Tip of the Day - Do You Really Want to Know Your Opponent’s Rating?

By Larry Hodges | Oct. 14, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Do You Really Want to Know Your Opponent’s Rating?

Larry Hodges

There are two types of players when it comes to whether or not it is best to know an opponent’s rating in advance of a match.

The first type likes to know an opponent’s rating. This type of player is usually an experienced player who is mentally strong. Using the opponent’s rating, he has evidence of the opponent’s level, and so better knows what to do. Against a lower-rated player, he might play strong basics, knowing that will beat a weaker player. Against a higher-rated player, he might play a bit more aggressively, knowing he will have to make these shots to win. He is quick to reject the evidence of the opponent’s rating if it looks like it is not accurate.

The second type prefers not to know an opponent’s rating. This type of player usually has good shots, and is probably a shot-maker. Knowing an opponent’s rating will only make him nervous, and therefore more difficult for him to do his shots. He might be nervous about being upset if playing a lower-rated player, and so be unable to do his normal shots. Against a higher-rated player, he might get nervous at a key point in the match, right when he has a chance to win – when he suddenly realizes he’s about to pull off an upset. This type of player plays best when he simply plays his game, and adjusts to the opponent strictly on what the opponent does during the match.

What type are you?

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