I am playing on normal difficult. By the middle of my second year, my total skill has reached 1098, but since that time it has almost steadily dropped and now stands at a mere 1018. Basically, if I miss more than one week of play, I lose more points than I gain, so I have to play almost every week to retain my skill level. . .which is not very realistic. "Last year," I ended up playing 26 tournaments, won 5 of them, won 68% of my matches and my skill level still dropped. Is this normal? Even on normal difficulty, it has not been easy to play players with 1280+ skill levels when you only have less than 1050 yourself. I am sure there is a cheat for this to increase your skill level, but I am still wondering if that's the way its supposed to be without cheating.