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The weakness of lower strats

Is this a recent trend, or has it been this way for a while?  Is this something we should be worried about?

I'm finding that there just aren't very many decent lower masterpoint players around.  It seems that almost all of our newer players are just not that good.

I played in a 2 session pairs at a Sectional a few weeks ago, and my partner and I were the only B or C pair (open/1500/500) to break 50% for the day.

I looked at the stats from Penticton.  In the five days of open pairs, there were respectively 8/25, 9/26, 7/23, 6/17, 3/18 C pairs (open/3000/1500) breaking 50%.  In fields of about 40 tables (so 80 pairs), the top C pair was 10th, 8th, 13th, 13th, and 22nd overall.  I'm sure there were some good C players who were playing teams, and some good C players playing with partners with more masterpoints, but it really seems like there are few even decent players, and almost no really good players, who haven't been playing since the 80s or something.

Are most of our newer players like the woman who plays at my club who recently became ineligible for the Gold Rush and is now averaging 45% in 2 session regional open pairs?  How long before they get tired of having no chance - with no real clue how they could improve - and stop playing tournaments?

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