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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from everyone at Quality Chess! Today is our first day back in the office in 2016, so there is a lot of catching up to do, including a couple of poll results.

Which chessplayer impressed you most in 2015? Anish Giri was the winner, with ‘Other’ taking second place ahead of the World Champion, who gained some late votes by winning in London and Qatar. Who was this player known as ‘Other’? An amalgam of Nakamura, Kramnik and Eljanov seems likely.


Over the holidays, Jacob ran a poll, with a narrow majority preferring spending time with family to playing a chess tournament.

The current poll question is: Do you think your rating will go up or down in 2016? With a range of answers to click on, from wildly optimistic to we’re-all-doomed.

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  1. Tobias
    January 5th, 2016 at 19:36 | #1

    <pedanticMode>I’m very optimistic that my rating “will go up or down in 2016”, as I will play a few tournaments and I doubt that I will end up with the same rating as I have today.
    I’m optimistic. I should be able to train quite a bit, and usually it pays off, at least a little.

  2. Krokohol
    January 6th, 2016 at 19:14 | #2

    I’m very optimistic since I finished the first event gaining 10 points… Maybe I should stop now.

  3. neiman
    January 9th, 2016 at 21:22 | #3

    This is a great poll !
    From the result, can we deduct that most of the readers of the blog are underrated ?

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