Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Woe Is Me – what do YOU consider fair?

♥ Money Saving Tips For You ♥

My Valentine’s Money Saving Tips For You, just in time for the February 12th, Valentine’s Tournament at the Greater Memphis Chess Center.

Do you consider it fair to expect families, like yours, to pay a family membership of $75.00 to the “Greater Memphis Chess Center (GMCC)”, while operating under the same roof with the same discounts on tournament entry fees as the family memberships to the “Memphis Chess Club (MCC)”, yet “The Memphis Chess Club’s” family membership is only $50.00?

For the same discounts you will pay more if you join directly to the “Greater Memphis Chess Center”, than if you join directly to “The Memphis Chess Club".

Also, why are families with ONE child (under 19) playing chess, advised to (code for INSTRUCTED TO), buy a family membership for $75.00 (GMCC rate) or $50.00 (MCC rate), while they could have purchased an individual membership for $50.00 (GMCC rate) or just $20.00 (MCC rate).

Folks let’s be honest here, why would you pay for one child (under 19) to play chess for a $75.00 (GMCC family) fee vs. a $20.00 (MCC individual) fee? Do you just have $55.00 to throw away?

And, what kind of coach would expect that from parents of the children that they “coach”, (and I use the word “coach” loosely in this scenario) through the Memphis City Schools.

Let me ask you this: When you were told about the membership dues to the “Greater Memphis Chess Center (GMCC)”, were you also informed that you could have joined one child under 19 for just $20.00 with The Memphis Chess Club (MCC)?

If your answer is no, then you should be wondering about why not, and whether this is the right coach for your child.

One more thought: where does that leave the Memphis Scholastic chess players? Which dues are you paying and do you get discounts on tournament entry fees as do the MCC and GMCC players?


The Open section is played with a time control of G/60, with four rounds; entry is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

There will be a U1200 section with five rounds of G/45; entry is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.



Club Dues
Club dues are $30, $20 (under 19) per year. Family memberships are $50 per year. Members enjoy reduced entry fees into all weekly club events and discounts on club weekend tournament

Adult Annual Club Dues: $30

Youth Annual Club Dues: $20 under 20 years old

Family Annual Club Dues: $50

4SS, G/60 (4 round Swiss, game in 60 minutes), EF: $4 for MCC members, $8 for all others. Registration: 02/11: 6:30-7:15pm. Rounds: 7:30pm and 9:30pm each Friday. Site: Greater Memphis Chess Center, 5796 Shelby Oaks Drive Suite 11, Memphis, TN 38134.

Open 4SS G/60.
EF Pre- registration $20 ($15 for MCC and GMCC members)Onsite $25 for all

U1200 5SS G/45
EF Pre-registration $15 ($10 for MCC and GMCC members)onsite $15 for all


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