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They'll definitely be doing another one but for obvious reasons they have to wait till all negotiations are final before announcing MC 2015.
But really from that blurb from Lee, there is nothing there that is an actual confirmation.Reminds me of Ben Bradlee's "Non-denial denial" line from All the Presidents Men. AND, it is certainly a different tune than the one they were playing prior to the event in which they made it sound as if they had already committed to running it twice at the same venue. Lots of squiggle room in her statement.
@rdecredo, they never gave even a slight hint that the next venue will also be in Las Vegas. In fact in the MC App, MC team asked the participants few months earlier where would we want to see the next MCO to be held location wise. People talked about all the major cities in USA and looked like no major winner was there. That is some people want it in east coast, some in west and some in mid. So from that also we were not sure where the next MCO will happen. But we were also not sure if it will not happen in Vegas in the immediate next year or not. I would assume Vegas will come back, lets say in MCO#5 or so (just a wild guess).
But if you are still thinking MCO#2 will happen or not, you are way too behind than us. We should talk about MCO#3, 4 or 5 now. Forget about the feasibility of MCO#2 - its above question. MCO#1 was too successful not to happen MCO#2. I know you will show money wise it was a loss - that doesn't mean it wasn't successful as a chess event. And I believe you already read GM Maurice Ashley's blog post few months back where he reasoned out why its important to invest seed money in a business and how they expect it to work out in the long run. I won't risk repeating.
I have finally compiled my experience of this whole event here -
Nice write up!
My son had a very good time playing with your son in the skittles room.
Oh thank you. Ahyan was always excited about your son too like a buddy. They have had such a nice time throughout this whole event!
They really need to get rid of that high-stakes bullshit and just vary the entrance fee such as 100, 250, 500, 1000 ($). This is chess and not some kind of spectator sport, even the wcc there are not millions of people watching it on TV for 5+ hours straight although I would certainly like to do that if I got time to spare! Can't wait for the wcc though but I am not sure if MC will be held again next year. I hope so because more chess --> more theory and strategies. If it happens then I really hope they get better commentators, fix their website (just look at chess24 for example) because that was a disaster that you couldn't even follow the games.
I hope they keep IM Lawrence Trent. He was a hoot, and his analysis seemed just fine to this C player. And I assume that's the audience that they are shooting for, chess fans of average or lower strength.
Another great write-up here:
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