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  1. 22 Nov '09 04:56 / 1 edit
    I've been playing in real tournaments for a few years and I could never understand the lack of closing ceremonies.

    The winners are not presented and given the awards.
    Instead they scramble at the sign in desk waiting for there check/trophy.

    LAME.

    Why even go and compete if you are not willing to pay your respects to the winners?

    I think if we made a presentation out of it, more people would try harder to win and compete more.

    Nothing beats standing infront of everyone and showing them who is boss.

    I think major tournaments have closing ceremonies, but I would like to see all tournaments do this.

    The ones I go to have beginners through Grandmasters.

    Anyone else think so?
  2. Standard member randolph
    the walrus
    22 Nov '09 07:15
    Well it'd be nice if everyone's schedules fit to let this work, but since most tournaments end late on Sunday and games end in about a 3-4 hour timeframe it just wouldn't really be feasible to have the winner(s) wait around for that last game to finish while they want to get home.
  3. 22 Nov '09 07:26
    True.

    I'd prefer a game friday night...three games on saturday, and one game sunday morning, to leave room for a presentation of awards on sunday afternoon.

    My usual 5 game swiss is 1 game friday, 2 saturday, and 2 sunday.

    3 games on saturday might be too much though.
  4. 22 Nov '09 11:30
    Originally posted by Automaton
    I've been playing in real tournaments for a few years and I could never understand the lack of closing ceremonies.
    ...

    I think major tournaments have closing ceremonies, but I would like to see all tournaments do this.

    The ones I go to have beginners through Grandmasters.

    Anyone else think so?
    Is this an American phenomena, or is it the same everywhere?

    I'm not attending every tournament, but in my local club we always have a ceremony to honour the winners at the local tournaments.
    I went to the last day of the Swedish Champoinship one year, and they had a marvelous ceremony at the end.

    So I don't recognize your description, therefore I suspect it is different throughout the world. As I get it - A good tournament have a good ending!
  5. Standard member Borgov
    King-Flicker
    22 Nov '09 14:45 / 1 edit
    I won a small prize at this years Scarborough Congress (£15 quid - joint 3rd or something - the cheque is still un cashed in my wallet).

    I hung around because someone else from my club had won a grading prize in his section, which was a bit more money, and as we were all going back to Leeds together the others waited too.

    I found the whole thing a bit embarrassing to be honest - especially when someone snapped a photo of me just as I was been handed my cheque - I’d not had a shave for 3 days, I was carrying my backpack and wearing a scruffy clothes - thankfully it didn’t end up on the website!

    I think I’d sooner have just anonymously gone up to the desk to claim my cheque to be honest!
  6. 22 Nov '09 18:28
    I also think bringing back trophies would promote chess even more.
    Just my opinion.
  7. Standard member Borgov
    King-Flicker
    22 Nov '09 21:51
    Maybe so - at British tourney's I don't think I've even seen a trophy, handed over on the quiet or otherwise. Personally I'd sooner accept the £300 winners cheque myself