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'm a "decent social 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 1400. Being busy and all, that will likely take me several months.

— Dries Buytaert

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