Originally Posted by cknobman
In numerous threads on this board I have seen people state that the NTRP level, while it is supposed to be the same everywhere, is not the same for each region as some areas, due to more competitors and, subsequently, greater competition, rate much more severely. As a result, a 4.5 in New England (for example, excuse me if that isn't a region) is not a 4.5 in Florida or SoCal. In those regions the NE player would be 3.5 or 4.0 at best.
My question is, what happens when those regions play each other in NTRP competition? If there genuinely is a discrepancy in the playing standards, won't the Florida or SoCal (for example) players always be considered sandbaggers by the NE players and anyone else who rates their players?
I know you have 'benchmark' players but that seems to go against the notion of a discrepancy in standard between regions.