Looking at the divisions we know are already full (Advanced Masters, Women's Advanced Masters, and Grandmasters) I'm a bit surprised at the difference in makeup of the fields compared to last year. In particular, I expected to see a few highly rated competitors, plus some family friends of highly rated competitors in other divisions, and the remaining spots filled by locals. But it looks like the more highly rated players are staying home, and that these smaller divisions are filling without spaces left fir locals to fill in. For example, look at the ratings if the three highest rated players in each division for last year and this year.
Advanced Masters 2012
Advanced Masters 2013
Women's Advanced Masters 2012
Women's Advanced Masters 2013
Senior Grandmasters 2012
Senior Grandmasters 2013
It also looks like Women's Grandmasters has only 1 spot left, so let's look at it too.
Women's Grandmasters 2012
Women's Grandmasters 2013
With the exception if men' grandmasters, the trend looks consistent, and the women's divisions appear to have been affected very significantly.
They say other sports have trophy only for ams, and that we should be able to attract top am competitors with trophy only as well. But other sports require ams to compete for the privilege of playing pro (golf, tennis, beach volleyball, etc.) or for lucrative endorsement opportunities (olympics). I don't know. That's just something to think about.
Last edited by jenb; 04-05-2013 at 12:02 PM.