Originally posted by Ray Gunz I
I just googled Elo's Formula. Maybe I can get a better idea from there. Truth be known, mathematical formulas, equations, math in general and myself well, let's just say we ain't exactly friends. It's evil stuff I tell you! Think I'll just accept the rating for whatever it is, some things are just better off left alone. Thanks tomtom232
just some small points:
-when you are provisional, the rating deviates a lot. as you play more and more games, it begins to be more stable, and you win/lose only a reasonable amount of points per game.
-the higher the player's rating you beat, the more points you get. the lower the player's rating you lose against, the more points you'll lose.
-a beginner is considered around 1200 level. 1600 is the serious amateur, 1800 could be called a strong player. 2200+ is master, then comes IM(2400) and GM(2600). (roughly. it's a little more complicated than that.)