Originally posted by ScouseMouse
if i have beaten a player more than 200 pts better than me how come I get 25pts and he only loses 25pts ?
You are getting a few stern replies. Perhaps you weren't moaning, but simply asking?
You seem to feel hard done by, but that is because you are looking at the issue of ratings based on just the game in question. However, ratings are about your overall standard over time. If you were rated at 1000, and beat someone rated 2000, you wouldnt expect that you went up to say 1300, and him down to 1700? Winning that one game doesn't mean you have suddenly become 300 rating points better, and the same in reverse for him. If you are worthly of a 1300 rating (in this example), you will prove it over the next dozen or so games by those you win. Likewise, your theoretical 2000 rated opponent has earned those rating points, and should not be punished severely for one slip up.
Ratings should evolve, if they are to be accurate, not jump hugely based on one game, which can equal one bad move!!