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Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Updated O4B Rankings
From the Big Huge Ratings page -- updated O4B rankings. Only 33 players in top 100 are established and active. This does NOT mean people are not playing, as there are 42 players who are active but have not yet played at least 10 games. One player has a 2200+ rating after only 3 games. This exposes one of the weaknesses of the BHG system: it's really easy to get an established high rating. Unlike the U.S. Chess system, after which this is modeled, you can never smurf or play as an "unrated" once you've established a rating. So the system has no need to prevent smurfing. But this system doesn't translate well to an on-line environment where smurfing is common.
One suggestion for BHG: make it more difficult to create an established rating, not easier. Right now it's 8 games. Chess uses 20. BHG ought to use 25 or more, just to reduce the incentive players might have to flood the board with high-level nicks. If you're a 2300 rated player. You're a 2300 rated player. All the nicks you creat will quickly get to that high level. So if you were to smurf and play 8 games with 10 different accounts, you could easily have the top 10 listings. Another option they have is to screen names using IP addresses, or at least identify which names might be common IPs. These don't solve the problem, but they make it slightly tougher.
Anyway, here are the latest:
O4BRank Rank Player Rating W L # Date
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