There already are a number of different types of events in UK, and it's horses for courses.Joey Stewart wrote:Yeah, I guess that all comes into consideration.
Do you think that there will come a stage when FIDE tournaments in the UK will be on a smaller scale without the need for masters to provide norm opportunities?
There are norm events run by Coulsden, us and others. South Wales is in play as I write. These do require GMs / IMs and will continue to do so, and without sponsorship the entry fee has to fund this.
However, there are plenty of non-norm events (not just ours) which do not require titled players and so are not much more expensive than a bog standard weekender. Some of these congresses now FIDE rate the Major as well as the Open.
Then, there are events like our International Major where a rated player can get 9 rated games for Â£25. At less than Â£3 per game that's cheaper than most (if not all) 5 round weekend tournaments.