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Old August 3rd 03, 04:07 AM
Miriling
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Checking out the Web site http:///www.usopenchess.org will give one the
impression that the total number of advance entries for this year's U.S. Open
in Los Angeles. which starts Sunday, Aug. 3, is approximately 250. That does
not seem like a healthy advance entry count for the traditional annual event,
especially for Los Angeles. Unless there is a considerable number of entries at
the door, the tournament is destined to lose thousands of dollars. Predictions
on the total number of players (advance and door) are now in order.

George Mirijanian
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Old August 3rd 03, 04:18 AM
John Fernandez
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Miriling wrote:

Checking out the Web site http:///www.usopenchess.org will give one the
impression that the total number of advance entries for this year's U.S. Open
in Los Angeles. which starts Sunday, Aug. 3, is approximately 250. That does
not seem like a healthy advance entry count for the traditional annual event,
especially for Los Angeles. Unless there is a considerable number of entries
at
the door, the tournament is destined to lose thousands of dollars.
Predictions
on the total number of players (advance and door) are now in order.

George Mirijanian


Wow. Really freaking pitiful.

I say 450.

John Fernandez
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Old August 3rd 03, 04:29 AM
Bruce Draney
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John Fernandez wrote:

Miriling wrote:

Checking out the Web site http:///www.usopenchess.org will give one the
impression that the total number of advance entries for this year's U.S. Open
in Los Angeles. which starts Sunday, Aug. 3, is approximately 250. That does
not seem like a healthy advance entry count for the traditional annual event,
especially for Los Angeles. Unless there is a considerable number of entries
at
the door, the tournament is destined to lose thousands of dollars.
Predictions
on the total number of players (advance and door) are now in order.

George Mirijanian


Wow. Really freaking pitiful.

I say 450.

John Fernandez


Actually, traditionally between 400-500 is about typical if I
recollect. I seem to remember St. Paul having just a smidgin over 500,
and I think Framingham was close to that too.

A couple problems. First this Open is too late for many people to
come if they wanted to bring their kids, because in many states schools
are now beginning in the 2nd or 3rd Monday in August.

Secondly, the U.S. Open is the longest American tournament still
held. Despite the fact that things have changed since the 1970's in
terms of hotel rates, time availability and the like, Hal Terrie and
others pass motions asking for longer U.S. Opens rather than shorter
ones. Traditionalists and purists cannot bear to see this event become
any shorter than a minimum of eight days. Hal last year got a Delegate
motion passed to attempt to host an even longer event at least once
every three years.

I seem to recall that Jerry Hanken was a major organizer of this
event. If I'm wrong, I certainly apologize to Jerry. If LA draws 450
it will be about as good as can be expected. USCF always loses money on
the U.S. Open by the way, because it hosts the Delegates' meetings which
are always a big time money loser.

LA seems like a good place to have the Open as most of the attendees
at the Open are locals and LA certainly has a large populace to draw
from.

Best Regards,

Bruce
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Old August 3rd 03, 02:19 PM
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"John Fernandez" wrote in message
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Checking out the Web site http:///www.usopenchess.org will give one the
impression that the total number of advance entries for this year's U.S.

Open
in Los Angeles. which starts Sunday, Aug. 3, is approximately 250. That

does
not seem like a healthy advance entry count for the traditional annual

event,
especially for Los Angeles. Unless there is a considerable number of

entries
at
the door, the tournament is destined to lose thousands of dollars.
Predictions
on the total number of players (advance and door) are now in order.

Wow. Really freaking pitiful.


Look at the bright side. In years to come we can save money by holding the
tournament in the basement of the new USCF office towers.

StanB


 




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