196 ( +1 | -1 ) 4 games of my friendI 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.
56 ( +1 | -1 ) WellIt'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 :)
41 ( +1 | -1 ) DunnoI 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!