Posted 09 June 2016 - 08:57 AM
Your main point is that you would consider the contribution of Kleier rating a deterrent to new players. I completely refute this. A reference to exactly how the seeding system works would likely be included in some sub-section of the rules which (let's face it) many existing participants would likely not take the time to fully read, let alone new players.
Incorporating Kleier into the rankings would have a far smaller impact than you imagine. Id also like to confirm at this stage that talk of incorporating Kleier is purely hypothetical at this stage and actually got defeated in a TC vote earlier this year.
It would however solve two main problems with using MaxELO alone:
1. Players with a Max ELO well below their true ability would get a more accurate seeding (eg playa1). As Prof pointed out, having strong players seeded low distorts certain groups and actually ends up conflicting with one of the main principles of a seeded tournament - that quality of players is dispersed as equally as possible throughout (so we don't end up with Hielco, playa and Losermaker in the same group). This is not so much for the benefit of those players, but for the other unfortunate players drawn in the group of death who may rightly ask why the seeding system has failed them.
2. The same impact occurs when new tournament players of a high standard (but undeveloped ELO) join. If Garulfo for example were to play, a seeding panel with any sense would use the other available information on his ability - or else the group of death mentioned above just got more deathy.
I believe that a more accurate seeding system makes for a better tournament for all. It doesn't matter so much who is number 12 and number 13, but it does matter if a player who should be top 8 is in fact only top 35.
As for the use of Skype in WCO, this is not TCs domain, so I can't confirm exactly what is required to participate in WCO - but I will say that simply having Skype and entering the WCO does not confer any advantage whatsoever to your Kleier score. The proposal to incorporate Kleier as a method of seeding would only improve the position of a small number of players (those who have a Kleier rating that is significantly better than their Max ELO). For the most part it would have very little impact.