Keep in mind that OTB (over the board) ratings are different from internet ratings. As far as I'm concerned you can pretty much toss these internet club ratings out the window. There is the opportunity to use databases (legally) in on-line tourneys and chess playing programs (illegally), so a comparison to OTB is quite different where DB and reference material is not allowed and you are completely on your own.good question, I would like to know also, maybe Scott or Lurker could inform us?:smoke:
Possibly.so would player in say, class A ever play player in class F if there was a real tourney?
Right on both accounts I believe.:smoke:Even playing chess like in our tourney, i never look at books or databases or analyse positions in Chessmaster. I just look at each position, maybe replay the last 3 moves, then make my move in about 20 seconds or so ... before moving on to the next game.
Looking at positions in a book or in a database ... thats legal, right?
Obviously running analysis of a position in CM or something would be illegal, right?
You can see that sometimes in on-line tourneys where an opponent is making perfect 'book' moves in a well known opening; as soon as the games leaves book lines the moves become weaker and not in the spirit of that particular line, and often ending with errors.True. That is why even if a particular opening is highly recommended, I will not use it unless I understand the strategy behind it. I've gotten into plenty of trouble by blindly following a particular opening even though I didn't understand the underlying principles.