More on Rausis
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 10:46PM
Dennis Monokroussos in Igors Rausis, cheating

I found this article even more helpful than the one cited in the earlier post, as it places more emphasis on the interesting way he was legally gaming the system. This was an issue the United States Chess Federation had to address decades ago, when life prisoner Claude Bloodgood managed to get his USCF rating over 2750 by winning countless games against his fellow prisoners. He was a strong club player, but his strength certainly wasn't that of a very strong GM (or any sort of GM). Assuming the games were all legitimate, however, the problem was with the USCF rating formula at the time, or of its applicability to an isolated pool like that of a prison population when one of the players is "infinitely" stronger than anyone else there.

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