Originally posted by Fat mans revenge
I've been going on and on about this in the tournament forums, and trying to get people to withdraw from the tournaments that they shouldn't be in.
It has been brought to my attention, that often a players rating will fluctuat ...[text shortened]... ts to an extreme. Even in the middle of the tournament.
Put it this way. The majority of players who enter lower tournaments than their level, do so as they are on their way up. They only get one chance to do this as once they have exceeded the maximum rating for the tournament, they never drop below that maximum again. If RHP checked players ratings as the tournament starts and removed all the players who were over 50 points higher than the maximum, i think 'rating banded' would actually start meaning something.
If you look at my chart, you'll see that i exist in-between two bandings. Sometimes im over 1600, at others im below. I've never been over 1650 though. I don't think it would be that unfair for me to enter a 1500-1599 tournament as that is pretty much my level, bearing in mind that the rules take my rating in the last 30 days as my rating. It's been about 5 months since i went 30 days in the sub 1600 rating band, which prevents me from entering these tournaments anyway.
Basically what im saying is, if a player wants to, they can manipulate their rating to enter any tournament they want. It just takes a month of not playing to do it.
Checking players ratings just as the tournament starts will at least make it more difficult for people to enter ones far below their level.
Another possibility would be to check the ratings as each round started.
Round 1 - maximum extra 50 points
Player is 1610
I don't think this is a problem, what's 11 points! As long as they've gone 30 days below 1599, that's fine. They could have had a timeout or a resign from a higher rated player. I jumped 50 points when Steve C (then 2100+) went into hospital and the tournament we were in timed him out.
Round 2 - maximum extra 75 points (ie:1675 is maximum rating)
Player is 1665
Assuming the player is only playing in the tournament, their rating will have increased to around here from their wins in the previous round. If their rating was now 1800, they obviously knew what they were doing when they entered and should be removed. Their rating should remain unchanged, but the second placed player in their group should advance.
Round 3 - maximum extra 100 points (ie:1699 is maximum rating)
Player is 1690
Again, assuming the player is only playing in the tournament, their rating will have increased to around here.
If a 1900 player entered this tournament, they would have to continue manipulating their rating for 6-10 months until the tournament was completed. Only the sadest individuals would do this, though we all know their out there!