Originally posted by invigorate
Would you prefer to lose your queen early in a game to a player 300 points below you or a player 300 points above you?
Depends on your rating. If I were rated 2300 here and I lost my queen to a 2000 player, I would know that he would be able to take advantage sufficiently to win the game. Whereas, playing at my actual level, losing my queen to a player of 900 rating wouldn't be nearly as bad, because I would be relativly confidant of being able to get it back or getting suitable compensation.