From IFPA home page by BowenKerins
If every B-restricted player opted into A, it would almost completely eat the division; the only other choice would be to allow the divisions to have much wider ranges in how many players could participate in each. I don’t think having “top-side” restrictions is a good idea at all, because a player could come into Day 2 with a heavy advantage in a lower division, even after demonstrating skill that should place them elsewhere.
The sandbagging is unfortunate and aggravating. The only real solution I see is a wholesale change in the tournament payout structure, and I don’t think that would be popular.
My reply to Bowen:
I wasn’t talking about opting in, just opting out of being pushed up 2 or 3 divisions: C’s could stay no higher than B if they chose, unrestricteds could stay no higher than B or C if they chose. B’s couldn’t opt out of A if they pointed their way into it, nor C’s out of B. Note that I did not suggest letting people opt out of being placed just one division above their restriction.
As for players coming in with an advantage, well, that’s their whole point. Some players I’ve talked to who played above their restriction are fully comfortable going where they’re slotted. Others feel that they just had a good day, or caught better players on some EMs or other games that were kind of random, or just dodged playing too many high-ranked players the way the parings went. They’re in A [or B], but feel it was more a lucky accident.
Say someone ranked 500 is in that 26-or-so-points-with-three-games-to-go situation. If they get a 34 and would be slotted in A, they may feel from experience that they’ll likely not make the playoffs there. They’d rather try to win B or C, where they feel they have a chance. So their two choices are sandbag for B or C, or play on and potentially screw themselves out of a decent chance to cash. Some people like testing themselves in A, others would rather cash. Why not give them a limited choice? Even if they had 40 points and an advantage within B, that edge can be overcome by others in the remaining rounds, and is no guarantee of success even if they make the B playoffs. How does one define “the best B player”? The best player who chose to play B? Is 20 games “enough” to say that someone must be slotted in A, or just enough that they can play in A?
Not arguing with you, just looking for a partial solution. I know, there’s no great answer. Just laying out the painful facts.
Don’t know how many B or C players read this board, but I’d be interested in hearing what they have to say.