Dries Buytaert

Elo 1300

A first update on my journey to get an official rating in chess.

Today, at the peak of the biggest chess drama in years, I silently reached Elo 1300 on Chess.com.

Elo is the rating system used in chess, and Elo 1300 means I finally learned not to hang my pieces.

As a next goal, I'd like to get to Elo 1500. That would take me from "decent social player" to "beginning club player".

I shared this news with my family, and got something between a blank stare and an eye roll. I don't blame them.

If you think chess is boring, I encourage you to take a look at game 6 of the 2021 World Chess Championship.

I'll let you know when I get to Elo 1500. Being busy and all, that will likely take me at least nine months — if I can get there at all.

— Dries Buytaert

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