Originally posted by uzless
Why did it go down after I won a game. The FAQ say this is possible if you havent' played 20 games yet..but i don't get how this can be?
Do you have to beat players ranked lower than you quickly or else you go down?
From the FAQ: Until you complete 20 games, you will have a provisional rating. This rating is calculated as the average of all the games you have played. Each game is scored as being your opponent's rating (for a draw), your opponent's rating plus 400 (for a win), or your opponent's rating minus 400 (for a loss). If your opponent is also on a provisional rating, then the 400s above become 200s.
So, if you really want a good rating (1) don't play against other provisional players while you are still provisional, and (2) win.