Playing up versus playing down

I’m quite encouraged on the chess front. Coming off a year-long layoff from rated tournament play, I put up (according to the US Chess rating calculator anyway) at 2417-level performance over 5 rounds of G/45 at the Mechanics Institute.

Not what I expected, I’ll say that.

We’ve talked before about the psychology of a layoff. It lends itself to a “well I’ll just play and see what happens” mindset, which is probably a positive counterweight to the fact that you can’t see **** tactically. (Speaking for myself anyway.)

I’ll post a game or two later for analysis purposes.

In the meantime, speaking of psychology, the USCF has some interesting graphs.

Here are the results of my last 16 games against 2100s.

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16 games, 8 wins against 2 losses. Dang. I’l take that. That’s tremendous.

Here are my last 18 games against 2200s.

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18 games, 5 wins, 6 losses and seven upset draws against master-rated players? I’ll take that too.

Now here are my last 16 games against 1900s.

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WAITAMINNIT. 16 games paired DOWN = 3 wins, 4 losses and 9 upset draws! No wins in the last 7 games. I’m rated 2100+! That’s terrible!

What’s happening here? :)