You viewed one profile and then assumed all 8 were new players?

# Bunch of 1200s in 15|10 Standard Tourney

aatkins wrote:

@rooperi

That was a nice round number you pulled right of your ass.

Well, the probability that anybody's rating is exactly a multiple of 100 is only 1%.

If you find a 8 out of 22 with ratings exactly 1200, given that we know new players start at exactly 1200, I'm pretty confident high 90's is quite close.

Maybe someone with statistical skill can figure out the real probability.

I joined this tourney (1200-1499) and before I joined it said there were 22 players. After I joined I counted 8 players that had a rating of 1200.

I viewed one of these profiles and they had joined chess.com today.

Is this coincidence that a bunch of new players go and play a tourney before any other rated standard games, or were these accounts made just to win a tourney?

It seemed suspicious to me so I withdrew, but after the tourney had started I checked again and all of the 1200s were gone?