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  1. Standard member The Swine Down Hope
    The 3rd Coming
    28 Aug '04 11:34
    It occurs to me that the points balance that goes into the win expectancy calculation should be frozen at the points at kickoff - rather on game completion.

    (First of all does any one know if this is the case?)

    Why, because the speed of relatives game could make a big difference.

    Consider a less strong player who get lucky earlier on against a player who goes on to win many games. They take a long time to kill the game off ..... all the time the value they gain for winning the game goes up and up.

    What do you think?
  2. 28 Aug '04 14:46
    yes i think it is a good idea. in the past i have held out making winning moves because of this it does effect your points loss.
  3. 28 Aug '04 15:33
    I used to think this, but actually, it's a bad idea. It's easier to pick when you start a game than when you end one, so if points were awarded on the basis of your rating at the start of the game, you could inflate your rating by starting a lot of games when it was low.

    Also, a game can take many weeks (or months) and it is much more fair for the result to be assessed on the players' current rating than one which is months out of date. This is particulary true of people who have recently joined the site: I lost a game to CurtCastle which we started when he was rated p1200 and finished when he was rated 1435. Since he is now rated 1627, I am sure it was fairer to me for the points to be awarded based on the ratings at the end of the game.