Originally posted by Marinkatomb
Dude, playing devils advocate is all well and good, but hundreds of people have entered those tourneys. There is a loop hole in the rules that allows a new starter to enter loads of banded tournaments at levels WAY below their true strength. It only takes one player like this to enter each banded tourney and hey presto! No one ever wins a tournament whi ...[text shortened]... vious?
EDIT: Tournament 1350 This sort of thing needs to be stopped. It's just ridiculous!
I'm not playing devil's advocate. I quite honestly think this idea isn't fair to some honest people.
If you have two people, let's say A and B. Both start the site at the same time, but B is an experienced player and A is just some kid who has a fair bit of potential and isn't so experienced.
They both start out and play a bunch of banded tournaments from say, 1200-1400.
Throughout the year that the first couple rounds goes through both have risend to say approx. 1800 rank.
For both this is possible.
I agree that say, B, who is very experienced, is being unethical and shouldn't be able to win the tournament - this is the person you think is ALL the people in this kind of situation.
A, however, did nothing unethical. Yet, under your proposal, he'd be kicked out of a tournament for doing nothing wrong. At all points his rating was his "real rating" since he(or she of course) had been learning the whole time.
I have no problem with you finding a true way to identify A, but as long as it doesn't punish the honest B.
Part of the problem is that there is NO way of RHP discovering someone's "true" strength.
Enforcing the band means enforcing the entry of the band, not the rating throughout the games. Surely it is NOT obvious that preventing someone from winning a tournament simply because of over the over a year that a tournament goes on they actually got better!
I'm not doubting that there are people who have entered tournaments that they knew they were better than when they entered and if you can actually provide a legitimate and logical way of identifying them versus someone who actually honestly improved their rating by learning then let's hear it.