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peppe_l 196 ( +1 | -1 )
4 games of my friend I am happy to say some of my friends have begun to play chess and one of them is considering joining a club and playing in tournaments. However he is unsure of his playing level and feels he isnt good enough to start playing in tournaments yet. To be honest its difficult for me to give an estimate of his playing strength, mostly because he is my friend and there is always a possibility of going a bit wrong (especially since all his games I have are blitz or rapid chess). He has a good chess book and IMO its clear tactics is the next thing he has to study (so far he has studied only some basics of chess).

The best clue I can give is 4 games below, time control was 30+0. Pls note these were recretional games played for fun, so both players were taking it easy, not concentrating 100% :-) I am not asking for specific analysis (unless you want to!)because there are 4 games, only an overall opinion. I will purposely leave my own opinion out here in order to prevent any affect on responses I (hopefully!) get.

So, Im asking you guys to give a second opinion of his playing strength - both in terms of OTB ratings and different areas of chess (tactics, strategy). Help the man out so that we can have new, promising player in OTB tournaments!

So, T is my Friend and O is Opponent, an average player who has some tournament experience.

O - T

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.a3 0-0 6.e3 a6 7.Nge2 d6 8.0-0 Bd7 9.h3 Rb8 10.b4 Ba7 11.Bb2 a5 12.b5 Ne7 13.d3 c6 14.a4 d5 15.cxd5 Nexd5 16.Nxd5 cxd5 17.Bxe5 Rc8 18.Qb3 Be6 19.Bxf6 d4 20.Qxe6 fxe6 21.Bxd8 dxe3 22.b6 Bb8 23.Bc7 exf2+ 24.Rxf2 Rxf2 25.Kxf2 Bxc7 26.bxc7 Rxc7 27.Rc1 Rd7 28.Ke3 Re7 29.Nd4 h6 30.Rc5 e5 31.Bd5+ Kh8 32.Rc8+ Kh7 33.Nf5 1-0

T - O

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.Nc3 e6 7.0-0 Nxd4 8.Bb5+ Nxb5 9.Nxb5 a6 10.Nbd4 Nf6 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Be7 13.Re1 0-0 14.Bh6 gxh6 15.Rxe6 fxe6 16.Nxe6 Qe8 17.Nxf8 Qxf8 18.Rd1 Rd8 19.c4 dxc4 20.Re1 b5 21.h4 Nd5 22.Qh3 Qf6 23.Re6 Qxh4 24.Qf3 Qg5 25.g3 Rf8 26.Qe4 Qf5 27.Qxf5 Rxf5 0-1

O - T

1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Nc3 0-0 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 a6 9.e4 e5 10.Nf5 Bc5 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bxf6 Qxf6 13.Nd5 Qg5 14.Kh1 d6 15.f4 exf4 16.Rxf4 g6 17.Rg4 Qd8 18.Nxh6+ Kh8 19.Rh4 Kg7 20.Qf3 Ne5 21.Qc3 Qg5 22.b4 Rh8 23.Nxf7 Kxf7 24.Rf1+ Kg7 25.Rxh8 Kxh8 26.bxc5 Qh5 27.cxd6 Bh3 28.Bxh3 Kh7 29.Nf6+ Kh6 30.Nxh5 gxh5 31.Qxe5 1-0

T - O

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.e3 Nf6 6.Bd3 a6 7.a3 Bg4 8.Nge2 e6 9.0-0 Bd6 10.f3 Bh5 11.Qc2 Qc7 12.Ng3 Bxg3 13.hxg3 Qxg3 14.Ne2 Qd6 15.Nf4 Bg6 16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.f4 0-0 18.Rf3 Rfc8 19.Rh3 Nxd4 20.Qf2 Nb3 21.Bxg6 fxg6 22.Qh4 Nxa1 23.Bd2 Nb3 24.Bc3 Qe7 25.g4 Kf7 26.f5 gxf5 27.g5 Rh8 28.g6+ Kxg6 29.Qg3+ Kf7 30.Bxf6 Qxf6 0-1

nootropil 10 ( +1 | -1 )
you forget some important information of youzr friend AGE? CHESS EXPERIENCE? MALE OR FEMALE?............
peppe_l 15 ( +1 | -1 )
True Male 20+ has played occasionally for years (like most people) but only recently studied some basics from a chess book.
peppe_l 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Found one more game T - O

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.b3 b5 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.e3 Bg4 8.Be2 e6 9.0-0 Bd6 10.h3 Bh5 11.Re1 Nc6 12.Ng5 Bxe2 13.Qxe2 0-0 14.e4 Nxd4 15.Qd3 dxe4 16.Ncxe4 Nxe4 17.Rxe4 Nf5 18.h4 Bh2+ 0-1

atrifix 56 ( +1 | -1 )
Well It's very difficult to guess strength from 30 0 games, and especially only 4 of them, but my best guess is that he's around a 1000 player (give or take 100 points). Most of his problems come from relatively simple combinations, usually 2 or 3 moves. The only major problem with his play is that when things aren't going his way, he seems to mentally give up the game and throw everything in some last ditch attempt to checkmate. I would advise him against moves like Bh6 and Rxe6 in the second game :)
peppe_l 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Dunno I havent seen many 1000 players finding logical central counter-attacks like 13...c6 14...d5 in the first game :-)

I have to say Im sorry because I cant give anything better than 30+0 games where neither player wasnt really concentrating properly (or not at all based on some moves by both sides!). Anyway, I appreciate your feedback and hope to get more replies!