Ratings devaluation

Apr 22, 2015, 5:14 PM |

According to Amelia at chess.com, new members who join using Android start with a rating of 1800, not 1200.

Why should Android users be treated differently? It seems like a marketing gimmick to attract Android users at the expense of everyone else.  In effect it means a massive devaluation of chess.com ratings.

The whole point of the ratings system is that by playing someone of a similar rating you can expect to get a player of a similar level and hence have a good  game. This is no longer true. It took me quite a while to reach 1800 myself, and now any beginner who barely knows the rules of chess starts with 1800.

I am considering resigning from chess.com.