this is so wrong... this started as an argentinian masters cup and ended up being europe vs rest of the world somehow.
maybe this cup should be only for argentinians to honour genius' memory and if the rest of the players want to do a europe vs rest of the world thing should be done somewhere else. not trying to be rude but this lacks of respect for what is meant to be the reason of the cup.
rescheduling for second week of the AO and what has gone on this year is kind of a joke to the memory of Andy and probably means nothing to most of the signed up players
This is a little bit harsh, but I agree with you to a large extent. I knew Andy a little as a player and manager, and felt privileged to enter this tournament in his memory. I am sure that many non-Argentinians felt the same, but perhaps some, for whatever reason, did not give it the necessary attention.
If you, or anybody, wish to organize a closed tournament for Nationals only, I am sure you would receive support. Perhaps it could be run alongside a South American challenger, or even a futures if the entry list was good enough. I certainly agree that the AO is not the best time and place.
What would be your thoughts on the longer established Yemok/Biliana cup? Would you also advocate this being a closed tournament? I must admit I have played twice in this without knowing the persons concerned, but I did take the trouble to research their history, and tried to avoid treating it as "just another exho".