Our brothers and sisters in Western Australia can be understadably displeased with the Australian Chess Federation. In the national body's most recent e-newsletter, there is no mention of WA's currently ongoing state chess championships. Western Aussies must be wondering just how hard is it for any half-decent ACF official, at least those involved in the e-newsletter, to just make a quick check of the CAWA website. Just be pro-active!
For the boys in the ACF, here's a simple tip. With your little fingers, you can start a little count.
This little piggy is the NSWCA. And this little piggy is CV. While this little piggy is CAQ. This little piggy is SA and this one is TCA. This one is the ACT and, lastly, this one is CAWA. There. Easy, ain't it?
Oh, but wait, there's nothing on the NSWCA state championships either! Why these guys even bother I just don't know, I really don't. But they do have a mention of the Malaysian Open - some two weeks after the event ended - plus a link to Chessbase.
Somebody please remind me again of the ACF's purpose.
In case you're wondering: after 6 rounds Tristan Boyd remains unbeaten and leads by a half point in front of sole second placer Jay Lakner. And in Sydney, FM Greg Canfell surges ahead to another title win as he yesterday downed danger man Johny Bolens.
Turning now to OS, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, David Smerdon will possibly enter the upcoming Isle of Man, slated from 22 Sep to 30 Sep. David's entry has since been fully confirmed as we can now see his name in the list of participants. Also entering the tournament is Manuel Weeks. Good luck to both.
And before I forget, let me say happy birthday international master David Smerdon! He is 23 today. All power to David and may you return to our shores with the GM title fully in the bag!