Originally posted by RDM
Is problem 1 really a problem though?
I would have no problem with a person improving throughout a tournament. That person's rating was a true reflection at the time he or she entered the tournament.
Its the people that have been way above the band before and then dropping dramatically that are the problem.
Whether you personally have a problem with it or not is pretty irrelevant.
Surely, the optimal is to have players playing in the correct bands, so that the tournaments aren't ruined for the rest of the properly placed participants.
Just because there are no rules being broken doesn't mean that the system is working as it should. I mean if Kasparov joined tomorrow, his only (banded) option would be to play in a low band, whereas my proposal would place him in a band more suited to his skill level.
We're not talking about players improving during a tournament, we're talking about players who's rating is on the rise, and hasn't reached it's true level yet.