Originally posted by najdorfslayer
Well I can see the pro's of random pairings but the lower rated players have the banded tourney's......
All I can say is if you were Roger Federer how would you feel if you drew Rafael Nadal in the 1st Round!
So why not just eliminate all the lower rated players and keep the randoms to 1700+? Wouldn't that make it easier for everyone including the admins? It's essentially the same thing you're suggesting since all the higher rateds would probably end up bunched in the last couple of rounds anyway. There's essentially no point in have lower rated players in them except for them having fun and learning from guys like you and Smaug.
If I were Roger Federer, I would rather play him in the first round than the last round. Instead of having to anticipate the final and worry about how Nadal is doing, I would know straight off. And if I beat him, it's pretty smooth sailing all the way to the championship. So it's basically the same reasoning to keep it the way it is here: Knowing where you stand right from the get-go.
I'm not saying all seeding is bad, in fact it would be helpful in tournaments like the Championship (that's where the top players really should play each other in the last round or 2nd to last, and people like should fight to get through). We don't have many big tournaments like that though, so using seeding is a little impractical if you use it all the time.