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The word "disinterested" is often incorrectly thought to mean "not interested," when it really means "impartial." In fact, I think I remember reading something that this word may eventually either be taken out of the "official" language, or have its meaning changed to mean "not interested" after all. Or at least, I read something sort of like that.
*minor thread hijack* "Disinterested" in the sense of "having no interest" has been in use since at least 1647 according to the Oxford English Dictionary. And there is no "official language" for English/American English, although, the OED is about as canonical (cough) as you can get. Different publishers of dictionaries use different criteria for determining what words gain entry to their publications. */minor thread hijack*
Like, if I bought 51% shares of private Chess.com stock from Eric, I'd have a controlling "interest".
A 'vested interest'.
Some skin in the game.
Therefore, if I did an "unbiased review" of the top chess sites on the web, it wouldn't exactly be written by a disinterested party.
Fair enough, Canonical. The sources I used for the meaning of that word were admittedly... less professional than yours ;)
I guess it would depend a bit on the particular dictionary.
The tournament is not a scam. The rating limit above the current section limit is indeed designed to protect against sandbaggers. The tournament states what amount of cash will be returned as prizes based on how many entries. If less people attend than planned then these tournaments will generally guarantee what % of the prizes is guaranteed and how it will be figured based on how many entries.This part is enforcable by law.t does not mean that some tournaments are held at a loss, but someone else is paying for the loss, the entity which guaranteed the prize money. The tournaments are not thrown for free and so that is baked into the prize fee. The entree fee may seem high but if you want to see GM and IM games live then that is the cost. As mentioned, I could play in alot of other tournaments for less. There is also alot less potential for gains, to include rating points, norms...etc. If I have the money, I prefer to play in these tournaments where the entree fee is higher. I do not expect to win anything, but if I do that is a bonus. I find the experience of these events to be enriching in itself. I can play more good players if I am doing well than I will find at other tournaments. Also, in these events the entree fee is higher in the open section. The lower sections have a lower entree fee than the open. Those of us in the U.S. that play in these tournaments are aware of how they work and they are not a scam. Deserving tournament participants will get the rest of that money the sandbagger did not get. All the prize money or the appropriate % gets paid out.
Yes, I meant to respond to this the other day, but got caught up playing chess, go figure.
I have had a number of public disagreements with Bill Goichberg (founder/owner/operator of Continental Chess Association, several-term Prez of USCF, longtime board member) over the years, but he runs a clean tournament. No one should question his ethics.
Every promised prize has been paid from all his events, going back to when he started some 45 years ago and if few showed up the prizes came out of his bank account. He is a pioneer at class sections and keeping sandbagging and cheating out, he has organized more rated games in the US than the next ten organizers put together, and brought more players into chess in the USA than anyone including Bobby Fischer.
When he's wrong, I don't mind shredding him like hard cheese. But his reputation as an organizer is spotless.
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