My Sandbagging Sob Story Puzzle Rating Screenshot

Sandbagging if you are unfamiliar with the term, refers to the act of purposefully losing to lower one’s rating. This facilitates playing against lower-ranking opponents in bigger money tournaments increasing one’s chances of finishing on the podium. The term appears in many sports, but here I refer to the sixty-four squares. Specifically, my own tournament chess playing experience with the “tactic”.




Written by a former Class A tournament player, who regrets not trying a little harder when his rating peaked at 1967, a mere 33 points from Expert status, but such is life on the sixty-four.

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