Originally posted by InlandRevenueUK
Just an idea that I saw when I used to frequent Gameknot (Blasphemy I know!) When looking at a users profile, would it be possible to see how my rating would change if I played against the user? Example:
User X - Win against this player rating +25
Draw against this player rating -5
Loss against this player rating -100
What do others think of this?
This has been discussed before. RHP adjust rating points based on ratings at end of game. The other site does so based on rating at start of game.
End of day it is swings and roundabouts.
You play a 1400 rated player and at the end of the game they are rated at 1600.
Do you want points awarded for beating a 1400 rated player (The other site) or a 1600 rated player (here).
Using the other sites method you join a tournament and meet 4 players rated at 1800, 1900, 2000 and 2200. You are rated at 1600 and have been there or thereabouts for the last two years.
You are told your expected points for the wins are 20, 30, 40 and 60 per game so a total of 300 points if you win as black and white. You get really lucky and all your opponents time out so your rating jumps to 1900.
You now have an artificially high rating of 1900, a tournament entry rating of 1800 but are effectively a 1600 rated player. This is not good news for you.