Arena tournament: Sandbagging?

Hotwings1

I’ve noticed this a few times while playing arena, there’s players typically rated in low 100-900 who have relatively new accounts who often have either thrown games or resign to get to that rating. Is there a point to this sandbagging? Not sure if I quite understand why others are doing this?

cottonsock
Adrenaline addicts
Hotwings1
It’s pretty weird that someone would take the time to do that.
aglitatta

    Well,yes Hotwings1,human beings are  the weirdest people that ever existed.

eelephant
Heh! I just played a bullet arena tournament the other day where a player rated 436 or something won the tournament with 77 points. I was a little embarrassed when this player crushed me like a bug, but then I saw then final score! No, nothing fishy about that. .....
IMBacon
Hotwings1 wrote:

I’ve noticed this a few times while playing arena, there’s players typically rated in low 100-900 who have relatively new accounts who often have either thrown games or resign to get to that rating. Is there a point to this sandbagging? Not sure if I quite understand why others are doing this?

Ego feed.

Low self-esteem.

Lazy.

Take your pick.

Itaemeri

If you open a new account, you get a very low default rating regardless of your actual playing strength. In the arena tourneys, you can't abort games, so everyone regardless of their own rating has to play the game. The stakes for the higher rated player are bad: for a win, they get 0 (zero) or very few rating points, but if they lose or draw, their rating suffers considerably. Those players use these sandbagging accounts because they enjoy playing c**p chess and taking down higher rated players, damaging their rating. If you see a fishy username (like e.g. MysteriouslyWinning) combined with a 3-digit rating and a very recent joining date in an arena tournament, prepare for the worst or leave the tourney.

JohnHS

I've lost to a 400 in a Blitz arena once.  I reported him, and his account was removed the next day.  This is against chess.com policy, and it's easy to deal with.

Hotwings1
I’ve been watching lately and noticed it’s gotten better. I’ve seen a few banned accounts of obvious offenders. Maybe someone took notice?
imvietnam

 I knew a guy that was in a wheelchair and he played chess.