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1. 31 Mar '13 12:32
How does the rating system work? Do you have to win to increase your rating or does playing a higher rating with an eventual loss help with your rating?
2. 31 Mar '13 15:14
FAQ gives the detailed explanation.

A rule of thumb is if you win, you gain points (a lot of points if you beat someone much higher rated than you, but not so many if you beat someone much lower in rating from you.) The reverse applies if you lose (losing to someone 500 points above you won't cost you that much.) For most of us mortals, the max change is 32 points per game, IIRC. Be aware until you complete 20 games your rating can do some strange ups and downs because a different formula is used in that calculation.

May I suggest you read through the entire faq, it has a lot of information.

Help : faq
3. 02 Apr '13 18:26
Originally posted by MontyMoose
FAQ gives the detailed explanation.

A rule of thumb is if you win, you gain points (a lot of points if you beat someone much higher rated than you, but not so many if you beat someone much lower in rating from you.) The reverse applies if you lose (losing to someone 500 points above you won't cost you that much.) For most of us morta ...[text shortened]... May I suggest you read through the entire faq, it has a lot of information.

Help : faq
Thank a lot Monty, I will do just that.
Sandy
4. 07 Apr '13 10:11
One other question about new rating calculation after every game:

I read how calculations are done. But ... which ratings are taken into account, those you and your opponent have the moment you challenge (or are challenged) or those the moment the game ends?

I mean: if I challenge someone 20 points above me, I´m looking for a good reward if I win. But it can happen that he/ she is 10 or 20 points under me, because of everyone of us results in the meantime, when the game ends.

Will you please tell me which are the ratings used for calculations?

Best regards.

MArio
5. 07 Apr '13 10:23
As far as I know, the ratings at the moment the game finishes are used to calculate the new ratings.
6.  RJHinds
The Near Genius
07 Apr '13 10:52 / 1 edit
Originally posted by mariopp
One other question about new rating calculation after every game:

I read how calculations are done. But ... which ratings are taken into account, those you and your opponent have the moment you challenge (or are challenged) or those the moment the game ends?

I mean: if I challenge someone 20 points above me, I´m looking for a good reward if I win. But ...[text shortened]... me which are the ratings used for calculations?

Best regards.

MArio
The way I understand OTB tournament ratings is that your ratings along with all your opponents ratings at the beginning of the tournament are used in calculating your new rating at the end of the tournament which depends on your win-lose record during that tournament.

However, here on RHP a new rating is calculated at the end of each game in the tournament.
7.  RJHinds
The Near Genius
07 Apr '13 11:01
Originally posted by tvochess
As far as I know, the ratings at the moment the game finishes are used to calculate the new ratings.
Yes, for RHP ratings, I agree.
8. 07 Apr '13 11:22
Ok. Thanks. Yes, I was talking about RHP, and non-tournament games. Regards.