With the return of the ICU ratings site, Cork, the Irish Juniors and the Leinster Leagues have all been rated in the past few days. That’s as many as 20 games for some players over three tournaments, so new ratings highs have been reached, plummeted back down from and built back towards again, while Des, Frank and Aodhán all sign on with brand new ratings.
Mariusz is the big gainer – a spectacular start to the Heidenfeld saw him with a 2100 performance after four games, and because he still has a 32 K-factor and is eligible for bonus points, he has shot up over 200 points to 1750. Ciarán’s performance wasn’t much worse – exceeding expected score by 2.9 compared to 3.7 – but he only gains 67 points because of his lower K-factor. Michael Hanley is up ten points despite not winning a game – an indication of the tough job he had to pull off on the top couple of boards! Ross topped 1700 after an excellent Cork, but has dropped back, while I got to a new high of 1673 (1672 being my previous best), but ending the league season with three defeats means I don’t hold on to that.
Our other promoted side fared well too – Jack is within touching distance of 1400 after scoring 5/5, Desmond has topped 1200 while Luke Hayden has finally gotten past the 1000 mark. Seán Devilly lost 148 points from one game in the O’Sullivan – his first competitive game, only being rated now, in which he easily winning before hanging back-rank against a player who went on to win the Irish under-10 title last week. A good indication of why not to take ratings too seriously, particularly when you only have a provisional one!
The Bodley B did well in finishing 8th overall in the end, and that shows with solid gains for Cal (up 92), Richard (up 123 including Cork) and Liam (up 141 including Cork), while Aodhán gets a first rating of 1120. There were two other new ratings in the O’Sullivan as well – Des has come in at 1006, while Frank is 672.
In the O’Hanlon, Odhrán is up 60 points, while Stephen’s 3/3 saw him gain a similar amount. Dylan’s Irish Championships saw him drop a fair few points, but his O’Hanlon and Heidenfeld performances came in around 1700 to show that Bunratty was no flash in the pan.
The picture isn’t so bright in the Armstrong though – Gerry is now a “mere” 2000 even; Stephen Brady was, not surprisingly, the biggest gainer – his board prize saw him up 24 points and above 2300 again.