Originally posted by woadman
On this website, I have seen a lot of references to sandbagging. I don't see how a player ends up better when they lose a bunch of games to lower their rating. Then they enter another tournament (at a lower level) and win a bunch of games. It isn't like there is a monetary prize to be won. I assume the math comes out better for them in the long run....
They don't necessarily enter tournaments and lose deliberately.
Thet may set up ordinary games and do it.
Also some clans(well, at least one) have a policy where as soon as a challenge is won or lost the remaining players are obliged to resign their games,which also artificially lowers their ratings,the purpose being to hope other clan leaders don't notice their REAL ability when issuing or accepting new challenges.
Wherever there's opportunity , some people will always find a way to manipulate it to their own advantage.