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1. 04 Nov '10 21:36
Is it better to lose a game on a lower score?

I am currently playing a game which I am almost certain to lose and I could resign now. Let's say I am on a rating of 1400. In the mean-time I am playing other games and win a few bringing my rating up to 1450. When I evntually lose the lost cause game, will I be deducted more points now that I am on 1450 than I would have if I resigned on 1400?

Cheers!
2.  mr carlsberg
probally the best
04 Nov '10 23:35
Originally posted by actonhoop
Is it better to lose a game on a lower score?

I am currently playing a game which I am almost certain to lose and I could resign now. Let's say I am on a rating of 1400. In the mean-time I am playing other games and win a few bringing my rating up to 1450. When I evntually lose the lost cause game, will I be deducted more points now that I am on 1450 than I would have if I resigned on 1400?

Cheers!
this points scoring chart should help....

Rating Chart

Difference ______ H -- D -- L
0-10 __________ 16 - 0 - 16
11-32 _________ 15 - 1 - 17
33-54 _________ 14 - 2 - 18
55-77 _________ 13 - 3 - 19
78-100 ________ 12 - 4 - 20
101-124 _______ 11 - 5 - 21
125-149 _______ 10 - 6 - 22
150-176 _______ 9 - 7 - 23
177-205 _______ 8 - 8 - 24
206-237 _______ 7 - 9 - 25
238-273 _______ 6 - 10 - 26
274-314 _______ 5 - 11 - 27
315-364 _______ 4 - 12 - 28
365-428 _______ 3 - 13 - 29
429-523 _______ 2 - 14 - 30
524-719 _______ 1 - 15 - 31
720+ __________ 0 - 16 - 32

Key

H - Higher rated player wins that number of points.
D - Draw, higher player losses that number, lower players gains that number.
L - Lower rated player wins that number of points.
3.  Kewpie
since 1-Feb-07
05 Nov '10 00:22
maximum possible difference is 2 points. Why worry?
4. 05 Nov '10 04:46
I just won but lost 27pts on my rating because I played a random opponent rated 1010. What the Hell?

I wont be teaching any newbies with negative results?
5. 05 Nov '10 07:08 / 1 edit
Originally posted by dartek
I just won but lost 27pts on my rating because I played a random opponent rated 1010. What the Hell?

I wont be teaching any newbies with negative results?
"Ratings are provisional until 20 rated games are completed.
Ratings may appear erratic until this time."
It has to do with the rating calculation.
Read more on this in FAQ.
6. 06 Nov '10 08:27
Originally posted by actonhoop
Is it better to lose a game on a lower score?

I am currently playing a game which I am almost certain to lose and I could resign now. Let's say I am on a rating of 1400. In the mean-time I am playing other games and win a few bringing my rating up to 1450. When I evntually lose the lost cause game, will I be deducted more points now that I am on 1450 than I would have if I resigned on 1400?

Cheers!
Asssuming that you and your opponents are all 1400 and you expect 3 wins and 1 loss.
Taking the 3 wins and then a loss gives;
1400+16+15+15-18=1428
But LWWW gives
1400-16+17+16+15=1432
A very small gain of 4 points. The most recent games have a bigger impact on grades than games from the past.

dartek, during your first 20 games if you beat a provisional graded player who is 200 points below you (or a non-provisional 400 below you) your grade will fall. On the other hand your grade could increase if you lose to a much stronger player. After 20 games your grade will never fall after a win or increase after a loss.