All this discussion about how to improve the state of chess is nothing new. By coincidence, at yesterday's tournament, I saw an old copy of the July/August 2004 issue of Brian Jones' Australian Chess magazine. On page 43 is a letter from Eddy Katnic. Eddy has been around for yonks! This is what he had to say:
I wish to give some comments in regard to present chess activities in NSW.
Firstly, Sydney Grade Matches could have more teams participating if travel could be reduced. Perhaps the competition should divided into zones as in Melbourne. Perhaps the time limit should be changed as in the Western Suburbs competition.
Secondly, to make weekend tournaments more popular, entry fees should be reduced and there should be more rating divisions.
What are the opinions of other players?
What does the NSWCA Council think?
Very good questions, indeed, by Eddy that truly deserve some answers. That just reminded me to finally get off my gluteus maximus and organise that interview I promised with a political heavy. And perhaps, in the process, we can urge our local chess polies to learn a lesson from their ECF counterparts.
Oh, our friend Matthew Sweeney made a suggestion that NSWCA events should be ran at a loss for the next 3 years. Just for the record, we do not take this suggestion very seriously.