Originally posted by Pigface1
Ive read the ratings FAQ four times, I think i understand the basics (despite not being a mathematical genius which you need to be to understand it!) one thing I dont know though, is there a penalty for playing people much lower than you because I have my rating now but new players (on 1200) give me a decrease in points,I know that thats covered in th ...[text shortened]... rated lower but am slightly put off if I am going to keep losing points all the time.
No, there is no penalty when playing inferior opponents.
But, you are still provisional player, and you are provisional until you finished your 20th game. During this period, the calculation is not regular and your rating may appear erratic during this time.
See the FAQ again how your rating is calculated for provisional players.
Your profile says: "Ratings are provisional until 20 rated games are completed. Ratings may appear erratic until this time."