What is happening with the Australian Championships? But first, let's remind ourselves of the NSWCA's and the ACF's respective raison d'etre.
The NSWCA: "To encourage, promote, maintain and control the playing of Chess in the State of New South Wales".
The ACF: "[T]o foster and control the game of chess throughout Australia".
These words can be found here and here.
It's important to quote these dear readers because it's not at all clear to us if these two bodies are actually doing what they're supposed to do.
As reported by two other bloggers, Matt Sweeney and ex-NSWCA man Trent Parker, a meeting took place on the second last day of the SIO tournament. It seems it was agreed that the ACF and the NSWCA will finally give Peter Parr's proposal a chance after weeks of doing everything they can to stonewall the idea. Another positive outcome was that a meeting was supposed to have taken place between Parr, NSWCA boss Bill Gletsos and university academic Jonathan Paxman to try and approach the University of Technology, Sydney (where Paxman is employed) and secure a venue - possibly for free.
Has the meeting with the university taken place? NO! And why not?
Well it now seems, and this is according to Mr Parr, that both the NSWCA and the ACF are completely washing their hands of the event! Holy Moly. Nearly half way through the year and still we're nowhere any clearer if the all-important event is happening or not. What in the world is going on?