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  1. 28 Mar '13 13:22
    Does anyone know what the difference between an "ELO" rating and the rating you get here on RHP?
  2. Subscriber Ponderable
    chemist
    28 Mar '13 15:36
    Originally posted by Gettare
    Does anyone know what the difference between an "ELO" rating and the rating you get here on RHP?
    A Hungarian mathematician developped a method to compare playing strength in groups. This is the ELO number. The ELO number differs if you play in different "pools" of players and has relevance only in those.

    The USCF is a different pool from RHP and thus will have different numbers. Due to the possibility to use much time and the notebook people might have a better performance here....
  3. 28 Mar '13 16:36
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    A Hungarian mathematician developped a method to compare playing strength in groups. This is the ELO number. The ELO number differs if you play in different "pools" of players and has relevance only in those.

    The USCF is a different pool from RHP and thus will have different numbers. Due to the possibility to use much time and the notebook people might have a better performance here....
    Thanks for the clarification. It works for me.
  4. 30 Mar '13 21:46
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    A Hungarian mathematician developped a method to compare playing strength in groups. This is the ELO number. The ELO number differs if you play in different "pools" of players and has relevance only in those.

    The USCF is a different pool from RHP and thus will have different numbers. Due to the possibility to use much time and the notebook people might have a better performance here....
    In my opinion, time and notepad should make no difference, as they are available to everyone. It s the different rating pool that makes the difference. That and cheating.
  5. Standard member congruent
    Chess Player
    30 Mar '13 22:15
    The post that was quoted here has been removed
    Do you treat everyone like they are 12?
  6. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    30 Mar '13 22:32
    Originally posted by Dewi Jones
    In my opinion, time and notepad should make no difference, as they are available to everyone. It s the different rating pool that makes the difference. That and cheating.
    It's not just the rating pool differential, but also the format. In OTB play, the typical amateur has the opportunity to play maybe 5 rated games a month, and most play less. They have little choice about who they play.

    At RHP someone could play a very large number of games, and pick and choose the opposition, and also pick the time control for each game. The playing experience can be manipulated here in multiple ways that simply can't happen OTB.

    For a person to use his/her RHP rating as a guidepost for improvement, they would have to pay careful attention to the number and type of games, and to who they play, in order to establish some "constants" as a benchmark to measure performance.

    It's very easy to get "empty calories" at RHP, which fattens the rating but does not build "chess muscles" or add strength.