your current rating is too far below your peak rating to join this event

trysilknut69
We play some blitz tournaments in our club, and one of our oldest members get this message when he tries to join. I can say 100% that he is not a cheater, but his blitz rating is a bit lower than before. I guess this is quite common for players in the eighties. How can I let him into the tournament?
trysilknut69
His name is Knausen. Looks like he could join our tournament today.
choccie_chip

I got this today, I am a new player but tried to play a streamer community game. I guess my elo being lower than what you start with means I just can't play sad.png

DickieBoy48

THIS IS SUCH A STUPID RULE!!!!!!!!!

manekapa

It's a requirement to prevent sandbaggers from joining a tournament.

DickieBoy48
manekapa wrote:

It's a requirement to prevent sandbaggers from joining a tournament.

Yeah, I actually got a different message when I tried joining again that made the intention clear. So it's not a stupid rule after all, and it encouraged me to stop playing my terrible (but very funny) opening which was artificially depressing my rating. So I take back my comment above!

Sankymaru100

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llama47

Wow, I didn't know they had anti sandbagging rules like this. Very nice... now they just need to add it to live tournaments.

Chessguy149
llama47 wrote:

Wow, I didn't know they had anti sandbagging rules like this. Very nice... now they just need to add it to live tournaments.

I think they always had it: You just wouldn't know because there's a 0% chance llama would ever cheat xD

MrCoppens

Any way to still allow them in private tournaments

mpaetz

     For OTB play USCF's anti-sandbagging solution is to set a floor beneath which a players rating may not fall. I don't know the exact rule. When job conflicts severely restricted my opportunity to play rated games I eventually quit (early 1990s). When I retired 4 years ago I decided to play again. The only rating the USCF could find (dumped old paper records when putting system in the computer) was 1990--my last rating.

     Now, no matter how poorly I might play (and I admit that 25 years of neglect took quite a toll) my rating can never fall below 1700. Another player from the Berkeley chess club of long ago who continued to play eventually topped 2000 elo points and now is "floored" at 1800. At 77, he's not that strong anymore, so many "lesser" players get good results and plenty of extra rating points against him. He and I, and the person you are writing about will never win any class prizes but I'm guessing he would just like to play. I don't know your club rules but perhaps something along these lines--ineligibility for lower class prizes or benefits might be arranged.

MrCoppens

I host a club for 6th-8th graders and am getting this message.. not really worried about sandbagging (like 500 ratings lol) any way to still let them in my private tournament?

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Made_in_Shoreditch

Is this something new. Possible a measure put in place to combat the endless stream of sandbaggers found on any given Saturday in the 24 hour Marathon.

Pulpofeira

What if some dude has been through this tilting thing?