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Money in chess
Jonathan Edwards Wrote:Anyway, surely it's quite intuitive that titled players have a positive effect on the number of entries in an open.

I think this really depends on who they are. I accept that a 2500 will provide a reasonable lure, but does a 2300 really provide the same? I can only speak for myself when I say no, and I hate stats too much to try and test this.

It feels like Craig's point is where the truth lies, if the most statistically significant event is prize money. The big prizes attract everyone and that includes the majority of the titled guys. It would take a brave congress organiser to increase prizes in the hope that they would get more entries though.

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