The Relative Playing Strength of Chess Players: A Note

Jamal Munshi

Sonoma State University

August 8, 2014

The conventional method of rating chess players uses a method called "scoring" to reduce a trinomial process to a binomial making it possible to rate chess playing strength with a single scalar measure. This simplicity is achieved at a cost because the scoring process causes some information to be lost. Two dimensional measures of playing strength, though more cumbersome to use, may have greater validity because they contain more information.

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Keywords: chess ratings, chess, Elo, numerical methods, applied statistics, probability vector

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Date posted: August 11, 2014 ; Last revised: November 17, 2014

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Munshi, Jamal, The Relative Playing Strength of Chess Players: A Note (August 8, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2477868

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Jamal Munshi (Contact Author)
Sonoma State University ( email )
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
United States
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