Where there’s a way there’s a will!

Sherwood, Russell  Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where there’s a way there’s a will!

 

At first glance, you may think I have got this saying the wrong way round! In typical use, you would be correct but in the world of improvement, this is a more common saying. In Chess (as in other things) we all want to improve and there is a belief among many that simply wanting to improve (so-called positive thinking) is enough to get better on its own. However, the evidence tends to suggest otherwise and that having a clear path to improvement is more important.

 

So how do we get a clear path to improvement In CC?  Much of the advice that does float around is from high rated players who started out highly rated (i.e. their initial rating was very high and stayed there) and is so not necessarily relevant to a typical players journey.

 

Where do we want our advice to come from? Preferably from people who have undergone the journey we wish to undertake, i.e. who have seen their ratings improve over an extended period.  Downloading a few ICCF Rating lists and some manipulation in Excel leads to the list below.  

RUS   Kornev, Aleksey Nikolaevich 12 M 2468
USA   Risquet, Carmelo 12 M 2386
ENG   Stebbings, Anthony J. 12 M 2352
RUS   Agryskina, Nadezda Ivanovna 13 F 2538
RUS   Odrov, Viktor Anatolievich 13 M 2432
GER   Kuntze, Andreas 13 M 2397
ISL   Ásbjörnsson, Ásgeir Páll 13 M 2391
LAT   Kovalenko, Igor 14 M 2429
NED   Hooft, Diederic 't 17 M 2390
USA   Stein, Kurt W. 19 M 2533
IND   Sengupta, Deep 19 M 2515
GER   Lembeck, Karl-Heinz 19 M 2512
NED CCE Jong, Jan Willem de 21 M 2503
GER   Schmidt, Jörg (* 1954) 20 M 2376
POL   Gorzkiewicz, Łukasz 23 M 2473
DEN   Jensen, Tommy 23 M 2416
SRB CCM Petronijević, Zoran 23 M 2398
BEL   Van Assche, Jeroen 24 M 2393
AUT   Komaromi, Gabor 25 M 2401
ENG   Adair, James 26 M 2463
PAK   Idrees, Muhammad 25 M 2368
RUS LGM Churakova, Natalya Evgenyevna 28 F 2438
RUS   Bukarin, Mikhail Yurievich 29 M 2471
INA   Margana, Adhy 28 M 2359
ISL CCM Guðmundsson, Elvar 30 M 2504
NED   Werten, Tony 31 M 2392
ITA   Rombaldoni, Denis 33 M 2401
SUI   Schmid, Pablo 35 M 2525
IND   Dutta, Amit 34 M 2395
RUS   Kudryavtsev, Dmitry Aleksandrovich 34 M 2385
POR CCE Vasconcellos, Renato 35 M 2411
SLO   Coklin, Marko 37 M 2435
RUS LGM Matveeva, Maria Aleksandrovna 39 F 2498
IND   Das, Arghyadip 37 M 2363
CUB   Fernández Martínez, Juan Carlos 47 M 2393
ROU LIM Stanila, Elena 53 F 2389
USA   Kulick, Neil 59 M 2354
CRO CCM Feletar, Darko 79 M 2391
RUS   Matvienko, Vladimir Petrovich 18 M 2404
ENG   Rallabandi, Praveen Kumar 112 M 2398
ESP   Moreto Quintana, Alex 120 M 2437
UKR   Khanas, Valeriy 125 M 2357
SLO CCM Zajšek, Franc 147 M 2372
WLS CCM Yeo, Gareth 153 M 2378
UKR   Mashchenko, Vladimir 30 M 2481
SLO   Pokrivač, Izidor 32 M 2405
RUS   Rybin, Anton Sergeevich 24 M 2480
SWE   Qwarfort, Fredrik 26 M 2448
INA CCE Sitorus, Yosua 238 M 2403
CUB   Pérez Rodríguez, Rubén 38 M 2392
RUS   Mannanov, Rinat Rafikovich 56 M 2396
GER   Marwitz, Ullrich 78 M 2370
ITA IM Piccirilli, Fabrizio 74 M 2390
RUS   Enin, Anatoly Nikolaevich 107 M 2353
CAN CCE MacTilstra, Ian 160 M 2354
ENG IM Soh, Edmund 240 M 2403
WLS IM Claridge, John B. 255 M 2399
CAN   Czerniawski, Andrew 79 M 2436
GER   Ulbig, Stefan 107 M 2392
GER CCM Hartl, Hermann 124 M 2385
PER   Quiñones Borda, Jorge Victor 141 M 2406
USA CCM Koo, Oliver 150 M 2388
GER CCE Meißen, Frank 85 M 2401
CZE CCM Hrubčík, Martin 234 M 2412
GER IM Anderskewitz, Ralf 341 M 2401
UKR IM Koshmak, Iurii 109 M 2451
NOR   Johansen, Anders Sten 467 M 2386
USA CCM Hernandez, Angel 177 M 2401
AUS CCM Roebuck, Derek 110 M 2378
ITA   Galliano, Giovanni 113 M 2428
SWE CCM Strömberg, Håkan 121 M 2392
ENG CCM Carr, Trevor 229 M 2391
RUS SIM Panitevsky, Ivan Anatolevich 180 M 2504
HKG IM Tsang, Hon-ki 168 M 2419
SLO CCM Pirš, Jernej 185 M 2411
ESP IM Sánchez Huerga, Aser 193 M 2445
CZE CCM Binas, Jindřich (*1954) 237 M 2421
GER CCM Bär, Lutz 150 M 2400
GER CCM Lukas, Norbert 280 M 2355
BUL CCM Petkov, Stamat 126 M 2407
GER IM Wenzel, Stefan 177 M 2461
GER   Hesse, Olaf 293 M 2447
ARG   Fernández, Javier Horacio 329 M 2416
AUT CCM Hengl, Christian 236 M 2420
GER   Keskowski, Thilo 201 M 2406
GER LGM Achatz, Kirstin 223 F 2377
USA CCE Biedermann, Kyle 312 M 2384
GER CCM Tiemann, Christoph 162 M 2412
GER CCM Homont, René de 276 M 2353
WLS LGM Sherwood, Helen 452 F 2386
RUS   Razumikhin, Andrey Mikhailovich 364 M 2391
RUS CCM Novikov, Sergey Vasilievich 249 M 2400
RUS CCM Prozorovsky, Vyacheslav Grigorievich 208 M 2404
USA CCM Landes, Eric 222 M 2397
GER CCE Boos, Markus 193 M 2400
CUB CCE Marrero Rodríguez, Alexis 167 M 2416
ITA IM Mauro, Lucio 735 M 2407
AUS CCM Mulligan, Barrie 276 M 2414
CUB CCM Pérez López, Alberto 536 M 2407
ENG CCM Weldon, David J. 227 M 2410
POL   Mostowik, Daniel 773 M 2366
ITA CCE Bellegotti, Giorgio 243 M 2453
LTU   Voveris, Saulius 271 M 2388
ENG CCM Brasier, John 352 M 2428
USA   Zaas, Peter S. 224 M 2369
DEN CCE Konstantinov, Maxim 207 M 2421
ROU CCE Taras, Iulian 546 M 2390
RUS CCM Kozlov, Aleksandr Anatolievich 237 M 2382
POL IM Broniek, Mariusz Maciej 523 M 2439
USA IM Schakel, Corky 782 M 2416
ROU CCE Stanescu, Teodor-Adrian 146 M 2406
GER CCM Scheiba, Manfred 218 M 2403
CZE CCE Dědina, Miroslav 578 M 2354
GER LGM Bolz, Barbara 293 F 2402
GER CCM Zielasko, Andreas 284 M 2390
LTU   Voveris, Gediminas 660 M 2352
ESP IM De Carlos Arregui, Inigo 804 M 2433
ENG CCM Thompson, Brian 953 M 2413
ESP CCM Conde Poderoso, Antonio 597 M 2373
GER IM Löffler, Werner 802 M 2394
GER IM Langer, Raimund 443 M 2406
SUI IM Janisch, Manfred 658 M 2441
CZE SIM Sýkora, Josef 1477 M 2416
POL IM Mirkowski, Piotr 457 M 2412
GER SIM Gromotka, Harry 1456 M 2389
CZE CCM Cvak, Rudolf 1585 M 2363
ENG SIM Rawlings, Alan J. C. 1775 M 2393

 

 

 

 

 

Close examination of the players on the list will bear dividends for the ambitious player. What do these players have in common? All have come through the system and raised their ratings up to 2350/2400+. This group is of more interest to us, than, for example, players rated 2450+ , who often only play against their rating peers and draw,draw,draw!

Practically these players make up around 1% of the total CC player pool. To put into context their performance - over the last 4 years they are scoring around 70% with White and beter than 50% with Black.

 

There are a number of different strategies in play.

 

Now I could give a summary of the learning examination of these players but that would take all the fun out of it for you!  Some pointers to help in your analysis…..

 

  • How many games are they playing/completing?
  • What level are they competing at?
  • What Openings and they playing/not playing?
  • What is their win –loss –draw ratios with black and white?
  • Are there any commonalities in their playing style?
  • Do they take draws? Short or Long?
  • Do you know any of them?

 

Putting some effort in here will allow you to reap rich rewards as it will give you an idea of “the way”, and Where’s there’s a way, there’s a will!

 

 

Updated Sunday, December 10, 2017 by Russell Sherwood

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