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I think that the intent to manipulate one's rating in order to play in a ratings limited tournament is ethically suspect, whether one does so by purposely losing games or by selecting what games one plays (i.e., only playing opponents likely to beat you). My rule of thumb for judging whether an action is moral or ethical is to act yourself (1) whether you would condone the behavior in others (i.e., if someone else engaged in the conduct, would you be bothered or irritated if it affected you?) and (2) whether you would be embarrassed if your mother or the public knew that you had engaged in your conduct (and your intent in taking the action). If you honestly answer the first question with yes and the second question with no, then the action may be ethical. However, if you are unable to answer those questions yes and no respectively, then it is likely that your conscience perceives the action as unethical.
Thanks -- I am very glad to know that! I did not realize that
@pt22064 another thoughtful response, thank you!
@ Renate, I thought you didn't realize that. ;)
Somebody once "jokingly" accused me of sandbagging because I once had a 1764 USCF OTB rating. That was about 35 years ago; I`m now 66 and at my "floor" of 1500. The average player is simply much better, I did not want to do the work to keep my edge and I got older. I got a "second life" with USCF Correspondence Chess and now have a 2065 rating in that. It suits my temperment better and I don`t "choke" as much when I`m winning games. Many fit my profile on this.
I'll have to agree that the average player must have gotten much better. Thanks to the rise of computers and the internet they can play and learn much more effectively.
And 66 - wow, I don't think I'll ever get that old!
I think the turn-based chess on here suits me better, as well. Less pressure and more time to think combined with the analyze board and access to an opening book database makes for a better played game.
there is a possible communication answer
in answer to the forum question i would recommend contacting your group admin ask them to contact the opposing admin ie other group admin asking if they could field a similar rated player this may involve a temporary match closure and reopen with diff grade level but worth a shot
Thanks for trying to help Nedluddite :), but this was a purely hypothetical question. It had occurred to me when I noticed players ratings rising in between registration and the start of a team match. I wanted other peoples input on whether they felt it was ethical or not.
it can be a case where a player just gets a few wins esp if outgraded heavily from sign up to match start i guess i should have read the prev posts tho as i didnt get the context sorry
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