Originally posted by carjacker
Can it be that I go from 1512 to 1499 because of a tie with a player ranking 1180? I thought a draw is a draw.
1512 should win a game against 1180 (332 points below), so a draw means you weren't as good as your rating; penalty for 332 point draw = 12 points at this level; don't know about the extra point though. If you'd won you would have earned only 4 points. That's why strong players aren't too keen on friendly games with huge rating differences. The odds are much nicer if you're the person with the lower rating - 28 points is worth the gamble.
But it's only a number, a VERY rough guide to your playing strength. Mine goes up and down in a 300-point range.