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Chess Cash Kings-2012: Comments

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Monday, 11 February 2013

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The Chess Cash Kings-2012 article has received a decent amount of attention from the media, including, but not limited to:

The New York Times

Business Standard (feedback)

To address the most popular questions, concerns and misunderstandings, we wanted to provide a few brief comments.

1. Earnings and prize money are two different things. Many readers referred to the figures as "X makes Y per year" and commented on whether it is a lot ("I didn't know that one can make his living playing chess full-time"), or little ("if #10 in the world earns only..."). However, chess players have a variety of income sources apart from prize money - endorsements, coaching, writing books, giving simuls and so on. Check out the Making Money in Chess article for a larger list. Hence, in some cases there is a large gap between aggregate income and prize money.
2. It's about transparency of prize winnings and promoting chess as opposed to monitoring someone else's income. Taxes and expenses associated with hiring seconds/traveling/purchasing equipment were mentioned a few times. This is true, but the list was supposed to provide an estimate on the prize winnings. We are not trying to stick one's nose into the chess players' pockets and figure out how much cash they have made. It is their personal business.
3. Women's list. We haven't made up our minds yet on whether to create a separate list of female chess players with highest tournament earnings or not. Besides, thanks to the upcoming Women's World Chess Championship match, at least one women is expected to make it to the top-10 "open" list.
4. How accurate is the list? On the one hand, most appearance fees and certain prizes are being kept secret, so we can't be sure about anything. On the other hand, we have conducted a few interviews with top players and organizers that have helped shed light on the missing data. Another indicator of our rating list being reasonably accurate is that so far we haven't received any complaints from the featured (or non-featured) players. Of course, some of them might have overlooked the article or ignored it, but it's not likely.

Thanks for your feedback and advice on how to make the Chess Cash Kings rating list better!

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1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 09:35 25 2013 .
I would say Natalia is the girl of the year.
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 21:33 28 2013 .
どういう万能ディフェンスなのか興味があっ たので5月に購入しました >あらゆる初手に対して1...e6 と返すのが本書の特徴です 白の 1.e4 と 1.d4 に対してだけ 1...e6 を解説しています その他の白の初手 とはいっても 1.c4 と 1.Nf3 だけで 例えば 1.f4 については何の言及もなし については第15章 Should Black Play 1...e6 vs Flank Openings ? で4ページに渡って論じています 概要 約1ページ は次のように書かれています Clearly the move 1...e6 is playable after any onnpieg move by White, and as a matter of principle one would like to make our 1...e6 repertoire complete by recommending it against moves such as 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 too. ... However, the mere fact that the move can be played does not necessarily mean that this would be a coherent repertoire. ... Above all, his choice against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 shouldn't mean that he is forced to transpose to huge tracts of 1.d4 or 1.e4 theory that he has hitherto been able to avoid. Unfortunately, after 1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 (2.Nc3 and 2.g3 must also be considered) or 1.Nf3 e6 2.g3 it is very difficult to propose for Black any worthwhile original ideas that give this move-order some real purpose within the context of out repertoire. ... The basic problem lies in the fact that after 1.c4 or 1.Nf3 White can seek to transpose to 1.d4 openigns that may not be within our onnpieg preparation. つまり 1.c4 と 1.Nf3 に 1...e6 と応じてもこれまで解説してきたコンパクト なレパートリーに必ずしも適合 還元せず 膨大な勉強を強いられる可能性があるという ことです 具体的には 1.c4 に対しては 1...c5 約1 5ページ 1.Nf3 に対しては 1...d5 約1 5ページ を解説しています 表紙の一番下に The French Connection: winning ways with 1.e4 e6 and 1.d4 e6 とあるように 1.e4 と 1.d4 に共通に 1...e6 と指すディフェンスを解説した本だとみなす のがよいようです

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