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Random9876

Arena tournaments pairing algorithm is just ridiculous. Take a look at this tournament: https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/arena/50-blitz-82246. Despite winning every game I didn't win. My average opponent rating was 1625. Meanwhile the much lower rated player, who won that tournament, had 975 average opponent rating. This is really unfair. I think that once someone is on the top of the tournament he should play some higher rated opposition.

attarianHK

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RaffsterGT_twitch

Yes absolute nonsense

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Erik_Goodheart

The Leagues are quite strange things: if you lose you don't lose points. Hence the more you play, the more points you get. That will stimulate addictive behaviour! I won 3 Leagues (wood-stone-bronze) in 3 weeks, but I realize it is nonsens.

Erik_Goodheart

By the way, what are Arena points that you ca earn and how to earn these? I cannot find a manual

BigSplat2018

In Arenas, players are paired with the closest competition. So lower-rated players do have an easier time.

I surmise that that's to give average or below-average players an incentive to play. But it does seem ridiculous that players can win the tournament by playing vs. a bag of weaksters.

manekapa
Erik_Goodheart wrote:

By the way, what are Arena points that you ca earn and how to earn these? I cannot find a manual

For the player leagues, you get bonus points added to your arena points for a game.

https://support.chess.com/article/2813-what-are-leagues-how-do-i-join-one

https://support.chess.com/article/335-what-are-arena-tournaments