This is not a new complaint but one that occurs in practically ever major FIDE event. I hope that they will listen, but I have my doubts.
The thing is Loz that if they abolish such charges, the lost revenue would presumaby have to be recovered some other way - reduced fees or prizes, or increased entry fees.[/quote]
I agree if it's a self financing tournament and the budget has to be balanced but where you have a sponsor putting in money as is generally the case with top events then i don't believe in overcharging the players and forcing them to stay in specific hotels and pay more than a normal guest would.[/quote]
The budget has to be balanced even if you have a sponsor! Once you loose a revenue stream (even if you have a sponsor) you either need to replace that revenue, or cut costs to the same value.[/quote]
I am quietly confident that neither FIDE nor the organisers will ever be out of pocket for these events. One of the problems is that the cost of the number of delegates and officials. In the first couple of rounds players had to stay elsewhere and then be moved into the main hotel as the number of players diminished.