Here’s the UCER (Utah Chess Estimated Rating) listing for the end of 2016, although one or two unreported games may slightly change a few ratings within the next few days:
Terrell (20 g-p) 1898
Grant (76 g-p) 1895
Jonathan (83 g-p) 1758
Ivan (19 g-p) 1695
Dick (16 g-p) 1634
Dennis (52 g-p) 1622
Steve (26 g-p) 1603
Doug (40 g-p) 1563
Alan (34 g-p) 1531
Bruce (15 g-p) 1497
Vinn (36 g-p) 1479
Greg (21 g-p) 1446
Mike (10 g-p) 1405
Jerry (16 g-p) 1396
Lawrence (1 g-p) 1300
Sally Jo (32 g-p) 1055
Ottie (8 g-p) 1028
Frank (4 g-p) 1003
Beverly (1 g-p) 1000
Robert (10 g-p) 983
All of the above twenty chess players got their ratings from playing in senior-citizen recreational centers in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah. Eleven of them played at the Harman Senior Center in West Valley City; Fourteen played at the Sandy Senior Center.
The number of rated games played is shown by “g-p.” We can therefore expect that some of these players’ ratings may change a good deal in 2017. The calculating engine takes into account how many rated games a person has played and allows bigger changes when a player has played fewer games.
Probably the most dramatic change in UCER chess rating was the improvement of Bruce, of the Sandy Senior Center Chess Club. He had a rating of 1158 on October 18th, but it jumped up within a few weeks.
Bruce got a 2-1 score in November, including a win against Jonathan. He scored 5-1 in December, including a win over Dick (a highly ranked player in the two chess clubs). That gave him a respectable UCER chess rating of 1497 for the end of 2016. In other words, in two months his rating increased by 339 points. He even beat Grant, early in October, and in the hundreds of games played in these two chess clubs in 2016, very few players were able to beat both Jonathan and Grant.
In this chess rating list, all twenty players are seniors, a few of them playing in both Sandy and in West Valley City. Only two of the competitors are women.
How to Obtain a Higher Chess Rating
In a strictly mathematical sense, we have two general ways a chess player can improve his or her rating:
- Win more games when competing against lower-rated players
- Lose fewer games against higher-rated players
Jonathan improved his rating from 1731 (early October) to 1758 (end-of-year) by the first method: getting winning streaks against competitors in the middle and lower ranges of the UCER ratings. By the end of the year, however, he had a very poor record against Grant: In eleven games that they played with each other, Jonathan was able to get only one win and one draw; in fact, Grant’s nine wins against Jonathan helped him get the high rating he obtained in 2016.
Doug’s improvement from 1510 (late September) to 1563 (end-of-year) came by a combination of the two methods: He played moderately well against those ranked in the middle, with a score of 6-4, and he won a game against Dennis.
Origin of the UCER Chess Rating System
At around the end of the summer of 2016, calculations began to be made for members of the Harman Senior Center Chess Club. A few of them already had USCF ratings, which were used in the initial calculations.
As records were kept for most of the games played in September and October, other members of the chess club obtained provisional ratings. As a few players from Harman started playing at the Sandy Senior Center, ratings began to be established for more players, and the UCER system became established in those two chess clubs.
Calculations are done with the USCF rating page.
Last week, a new chess rating system was started in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah, with nine players receiving ratings at the Harman Senior Center Chess Club in West Valley City. It is based upon calculations and levels similar to those used by the United States Chess Federation (USCF). The new system is called UCER, for Utah chess estimated rating.
This includes overall best chess players in the United States and also listings under the following categories:
- Blitz ratings
- Quick ratings
- By age
- Women and girls
If you now have a weakness in a particular tactic, let’s say a knight fork, your specially individualized lessons will include attention to that chess tactic. Yet other training will not be neglected: The knight fork might be given special emphasis until you have attained a particular proficiency with it, but you will still receive other instructions in chess, giving you appropriate balance in your chess education.