I was planning to play in the New Mexico Open and I am wondering why there are two open sections?  I cannot see New Mexico being able to field enough players for both sections.  I would be driving from Colorado and a three day event adds about $100 to my tournament costs.  (Food and lodging)  Is there any chance that the two top sections could be combined?  What are the plans if only a few people sign up for each of the top sections?  I really love playing chess in New Mexico, but I am confused as to why the NMCO thinks that two open sections are good for the New Mexico Open.


Laurence Wutt