Finding these sorts of treasures online still leaves me gobsmacked. Courtesy of what is increasingly becoming Australia's one and only true chess forum, Matt Sweeney's Australian Chess Club Forum, we found this absolutely wonderful "Survivor's Guide" to running a chess tournament.
Melbourne chess personality and treasurer of the Box Hill Chess Club Trevor Stanning calls this little publication "a resource of wonder".
While the guide maybe aimed at chess folks in the Australian Capital Territory, it is is very useful to all chess organisers - novices and experts alike the world over. We are walked through some pretty simple stuff like roles and responsibilities of an organising team, "Setting Up on the day" and "Running the day".
There is also a section on "Odering Lunch" - just perfect for those who have to deal with a couple of hundred (sometimes a couple of thousand) hungry children!
But the one prescription that really brought a smile was this: "Do not leave until all children are collected!"
The guide was created by Canberra chess organiser Libby Smith who, in a posting on Mr Sweeney's board, has this lesson for would-be chess organisers, "I believe the effort and expertise required to run an event is grossly overstated and that the actual skill most required and least exhibited is simple administrative, organisational and time management abilities".