Originally Posted by Retd.LoyolaCpt
For next year:
I think the consensus is that the event will return to a hotel (probably the Gresham) with 6 month notice and most other factors remaining the same. No clash with the Olympiad this cycle thankfully so we can hopefully expect another strong event.
The clamp down on rating bands seemed to really strengthen the Championship in particular which I thought was a great improvement and made that section extremely competitive - Harding, O'Neill, Khaydarov, Halley, Haque, Martinez, Pachalov, Casey, Scott, Scallan, Haque2, Boyle, Artola, McLoughlin, Bolkeny, Peoples etc etc. They have nearly all been in the masters in the past or will soon be at that standard.
160+ was a great turnout so well done to the organisers - personally thought it went very well.
The only problem that I had with the tournament was the dreadful chairs we had to sit on which were really only suitable for children.
I hadn't played in the C.O.D for some years because I hate any venue around O'Connell St or Parnell Square but I returned this time because the venue was on the right side of the Liffey and because the venue looked so attractive in the photo that was on the ICU website. Whatever venue is to be used in future I hope that the organisers will give some consideration to people who have to travel to the venue by car from outside Dublin. The city centre is a nightmare trafficwise. Venues like Gonzaga and Malahide are much more accessible.
I have noticed this season that many tournaments have begun to observe the rating floors much more strictly (perhaps due to my continual ranting) and this has made tournaments a much more attractive proposition. I was almost giving up competitive chess a year ago but now I am looking forward to playing more in the next twelve months than I have for ages. Tournaments like St Andrews, Gonzaga, the over 50s , Malahide,Galway, Cork, Ennis, Bunratty, Kilkenny and the Irish Ch are all much easier for me to access than anything in Dublin City Centre whereas anyone that actually lives in Dublin has the motorway and Irish rail to get to anywhere in the country. I am sure that it would be cheaper for organisers to book hotels or schools outside the city too, better to save that money and use it for prizemoney or the provision of tea and coffee at tournaments.