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Encouragement for Lower strenght classes and newbies

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:37 am
by sergeidave
Hi,

I'm kind of new in the chess community in the Seattle area. I was just humbly brainstorming about what could help us newcomers (and not so newcomers) to increase our interest in chess, and thus, strenghten the NW chess community.

I've always love stats of many kinds and I was thinking, what if there were some kind of performance tables, maybe published in both the NWchess website and the NWchess magazine, that would keep track all sorts of leaderboards, for example, a table of winning percentages, rating performances, maybe a leaderboard of points based on the places one finishes on tourneys. I don't know... Some kind of tangible reports based on results that EVERYBODY can see. I think that our human hunger for recognition can be touched this way, and this might increase interest in chess and very likely help to attract new people into the chess community. We all (specially us in the lower levels) love when our name is close to the top of tables and leaderboards, and if is not at top, we almost automatically create goals to improve. I don't know, this might somehow create a positive influence... I just thought I should share this.

Cheers, and happy holidays!

David Badillo

P.S. Oh! Last minute thought... how hard would be to create something like a yearly chess league or something of the kind?

Re: Encouragement for Lower strenght classes and newbies

PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:47 pm
by NWC_ED
sergeidave wrote:Hi,

I'm kind of new in the chess community in the Seattle area. I was just humbly brainstorming about what could help us newcomers (and not so newcomers) to increase our interest in chess, and thus, strenghten the NW chess community.

I've always love stats of many kinds and I was thinking, what if there were some kind of performance tables, maybe published in both the NWchess website and the NWchess magazine, that would keep track all sorts of leaderboards, for example, a table of winning percentages, rating performances, maybe a leaderboard of points based on the places one finishes on tourneys. I don't know... Some kind of tangible reports based on results that EVERYBODY can see. I think that our human hunger for recognition can be touched this way, and this might increase interest in chess and very likely help to attract new people into the chess community. We all (specially us in the lower levels) love when our name is close to the top of tables and leaderboards, and if is not at top, we almost automatically create goals to improve. I don't know, this might somehow create a positive influence... I just thought I should share this.

Cheers, and happy holidays!

David Badillo

P.S. Oh! Last minute thought... how hard would be to create something like a yearly chess league or something of the kind?


Hi David,

Happy holidays to you, too!

Historically, there have been many chess leagues in the Puget Sound region -- all you need is some dedicated organizers with playing sites, and teams of players willing to travel around for the fun of playing chess.

For leader boards of the kind you want, probably the best person to ask is Murlin Varner, the number cruncher for the NW Grand Prix. That level of statistical analysis may be quite a bit of volunteer labor, though. There's also a USCF member services area (http://www.uschess.org/msa/) that does some graphing and reporting on individual ratings and results, though they don't do much regional comparison of results.

Keep the good ideas coming!

Regards,
Ralph

Re: Encouragement for Lower strenght classes and newbies

PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:01 pm
by NWC_BM
David,

Are you aware that all USCF tournament results, including ratings changes, are available on the USCF website (uschess.org)?

It would be very time-consuming to compile extensive statistics from local chess tournaments. We do have one set of "points" that we maintain each year -- the Northwest Chess Grand Prix -- and prizes are paid for the highest annual point total in each rating class (Master down to Class D) in each state (WA and OR). For details, see the NWC website, then click on "Grand Prix" on the left side of the page. Thank you for your suggestions.

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