Originally posted by @mchill
Their are some highly rated chess players who play much weaker opponents. I will try to keep mine accurate.
Good point. JMHO - People who play against folks below their level just to puff up their rating are little different than engine hacks who use a computer program to do the same thing. What have they gained besides an inflated number next to their name? They are pathetic and insecure creatures.
Wow, you sure drew some pretty heady conclusions from a small and nebulous data set.
I am one of the Welcome Game players on the site, and as a rule I always have 5 games going on from players new to the site, with "p1200" ratings. Some are very good, but many barely know how to move the pieces. I don't care, the game is fun, and I just try to help the newbies get acclimated.
I also play a few real world friends (lower rated) who now live farther away, and I pretty much accept any challenge regardless of rating, as long as the time control is reasonable. The vast majority of those challenges are from lower-rated players. I suppose I could be a rating snob, but I don't care enough about an online rating to bother.
As the numbers go, that has you classifying me as a pathetic and insecure creature. Oh well!