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Ashley and Lee are marketing up-scale chess tournaments for people who want to see and be seen. It's as much about personalities and feeling important as it is about chess. Hence, lots of promotional hype.
I thought that they might attract between 1000 and 1500 entrants. From the looks of things, I was way off.
>for people who want to see and be seen. <
Yeah, but seen by whom? Other chess players. Whoop-dee-doo. You get that at any Open.
>I thought that they might attract between 1000 and 1500 entrants.,
The only way that happens with a $1000 entry fee is if you have celebrity entrants...chess or otherwise. If Will Smith had actually registered, they'd have hit their limit. If Seirawan or Shahade had joined up, they'd probably have at least 1000. But it's looking like the big marketing failure of MC was their inability to get ANY name player, professional or otherwise, to come onboard.
Celebrities don't like to mingle with the rabble, and the the big-name GMs evidently didn't see the prize fund as that attractive.
By others who can afford a $1000 entry fee plus expenses. They are now part of an elite group.
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