Why should the top half of the MO be offended?Chris J Greatorix wrote:No doubt the top half of the Major Open will be slightly offended by the comments in this thread. Alot of them are very capable of getting a win or a draw against IMs and FMs, even some GMs (no names!).
What exactly is the grading/rating qualification for the top half anyway? My impression is that it hasn't been particularly strenuous the last few years. If I wanted to play I'm pretty sure (without looking it up) that I would be in the top half, too. Getting wins and draws against IMs and GMs is rather unusual for me (although not altogether unheard of), but FMs rather less unusual (from memory I faced FMs on six occasions over the last two seasons, one win, three draws, two losses, although my memory may have erased some results, though ).
So, although I have great respect for FMs and 200-plussers, as they are much, much better at chess than I am, if I was to fork out Â£100 to play, I would expect to have the opportunity to play IMs and GMs in exchange for that large sum of money.
Those FMs and 200-plussers who play in the MO do so, I expect, in order to chase the rather generous prize fund and/or to qualify for the following year's British Championship. I doubt they do it for the quality of the opposition - they can duff me and my sub-200 brethren up any day of the week.