ICC News Item #1160
There is now a new rating category just for loser's chess (wild 17). This was the most-requested feature on ICC. See help wild17 for the rules to loser's chess. Everyone will start from scratch in that new rating category. But "from scratch" now means that you start with the rating that you gave when you registered (min 800, max 2200). This initial rating only carries the weight of one game, but we still hope that it will help make provisional ratings more accurate in most cases. You may ask an administrator to change your initial rating if it's far off. Of course, we are trusting you to be honest when estimating what your rating should be. If you didn't give a numeric rating at registration time, it starts at 1400. Crazyhouse (wild 23) games will now be rated in the bughouse rating category. While we recognize that they are different games, they have enough in common that we think that the extra data points from w23 games will probably improve the accuracy of bughouse ratings. The wild rating category will continue to be used for the other variants such as kriegspiel (w16) and Fischer Random (w22). w7 is no longer rated, nor are material or time-odds games.