Under the topic, Beating a Dead Horse, I’ll reply…
For a tournament with divisions, I think it should be somewhat of a dynamic movement within divisions.
Personal opinion is no new/unknown player is entitlement to enter a tournament at the lowest level. If given 5 divisions, start a new player in the middle, not the bottom.
In any division, move players down that go 2 and out and half of that number from the top go up. Over time, the lower divisions become bigger, the higher, more exclusive.
If the soapbox is still open:
Nearly every tournament we go to proves it pretty darn difficult to control proper placement of the unknown player – some single tournaments are better than others, but it’s normally a topic. If it wasn’t an issue, we amongst the mid & lower levels wouldn’t be looking at the entries to see suspicious names.
There are so many (frustrating) tangents with this topic:
• Proper placement of players
• Rating players and who is responsible for it
• Divisions vs Open vs Handicap Tournaments
• Cross league/system fairness
• Lack of cooperation between different vendor same national body
• Players “union”
It’s the 21st century and we mostly play in league and tournament systems that came about in the 80’s. “We” do not effectively use technology to combat this type of issue.
Mike Page has got the start figured out with the Fargo rating system. It would take the cooperation of some national bodies to make it work beyond.
Raise your hand if you can’t hear me.