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Thread: Some old Cdn over-the-board-chess issues to ponder again

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    Default Some old Cdn over-the-board-chess issues to ponder again

    Here are some old Canadian organized over the board chess issues that might be pondered yet again, while we await the end of the pandemic:

    1. How to get more adult members for the CFC - are there any fresh incentives/services that can be planned for, even if well down the road?

    2. How to get more elite strength CFC players to play more often at home (long ago Vlad Dobrich alluded to this on chess talk)?

    3. How to get more elite strength CFC players to play more often abroad?

    4. Note that in the past, regarding issues 2 and 3, some young Canadian players who became grandmasters quickly, just as quickly dropped out of chess, say in favour of going into business - any way(s) to make this less likely to happen?
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    To get the ball rolling for any further discussion, here's some ideas I can think of off the cuff (yet haven't mentioned elsewhere, at least recently), for when the pandemic subsides:

    On issue #1 (or 2, or 4), besides attracting or waiting for more CFC rated tournament organizers to materialize one day, the odds of gaining more CFC adult members (for some time to come) might be improved if organizers can eventually arrange it so that Grand Prix style schedules of tournaments (local, regional or otherwise) come back into fashion, that is with cash prizes offered for class/top tier winners, by choosing their best x tournament results added up, from a schedule with at least x+1 events held over a year. On issue #1 alone, Class section tournaments that exclude elite players (also known as Amateur tournaments) might be provided more often (or again?) one day. I recognize that for some time the CFC will probably be unable to offer fresh services for adult members (at the least), especially due to the cost of the pandemic.

    Regarding just issues 3 and 4, the CFC may need to seek [Federal] Government sponsorship for top travelling Canadian grandmasters, perhaps awarding the funding at least partly on the results they obtain while abroad. In the past one Canadian GM who quit had some corporate sponsorship (perhaps of his own arrangement), but evidently it did not seem attractive enough to keep him from retiring from chess. Perhaps in the case of issue 2, similarly, provincial government funding could be sought to encourage elite players to play more than before inside of Canada.
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