As a very young chess player, my ECF grade (or BCF grade as it was then) was a matter of enormous pride. I still remember the thrill of receiving a grading list through the post and the enormous disappointment of a grade lower than I had expected! (it happened twice) Bizarrely enough I still remember the first BCF 6 grades I achieved:
After that, my memory becomes fuzzy which isn’t too surprising as I achieved my first ELO rating (2385) at the age of 13. After you’ve tasted an ELO rating, your BCF grade just doesn’t cut it anymore: reaching a 2600 ELO is all that matters.
Until now! I saw that my BCF grade of 282 puts me on the #1 spot in the UK. Just for one day, I’ll forget my previous indifference and pretend that this is the one that counts!
Congratulations also to my “Chess for Life” co-author Natasha Regan who gained 10 points to move to 188! Looks like working together on the book was good for our ratings!