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I think the answer is actually quite simple. It's "staring everyone in the face": Make the prize amounts the same as in men's Chess.Now come the excuses given as reasons: There's not as much interest in women's Chess. Well, frankly, that's pretty lame at this point. If there's not as much interest, then *generate* that interest. The sparks are there; just give them some oxygen and fan them into flames. For example, through a reasonable - meaning *modern* - publicity effort. And through helping girls realize that Chess can be "cool."
I also wonder if it might be time to start thinking about the positives and negatives of corporate sponsorship. Those need to be weighed carefully, I think - but really - these problems all come down to one solvable problem which isn't rocket science:Money.
Is money the incentive for people to play tournament?? I don't play tournament chess, but for all the reasons I might, money isn't even on the list.
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