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george
12-01-2004, 07:44 PM
Hi All,

Just a few stats about the party we had in the Chess Centre on Saturday night after presentations were finished.
About 50 - 60 persons turned up some staying a short time others staying till throw out time.
Started at 8.00pm finished at 4.00 am.
Music was loud rock - some complained it was too loud others it wasnt loud enough - some danced , some played chess , some talked ( with difficulty because of the volume) , others rocked and bounced harder and faster whilst playing chess as the night wore on.
257 stubbies of beer were consumed as were 4 casks of wine and 27 pizzas.

The Conclusion - there should be a party after each Open , Championship with the type of music up to the organisers - this party with free alcohol was one for the organisers who wanted to celebrate the end of a glorious quest to which all the chess players from the Champs were invited.

George Howard
(still recovering)

firegoat7
12-01-2004, 07:49 PM
I wonder what jammo would say?

peanbrain
12-01-2004, 08:13 PM
I wonder what jammo would say?

That you are an idiot and thank god you weren't there?! \:D/

firegoat7
12-01-2004, 10:21 PM
I hope you didn't drink george, Jammo would be embarrassed! :oops:

george
12-01-2004, 10:45 PM
Yes Firegoat , I did have a few drinks but then was driven home at the end of the thing by a fellow Organiser who from what I could see did not drink at all. You see in Adelaide we have a tight chess group and we celebrate difference and assist each other when we can and in this instance my fellow organisers were happy to see me let go and enjoy myself.

I did drink ,danced with my wife and yes I was merry - you see Firegoat I do have a life outside of chess and that includes having a good time at parties!!!!!!!!

Regards even to Firegoat.

firegoat7
12-01-2004, 11:28 PM
Why are you having a go at me George?? I never said you shouldn't socialise. I'm glad you had a good time, I was just wondering what Jammo would think :?:

george
13-01-2004, 12:08 AM
Firegoat,

You seem interested in what Jammo thinks about celebrations. After all the work , presentations and all else are completed in a major event and festivities held in a different venue I believe would be very well received.

If you are interested in what Jammo or any other Poster of messages thinks about anything why dont you ask them yourself. If its because Jammo will not answer you well that is his perogative surely.

chesslover
13-01-2004, 08:33 PM
Hi All,

Just a few stats about the party we had in the Chess Centre on Saturday night after presentations were finished.
About 50 - 60 persons turned up some staying a short time others staying till throw out time.
Started at 8.00pm finished at 4.00 am.
Music was loud rock - some complained it was too loud others it wasnt loud enough - some danced , some played chess , some talked ( with difficulty because of the volume) , others rocked and bounced harder and faster whilst playing chess as the night wore on.
257 stubbies of beer were consumed as were 4 casks of wine and 27 pizzas.



Chess players are WILD WILD party animals :D :D

soon we will be getting a bad mean reputation for our party behaviour, and the police will shadow us as they do the bikers :D

But I wonder if the organisers did not provide the free drinks, would us chess players have partied so wildly? ;)

paulb
14-01-2004, 11:15 AM
I wonder what jammo would say?
Must admit the "drinking, smoking, unemployed" bit brought a smile to my dial :D
As someone wiith a lifelong interest in effective insults (at work I'm known as the "Rude Dutch Count" at work, ever since I told them all about "Castle Broekhuizen" in the Netherlands), I was impressed by Jammo's ability to take an unintended swipe at about three-quarters of the Australian population in a single phrase :) Not to mention such no-hopers as Alekhine, Tal, and most GMs. :shock:
It's good to know that such ne-er-do-wells have a spiderhole to hide in at the MCC :)
I smoke, and list my hobbies as chess, philosophy, music and "drinking too much and falling over". I've never been unemployed, but I'm working at it. Does this entitle me to a honorary life membership of MCC?
It's a joke, Joyce :)

george
14-01-2004, 11:32 AM
Hi All,

If we wish to have the concept of ourselves as chessplayers as being bookish , nerds and lacking in people skills then we should do nothing and the public perception shall remain. If however some of us chessplayers say hey thats not all of us and we wish to change public perception we need to have parties whatever as we had at the Champs.

I am not to worried about the adults but we have all heard only too frequently of school children being put off playing chess because of the public perception of chess players as being dorks.

So its an image thing that needs changing so that children and adults will feel its trendy (whatever) to play chess and to be seen to play chess. I tried to do this in media interviews I gave on radio and television.

Anyway if people have other ideas about how to demystify our sometimes elitist bookish image I for one would be very interested to hear of them.

This is not to trivialise our intellectual pursuit but to try to make it more marketable to sponsors and hopefully a growing population of chess players.

George Howard

chesslover
14-01-2004, 09:06 PM
If we wish to have the concept of ourselves as chessplayers as being bookish , nerds and lacking in people skills then we should do nothing and the public perception shall remain. If however some of us chessplayers say hey thats not all of us and we wish to change public perception we need to have parties whatever as we had at the Champs.

So its an image thing that needs changing so that children and adults will feel its trendy (whatever) to play chess and to be seen to play chess. I tried to do this in media interviews I gave on radio and television.

This is not to trivialise our intellectual pursuit but to try to make it more marketable to sponsors and hopefully a growing population of chess players.



Some of us like me do not drink. We do not smoke. We also in our mid 30s may not want to party. Does that mean that we are bookish? nerd? dorks?

People are individuals, like chess players. Some maybe dorks, but some liek to party. Some like to drink, while others are bookish. Some like to dance, while others like to be quiet...

This is the same for all sports - wether it is chess, cricket or league. The people who play any sports are diverse.

What is different is the game of chess itself - rather than the people who play chess

arosar
15-01-2004, 08:55 AM
What is different is the game of chess itself - rather than the people who play chess

Yes, we all pretty much get this. But what the Prez was getting at was that chess suffers from bad PR. The Prez suggests that this has to do with how we, players, are perceived by outsiders: that we are geeky, nerds, dorky, etc. The challenge, then, is to dispel such perceptions. How?

AR