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Post by Chess? on April 17th 2009, 7:26 pm

Talk about humbling.
My score was a thundering 36. Now what does that mean? Does it translate into your possible rating?
I sent the school an email asking the question. See the response below.
How did everyone else do?
I have the solutions, and I scored a 36, but what does this mean? Does this mean my elo is 900 or is it 1200?
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Hello Chess?,
The test is really hard because it is meant to measure players’ strength up to 2300 rating.
The scores show how difficult the exercises are and how important is a certain answer within the same problem.
However, any score to such a test cannot precisely reflect your real value. I think 36 points is not bad at all.
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Re: Test One

Post by Blue Devil Knight on April 17th 2009, 9:01 pm

I scored 19. Talk about humbling.

If you only include the scored problems (1-14) there were a total of 101 points, so I got an F. Smile
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Hang in there

Post by Chess? on April 17th 2009, 9:12 pm

This is why we are all here.
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Re: Test One

Post by Strad on April 19th 2009, 7:30 pm

my score : 46

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Re: Test One

Post by HangingKing on April 21st 2009, 4:18 pm

I really have to start this test Neutral

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Re: Test One

Post by Bilbo on April 21st 2009, 6:50 pm

I'm putting it off until I've finished month 1. Don't want to depress myself straight away

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Re: Test One

Post by HangingKing on April 27th 2009, 11:27 am

Ok, made half of the test (this is taking time...).
Pb 1 to 8, i scored 26.

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test 01

Post by awake on June 10th 2009, 3:26 pm

i score 43 not too bad,these problem are very hard! my big problem here is i think CALCULATION. thats reveal my nature...a bit lazy lol. they really chalenge me to get out of my comfort zone,the only way to get better at chess. Very Happy
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Re: Test One

Post by AoxomoxoA on July 3rd 2009, 3:42 pm

My problem was first what do i write down and how do i score the answer.
At problem #2 i had f3 but did not think further till Rxe6. How many points?
But the ICS points are not that interesting: we want elopoints :-)

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Re: Test One

Post by Bernardonff on July 4th 2009, 12:23 pm

I had the same problem on Problem 5, I proposed d5 (which is right) but I did not see that Nxd4 was the threat. Since it to assess my strength, I scored it as 0 points.

On Problem 2, it is clear that it is asking for a concrete variation, so I would not consider only f3 as enough for the full points (maybe 1 out of 4). I think that you can try to remember if you were for sure clear that you would not loose at the end of the variation.

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Re: Test One

Post by Bernardonff on July 4th 2009, 7:14 pm

I dont know what happened, but I scored pretty high (I am comparing my score with strad, who has +300 rating on ICC than me). 56 out of 95 (Blue Devil, are you sure there is 101 points, i rechecked it a couple times).

I have to confess that I've studied month 1 already.

One idea to know our ELO rating is to do a regression on each one current rating (i dont know which one, on the US I am 1300 but have played only 6 games). I can do it if other 10 people also post their ratings and results on this section or send it to me by email.

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Re: Test One

Post by AoxomoxoA on July 5th 2009, 4:17 am

Bernardonff wrote: I can do it if other 10 people also post their ratings and results on this section or send it to me by email.

to get official Fide-Elo ratings here http://ratings.fide.com/ you need to play several turnaments were fide ratings are supportet.

The calculator on BCC on-line uses the rough translation of the Elo rating + 100 to arrive at the USCF rating
see http://www.gtryfon.demon.co.uk/bcc/Java/gradingintro.htm for more details.

the rating systems usually ( not all ) work the same (elo) way: if you make 75% of the points against an oponent, then you are 200 points higher. To monitor your increase of the rating almost any rating of slow games in the net will do. Simply play a slow game in the net each x-days and look at your progress

On Problem 4 of test 01 i had the order of the suggested moves different. It did look the same to me, till i checked it with Rybka. There is a difference so: 0 points

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Problems 15 and 16

Post by domino on August 22nd 2009, 7:25 pm

In my test solutions it doesn't show the overall score of problems 15 and 16. How much do they count?

What does an individual test score mean. That is, how do we grade our final result?

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Re: Test One

Post by hoopy on August 23rd 2009, 5:13 pm

domino wrote:In my test solutions it doesn't show the overall score of problems 15 and 16. How much do they count?

What does an individual test score mean. That is, how do we grade our final result?

Thank you

Sorry Domino. This has been an ongoing debate on this forum.
The easy answer is that there is no equaivalent grading for the score. Something that whilst disappointing not ideal only slightly detract from the overall course.
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Re: Test One

Post by domino on August 23rd 2009, 5:37 pm

Thanks hoppy,

How many points shall I rate questions 15 and 16? They don't seem to have a score..

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Re: Test One

Post by Blue Devil Knight on August 24th 2009, 11:45 am

15 and 16 don't score, and are just there to see if you know the two main rook endgames (Lucina and Philidor).Strange that they give no commentary on them!

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Re: Test One

Post by hoopy on August 24th 2009, 2:21 pm

domino wrote:Thanks hoppy,

How many points shall I rate questions 15 and 16? They don't seem to have a score..

Best Regards..

BDK beat me to it. There is no score it is simply do you know endgame theory - yes or no. Probably gives an indication if you need to supplement studies with basisc endgame theory.
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Re: Test One

Post by Gil-galad on October 24th 2009, 7:07 am

Hi ALL;

I am finding this a very good course.

I have done problems 1-8 on test 1 scoring 42.

As per a previous poster i missed the threat on prob 5 so scored 0 even though i found a correct move.

I will complete the remaining problems tommorow.

I also think its important when people post on here not to mention moves or variations as this may well act as spoilers in test etc.

Of course in opening etc variations are to be welcomed.

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Re: Test One

Post by Gil-galad on October 25th 2009, 7:38 am

Well Guys i have finished test 1.

I found the test very enjoyable.

I am claiming a score of 73.

Completely missed the idea in problem 9 and 5 scoring big fat zero's. affraid

All in very enjoyable and it showed some weakness namely i tend to play simple positions well but have difficulties in complications.

I was particulary pleased with full marks in problem 11 which frankly caused my brain to nearly have a breakdown!! lol!

Any way really enjoying this course.

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Re: Test One

Post by Jari on December 8th 2009, 10:00 pm

Hello! I have just started ICS and did the test 1 too.

I got only 47 points and I say "only" because it isn't so much compared that I got NM title. Finnish national rating is quite comparable to FIDE rating and finnish rating of mine is 2213 now. Maybe this helps some people to compare the score to the playing level or maybe it doesn't Smile 47 points is quite less if this test is up to 2300 rated players, but maybe I am just partly patzer in some areas in chess Very Happy

In 2 problems I was going to write the right answers, but then refused them from some silly reasons Wink I have started to sense more of these strange habits of mine, that sometimes probably cause some mistakes in practical game. If you do these tests, analyse some games of ICS material I am sure there is a chance to notice those biases.

I try to stop writing more text that I don't start to write excuses why I didn't get more points Razz Positive thing is that it means I get more use of this school. Maybe with maximum score this school would be redundant Very Happy

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Re: Test One

Post by Blue Devil Knight on December 9th 2009, 1:12 pm

LOL Jari good point: if you get perfect score then you are probably an IM or GM. Smile

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Re: Test One

Post by zmaster on December 10th 2009, 2:28 pm

I took the test about two weeks ago and scored 48 points. My rating high was USCF 2122 in 1989. I took the test before starting the material so that I can compare it with my post test score. I am confident it will improve and I will be a better chess player.

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Re: Test One

Post by Tweety on February 5th 2010, 6:34 am

I did the test 1, scoring 60 points. Good thing is I noticed some bad patterns in my chess so I have ground to improve. I don't play well when there are many pieces on the board and there isn't a strategic or tactic target, I don't know how to continue it seems I prefer simpler positions.
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Re: Test One

Post by chanakam2000 on June 11th 2010, 1:38 pm

I got 57.
cheers

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Re: Test One

Post by BorgQueen on July 7th 2010, 11:10 am

I am halfway through the test. Wow, it is hard. I wonder if I will be the first to score a zero!

And when it says "give concrete variations" I just flounder... I mean documenting all the variations you see would take forever, so I have only noted a select few.

I am also finding that I am reverting to my typical thought process rather than using what I have learned... but I am trying!

Kinda frustrating test!
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