Originally posted by reinfeld
yes...but only in their own division...they always win the way it is now..but it is not the winning that i am concerned with but rather the fun of playing a theme tournament with a field closer in rating than the whole site spread...
I think it is important for a themed tournament that lower rated players get exposed to the themes that the higher rated players are more likely to bring. Sometimes lower-rated players have a book or two on their favorite opening and they're dying to play into the heart of theory, but every time they play against fellow lower-rated players, the game leaves book so early that it is frustrating. I think those players would like to play higher rated players.
I think everything is great just the way it is without you rabble-rousing trouble-makers stirring up such a fuss, but if there was serious consideration for splitting a themed tournament, maybe a compromise? You could have a lower banded section in which higher-rated players couldn't play, and then you'd have an Open Section where any rating may join. This way, a lower player could play "up" a class, so to speak. I don't know if this would be a popular or feasible option, but I'm just throwing it out there.
i'm really sleepy