Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Thoughts on the FIDE Rating System

While most people visit www.fide.com to check out their new ratings, or to look up the FIDE handbook, there is the occasional interesting article hidden there as well.
Nick Faulks, member of the FIDE Qualification Commision (and current Board 1 for Bermuda), makes a few observations concerning the current FIDE ratings system. Nick and I have discussed various ratings issues over the odd dinner or two, and while he and I don't agree on everything, I did like the following line from his article.

Nor are ratings published for the excitement of the chess public, who may understandably like to view the top of the list as a form of horse race.

You can read the whole thing here, and he is happy to recieve comments and suggestions on the topic.

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