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Difficulty of Achieving/Maintaining ELO Ranks, Has it Changed?
Posted 09 June 2017 - 11:41 AM
i have had 0 point for a win in the past
only time i got 0 is for a draw against a player whose ELO was exactly the same as mine
Posted 18 June 2017 - 01:14 PM
The complete GS&F Rules can be found here: http://forum.strateg...rum-rules-2016/
Draw Refusal Rules, specifically, can be read here: http://forum.strateg...604#entry339604
Posted 18 June 2017 - 05:33 PM
The ELO rankings are quite volatile - my own has varied over a range of >200 points (recent high and low). I estimate my long term playing strength at approx. 80% of my all time high.
It also seems pretty accurate to set a range from the midpoint of a recent high and low
to about 50 points higher than that. In my case 80% of my all time high comes out to just about ELO 400; the midpoint of a recent high (500) and recent low (274) is 387. So, a
plausible range for my playing strength is 387 to 437 (387+50). Subjectively, in my
play against such opponents, it seems about an even match.
I'd also note that winning/losing streaks between 5 games (probability ~1/32 against
matched opponents) and 10 games (probability 1/1024) seem to be relatively more
common than probabilities would suggest. So don't fret over losing 6-8 games in a row:
you're probably getting frustrated, overly aggressive and taking too many risks trying to recoup. Take a break for a few days, work out a different setup, and come back to the
game ready to concentrate.
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