Just received my latest NSWCA newsletter. I never pay much attention to this publication, mainly because the information is so old - it's pointless. Not to mention, a waste of paper. This latest issue, however, has some interesting news about our favourite local player, FM Greg Canfell. Greg, of course, has just won his fifth NSW championship title and the newsletter editor has included a short Q&A with the champ.
What's your greatest chess achievement? Says the champ, "I'm still lacking a real standout performance. Either IM norm is better than any one State Championship, but should I fail to become an IM, x-time NSW Champion will sound better."
And I never knew that Greg had a twin brother! The things you learn.
One other thing I noticed about the newsletter is that it came with a couple of advertising materials from the Australian Chess Enterprises. Very professional. I just couldn't help thinking that while the ACE proprietor, Brian Jones, is busy promoting his business, rival chess retailer Chess Discount Sales owner, Peter Parr, is himself busy exhuming some long dead controversy involving the St George Leagues Chess Club. I mean, who really has a taste for reruns?
In Brian's ad materials is also some info about the SIO Fund raising dinner to be held on Friday, 24 November. Sadly, there is no page that we can link to on the official website except an online booking form! I suppose the important detail is that dress is "smart casual" and make sure to bring at least $50. By the way, the SIO is fast becoming a strong event. Six grandmasters have signed up including Sergey Shipov from Russia.