Originally posted by venda
I realise this is an "old chesnut" but consider the following.
I am playing someone whose current game load is 1400+
His 1 year rating is above 1700 so he is better than me by some distance.
However because of his massive game load he loses a lot of games by timeout.
His current rating is 834!!
If I lose my rating will plummet because of this.
That is wh ...[text shortened]... tice of my rating.
I've heard all the arguments before so i don't expect any change
I had a look at the tournament in question, your graph and that of your opponent.
On the tournament: he has already lost 4 games on timeout, so if you keep playing, there is a chance that you get points for nothing, just by taking the skull.
Your own one year rating is 1655, so not that far from his 1713.
On average rating, you are at 1569, whereas he is at 1294. If you actually lose to a player whose average rating is so much lower than yours, you'd be be better off thanking him for helping get your own rating back in line!
What is particularly interesting, given that you mention 1700, is that your opponent's rating peaks at 1713, and then falls back again, repeated several times with slightly lower numbers. My interpretation is that he is not actually rated at 1700 at all, but is storing up wins and postponing losses to boost his peak rating.
Rating floors. Why not rating ceilings for a change? Your average rating for the past 100 games is too low, so you cannot increase above 200 points more than it. It would stop people trying to manipulate the games timing to give unreasonable peaks.
I quite like Coletti's idea:
"What if rated games had to be played with someone within 400 points of your own rating? All other games would be automatic non-rated".
None of the rating inflation caused by floors, and all of the benefits.
1) his "skill" rating is hardly 1700, but more likely to be lower than yours.
2) His graph yoyo's all over the place within a time period of a few weeks - chose your time to resign if you think you are losing, and you get to chose his rating.
3) If your opponent manages to beat you, thank him for finding the flaw in your playing, and for getting your rating back into line.
4) Like I always say (@Swiss
;-) ) : Rating floors cause rating inflation, and should be avoided at all costs.