Chess Attack, a name very much in keeping with the founder's personal style, has just secured the bronze sponsors package for the upcoming Sydney International Open.
Here is a statement from Mr Sweeney:
Chess Attack will conduct the highest quality chess courses in the world. It aims to be the quality chess education provider of choice in its field. Chess Attack will also play an important part in a national drive for exponential growth in chess participation.
I think chess is a noble pastime with significant benefits for society. It deserves and needs better administration than has been the case in recent decades. Chess Attack will provide services in those areas where the volunteer system of Australian chess administration is in chronic failure.
At the very least, Mr Sweeney sounds like he means business. Just how he's supposed to achieve all that remains unclear. To deliver the highest quality chess courses in the world, for instance, suggests the employment of some pretty strong masters. I'd like to see this venture succeed, if only to have the satisfaction of seeing Matthew Sweeney laugh down at his current enemies, the New South Wales Chess Association and their friends in the Australian Chess Federation. That would be something.