Thomas Rendle wrote:
It would be nice if the main Grand Prix returned as well - it might make weekend tournaments worth playing again. Yes, I know, where would we find the money?
Definitely on my mind, and it wouldn't take a lot. If someone were to offer us about £2000 for prize money I think it would be perfect.
One idea I have been thinking about is that the Grand Prix might ask tournaments for a small contribution - say £10 per event - and that money would go directly into funding prizes. Would that work? I wouldn't object to paying something, as I know that it would attract some more entries - when Golders Green was part of a funded Open Prix we used to get Adams, Miles, and many other top GMs.
Is it worth just having the main Grand Prix anyway, even if the prize is something modest? Like a free copy of the ECF Yearbook?
FIDE International Organiser & International Arbiter
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