One has to ask is he stronger or weaker then that rating indicates? The ratings of his opponents during this time has ranged from 1420 to 2200. He's 9-0-0 against a player who never plays anywhere except the Westchester Chess Club. He's got a losing record against a player who has played outside our club and also in North Carolina. He's got a winning record against me who plays.....Never mind, you know where I play.
Some people tend to be under rated when they play a small group of players, and others tend to be over rated. Here is a summary of his overall history, not counting this tournament. All this cool data can be gathered by using the program from this site.
18 higher rated players: Wins = 10 Draws = 3 Losses = 5
0 equally rated players: Wins = 0 Draws = 0 Losses = 0
61 lower rated players: Wins = 35 Draws = 8 Losses = 18
9 players rated + 100 : Wins = 3 Draws = 2 Losses = 4
32 players rated +/-100: Wins = 18 Draws = 6 Losses = 8
38 players rated - 100 : Wins = 24 Draws = 3 Losses = 11
Personally I think he's probably solid 1800 strength. Whether he's under rated or over rated it doesn't matter, he's kicking butt in this tournament. He's is 7-1 so far. Dario is the only one who has nicked him for a win. Last Wednesday he chalked up win #5 against me. He plays very unorthodox moves in the opening. He pushes pawns like crazy, and attacks hard. However after he attacks like crazy and gets small material edge he knows when to take it to the ending. We reached this position after 44. R1h3. He was content to keep the pressure up and not trade pawns with 44. Rxa3 Rxe5.
I made the mistake of playing 44...f4? with the idea of playing Rgxe5. Bad plan because he played 45. Be4! After 45...Rgg7 White has a very easy win. No crushing attacks needed, just simple endgame technique. The game continued 46. Rxh7+ Rxh7, 47. Rxh7+ Rxh7 48. Bxh7 Kxh7 49. c6! Black resigns. No stopping the c pawn from its' destiny as a queen.
This week I managed to redeem myself with a tough win against Dan. A typical game for us goes down to the wire with one or both of us in severe time trouble. This game was no different though for a change I wasn't the one having a time pressure meltdown.
Polly - Dan 082708.pgn