover: Sounds like NBA returns July 31 :) >

Hi there. Apologies for the late response, but yes I heard.

Not really a basketball fan. I'm an MLB guy, although there is a good chance there will be no baseball this year.

Aug-27-20
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  wordfunph: ketch, thanks :)
Dec-25-20
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  Penguincw: Hi <mustardlover>. Hope you enjoying the new NBA season.

In the meanwhile, Merry Christmas.

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