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Re: Scottish Winter Chess Festival - Alan Tate - 28-08-2013

I've been waiting for something like this to happen for a while.... 6 or 7 times cheaper than having to leave the country to play. Interested.


Re: Scottish Winter Chess Festival - Andy Howie - 28-08-2013

Sorry should have said. I think it is a fantastic idea Big Grin


Re: Scottish Winter Chess Festival - Matthew Turner - 28-08-2013

StevieHilton Wrote:I was thinking of going to Hastings, but this sounds better Big Grin

Can this comment be cut and pasted and also put in the constitutional committe thread =o


Re: Scottish Winter Chess Festival - Matthew Turner - 28-08-2013

One problem with all-play-alls in that you have to have a plan to deal with withdrawals. Therefore, in some ways swisses can be easier to organise.


Re: Scottish Winter Chess Festival - P Griffin - 29-08-2013

I would be amazed if you found 20 players under 1800 prepared
to pay £85. Hotel accommodation at New Year is like likely to be
in short supply.


Re: Scottish Winter Chess Festival - amuir - 29-08-2013

How much would titled players (roughly) have to pay for their accommodation ? Obviously for comparison with Hastings


Re: Scottish Winter Chess Festival - StevieHilton - 29-08-2013

Matthew Turner Wrote:
StevieHilton Wrote:I was thinking of going to Hastings, but this sounds better Big Grin

Can this comment be cut and pasted and also put in the constitutional committe thread =o

Matthew,
I do support Scottish tournaments Big Grin


Re: Scottish Winter Chess Festival - D-Oswald - 29-08-2013

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Andy B - Time controls will be restricted with it being FIDE rated but probably 40 moves for 2 hours plus half an hour finish. And no, the 'norm aspirants' have not been decided. Haven't got that far yet, but any interested in being a 'norm aspirant' or is an interested titled player please get in touch. There is also the issue of needing 3 different nationalities.

OK it appears from the early indications that the 'Group B' option is much more popular than 'Group C'. Therefore it probably makes sense to switch these around i.e. Group B will now be a 20 player swiss event at 10am - FIDE rated with a slight increase in prizefund.

'Group C' may need some alterations to increase interest - possibly a £55 entry fee with 1st - 250, 2nd - 100, GP - 75. Remember there would only be spaces for 10 players in this section now and it would be an all play all in the afternoon. Financially speaking, such an event would barely cover its own costs, so would not be pivotal if there was not interest in event, but it would be nice to see it running.
Unfortunately due to the lack of interest in 'Group C' this event could no longer help subsidise other costs and therefore a restructuring of the entry fees is required:
Norm Aspirants - £200
FMs - £50
This may seem expensive for the norm aspirants but my understanding is (now) that this is a normal rate for closed norm tournaments such as the slick events down South. And of course as others, like Mr Tate, have mentioned is much cheaper than going to play in a similar event abroad.


Re: Scottish Winter Chess Festival - WBuchanan - 29-08-2013

Great idea! Very tempting though I’m probably not able to commit the time (had to spray myself with anti-aspirant though) … well done David. Appreciate the approach too - I’m sure you’ll successfully juggle the details.


Re: Scottish Winter Chess Festival - Alan Tate - 29-08-2013

David, Have you decided if you want to go for an IM norm tournament or a GM norm one? Also, have you considered including some non-chess activities? Edinburgh is a pretty nice place at that time of year, perhaps any visitors might like to see some fireworks, endure Hearts-Hibs, or play a little poker... etc. etc.

Just a couple of thoughts I had.