These open threads seem to be quite popular so we'll have another one. Besides, just about the only interesting item I spotted is all this bitchin' over Jennifer Shahade's book title, "Chess Bitch". What was the NY Times thinking?
Anyway, we like an anonymous poster's suggestion for a Friday Open thread topic: "the effectiveness of communication and information dissemination within the Australian chess cummunity."
The guys over at WACA produce a fantastic monthly downloadable newsletter in PDF format. For my money, this is definitely the best approach. Those who prefer a printed format by snail mail, or don't have net access (hard to believe but, yeah, they're out there) can receive that; and those that prefer to download can do so.
What about you, dear readers - any thoughts? Where are we lacking? How can we improve? Well OK, we can start with maybe updating the federation's website! Maybe a chess blog by your friendly Ratings Officer?
This is an open thread so talk about anything you want. I notice that there's the usual stoush between monsieurs Dr Bonham (who doesn't like to be referred to as an ACF official) and Sydney chess organiser Matt Sweeney, along with their respective supporters. Feel free to do that, but please keep the lingo kosher.
Finally, I'm off to some artsy do tonight. A Japanese musical thing, organised by an oversexed chess mate of mine. I gotta be there to make him look good. Have a good weekend.