The English list, in contrast, starts from zero with the recognised conversion to "ELO ratings" (as they are generally still known in honour of their inventor, the late Hungarian Professor Arped Elo - "ee-lo")a question of multiplying by six and adding 600. This conversion, though, is somewhat haphazard since the ELO ratings are based on the so-called mathematical "Normal Distribution" and the English ones on a linear formula. And there is certainly a psychological difference particularly at the 2,200/200 level: for whereas a 2,200 player is a run-of-the-mill international - indeed this was the absolute rating floor until recently - 200 has always been recognised as the threshold for a really excellent national player.
It's impressive, therefore, that Barry Gale's Kensington Congress at Imperial College last weekend had no fewer than 20 200-plus players in the Open field of 47. Grandmasters Jim Plaskett and Aaron Summerscale and IM Matthew Turner tied for first on 5/6, while the under-200 rating prize was won by Paul Cawte, who is currently only 165. There were 215 players in all in five sections; in the under-145s, eight-year-old David Howell was one of three tied for first.
Many thanks to Jim Plaskett for this interesting game, which, incidentally, he dictated in its entirety to my answerphone in well under a minute.
This line more often starts with 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 so I've called it a Queen's Indian. For his pawn White got development and play against Black's kingside. Lalic regained it but Plaskett defended well, and, at the end, when Bogdan offered a draw, the complete annihilation of the queenside pawns renders the game quite equal.
White: Bogdan Lalic
Black: Jim Plaskett
Kensington Open 1999 (Round 5)
Queen's Indian Defence
30.Qc5 Draw agreedReuse content