So now I'm over the big hump on that graph. I suppose the next goal is 1600. No correlation to real ratings! I sort of bounded up on it in one day. The increase corresponds exactly to my receipt in the mail of back issues of Šahovski Informator in the mail (like $3 off of Amazon.com!). Coincidence? I think not.
What else I received in the mail which may have contributed to my virtue: OCTPOB. Apparently the man who plays Father Anatoly is like a rockstar in Russia.
Also: Emir Kusturica's When Father Was Away on Business. Another Kusturica film about betrayal. Interesting note is that the chess set they use did not have a cross on top of the king, a feature noted in at least one other Yugoslavian chess set of the era, I wonder if that's a common feature from that time.