Happily, chess is democratic.
In many open tournaments, matching an unknown and unrated player against experienced grandmasters is possible.
Ratings can soar in short order.
The advent of the Internet makes access even easier. During a few weeks of intense participation, one can play as many games as one formerly played in decades of tournament chess.
Of course, blitz chess is likely to offer a lesser learning experience than the traditional encounters that mosey along for several hours.
But sheer numbers overwhelm quality. In a much shorter time, expertise is attained.
We see this today. New names and faces appear at a seemingly exponential rate.