47 ( +1 | -1 ) Interesting?Nah, probably not, maybe I just need a new hobby :) I did an experiment: I'm a very mediocre player, my rating fluctuating between 13-1400. Now, if you look at the highest ranked player I've beaten, then look at the highest ranked player he's beaten and so on, there are only 5 players between me and the rating 2000. I have no idea if this means anything, just thought it was cool, and I would have guessed that number would have been higher.
42 ( +1 | -1 ) I kept on going and eventually it lead me to harpov does this mean if i can beat alekhine101 and he can beat a8h6 etc etc and this lead me all the way up to harpov that I logically should be able to beat harpov? ;)
56 ( +1 | -1 ) hmmmI find that the situation you describe is more common OTB. But anyway, if you beat a genuinely higher-rated player, it doesn't mean you will beat him all the time. Perhaps in 1 out of 5 games. That person might beat a higher-rated player in say 1 out of 5 games too. If we go six times this way, your chance of beating the 2000-rated player would be one in 5^6. And of course it could be higher than 5 too.
I once saw a club player (~1700) draw a master (~2300). It doesn't mean much statistically although it was a very interesting game anyhow:)