Originally posted by Bovary
The stronger my oppponents the better. Thats why I am joining 1800+ tournaments. But I am playing a guy with 1470 rating points. How come?.
The ratings on here don't mean a deal on here for a few reasons, the main ones being sandbaggers and the timeout factor.
For example I'm playing a chap with a current rating of 1085 but he's playing 1716 games at the moment and he's lost 5039 over time by timeout.
His other ratings are 1760(90 day) 1832( yr) and 1973 (5 yr) His t.e.r is 1732.
This is not an isolated case by any means and a perfect example of why the ratings systems doesn't work very well.
The system will only take into account his current rating when I win or lose my game so if I win I'll just get a few points and if I lose I'll lose a lot because "the system" says I should beat him easily(my current rating is 1487).
I stopped bothering about my current rating years ago.It doesn't mean anything.