09 Jul '10 15:48

After 22 consecutives wins from position 280 in November, I have at last reached the top 6 on the 1-day Ladder. Only once on that 'climb' did I play anyone over 1500.

So I ask myself, without being disrespectful to my good-natured opponents, what has been the point? Because I joined the ladder after the initial start, I had to enter at the bottom. Had I joined from the start, I'd have been placed straight in position 1.

The difference has been 22 fairly one-sided games in which I've needed to challenge players rated 1000-1200 points below me. To be honest, I haven't felt comfortable doing that - it feels too much like bullying.

There has to be a better way, surely. Perhaps allowing new entrants to join a Ladder no more than, say, 40 places below their nominal position. As it is, thanks to my opponents playing quickly, it has taken me 8 months to reach the top. Had they used all their entitlement, it would have taken me over two years!

So I ask myself, without being disrespectful to my good-natured opponents, what has been the point? Because I joined the ladder after the initial start, I had to enter at the bottom. Had I joined from the start, I'd have been placed straight in position 1.

The difference has been 22 fairly one-sided games in which I've needed to challenge players rated 1000-1200 points below me. To be honest, I haven't felt comfortable doing that - it feels too much like bullying.

There has to be a better way, surely. Perhaps allowing new entrants to join a Ladder no more than, say, 40 places below their nominal position. As it is, thanks to my opponents playing quickly, it has taken me 8 months to reach the top. Had they used all their entitlement, it would have taken me over two years!