The final motion voted upon and passed:
That, effective 4 April 2006
1. A person who is banned as a player by his or her State or Territory Association or by the Australian Chess Federation ("ACF") is not permitted to play in an ACF event.
2. If a tournament organiser or tournament arbiter knowingly permits a banned player to play in an ACF event, the event (a) will not be ACF or FIDE rated; and (b) if it is a Grand Prix event, will not count towards Grand Prix points.
3. The ACF Secretary shall ensure that a list of banned players, to the best of his knowledge, is maintained on the ACF Website, stating the name of each banned player and the expiry date of the ban and each Council delegate shall keep the Secretary informed of those matters in respect of players banned by his State or Territory.
4. Despite paragraphs 1 and 2, the ACF Council may, if it thinks fit, permit a banned player to play in an ACF event or decide that paragraph 2 does not apply to an ACF event.
5. In this motion
(a) "ACF event" means any event held by or on behalf of the ACF and includes an ACF Grand Prix event;
(b) "banned player" means a person referred to in paragraph 1;
(c) a reference to playing in an event includes entering, playing in, or continuing to play in, the event.
As a result, that equally controversial figure in Australian chess, Matthew Sweeney, can no longer play in the next big event - the Doeberl Cup. In response, Mr Sweeney made the following announcement.
This new motion has been expedited through the ACF machinery, because of efforts by two NSWCA councilors. Therefore, I feel no compunction to spare them or the people who have supported them, any relief from the opprobrium that will be generated by public exposure of their vendetta. Naturally, I will be appealing my national ban. The outcome of the appeal will be either:
1. The appeal upheld. Thus the NSWCA will be humiliated.
2. The appeal denigned (sic). Thus the ACF will be exposed as a privileged secret society whose first consideration is its own survival.
I will be posting all correspondance by me to the ACF. I will also be posting all official NSWCA and ACF communications to me, on this bulletin board, as they are sent or recieved by me. Private correspondence will not be posted.
One would hope that the Doeberl Cup organisers will do the right and brave thing anyway and allow Mr Sweeney to play in their event. However, we believe that Denis Jessop's standing in ACT chess is sufficient pressure to prevent that from happening.