Originally posted by BartVH
Quitting = resigning = artificially keeping the rating low = nothing solved 😉
He didn't improve over the course of the tournament. He's a player that is some 300pts higher than the banded tourney he joined. Winning the tournament is no victory, it's like taking candy from children.
The reason we have banded tournaments is to allow players of like skill to be able to have tournaments against their peers. By joining such a tournament and being so clearly and obviously a superior player, you rob the truly rated players of their opportunity to play against each other for a title.
It's a dual tournament so you are only resigning 2 games which will neither overly inflate your 1 opponent nor unduly trash your own rating.
Play on and you'll surely win, but the victory is hollow. There's no doubt that a 1700 player should handily win a tournament against 1350 rated players.
Yes, I happen to be this persons' current opponent. And this is the SECOND such tournament I find myself up against this clearly superior opponent. If I wanted to play people that far above me, I can join open tournaments. When I play banded tourney's it's my desire to play my peers. I already KNOW that folks rated 300 and more above me can trounce me -- that's what RATINGS tell you.
I'll never understand what motivates folks to join banded tournaments far below their skill. Winning such a tournament is no victory. It'd be like me (6'2"😉 going back to grade school and winning a basketball tournament against 4th graders. What possible joy could I get from that?