Sandbagging, Sandbagger

Sandbagging is the intentional act of reducing one's chess rating by losing games, or drawing with lower-rated players. Generally, the objective is to qualify for a lower rating class section in a future competition. To combat sandbagging, tournament organizers often impose a rating cutoff substantially higher than the cutoff for a class section.

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  • Apr 9, 2016 | 12:57 PM

    i am a sandbagger

  • Jan 22, 2016 | 4:43 PM

    Sandbagging is better than Computer cheating at least. People still do it I see many tournaments even now where everyone is in single pool without U1800 or U2000 class system. At least in Canada, sometimes 1500 rated player plays 2200 rated player. 

  • Jun 5, 2015 | 9:14 PM

    Sangbagging, Sandbagger is another form of cheating. When you cheat you are not only cheating your opponent but you are also cheating yourself. Don't cheat.


    Ray Duque III (GMBD), USA


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