"So, from a 110,000 Euro budget he manages for â€œtop chessâ€ in Germany, less than a quarter is left for the Olympiad for male and female teams combined."
So Germany's International budget is less 27,500 Euros (but presumably over 20,000 or so), and ours is Â£8,000 (+ Malcolm Pein)? Yet we have as full strength a team for the two competitions as we were going to get, and Germany can't afford it? I have a feeling this may be a case of inflated financial expectations from the Germans. Naiditsch seems to have unreasonable expectations; finding sponsorship really isn't easy. Perhaps easier in Germany than here, though.
I also think that Robert von WeizsÃ¤cker's letter to Naiditsch wasn't nearly as bad as he tried to make it sound.
I'm not sure what his criticism of Mr. Bonsch is about, he's obviously going to struggle to help a 2600+ chess player prepare for a game. If they don't have money for the team, they won't have money for a trainer, will they...
I think the only justified criticism there is of Mr. Alt's scheduling of the National Championship.
Modern chess players seem to have inflated expectations of the financial rewards of becoming a top player. As a result, nearly everything is in Russia, as they're the only country that can afford to fund all of the prize money the top players want to play for. There aren't enough sponsors coming in to chess to make that viable. Luckily, English players seem to realise this. Given that they probably aren't getting paid as much as other players in other countries to play in the Olympiad, I'm certainly happy (proud?) that they're playing for England for whatever little they're getting.