Poll: How should the Sensory Boards be funded
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By Donation (individuals and congresses)
44.12%
15 44.12%
Increasing congress entry fees by £1 (going towards the costs)
23.53%
8 23.53%
Congresses using the boards paying a hire charge of £50
8.82%
3 8.82%
Congresses using the boards paying a hire charge of £75
2.94%
1 2.94%
Congresses using the boards paying an extra 5p per graded result
8.82%
3 8.82%
I do not think Chess Scotland should use such boards
11.76%
4 11.76%
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Sensory Boards
#91
I wouldn't mind learning how to set up / use the Sensory Boards. The more people who know how to operate them, the less we need to rely on a few already busy individuals.

Andy Howie Wrote:..., is there anyone else who is interested in learning how to use these? One thing I need to do is make sure a couple of others can use the equipment. It was one of the reasons I wanted the wireless ones so that a person learning or using does not need a degree in networking to set it up. I will of course be writing manuals on the usage and until we have raised enough to cover it, I am also providing the computer for use.
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#92
On a technical point, do these boards go 'beep' or something if an illegal move is made?
It's always seemed to me a weakness that an illegal move (typically a king moving into or being left in check, though I think I've seen knights move 2 squares diagonally on occasion) needs to be spotted by the players.
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine
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#93
Andy Howie Wrote:Only thing I can find is numbers. As we have never done this before in Scotland I could not even begin to guess.

If you have the numbers, couldn’t you post them? Or do you mean that SRB’s only unanswered question is the one about the numbers?

In the industry in which I used to work it was standard practice not to take things at face value, but rather to challenge by asking questions. That was not seen as insulting or confrontational but merely as an attempt to elicit understanding and a test on any advice given.

In that vein, I think if I were a potential sponsor, I’d be looking for some concrete answers – how many people are going to see my company name, what socio-economic group are they in etc, what return can I get from my investment, could I get to open the congress ;P or present the prizes....Perhaps one for our Marketing Director (I think we have one now?) to answer...

Similarly, I don’t think it would be that unusual for a board of a company to ask questions of additional capital expenditure equivalent to 15% of the 2010/11 budget (particularly when there is doubt over a quarter of the regular income). I’d be wanting to see that the numbers add up.

I appreciate that the initial costs here are more or less covered, ongoing costs may be relatively low (anyone got any figures here for insurance, maintenance etc.?), we have some time to get some answers and that if Alex were to say that such boards are essential for the type of championship he envisages, then I wouldn’t quibble.

However, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask the questions.
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#94
The only figures I could find are for the 2009 Champiolnships

Total for 7 rounds 4,465,585 with visitors of 8,873

11/Jul/2009 593 (6.7%)
12/Jul/2009 869 (9.8%)
13/Jul/2009 1072 (12.1%)
14/Jul/2009 1463 (16.5%)
15/Jul/2009 1680 (18.9%)
16/Jul/2009 1588 (17.9%)
17/Jul/2009 1608 (18.1%)

18/Jul requests were 1,024,045 with the number of visitors counted at 1,495

I don't have figures for round 9

These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg as the games are also transmitted on Chessbase et al.

If you want your event to have status then you need the sensory boards. To gain sponsorship of any significance you need a significant web presence. The live game coverage ensures this.
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#95
Alex McFarlane Wrote:The only figures I could find are for the 2009 Champiolnships

Total for 7 rounds 4,465,585 with visitors of 8,873

11/Jul/2009 593 (6.7%)
12/Jul/2009 869 (9.8%)
13/Jul/2009 1072 (12.1%)
14/Jul/2009 1463 (16.5%)
15/Jul/2009 1680 (18.9%)
16/Jul/2009 1588 (17.9%)
17/Jul/2009 1608 (18.1%)

18/Jul requests were 1,024,045 with the number of visitors counted at 1,495

I don't have figures for round 9

These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg as the games are also transmitted on Chessbase et al.

If you want your event to have status then you need the sensory boards. To gain sponsorship of any significance you need a significant web presence. The live game coverage ensures this.

Thanks Alex - this is exactly the sort of information I was looking for, and helps my understanding.

I accept that a web presence is essential. I note that my offer to open the congress was not accepted. I was hoping to nip in before RDK OBE... :evil*

* that was meant to be an evil smiley....
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#96
Alex McFarlane Wrote:The only figures I could find are for the 2009 Champiolnships

If you want your event to have status then you need the sensory boards. To gain sponsorship of any significance you need a significant web presence. The live game coverage ensures this.

Sums it up nicely. Works for me.
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