Originally Posted by Montrealcorp
Well , putting time and effort to get a mastered degree is imo a bit tougher than reaching 2000 in chess .
So imo , someone telling me his 1900 in chess its like someone coming to me and sais he finish high school , im not diminishing his acomplishment by no means , its just anecdotale for me in both situation and i eouldnt pass 1 day talking about this or being very impressed by it .
Its just trivial imo
I am just an average Joe, but have done these three things.
In my opinion, the degree of difficulty was:
1) Getting an expert rating. Difficult
You have to remember that this is competition, not just something that is accomplished in a vacuum. The person across the board is trying to win, too.
You have to have the knowledge, work effort, AND competitive juices.
2) Getting a Master's degree Average
Not so hard. Just have to stick with it. I think these days they hand out degrees to anybody who shows up and pays the dues. Putting on a cap and gown is more like dressing up for Halloween than actually accomplishing something.
3) Becoming Bilingual Average
This requires only immersion and a small bit of work, but there are 3 year olds who are bilingual. I don't know many 3 year old chess experts.