Why Can’t Rapidly Improving Chess Players Have Elo Keep Up???

It Is Time for the Elo System (with its warts) to Step Aside…

Tony Berard
8 min readNov 9, 2023


In this article, we will discuss Vaishali Rameshbabu. Here’s her wiki:

She received her International Master (IM) title in 2021. In 2022, Vaishali won the 8th Fischer Memorial, scoring 7.0/9 and winning her second Grandmaster norm.[7][8][9][10]

Vaishali was invited to participate in the FIDE Women’s Speed Chess Championship 2022,[11] where she defeated the Women’s World Blitz Chess Champion Bibisara Assaubayeva in the round of 16,[12] and compatriot Harika Dronavalli in the quarterfinals.[13][14]

Vaishali played on Board 3 in the Women’s section at the 44th Chess Olympiad at Mamallapuram, Chennai, in July-Aug 2022. India Women team won the Team bronze medal, and Vaishali won individual bronze medal for Board 3.

Vaishali played in the Tata Steel Challengers 2023, scoring 4.5/14 and beating two 2600 rated GMs, Luis Paulo Supi and Jerguš Pecháč. She finished twelfth in the standings overall.[15]

In the Qatar Masters Open 2023, Vaishali received her final GM norm after finishing with 5/9 and a performance rating of 2609.[16]She also won the top women’s prize in the tournament, after finishing with better tiebreaks (performance rating) than compatriot Divya Deshmukh.[16]

Vaishali won the Oct-Nov 2023 FIDE Grand Swiss held in the Isle of Man and will compete in the Women’s Candidates Tournament in 2024.[17][18] Her live rating at the end of the tournament was less than 3 points short of the 2500 necessary for the GM title.[18]


We will also discuss Sam Sevian:



Tony Berard

I have lately been constructing arguments against God and the supernatural. I have proven that stuff doesn't exist with science equations. I aspire to be great.