Sydney chess personality and retailer Peter Parr has been up to his usual sideline hobby over the past week - lobbing hand grenades at both the ACF and the New South Wales Chess Association. After an earlier bizarre shot in which he called himself "General Winston Parr" and NSWCA boss Bill Gletsos as "Sargent-Major Gletsos" - Mr Parr finally managed to produce a worthwhile suggestion.
He is nominating two Sydney players for life memberships of the NSWCA. These two are ex-Olympiad rep and former champ of NSW FIDE master Max Fuller and local player Lloyd Fell - himself a 4-time Sydney champion (in '44,'60, '62 and 1973).
Both nominations are excellent and should be supported.
Peter Parr is correct in his observations that over the past couple of years, NSWCA politicians appear to have handed out life memberships to one of their own. For example, last year - no less than the big boss himself, Bill Gletsos, was a happy recipient of this award. It's about time that we consider the common players.
The problem here, of course, is that annual general meetings (AGM) at year end - during which life memberships are voted upon and conferred - are pretty much a powwow of these politicians, their friends, and a few curious parties. NSWCA members should attend their AGM if they're going to keep their polies in check. The next AGM will be held on 26 November at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.