e2e4 events are not a random example. From what I have heard from several friends who have played in these events, they are high quality events at comfortable hotels attracting 'serious', mainly adult, players who are prepared to pay a bit more for a service often including streaming live games, FIDE ratings etc.Sean Hewitt wrote: Take e2e4 (as a random example). We received 6249 direct referrals last year from the calendar, plus an additional unknown number who saw an e2e4 event in the calendar, only to come back to us direct later. How anybody could think that that's worth very little is beyond me. Of course, the ECF is equally well rewarded. We've paid a significant amount to the ECF in the same period, and they have also benefited by players being members to play our events. It's called a win win situation.
By contrast, many junior events are run on a shoestring. The excellent schools event at King Edward's Birmingham to which I am taking two teams this weekend charges just Â£5 per team and thus generates perhaps Â£50-Â£60 in income (this is then used to pay for eight trophies as board prizes). How can such events afford ECF charges?
As I said in a previous post, the ECF should be about promoting all chess events and avoiding unnecessary clashes. Providing a free listing service is just sensible public relations.