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1.  ray george
ray george
15 Apr '17 01:44 / 1 edit
Can anyone explain how points are awarded/deducted? In eight games this month I have won 4 for 38 points, lost 4 for 86 points.
2.  moonbus
Uber-Nerd
15 Apr '17 02:55
There is a formula. It is explained in the FAQ page.
3.  BigDoggProblem
15 Apr '17 08:29 / 1 edit
Originally posted by ray george
Can anyone explain how points are awarded/deducted? In eight games this month I have won 4 for 38 points, lost 4 for 86 points.
The FAQ gives the formula, but the gist of it is that you get more points for winning, the more highly rated your opponent is, and also lose less points for losing, the more highly rated your opponent is.
4. 16 Apr '17 00:07
Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
The FAQ gives the formula, but the gist of it is that you get more points for winning, the more highly rated your opponent is, and also lose less points for losing, the more highly rated your opponent is.
In other words....

If you lose to a lower rated player than yourself you lose a bunch of points.

If you lose to a player higher rated than yourself you lose a few points. You should have lost.

If you beat a lower rated player, congrats you beat someone you should have beaten. You don't get many points.

If you beat a higher rated player, you pick up more points. You won even though you should have lost.

The greater the gap the more severe the result, either few points or more points.
5.  moonbus
Uber-Nerd
16 Apr '17 17:00
In other words....

If you lose to a lower rated player than yourself you lose a bunch of points.

If you lose to a player higher rated than yourself you lose a few points. You should have lost.

If you beat a lower rated player, congrats you beat someone you should have beaten. You don't get many points.

If you beat a higher rated player, you pick u ...[text shortened]... ave lost.

The greater the gap the more severe the result, either few points or more points.
PS, there is a maximum number of points you can pick up or drop on any one game, and the formula is different during the first 20 games (provisional rating period).
6.  wolfgang59
Infidel
20 Apr '17 14:02
Originally posted by ray george
Can anyone explain how points are awarded/deducted? In eight games this month I have won 4 for 38 points, lost 4 for 86 points.
You asked the same question in January and February!