Played in Saint Louis Chess Club, Missouri USA, 2-10 March 2019. Prize fund: $22,000, with $6,000 to the winner. ... [more]
Player: Ray Robson
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|Mar-12-19|| ||chessgames.com: We've added the games through Round 9 for the St. Louis Spring Chess Classic (Group A).|
|Mar-12-19|| ||Tabanus: Ivanchuk turns 50 next week.|
|Mar-12-19|| ||Sokrates: Thanks, <CG>, for this. |
<Tabanus: Ivanchuk turns 50 next week.>
Sad to be a witness to his steep descencion. This tournament pushed him 19 places down in live rating list, ending on at 63. The past ten years or so have not served him well. His results and performances were always extremely variable, but now there are very few ups and many downs. It seems as though he doesn't know what else to do and just keeps going on. What a merciless business to be a pro chess player with a faded halo.
|Mar-12-19|| ||Tabanus: Or a fun business. And he did take home the world rapid champion title in 2016 in Doha.|
|Mar-13-19|| ||HeMateMe: Korchnoi kept playing to the end. So did Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. They just want to keep playing. I appreciate their efforts.|
|Mar-13-19|| ||Sokrates: <HeMateMe: Korchnoi kept playing to the end. So did Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. They just want to keep playing. I appreciate their efforts.>|
So do I, but I think you'd agree with me that if we are talking about financial foundation there is a world of difference having been a top tennis player and a top chess player. Connors and Navratilova can play just for fun - Ivanchuk probably plays because he loves to play chess, but he might also play for the purpose of having sufficient money on his account.
This was, btw, always a sort of ignored theme in the world of chess. Chess history displays a sad army of top players who had to struggle with their personal finances all their life. It would be very interesting if a good journalist and researcher would examine the financial conditions for the, say top 100 players of today. Some of them are likely supported by their home country, others by commercial sponsors, but there might also be a group of players who base some of their economy on price-funds hunting.
|Mar-13-19|| ||HeMateMe: I would think things are better because today the top players in most countries get a stipend. Chukie perhaps has to keep playing to keep getting a stipend. There might also be a bonus for making an Olympiad team, and some extra money for summer league, playing in Germany.|
Would guys like Chuck quit (when going downhill) if it weren't absolutely necessary to keep playing, finance-wise? Maybe. But, turn back the clock 30 years. It's better to be a player who has to work when the money is there than to be a player who can't make any money playing (like in the USA, where there are no stipends, unless you're a Rex-guy).
|Mar-22-19|| ||Sargon: We've also imported the complete set of games for the Spring Chess Classic (B) (2019).|
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