But hang on a sec! IM Alex Wohl has just told me that he's been invited by the organiser to play in the event and thus effectively bypassing the ACF. Just as well - as Alex isn't happy with his federation.
I am going to play in the Commonwealth Championships in Delhi in December. I met the organiser by accident in Spain and he invited me. The only way to get an Australian to many of these events is for the host federation to take a "pro-active" approach.
Since I have been based in Europe I have tried to ignore the ACF so as to keep my blood-pressure down but when I see tournaments like the Asian Championships go by, very strong tournaments with good conditions, good prize money and norm chances, I can´t help but get annoyed.
Apart from calling for donations (very late) for the Olympiad what does the ACF do?
"We are a laughing stock", concludes the IM.
Another chappie unhappy with his federation. Understandable really. Today', there's no information about the Commonwealth Championships on www.auschess.org.au.
What about the newsletter then? Alex tells me that the ACF long ago stopped sending him the newsletter. In any case, it seems remarkably ridiculous that our top players have to bother subscribing to something that these days come about once a month!