Wednesday, June 25, 2008

AusJCL Council Announced

From Jenni Oliver's AusJCL June newsletter, the following were the applications received for the new body's council positions.

President: IA Charles Zworestine
Vice-President: GM Ian Rogers
Treasurer: Tania Simmonds
Secretary: Tracy Gray
Junior Development Co-ordinator: Kerry Lyall
Events Coordinator: Jenni Oliver
Selections Administrator: Shannon Oliver
General Council positions: WGM Daniela Nut-Gajic

All of the above have now been elected, although it looks like there are still positions open for general council. Part of the application process was also to answer the following question, "What do you want to achieve on the council?" Dr Zworestine's answer was interesting. He said: "I feel the control of junior chess at the national level should be in the hands of a national junior body, not the ACF. There have been some problems with the ACF’s handling of junior matters in the past. I would like to see the AusJCL take control, in the interests of furthering the future of junior chess in this country."

7 comments:

Peter Long said...

I personally like this type of initiative but without the agreement of ACF which is recognised by FIDE as their member federation with jurisdiction of all things chess Australia I don't see how this will work.

For one, the players cannot represent Australia at FIDE and most international without ACF approval/endorsement.

Anonymous said...

Obviously the first act of the AusJCL will be to affiliate with the ACF.

While the AusJCL would like the junior responsibilities of the ACF handed over, to them, it is of course recognised that external powers such as dealing with FIDE have to continue to belong to the ACF.

ACF Vice-President Denis Jessop has been closely associated with this initiative and drafted the constitution. It is envisaged that co-operation with the adult body will always be needed.

Jenni

Denis Jessop said...

In response to Peter's observations, but without in any way suggesting what the final outcome will be, one way it could be made to work would be for the AusJCL to affiliate with the ACF as an Associated Body, thus gaining ACF recognition, and for the ACF to authorise the AusJCL to handle junior chess matters that the ACF would usually handle. That is a very broad description of the concept and by no means covers all the details. There are also other ways.

As noted, the final endorsement of Australian juniors to play in overseas FIDE events rests with the ACF.

But there are other activities that do not concern FIDE such as Junior development on a national level (for example, the Ergas Training Squad), organising or allocating the various Australian Junior Championships and general national junior chess co-ordination.


Denis Jessop

Brian Jones said...

Yes, "delegated authority" is the way to go for many ACF activities!

Anonymous said...

I agree Brian. I suspect at the end of the day the ACF will still want to hold all the Aces and the AusJCL will simply become a dependent puppet whose activites are regularly scrutinized and meddled in by the ACF.

Coming between the current ACF and their supervision of junior chess in Australia is like coming between a hungry monkey and a banana.

I suspect the AusJCL is simply being set up for the optics of it all, to fool people into thinking its independent when in fact its not.

Anonymous said...

anyone who thinks I would be a dependent puppet, obviously hasn't met me :) :)


Jenni

Garvin said...

Jenni Oliver-
anyone who thinks I would be a dependent puppet, obviously hasn't met me :) :)

Hello Jenni,

Looking at the names on the proposed AUSJCL council, I do not think the term puppet applies to any of them.
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To anon- care to say who you are?

Anon- Coming between the current ACF and their supervision of junior chess in Australia is like coming between a hungry monkey and a banana.

Garvin- I had thought that one of the main issues is that there is very little to no formalised supervision of junior chess.

So how can the ACF give up something that it is not really supervising??