As I see it there are ten elements to a fight. 1. skills (natural abilities or practiced techniques, either can be very helpful in a fight) 2. experience (It's true; knowledge is a powerful weapon) 3. terrain (if you choose to fight in say a collapsing tunnel then you have two opponents, which i'd say puts you in an unenviable position for the fight.) 4. psychology (if one's mindset is not striaght then its best not to fight) 5. speed (this was the decider of rank for the gunfighters of the old west. if you can strike faster than your opponent then you may not have to waste any time with him afterwards) 6. strategy (sometimes having a superior plan can offset all the other factors) 7. strength (rock beats scissors kinda thing) 8. endurance (how much damage one can take and how long one can last at whatever pace is set in the fight) 9. mitigating circumstances (if a duelist was hurt in a previous fight before then it'll effect his performance in the next duel wouldn't it.) 10. plain dumb luck (suppose in a fight your opponent is winning hands down but then has a heart attack and drops dead on the floor. Being just plain lucky may not be that flashy or cool but you're alive and your opponent isn't) All ten combines dynamically and quite unpredictably to decide the outcome. Now, as to rankings and what not...I think George gave gillard those rankings to help him choreograph the movie. (Some of which I'd wish he'd have tweaked here and there-like when Sidious unpantsed four topnotch Jedi in a matter of seconds -but I digress) I don't think the rankings are any real indications that mace would take obi-wan to school if they really ever fought eachother. And even if it was it would only cover that duelist's skill, experience, speed, endurance, and strength-only five of the ten factors that decide a fight. As for the importance of speed over skill, neither is more important than the other, but neither are either less important than the other.