Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Alan Walton wrote:
I suspect the only way the ECF can go is make it totally open and have tiered entry fees and conditions only to British players, unless they find significant funds and move to the other structure
I had also concluded that an open with increasing fees as ratings of entrants gets lower would be the least bad option. Whatever the outcome, I do think the ECF deserve credit for making change and the consultation process they are attempting. It would be much easier to avoid making difficult decisions, leave things as they are and just let the championship drift forever more.
That's well said Jon. The ECF deserve credit for at least making the effort to address the 'tail end' complaints even though the proposals do not seem to be as thoroughly thought through as I initially thought. So I had a few extra comments:
1. Seems to be that if money was not an issue you could invite the best 12 British players for an APA. However, the only way I could see that to be financially viable is for it to be made part of the London Classic. Whether the ECF and the GCT would want that is unknown. Of course it could vary to say 24 players, 12 highest Elo, 8 best juniors plus 4 qualifiers etc.
2. Alternatively as Alan says you can have it as a truly Open tournament with tiered fees for the lower rated players. I'm not talking about a few quid to enter, I'm saying if you are say 2000-2200 its say eg £300 1800-2000 £500 1600-1800 £1000 which would put most tailenders off from entering but you would still get a few and the extra money could be used for conditions for the GMs or added to the prize money.
3. In relation to 1 above what would replace the top section if you moved it to be part of another tournament? Well it appears to me that the British Open Championships is not a really accurate description of this event anyway. More accurate would be the British Isles Championship. That event could definitely be open to all and have tiered fees as well.
4. What is this obsession with norm seeking tournaments? From my experience obtaining IM and GM titles has been counterproductive for British players in general. How many have we seen pretty much give up the game as soon as they have achieved these titles?