A great idea, from a great organization... that was a sad disappointment!
Instead of taking advantage of this great opportunity to showcase 9-Queens' fabulous work , this Fest was so disorganized that it hurt. It seems everybody was trying their best, but starting with pairings taking hours, the lack of shaded space (or space altogether!), a knockout tournament (why not a Swiss, if what you want is to promote people playing?) and an big slip behind on the whole activities' schedule, this was not what we expected it to be. Even the location (Hotel Congress terrace seems already too small for such an event) might be better switched over to a place like the U of A mall (where 9-Queens showed us they know how to organize things with their presence in the Book Fair) or Reid Park. It seems that both women and children won't be the most benefited from what happened this weekend.
Of course, we will continue being BIG fans of 9-Queens.
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