Re: Ask Chuck Kennedy
I see what you are saying, and agree to a point.
I don't think there should be a separate rating system for women or old men. I think having one system that is consistent for all players at the same time allows more accurate comparisons among other players and amongst a smaller group.
The additional problem of a separate system with such small numbers is that a couple of rapidly improving players could easily skew the ratings in a given area as compared to the rest of the world. The larger the number of players involved in rating any event, the more accurate the number will be.
And I would be insulted if I was in a group that was considered to be so far off the scale that a new scale was needed.