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Ghent and now the British!

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Thursday, 01 August 2013
by GM Danny Gormally

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I just finished playing a tournament in the lovely Belgian city of Ghent, which is part of the famous festival there which takes place over ten days, and attracts around two million people.

Sitting outside in a café sipping a beer, flirting with the sexy waitress, watching beautiful European girls go by in tiny denim shorts, it's a hard life. However my views of the actual tournament were mixed.

For a start I didn't understand why it wasn't FIDE-rated. I put in an enormous amount of effort, got 7/9 and under normal circumstances would have gained about eight ratings points, but as it was gained none, and came away with a paltry 105.

The tournament was surprisingly strong, there were 7/8 grandmasters playing when there was very little in the way of conditions, and because of the high amount of players, 250 plus (although in the past there's been as many as 450) you really knew deep down you'd have to get more than 7 to win a decent prize.

Two players tied for first with 7.5/9, Sedlak and Sanchez, and no doubt came away happy, but the other GMs won virtually nothing. You can't help but think that matters must be pretty desperate for so many Grandmasters to turn up to an event that isn't even fide rated. Are we chasing after an increasingly dwindling pot?

I noticed that of the other Grandmasters playing, no one else really bothered to go out and partake in the festival, I certainly did not see them around, which can only mean they were there for the money. Recently I spoke to a 2650 Grandmaster who shocked me, when he said he only made £18,000 last year. That's less than you get for working in McDonalds! He said it's only worth keeping going as a chess pro, because of the possibility of reaching 2700 and breaking into the big time.

For players like myself, the financial outlook is even more bleak. Still looking on the bright side, I have now left Ghent and am encamped in the equally glorious setting of Torquay, preparing to play the British Chess championship, which has attracted a very strong field. Fingers crossed for a better outcome than Belgium.

GM Daniel Gormally is open for chess lessons. You can contact him using this This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Comments (2)
1. Written by me on 12:45 01 2013 .
How do you see your future after age of 50? 
Do you remit some money to the pension fund?
2. Written by O_x on 05:22 02 2013 .
If you think youre happy and you know it clap your hands *clap* *clap* *clap*  
if you think you love chess and you know it say,''check!check!check!'' 
*check* *check *check* 

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