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Historically, pro ranks were an indicator of playing strength. It was said that 3 (later: 4) ranks are about a stone difference. To my knowledge, there never was a time when 1 rank difference actually meant 1 stone. In the 20th century, there was a sudden and increasing change in the strength of new pros. This is generally considered to be a consequence of ...


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Let's start with the basics. Beginners start out as "30 kyu". As they get stronger, the number decreases to 29 kyu, 28 kyu ... down to 1 kyu. Kyu means "student" and is commonly abbreviated 'k'. The range from 10k to 30k is called DDK (double digit kyu) while 1k - 9k are SDK (single digit kyu). The difference between each rank is supposed to be 1 stone of ...


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I can't really speak to the details here - I don't even play go - but I looked at their description of their rating system, and it seems that you've misunderstood the rating system somewhat. In particular, statements like "losing even game to 11k is perfectly fine for 13k, it only means you are 12k or weaker" aren't completely true. First off, keep in mind ...


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Your first question is largely answered by my answer to your other post. You lost a game to another player, whose rank was maybe the same as yours, maybe not, and that has to decrease your rating a little bit - in this case it was enough to cause you to drop (maybe you were close to the boundary between ranks, who knows). And it's all based on current ...



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