SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
DARWIN AND BEER
“Well you see, Norm, it’s like this …a herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells, but naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that, Norm, that is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”
(Official 2011 CFC BIBLE Handbook)
Anyone who has half a brain must have noticed that the CFC rating system has become contaminated since the introduction of an ill-thoughout and mis-guided motion by the late CFC President P.Stockhausen and his lapdog-Lyle Craver (CFC Motion 2008-10). In essence, any GM or IM player who plays in a weekend tournament where his rating is several hundreds of points higher than the average of his opponents (which is typical in Canadian swiss weekenders) would receive a result bonus of up to 15 rating points if he won the tournament (which is the average case).
The result is that most of the top players who play in Canadian weekenders have seen their CFC rating go thru the roof: Sambuev, for example has gained more than 100 bonus points in the past year alone! (And now the difference between his FIDE rating and his CFC rating is more than 200 points!).
I brought this discrepancy up a couple of months ago to the current CFC High Priest of Statistics and other Lies, Reverend Fred McKim, and while he acknowledged the growing rating difference, he failed to see the problem, arguing that Sambuev had simply improved so much that his FIDE rating had not yet caught up to recognize this amazing jump in strength.
However, if you go to the CFC rating page of GM Sambuev and compare it to his FIDE rating page, you will find a glaring truth: that since January 2009 (and up to and including his most recent success in the Canadian Zonal), virtually every single tournament that Sambuev had played in in Canada was also FIDE rated; in that time Sambuev’s CFC rating had grown exponentially from 2590 to 2753 (!!) while his FIDE rating had increased ONLY 23 points (from 2501 to 2524)!
That is, his CFC rating had increased a staggering 140 points more that his FIDE rating , from the same tournaments! In truth, all of this rating gain comes DIRECTLY from the fine print of the 2008-10 motion. Bonus points don’t exist in the FIDE rating system; FIDE rating points must be earned (and up until the Stockhausen motion the same was true of CFC ratings).
What does Reverend McKim intend to do about it? NOTHING! He refuses to believe that there is anything wrong with the CFC rating system….(!)…..the world is still flat to many of the mediocre.
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