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Fri Feb 16 2018 4:47PM | edited: 4:48:56 | MsgID: 19781644


Many chess clubs rank their members by the odds which each should be given by the club champion. The common types of odds are given below, in order of weight, from slightest to heaviest.

The draw. A draw counts as a win for the weaker player.
Pawn and move. The stronger takes Black and removes his f7 pawn.
Pawn and two. The stronger takes Black and removes his f7 pawn, and White commences with two moves, but may not go beyond his fourth rank.
Knight. The stronger takes White and removes his b1 Knight.
Rook. The stronger takes White and removes his a1 Rook.
Rook, pawn, and move. The stronger takes Black and removes his a8 Rook and f7 pawn.
Rook and Knight. The stronger takes White and removes his a1 Rook and g1 Knight.
Queen. The stronger takes White and removes his Queen.
Capped pawn. The stronger takes White, and fails to mate with his unpromoted f-pawn.
----- The Complete Hoyle, copyright 1947 by Albert H. Morehead

Chessworld uses the draw in knockouts. Otherwise, we have a rating system designed to roughly follow the chess odds in this sense: If my rating is 1000, and my opponents rating is 2000, I have to go up by a Rook just to equalize. But the mathematical types and statistical analysts can probably figure the steps between the 1000 players and the 2800 players much better than I. Seems like a 200 point differential between ratings at first glance, but that's the crudest of guides.

As for the capped pawn, two things come to mind. What do the King's Gambit players think? If Black eliminates White's e, f, and g pawns as early as possible, would the game be declared over?

Thanks, all. Good luck and good chess.