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by JustinHorton
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?
Replies: 51
Views: 2070

Re: Should the ECF have accepted sponsorship from the Scheinbergs for the World Team Championships 2019?

Solely, I would say, for the purpose of this discussion - if only to cut down my workload, as it were. It doesn't follow that I like what they do, but really it's accepting money off fugitives from justice that I'm concerned with here. Other people can make the case against accepting money from gamb...
by JustinHorton
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1932

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

. However, lawn bowls, pelota and croquet are not entirely global sports. Snooker and darts, however.... I don't think there's any doubt that a more profitable approach in the long run would be to play for a win every time You say that, but if there really were no doubt, wouldn't we expect to see m...
by JustinHorton
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1932

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

I think the general thrust of the World Chess article is worth thinking about; the chess player ranked 50 in the world will find it much harder to make a living than the equivalents in other sports. ....provided we consider other sports which are more popular than chess. I mean on relative terms. I...
by JustinHorton
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1932

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

These figures are totally misleading to anyone glancing casually at them. Prize money is only a tiny fraction of the income of most GMs. To get a better idea, you can add appearance money, simul fees, team chess, books and articles, broadcasting, private sponsorship, coaching and a whole load of ot...
by JustinHorton
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1932

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Out of interest, I had a quick go at trying to work out what Giri won (ie prize money alone) in 2018 based on his FIDE profile and a bit of Googling. He actually wasn’t hugely active so the number’s a bit lower than I expected - but still about double what WorldChess have. So Giri won 58,000 Euros ...
by JustinHorton
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1932

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:15 pm
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I think the general thrust of the World Chess article is worth thinking about; the chess player ranked 50 in the world will find it much harder to make a living than the equivalents in other sports.
....provided we consider other sports which are more popular than chess.
by JustinHorton
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess - Nigel Short
Replies: 11
Views: 1801

Re: New in Chess - Nigel Short

Although I'd like to hear it (or indeed anything) from them.
by JustinHorton
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1932

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

Chris Rice wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:21 pm
A couple of researchers for World Chess have put together an interesting article
Potentially, but given the standard of the research involved, it appears to be about as useful for practical purposes as you would expect from World Chess.
by JustinHorton
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 33
Views: 1991

Re: Arafat Gambit

No idea if it has a name, but it's like this gambit, but played by Black! There's also 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nxe5 Nc6 which is sufficiently "respectable" to have been played by the late John Littlewood against Owen Hindle at Hastings. It's safest to just play 4. Nxc6 and play a game where Black has...
by JustinHorton
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2716
Views: 292445

Re: Media comments on chess

The Guardian's weekly round-up of You Tube sport videos includes
Chess player Hikaru Nakamura doesn’t like what he sees on the next table at the Gibraltar Open.
by JustinHorton
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1046

Re: In addition to...

It's happened to me a few times. There's not always been much point in complaining to the arbiter as their willingness to intervene varies quite a lot.

That said, I don't have any objection to people offering a draw when they're much worse. Why is that not a legitimate ploy?
by JustinHorton
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019
Replies: 35
Views: 3433

Re: Gibraltar 21 to 29 January 2019

It's a nice little question, isn't it? There's been other events in microstates of course (the Monaco tournaments come to mind) but you'd guess that if they were as substantial as Gibraltar, the top players would all be staying close by, as they presumably were here.
by JustinHorton
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 36
Views: 4568

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

As far as I'm aware, the main purpose of that account is attention-seeking.(Yes, yes, but in this instance egregiously so.)
by JustinHorton
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 75
Views: 3506

Re: How many casual players?

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:24 am
600 million may be a myth
There's no "may" about it. It's a manifest nonsense for well-documented reasons.