Originally posted by MissOleumfor the first time ever, i actually agree with MissOleum, although I don't quite get the third suggestion. i'm sure it's valid though.
Since ratings can go up and down suddenly for good and legitimate reasons, such as ill-health for example, "sandbagging" is a charge frequently made and often unjustified.
The Tournament Entry Rating is an average of Present Rating and Highest Rating in last 100 days. Here's my proposal to reduce sandbagging in tournament and clan games:
# Set TER a ...[text shortened]... d to this list. Here's hoping we can finally get something done about a perennial problem.
Originally posted by coquetteFischer used to say back in the day about "GM draws" which usually ocurred in like 15 moves...so it seemed that some woud help each other in the tourney.
for the first time ever, i actually agree with MissOleum, although I don't quite get the third suggestion. i'm sure it's valid though.
Originally posted by MissOleumah thanks. cool. then i agree on all the counts. something must be wrong with me. need to go and take temperature and pulse.
Also see Thread 86974 where others have come up with good suggestions.
I suggested an easy-to-see "move number in game" because it makes it much easier to spot a number of activities not beneficial to the site, such as a two-account rating tamper exercise, or pranksters like the fools-mate twins. A player's "finished games"list showing many 4s and 5s provides a quick warning to potential opponents.
Originally posted by MissOleumI fear you miss the point.
If you are capable of playing at 1600, but play at a lower level, you are still an unfair competitor in a 1300 tournament. People normally put more thought into their tournament games and try to play at their best. A 200-point discount would allow you to enter bands from 1400 up in any case. Banded under-1400 tournaments are for people whose best game is a good deal lower than 1600.
Originally posted by mrmistYou know I use to feel like you do. I have come to the conclusion not to be concerned about the sandbaggers, or where the rating is, just enjoy the games. Get yourself in a good club, some of them are talking about having sections, like in real clubs, so you can play people within your own range of play.
I think that the current tourny entry rating system works pretty well and is reasonably fair.
You have to be careful generating rules based on what appears to be the scheming behaviour of a minority (in this case those you call sandbaggers) as it can unfairly penalise people who are using the site normally.
My highest ever spike (non-provisional) wa ...[text shortened]... worse thing than sandbagging itself, which I think is the exception rather than the rule.