I have recently returned to active chess after almost 15 years.
In my first outing, I played in the Xmas Swiss where I scored 0/5. Clearly, that wasn't the best choice of tournament for my return.
I look around for a club, and I am appalled. There are almost no clubs, certainly none near me.
I used to live in a suburb of Melbourne were I could, and did, play at Waverley, Dandenong, Mentone, and none was a long drive from where I lived.
What are Western Australian chessplayers doing about it? Nothing. It's almost the end of January, and the CAWA website is full of ... nothing but empty space. Not even a mention of the AGM which I thought was coming up.
Read the whole thing and more in CAWA's February 2010 newsletter to its members.