Originally posted by Doctor Rat
I don't think there should be any banding. It seems that part of the fun of the championships is that it is such a massive tournament and everyone can play. There are plenty of banded tournaments during the year for those that want them, yes? Lower-rated players should instead be happy that the championships aren't of the Closed or Invitational variety.
Just wanted to cast a vote for the non-banded supporters. Your mileage may vary.
I actually agree on the banding (though it would be nice to see a few larger banded tournaments) and that it's good to try and have a competition for everyone.
However, I'm not a particular fan of the tournament format as it stands. The biggest problem is that there is so little chance of progression. I've entered for the past couple of years, but despite being comfortaby above the site average rating, feel that without a lucky draw, a timeout or a 3(b) turning up, that my tournament will only ever last a single round.
Ideally, though probably not feasible, I'd prefer something along the line of the FA Cup or Trophy where weaker entrants had to play against each other for a round or two before higher players entered. Either that or have a system where everyone gets placed in a second round group based upon positions in the first round, enabling a full ranking order to be made so improvements can be seen from year to year.