Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2011 Tennessee Senior Open Chess Tournament

The results are in for the 2011 Senior in the great state of Tennessee. Unfortunately only 23 players entered, only 3 of whom were from out of state. Although the crosstable on the USCF website (,com_wrapper/Itemid,181/) makes no distinction when a game is played at less than the main time limit, it appears the 2-day truncated game option did not have the desired effect. A look back at the tournament years from now will show that the time limit was: Time Control: GAME/120. Maybe no one came for the 2-day schedule? Enquiring minds want to know...
The first year the tournament was held at this location, 2009, there were 35 players, 9 from out of state. I was one of those from another state and wrote about the tournament in a BaconLOG entry of Monday, June 1, 2009, the Tennessee Senior Open.
Last year 29 players came to Crossville for the tournament, 4 of whom were from a state other than the great state of Tennessee. Obviously, the tournament has been on a downward track, I'm sad to report. I chose not to attend this year and gave my reasons why in a BaconLOG entry on Friday, March 25 in an entry titled, Tennessee Senior.
Can anyone leave a comment on how many players came for the truncated 2-day schedule? Any ideas on why the turnout has dwindled every year? Please do not tell me that the price of petrol is the cause because the gas does not cost any more than it did in 2009. It is the fact that the value of the dollar has been eroded to a great extent because the F.I.P. have pumped TRILLIONS of dollars into the system, causing the few dollars you do have to become worth less, on the way to worthless...If you do not believe me, then please take the time to listen to this before firing off that salvo about how the Fools In Power "saved the system from colapse."

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