ACF Bulletin No. 36 - September
Garry's funeral was attended by a veritable who's who of Australian chess.
John Purdy read the eulogy and several others spoke and gave a deep insight
into Garry's life. It was clear just what an immense influence he and
Evelyn have had on Australian chess. The Australian will be running his
obituary this week.
ASIAN YOUTH BOYS AND GIRLS UNDER 10/12/14, AHMEDABAD, INDIA 15 - 25 DECEMBER
We would be grateful to receive nominations for this tournament. This will
be another opportunity for those just below the top level to represent
Australia. Once they have represented Australia nobody can ever take it
away from them, and they can include the achievement on their CV for ever.
NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES COMPETITION
Matt Sweeney from the University of Woolongong is interested in having a go
at setting this up. He already has a few contacts in local universities but
could do with a lot more. If you know of anyone connected with a university
chess club anywhere in Australia, please could you contact myself or Matt
Bob Howard wrote a good article about the Kasparov v The World internet
match in last week's issue of the Bulletin Magazine. This gave me the
opportunity to reply and give an insight into our plans for Australian
chess. This letter appears in the current issue (dated 28 September).
I've just been advised by Peter Parr that John McElroy, Darwin Chess Club,
is interested in affiliating the Northern Territory with the ACF. I think
this is very exciting news because the Northern Territory are the only
state or territory not affiliated. I'll report further when I've spoken to
CHESS IS A SPORT
Progress on having chess recognised as a sport and government funding has
been slow lately. Sports Minister Jacky Kelly wrote to me in mid August
inviting me to make a submission to the Sports 2000 Task Force (by the end
of August). This I have done and await the report which is due out in the
next month or two. Jacky Kelly recently said that there would be changes to
funding coming out of the report and there would be a reduction in funding
for the Olympic sports to enable more funding for others. Tim Fischer and
Margaret May have written to me and advised that they have made
representations on our behalf in support of our proposal.
We are now working our way through a list of sponsorship prospects for
Australian chess. If anyone has a good contact in a large company which has
synergy with chess and can get me in the door, please let me know.
CAIRHILL OPEN, SINGAPORE 8/12/99 TO 12/12/99
1st Prize $1,600 Singapore + trophy
7 rounds, 2 hours per player for the entire game
Cairnhill Community Club, 1 Anthony Road, Singapore 229944
Phone 737-9537, 235-4315
Kenny Chern email@example.com
KUBOK CHESS FESTIVAL, MOSCOW
Tal Memorial 12-22 October, Alekine Memorial 23 Oct - 2 Nov
Each is 10 rounds swiss
Full Board US$50 to US$70 per day 1st Prize US$7,000 each event
Entry fees from free to US$180 depending upon rating
Evgeny Bebchouk firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Treasurer Norm Greenwood, Wendy (Gardiner) and myself spent this weekend at
Coffs Harbour working on an upgrade of this plan. It is based upon all the
feedback received during my tour down south, correspondence received and
that generated from debate in the ACF bulletin. As soon as I've had a
chance to get a copy to the Executive and to the State Presidents I'll
include it in the bulletin for further debate - I'm sure there will be plenty.
I had a lot of good feedback re the Teams event in last week's Gold Coast
Classic. I'd recommend that anyone give it a go as part of their next big
individual event. Simply get players to sort themselves into teams of four
with an average rating of no higher than (say) 1500 and run it as part of
the individual event.
President, Australian Chess Federation
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