Originally posted by venda
I don't understand this thread.
Surely there's no obligation to enter a tournament?
If you don't like a particular tournament then don't enter -simple.
There is no obligation for sure but the point being made is this:-
It is very difficult to avoid loss playing this system with White, especially against players who make the effort to consult databases and on line articles where lines that almost amount to the refutation of the opening are given. Therefore expecting the strongest players on the site to go beyond the level of acceptable risk and stake their time and their rating points on it shows, how shall we say, that whoever sets the tournaments may not be fully up to date with their chess knowledge. This therefore may be extrapolated to include the idea that even offering the tournament at 1800+ reflects poorly on the site as a serious chess entity. A more charitable view is that at least it gives players the opportunity to prove the Grob's unsoundness once and for all - but you're not going to do it at the expense of these players time or rating points. After all they know that the best they can expect as white is a difficult draw. The games are visible so everyone can see what the refutation lines are and copy them in their own games even if they can't be bothered to do the research themselves. Any die hard fans of the opening will play it in their normal games anyway. Other chess sites offer their Thematic tournaments as unrated for this kind of reason.