In this post let's discuss the pros and cons of K-factors for adults. Now a days kids can become so strong because they play without pressure of K factor thing but what about adults like me and other adults? We have only first 40 games which gives us K-40 rest goes down and down on the other han kids have more chances due to under 18 thing. I totally disagree with FIDE rules regarding K factors because I think it gives more opportunity to only kids but does not help aduts like us. Kids have no responsibilities but on the other hand adults like us have more challange.
In case of me I have only 12 games left for K-40 factor then this factor goes down. If we think in realistic sense then it will become so much tough for me to become GM. Because we all know becoming a Grandmaster requires so much work and money and coaches and so on but also elo sucks. It will take more than 10+ events for a player like me to learn and maintain 2000 elo strength then real battle will start. Yes I believe I can get 2000 elo once events will start but this is just a milestone and then getting title will become more and more tough. Even if I do my best this elo may affect my work. I saw so many strong players who started late and never became 2000+ due to this K systems.
About me? I work well with my teammates so my game is def. improving and I do know that chess game level matters not elo but in order to get students and money we need elo also. I left everything for chess because my mind can't think of other things now a days apart from chess. Even though I am able to understand computers faster than chess but still I chose chess because I love this game so I work on my game strength
I wanna know your opinions guys. Like some of the adults who are in chessmood to become titled players. How you handle this rating k factors things and how you believe that you will cross 2200+ even with less k-factors. Share your strategies also.
Again, I wanna say I know game matters not elo but still i wanna know how you guys handle less k-40 thing.
Definitely the topic I have been thinking a lot lately. I used to play chess long time ago, but didn't have FIDE rating but only national rating of around 2150.
Few months ago I played my first official OTB tournament and and since my oponents were not very strong I ended up with 1800 starting ELO rating, even though I won the tournament easily.
So now I have only about 20 games left with K=40.
I registered for two upcomming tournaments but I will play only the one whih has >1700 ELO limit as for the second tournament my rating doesn't qualify me for the main group.
Playing against much weaker oponents with K-40 is risky as when you win you gain little and when you lose you lose a lot.
Well good luck in upcoming event. I hope you will reach 2000+ in next event with K-40. I only played 3 rated events and have 1465 elo now but for the next year my plan is to play 10 event with prep. and gain 600 elo points to reach 2000+
I got my first rating when I was 17, before all this K-40 thing for U18, which I agree is discriminating elo-wise older players aiming for FM like myself.
Been playing with K-20 as far as I remember and got max to 2260 in 2017. So almost made to FM, just needed couple good tournaments. But maintaining this rating was super hard, especially when having a job, so I dropped to around 2150 level again. Current rating 2172.
Imo reaching 2000 is much much easier than maintaining 2200. You have to work on your chess constantly, cause even one bad/unlucky game against lower rated player can really demoralize. You have to be fierce, merciless and with killer instinct (which I lack :)) to be able to reach 2300 it seems
still nice elo @Paulius_Juknis . But yeah this elo system sucks and stops so many players to gain title like you need FM
Yes, that's also a big issue. I started living in Captial of India now so it will be easier for me to play against strong players but now due to fungus and covid stuff there are no local events. This current FIDE rating system affects so much adults who are working to become titled player.