Rate your Chess Career

March 1st, 2012

1.  Did you win your first USCF-rated tournament game?  (1pts.)

2.  Did you win your first USCF-rated tournament?  (3pts.)

3.  Have you won a USCF-rated game in less than 10 moves?  (1pt.)

4.  Have you won a USCF-rated game against an opponent rated over 400pts. than you?  (2pts.)

5.  Have you won an O-T-B  USCF-rated game against a master (3pts.), IM (4pts.), or GM (5pts)? (Half credit for draws)

6.  Have you won against a master (2pts.), IM (3pts.), or GM (4pts.) in a simul?  (Half credit for draws)

7.  Have you won a club championship? (2pts.)

8.  Have you won a state title? (5pts)

9.  Have you played correspondence (email) chess? (1pt.)

10.  Have you won a correspondence match or chess tournament?  (3pts.)

11.  Are you a USCF tournament director?  (1pt.)

12.  Have you directed a USCF-rated club tournament?  (1pt.)

13.  Have you directed a USCF grand prix tournament? (2pts.)

14.  Have you directed a scholastic tournament?  (2pts.)

15.  Have you ever organized a USCF-rated weekend tournament?  (2pts.)

16.  Have you been a club officer?  (2pts.)

17.  Have you been a state association officer?  (3pts.)

18.  Have you been a USCF Delegate?  (3pts.)

19.  Have you been a USCF officer?  (5pts.)

20.  Have you attained a Master title or above in either O-T-B chess or correspondence chess?  (5pts.)

21.  Have you played in a major tournament of 7 rounds or more?  (3pts.)

22.  Have you won a section in a major tournament of 7 rounds or more?  (5pts.)

23.  Have you won a national chess tournament?  (10pts.)

24.  Have you volunteered to teach chess to youngsters?  (3pts.)

25.  Have you introduced someone new to tournament chess and encouraged them to join their local club, state assocation, and the USCF?  (3pts.)

Total your score and see if you have achieved success in your chess career.  Remember, its not always about rating, but about how much you give back to our beloved game.

60 pts. – Wow!  What a career!

50 pts. – You are a chess stalwart!

40 pts. – You are a credit to the game!

30 pts. – Great job!  Keep it going!

20 pts. –  More work to do!

10 pts. – Hopefully, you’re just starting!

0 pts. –  Did you say that you knew how the pieces move?