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Brian_Jones
29-04-2009, 08:41 AM
With the end of the Pratt Foundation three year pledge, we now appear to be in some financial trouble.

We need some $8,000 - $10,000 to be able to continue in 2010.

Please pass this message on to all those that might support the SIO for 2010.

We will accept pledges of support and sponsorship/fund-raising offers until 30 September 2009.

If money is not forthcoming by this date, there will be no SIO in 2010.

Brian Jones

Telephone: 02-9838-1529
Email: info@chessaustralia.com.au

Adamski
29-04-2009, 12:46 PM
With the end of the Pratt Foundation three year pledge, we now appear to be in some financial trouble.

We need some $8,000 - $10,000 to be able to continue in 2010.

Please pass this message on to all those that might support the SIO for 2010.

We will accept pledges of support and sponsorship/fund-raising offers until 30 September 2009.

If money is not forthcoming by this date, there will be no SIO in 2010.

Brian Jones

Telephone: 02-9838-1529
Email: info@chessaustralia.com.auThat is sad news. I know how hard it is to find sponsors. Best wishes with that endeavour, Brian.

Nicholas D-C
01-05-2009, 12:39 PM
What about asking the State Government for sponsorship?

Garvinator
01-05-2009, 12:56 PM
What about asking the State Government for sponsorship?
:lol: :whistle:

ER
01-05-2009, 01:14 PM
Hmm does MIO sound ok?

Trent Parker
08-05-2009, 03:00 AM
JAK.......

Dont make me angry!

If it changes to MIO i'll be very Peeved! :D :lol:

ER
08-05-2009, 03:26 AM
G'day Trent!!!:D
It 'll be another opportunity to have you here in Victoria mate!!!:clap:
By the way what are you doing up this early (or is it late) young man???:hmm:

Nicholas D-C
11-05-2009, 06:46 PM
It'd be a real shame if the SIO were discontinued. Maybe Melbourne should organize their own tournament, so that we can have a Doeberl, SIO and Melbourne tournament to look forward to in the future.

cadd1ct
13-05-2009, 08:55 PM
It'd be a real shame if the SIO were discontinued. Maybe Melbourne should organize their own tournament, so that we can have a Doeberl, SIO and Melbourne tournament to look forward to in the future.
Haha yea.. Doeberl Cup, SIO and MIO.. I wonder if that can actually fit into the school holidays. Anyway, SIO cannot discontinue.... I haven't played in it yet :( maybe i shouldve played in SIO instead of Doeberl this year... all well

ER
13-05-2009, 08:59 PM
(...) Maybe Melbourne should organize their own tournament, (...)
Is someone forgetting the Elwood Bendigo? :hmm:

Bill Gletsos
13-05-2009, 09:31 PM
Is someone forgetting the Elwood Bendigo? :hmm:It isnt in the same league as the SIO.
It is a Swansea to the SIO's Manchester United. ;)

Denis_Jessop
14-05-2009, 02:52 PM
Is someone forgetting the Elwood Bendigo? :hmm:

There must be some scope for powering up the Ballarat Weekender which has been running for years and years.

DJ

Nicholas D-C
14-05-2009, 04:39 PM
Brian, have you tried asking money bags Illlyumzhinov (FIDE President) for sponsorship?

P.S. This is only half-a-joke because Illyumzhinov is a millionaire, I believe. If he can build 100 FIDE hotels, he can probably spare $10,000!

ER
15-05-2009, 01:14 AM
It isnt in the same league as the SIO.
It is a Swansea to the SIO's Manchester United. ;)

Yeah ok, however, Elwood (with the inclusion of super GM Nigel Short this year) has a hope to make the PL! :P

Tony Dowden
15-05-2009, 07:35 PM
Pardon me for asking but is anyone actually serious about raising funds for the SIO?

GM Murray Chandler and WFM Helen Milligan have kindly posted an appeal on their site in NZ (URL below) along with a photo featuring a bevy of happy Kiwi players at the 2009 SIO, so I guess I'm wondering if we are for real on this side of the Tasman?

I'm sure FM Brian Jones is for real, so what about the rest of us?

:hmm: We need $10,000 and sponsorship has dried up. Maybe people power could do it? For instance, if 99 others pledged to put in $100 each then I reckon I would too - which would come to the necessary 10K. But, all cheap shots aside, I think the initiative for organising such a scheme should come from within NSW. Like start the ball rolling with GM playing a simul and so forth ...

Kiwi URL: http://newzealandchess.co.nz/

Brian_Jones
16-05-2009, 09:41 AM
Thanks Tony. I am starting to receive $100 cheques. 98 more to go!

See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

Tony Dowden
16-05-2009, 06:01 PM
Actually, with Charles Z's handsome donation of $1000, it looks like 'only' 89 more $100 donors are needed.

So, how about it folks?? Are there 89 of us who will pledge $100? (The deal is you pay if we get the numbers).

I'm happy to be No. 1 :cool:

Do we have a No 2?

Garrett
16-05-2009, 06:57 PM
Do we have a No 2?

Yep, I'll be #2 if the tourney is going to go ahead.

Cheers
Garrett.

Tony Dowden
16-05-2009, 08:57 PM
Yep, I'll be #2 if the tourney is going to go ahead.

Cheers
Garrett.

Good on ya mate!

87 opportunities left ...

Nicholas D-C
16-05-2009, 09:15 PM
We should have an Australia-wide appeal. Can we find 870 players willing to donate $10 each? 435 willing to donate $20 each? 174 willing to donate $50 dollars each?

Garvinator
16-05-2009, 09:56 PM
How about donating arbiting services?

Tony Dowden
17-05-2009, 09:48 AM
We should have an Australia-wide appeal. Can we find 870 players willing to donate $10 each? 435 willing to donate $20 each? 174 willing to donate $50 dollars each?

There already is an Australia-wide appeal. You can send in whatever amount you like. Here's the link for details http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

But I thought that here on ChessChat we might be able to get a sizable group to pledge $100 each (or if this is too much for some individuals, small groups could get together to pledge $100 between them).

I don't know if we'll actully get 89 people to pledge but if we get half of that and if everyone (or most of them) are still willing to pay then thats half-way to saving the 2010 SIO.

So, is there a third pledge out there?!

Oepty
17-05-2009, 10:09 AM
There already is an Australia-wide appeal. You can send in whatever amount you like. Here's the link for details http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

But I thought that here on ChessChat we might be able to get a sizable group to pledge $100 each (or if this is too much for some individuals, small groups could get together to pledge $100 between them).

I don't know if we'll actully get 89 people to pledge but if we get half of that and if everyone (or most of them) are still willing to pay then thats half-way to saving the 2010 SIO.

So, is there a third pledge out there?!

I will go number 3.
Scott

Nicholas D-C
17-05-2009, 04:27 PM
Hadn't been to the 2009 SIO website since the end of the tournament, so I didn't see the appeal there.

Tony Dowden
17-05-2009, 06:05 PM
I will go number 3.
Scott

Thanks Scott!

So far we have one from SA, one from QLD, and one from TAS

Do we have fourth pledge?

CameronD
17-05-2009, 06:10 PM
Thanks Scott!

So far we have one from SA, one from QLD, and one from TAS

Do we have fourth pledge?

What are the sydney people doing

Watto
18-05-2009, 09:49 AM
I really hope the SIO can continue. It's great to have a tournament like this in Sydney and to have the Doeberl and SIO to attract strong overseas players. I was planning to enter in 2010...

My heart’s with your cause Tony :) but I think that for a big tournament like SIO to have a long-term future, sponsorship is really the answer. You can’t rely on individual player donations, especially since players already have to pay their entry fees which are sizeable by Australian standards.

But perhaps an appeal like this can work for one year until further sponsorship can be found.

Igor_Goldenberg
18-05-2009, 04:52 PM
I enjoyed SIO in 2007/2008, regrettably had to miss to this year. It's a great time, will be very glad if it continues.

Tony Dowden
18-05-2009, 08:24 PM
I really hope the SIO can continue. It's great to have a tournament like this in Sydney and to have the Doeberl and SIO to attract strong overseas players. I was planning to enter in 2010...

My heart’s with your cause Tony :) but I think that for a big tournament like SIO to have a long-term future, sponsorship is really the answer. You can’t rely on individual player donations, especially since players already have to pay their entry fees which are sizeable by Australian standards.

But perhaps an appeal like this can work for one year until further sponsorship can be found.

Hi there Watto,

You've hit the nail on the head. If a coalition of players across Australia could work to support the SIO for just the one year in 2010 then I think its up to Sydneysiders to find a sponsor for 2011 and beyond.

Last year the chess fraternity in little old NZ (with a chessplayer base similar in size to ACT but weaker) put around $20,000 (or so) into a scheme to give young IM Puchen Wang tough match-play experience in Europe (and Australia). In addition Aussies are generally better off and not known to lack generosity, so I reckon a similar approach could work here :cool:

The hard part is getting going - but we've already got three people to pledge and I'm hoping a few people from VIC and NSW might join in too.

Now, is there a fourth pledge out there? :whistle:

Vlad
18-05-2009, 08:27 PM
You can count me in.

Adamski
18-05-2009, 09:06 PM
Me too, but in 2 $50 instalments (for cashflow reasons re the bank account concerned...)

Tony Dowden
18-05-2009, 09:19 PM
Thanks heaps Vladimir. You are the fourth pledge - and the first Sydneysider :cool:

Tony Dowden
18-05-2009, 09:20 PM
Me too, but in 2 $50 instalments (for cashflow reasons re the bank account concerned...)

:eek: I'm not too sure if half pledges are allowed but no doubt it still adds up. So you are the fifth pledge. Thanks Adamski :clap: :clap:

Tony Dowden
18-05-2009, 09:22 PM
Thanks heaps Vladimir. You are the fourth pledge - and the first Sydneysider :cool:

How do you paste claps?! Here they are anyway :clap: :clap:

Tony Dowden
18-05-2009, 09:25 PM
SIO pledges score (May 18 up-date)

NSW - 2
SA - 1
QLD - 1
TAS - 1
Man Utd - nil

(And double-dipping NZers - 2)


Total $500 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Going like hotcakes: $10,000 is only 84 more $100 pledges away ...

Adamski
18-05-2009, 09:36 PM
SIO pledges score (May 18 up-date)

NSW - 2
SA - 1
QLD - 1
TAS - 1
Man Utd - nil

(And double-dipping NZers - 2)


Total $500 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Going like hotcakes: $10,000 is only 84 more $100 pledges away ...LOL! Chelsea 1 Man Utd nil! Hopefully on weekend: Chelsea >1, Everton Toffees zip!

ER
19-05-2009, 12:12 PM
:eek: I'm not too sure if half pledges are allowed but no doubt it still adds up. So you are the fifth pledge. Thanks Adamski :clap: :clap:
That's the Adamski strategy of counting pledges for Chelsea scoring vs Man United. In this case can I have 10x$10, so we are 10 -2 against them mob?
In other words count me in! GO UNITED, GO SIO!
Just like a team that won the premier league (again),
We shall NOT BE MOVED!!!

Brian_Jones
19-05-2009, 02:49 PM
2010 Sydney International donations so far.

Cash Received
John Kable $100
Phil & Louise Fernandez $500

Pledges
Charles Zworestine $1000

Chesschat pledges
Tony D $100
Garrett $100
Scott Colliver $100
Drug $100
Adamski $100
Justaknight $100

Total to date = $2,200

Brian

Tony Dowden
19-05-2009, 08:26 PM
That's the Adamski strategy of counting pledges for Chelsea scoring vs Man United. In this case can I have 10x$10, so we are 10 -2 against them mob?
In other words count me in! GO UNITED, GO SIO!
Just like a team that won the premier league (again),
We shall NOT BE MOVED!!!

Thanks JAK :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

10x claps!

I have not managed to work out who you are (despite our pleasant chats from time to time). For the purposes of the table which state/territory are you from?

Tony Dowden
19-05-2009, 08:27 PM
2010 Sydney International donations so far.

Cash Received
John Kable $100
Phil & Louise Fernandez $500

Pledges
Charles Zworestine $1000

Chesschat pledges
Tony D $100
Garrett $100
Scott Colliver $100
Drug $100
Adamski $100
Justaknight $100

Total to date = $2,200

Brian

Thanks for the clarification FM Brian :)

ER
19-05-2009, 09:28 PM
Thanks JAK :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

10x claps!

I have not managed to work out who you are (despite our pleasant chats from time to time). For the purposes of the table which state/territory are you from?

oh que??? Yo esto Mexicano!!! :P Hi Tony, this is Elliott Renzies from Melbourne CC and Box Hill CC! Good luck from Victoria, SIO will not be moved!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

Brian_Jones
20-05-2009, 10:53 AM
Donations to 2010 SIO can be made here:

http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=catalog&g=events&site=chess#SIO (2010)

or here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_DONATION

ER
20-05-2009, 02:38 PM
good move Brian, thanks! :)

Tony Dowden
20-05-2009, 10:01 PM
Hi Tony, this is Elliott Renzies from Melbourne CC and Box Hill CC! Good luck from Victoria, SIO will not be moved!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

Oh yeah, that's right! I forgot that I had worked who you are. Old age I guess, as I'm nearly as old as evergreens like Darryl and Guy. :lol:

Tony Dowden
21-05-2009, 01:05 PM
SIO pledges table (May 21 up-date)

NSW - 2
TAS - 1
QLD - 1
SA - 1
VIC -1


Do we have a seventh pledge? :cool:

Trent Parker
21-05-2009, 05:04 PM
Yeah i'll go for $100.... might be in dribs and drabs though......

ER
21-05-2009, 06:36 PM
Actually I changed my mind sorry! :(
From just a pledge, I got online and sent my contribution to Brian since I understand it is much more convenient to work with real money than promises! :)

Tony Dowden
21-05-2009, 08:08 PM
Excellent JAK - a great example to the rest of us!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

But I'm still counting you as part of the ChessChat pledge total. ;) And I'm assuming they are real promises :) (So is Brian Jones by the way!)

[Actually I was also thinking I should send something to Brian. So I'm planning to do so after having a holiday in Nth Qld with my family, when I'll know what's left in my disposable income.]

Tony Dowden
21-05-2009, 08:08 PM
Yeah i'll go for $100.... might be in dribs and drabs though......

:clap: :clap: :clap: Good on ya mate. Start saving ...

Tony Dowden
21-05-2009, 08:12 PM
SIO pledges table (May 21 up-date)

NSW - 3
TAS - 1
QLD - 1
SA - 1
VIC -1

$700 pledged by ChessChatters

Current overall progress is $2200 http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open


Do we have an eighth $100 pledge? 78 still needed (20 fewer than a week ago!)

Tony Dowden
23-05-2009, 04:57 PM
2010 Sydney Intrnational Open pledges (May 23 up-date)

NSW - 3
TAS - 1
QLD - 1
SA - 1
VIC -1

$700 is now pledged (including $100 actually donated) by ChessChatters. When added to the $1600 already donated to the appeal the current total is $2300 which is almost a quarter of the necessary funds. See ACE site: http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

Now that the hard yards have been done and we have added some momentum to the appeal (collective congratulations to us!), do we have an eighth $100 pledge?

It should be fairly easy, as only 78 more 'lots' of $100 are needed to reach the $10,000 target by September 30, but a collective commitment will be needed. Pledge on your own or as a group. :cool:

Tony Dowden
25-05-2009, 10:05 PM
I've been asked about this business of 'pledges' to the 2010 SIO appeal. In my first couple of postings in this thread I suggested that we could make a difference - and maybe even do something substantive to save the event - by all chipping in.

My idea was that if, and only if, a large number of ChessChatters all pledged, say $100, then we could then decide to contribute together and give a big boost to the appeal.

Unfortunately, some individuals have not read my earlier postings properly (or at all) and seem to have interpreted my initiative as meaning a pledge in this thread means you are morally obliged to part with $100. This was not my original intention but on reflection I realise this interpretation is unsurprising.

I'm sorry if anyone has been confused or felt misled. That was not my intention. As a sign of goodwill and my appreciation to the organisers of this prestigous event I will convert my pledge to an actual donation in due course.

Best regards to all,
Tony Dowden

Garrett
26-05-2009, 04:32 AM
I knew what you meant Tony.

Thanks for the great idea and the follow ups, and I'm sure others appreciate it too.

I am happy to part with $100-00 as long as the 2010 SIO is going to go ahead.

cheers
Garrett.

Tony Dowden
26-05-2009, 07:50 AM
Thanks Garrett :D

Oepty
26-05-2009, 09:53 PM
I am quite happy to pay my money, I will try and arrange it soon. If there is no 2010 SIO then perhaps Brian will pass the money onto the next Olympiad appeal.
Scott

Tony Dowden
27-05-2009, 07:58 PM
Great :P

Adamski
27-05-2009, 09:14 PM
Donations to 2010 SIO can be made here:

http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=catalog&g=events&site=chess#SIO (2010)

or here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_DONATIONDone! Other pledgers (and not yet pledgers) can follow suit.

Brian_Jones
01-06-2009, 10:27 AM
As at 1 June 2009, cash donations to the 2010 SIO amount to $1800.

If the 2010 SIO does not go ahead, all donations will be refunded.
Unless I am specifically directed to transfer the donation to the Olympiad Appeal, Doeberl Cup, MIO or similar.


:clap: :clap: :clap:

Nicholas D-C
02-06-2009, 03:58 PM
Will there actually be an MIO? (cough incredulous cough)

Brian_Jones
02-06-2009, 04:28 PM
Will there actually be an MIO? (cough incredulous cough)

Actually yes - subject to sponsorship! :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Nicholas D-C
02-06-2009, 07:17 PM
Sydney can't lose its premier event to Melbourne!:hand: :evil:

cadd1ct
04-06-2009, 09:55 PM
Sydney can't lose its premier event to Melbourne!:hand: :evil:

Of course not! I haven't played in it yet :(
Btw I'll check with my parents to see if I can pledge 100 dollars. It's all worth it for SIO :)

ER
04-06-2009, 11:21 PM
Sydney can't lose its premier event to Melbourne!:hand: :evil:
then put some money where your loud mouth is! :P I did! :P

Tony Dowden
05-06-2009, 08:39 PM
Will there actually be an MIO? (cough incredulous cough)

:hmm: What is your point Nicholas?

Are you refering to a hypothetical 'M-something International Open' or the 2010 SIO?

Tony Dowden
05-06-2009, 08:52 PM
Of course not! I haven't played in it yet :(
Btw I'll check with my parents to see if I can pledge 100 dollars. It's all worth it for SIO :)

It would be great to get our eighth pledge but make sure your parents know that you can pledge here and then 'wait and see' before committing yourself to a donation. Check out my earlier posting (in large italics) to see what I mean.

Note also that SIO organiser FM Brian Jones has promised that if the 2010 SIO doesn't run he will return all donations.

Nicholas D-C
07-06-2009, 10:08 PM
I will be the eighth pledge! In reply to TonyD, I was referring to a possible Melbourne International Open.

Tony Dowden
07-06-2009, 10:17 PM
I will be the eighth pledge! .

:clap: :clap: Thanks Nicholas!

Now, how about two more pledges? Then we ChessChatters will have pledged 10% of the $10,000 needed!

Tony Dowden
12-06-2009, 11:30 PM
2010 Sydney Intrnational Open pledges

NSW - 4
TAS - 1
QLD - 1
SA - 1
VIC -1

$800 is now pledged on ChessChat.

Of this it looks like $300 (or maybe $400) has been donated or pledged to the SIO organisers but unfortunately the ACE website site http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open hasn't been up-dated for some weeks ...

:hmm: If we want to save the SIO then it looks like we somehow need to galvanise more action from Sydney.

Has anybody got any bright ideas?

Saragossa
13-06-2009, 12:08 AM
Has anybody got any bright ideas?

Just like the MS readathon there should be a Sydney International blitzathon.

Set a date and then you need alot of publicity. One idea is to have as many junior volunteers as you can get from each state to ask the public/business's etc for sponsership per game. So say some sponsers a kid for 10c per blitz game played 100 games = ten dollars (or they can simply collect outright donations).

Players have been recruited, you just need two sydney players who are strong, spritely and willing to give up a day for the SIO.They play. Then all the junior chess players that have been sponsered by citiziens or otherwise collect the money and send it off yah bless.

What is in it for the juniors however? Thats a difficult one but perhaps someone has a solution here.

If the world (Australian even) record was broken then this would also get more publicity for the event. If only chess was as popular as reading then this idea would have had some potential.

Nicholas D-C
13-06-2009, 08:56 AM
I think a NSW Open Winter Lightning Tournament should be organized, with a $10 entry fee, and all proceeds going to the SIO Fund for 2010. I imagine it would be popular, and for every ten entrants, we've earned $100 dollars for the SIO cause.

Nicholas D-C
13-06-2009, 08:56 AM
Actually, there should be one in each state...

Oepty
13-06-2009, 09:32 AM
Fund raising can be done lots of ways. The Adelaide Uni Chess Club ran a quiz night in at least 2 years to raise money for the Uni Open back a few years ago. Seemed to be quite successful although I am not sure how much money was raised.
Scott

CameronD
13-06-2009, 09:52 AM
Actually, there should be one in each state...

I dont understand this every state should contribute mentally. Its a sydney tournament and shouldn't need to be propped up by outside states. You wouldnt expect the Queensland open to be funded by the other states.

MichaelBaron
13-06-2009, 10:46 AM
I dont understand this every state should contribute mentally. Its a sydney tournament and shouldn't need to be propped up by outside states. You wouldnt expect the Queensland open to be funded by the other states.


Its not even a state event. It is private organizers' private event :). But there is nothing wrong with people giving money to a chess organizer if they want him to run an event for them. So hopefully, Vic chess-players will get behind MCC and support Melbourne Cub weekender :)

Saragossa
13-06-2009, 12:29 PM
I dont understand this every state should contribute mentally. Its a sydney tournament and shouldn't need to be propped up by outside states. You wouldnt expect the Queensland open to be funded by the other states.

I think that the issue runs deeper then just one event. If Australian chess players get behind this then it will encourage others to get behind many chess events.

Brian_Jones
13-06-2009, 01:06 PM
I dont understand this every state should contribute mentally. Its a sydney tournament and shouldn't need to be propped up by outside states. You wouldnt expect the Queensland open to be funded by the other states.

Cameron, if you knew me better you would know that I hate this state stuff we have in this country. I would abolish the states tomorrow! :)

Almost everything I organise is for Australian chess. The Yulgilbar-Think Big Grand Prix is a national event. Sometimes it easier to organise events in cities near to where I live (eg SIO in Parramatta) but I regard them as Australian events and all the publicity is aimed at attracting overseas players to Australia!!

Brian_Jones
13-06-2009, 01:11 PM
Its not even a state event. It is private organizers' private event :). But there is nothing wrong with people giving money to a chess organizer if they want him to run an event for them. :)

The SIO is a non-profit event organised by Brian Jones and Dr Vasil Tulevski on behalf of the Parramatta RSL Chess Club.

ACE is a sponsor as is Parramatta City Council and others.

NSWCA provides some equipment. It would be nice to have some support from the Australian Chess Federation but none is received at the present time.

Tony Dowden
13-06-2009, 01:13 PM
:lol: Surely the SIO an international event! Or am I missing something?!

In addition, the synergy attached to having the Doeberl Cup just before the SIO means that the Doeberl Cup is now a genuinely international event as well.

In recent years players in Oceania have had the hitherto unheard of choice of three different international events with the Queenstown Classic (in NZ), the SIO and the Doeberl Cup.

As players if we all sit on our hands and wait for a fairy godmother to appear chances are that we will lose all three events. Sure, the Doeberl will continue but (despite the stunning organisation in Canberra) it is likely to become a lesser event once more because it will be less appealing to international players if there is no SIO.

My philosophy re the SIO (and chess in my state for that matter) is that I don't have bottomless pockets so I can't be a primary sponsor myself but there is much I - and others - can do to make a difference.

Nicholas D-C
13-06-2009, 02:44 PM
I dont understand this every state should contribute mentally. Its a sydney tournament and shouldn't need to be propped up by outside states. You wouldnt expect the Queensland open to be funded by the other states.
This is one of Australia's premier chess events! People from all over Australia and the world come to Sydney to play in the SIO, so why should this just be a problem for NSW? It's much easier to raise the money needed if everyone contributes.

Hobbes
13-06-2009, 02:50 PM
I dont understand this every state should contribute mentally. Its a sydney tournament and shouldn't need to be propped up by outside states. You wouldnt expect the Queensland open to be funded by the other states.

Many people are content with being lazy, apathetic and selfish, and have no ambition to take these qualities any further. But you are taking the extra step, actively encouraging others to be lazy, apathetic and selfish. Not everyone would be willing to put in this effort.

Well done!

Tony Dowden
13-06-2009, 03:13 PM
Many people are content with being lazy, apathetic and selfish, and have no ambition to take these qualities any further. But you are taking the extra step, actively encouraging others to be lazy, apathetic and selfish. Not everyone would be willing to put in this effort.

Well done!

Even for a feline, isn't this biting wit a tad harsh? :D

Probably, well definitely, parochial but I don't know if 'lazy, apathetic and selfish' follows.

By the way you two - Hobbes and CameronD - I still want to see our nineth and tenth pledges :whistle:

ER
13-06-2009, 04:24 PM
The SIO is a non-profit event organised by Brian Jones and Dr Vasil Tulevski on behalf of the Parramatta RSL Chess Club.
It was unknown to me that a personality of Dr Vasil Tulevski's status is involved in the SIO! It was a great pleasure to meet him in Canberra (Doeberl) earlier in the year after more than a quarter of a century!
An additional $100.00 pledge from me please!

Tony Dowden
13-06-2009, 06:03 PM
An additional $100.00 pledge from me please!
:clap: :clap: :clap:

Good on you JAK!

$900 pledged by ChessChatters!

According to FM Brian Jones, $2,500 - that is one quarter of the total $10,000 needed - has now been pledged. The next three-quarters shouls be comparatively easy!

Now, is there a tenth $100 pledge from Chess Chatters out there? (How about a group of juniors banding together as a consortium?!)

MichaelBaron
14-06-2009, 11:41 AM
This is one of Australia's premier chess events! People from all over Australia and the world come to Sydney to play in the SIO, so why should this just be a problem for NSW? It's much easier to raise the money needed if everyone contributes.

LOL...So why should everyone contribute? It is surely easier to raise money this way...but why not contribute money to "Give more sex to lonely koalas" charity instead?

Btw, non-profit events can too be profitable... for instance charities are not for profit, but executives receive $150,000/year pay packages. Once again, I am only happy that so many people in this country can contribute $100 towards running a chess tournament. It is a sign of our economy being healthier than i thought it was.

MichaelBaron
14-06-2009, 11:50 AM
Many people are content with being lazy, apathetic and selfish, and have no ambition to take these qualities any further. But you are taking the extra step, actively encouraging others to be lazy, apathetic and selfish. Not everyone would be willing to put in this effort.

Well done!

All humans are selfish (including Mother Thereza :) ) ... its just a matter of degree of our selfishness. Thats why i spend only a very limited part of my income on charitable causes. Would i be less selfish, I would donate more. I admire those who are more generous than me though.

I just do not understand why someone who can not care less about some chess event should be accused of being extra selfish, lazy and apathetic? You want to support an event? Pls do so :). Btw, $100 is a lot of money! It can feed 200 people in Bangladesh for a day!

For a selfish person - it can provide 2/3 of an annual membership in Melbourne Chess Club :).

And regarding suggestion that a group of juniors should get together to donate $100 to a chess event :) (I think it was suggested by Tony D)....I would rather not comment...

Tony Dowden
14-06-2009, 01:05 PM
And regarding suggestion that a group of juniors should get together to donate $100 to a chess event :) (I think it was suggested by Tony D)....I would rather not comment...

Hi Michael,

Your cryptic comment inplies that you want/need a justification for my suggestion.

Well, here it is:

I was once a junior and in my time received all kinds of encouragement and assistance. I even became a strong junior (within my small fishpond) and won prizemoney every so often. It was not too much of a stretch for me - even as a junior - to realise that 'giving back' to the chess community via service to club committees or to Olympiad appeals was a worthwhile thing to do.

It seems to me that one category of player that strong IM/GM events will benefit the most, are strong juniors. If I was a 2000-2200 junior living in Australia right now I would be very keen for the 2010 SIO to take place and, obviously, I would be keen to do something about it.

In my experience most teenagers want to 'make a difference' to their social context (actually, put differently, this amounts to a developmental need for this age and stage) but in most cases they don't know how to effectively interface with adults in a way that allows them to make a distinctive and genuine difference.

My recent post provided a framework for juniors to get involved. Reread this thread (skipping the occasional unnecessary comment that is endemic to the internet) and you'll see that various juniors a have already been contributing to the discussion. It seems to me that they do want to make a difference.

MichaelBaron
14-06-2009, 02:35 PM
Hi Michael,

Your cryptic comment inplies that you want/need a justification for my suggestion.

Well, here it is:

I was once a junior and in my time received all kinds of encouragement and assistance. I even became a strong junior (within my small fishpond) and won prizemoney every so often. It was not too much of a stretch for me - even as a junior - to realise that 'giving back' to the chess community via service to club committees or to Olympiad appeals was a worthwhile thing to do.

It seems to me that one category of player that strong IM/GM events will benefit the most, are strong juniors. If I was a 2000-2200 junior living in Australia right now I would be very keen for the 2010 SIO to take place and, obviously, I would be keen to do something about it.

In my experience most teenagers want to 'make a difference' to their social context (actually, put differently, this amounts to a developmental need for this age and stage) but in most cases they don't know how to effectively interface with adults in a way that allows them to make a distinctive and genuine difference.

My recent post provided a framework for juniors to get involved. Reread this thread (skipping the occasional unnecessary comment that is endemic to the internet) and you'll see that various juniors a have already been contributing to the discussion. It seems to me that they do want to make a difference.

Tony, I agree juniors should indeed get involved and contribute to discussions. I also agree that chess is a great way for juniors to get to to know the adult world. I just do not think its getting kids to collect money for a chess event is such a wonderful idea. Several months ago, I was involved in a fundraising campaign for the victims of Sechuan earthquake. And while we were obviously targeting adults, some kids (usually accompanied by parents of course) would come to us and make some small donations. What can I say? I admire these kids and admire their parents even more. I just think there is a certain difference between fundraizing for thick and needy and for a chess event. As adults we can dispose of our money anyway we please - we do earn the money. But kids saving their lunch money for supporting a chess tournament...for some reason i do not like this idea. Not sure why...

ER
14-06-2009, 02:40 PM
I think that the issue runs deeper then just one event. If Australian chess players get behind this then it will encourage others to get behind many chess events.

:clap: :clap: :clap: for Lawrence (Saragossa) is a junior chess player too!


This is one of Australia's premier chess events! People from all over Australia and the world come to Sydney to play in the SIO, so why should this just be a problem for NSW? [B]t's much easier to raise the money needed if everyone contributes.

:clap: :clap: :clap: for Nicholas who is a junior too!


I was once a junior and in my time received all kinds of encouragement and assistance. I even became a strong junior (within my small fishpond) and won prizemoney every so often. It was not too much of a stretch for me - even as a junior - to realise that 'giving back' to the chess community via service to club committees or to Olympiad appeals was a worthwhile thing to do.

:clap: :clap: :clap: For TonyD simply because we simply need more like him!

Basil
14-06-2009, 02:56 PM
While neither wanting to buy into the merits of the event, nor Tony's impetus; I would like to caution very strongly against direct, personal and public approaches for money.

I have been a professional fundraiser. I also have class. These two qualifications are sufficient for me to both encourage the venture and caution against any possibility whatsoever that anyone is ever embarrassed or feels obligated.

There will be people who wish to donate and simply don't have the means. Should such a person be approached, then be aware the damage caused will be significant, whether they donate money they don't have or have to decline with a bogus reason. These ramifications can last a lifetime, although forgotten in a heartbeat by an unwitting asker.

ER
14-06-2009, 03:27 PM
While neither wanting to buy into the merits of the event, nor Tony's impetus; I would like to caution very strongly against direct, personal and public approaches for money.
What about the Olympiad Appeal? Is it exluded from your cautioning?


I have been a professional fundraiser. I also have class. These two qualifications are sufficient for me to both encourage the venture and caution against any possibility whatsoever that anyone is ever embarrassed or feels obligated.
I have benn putting my money where my mouth is in various occassions (Chess not exluded) and I also have class and as such I partly understand what you want to say!


There will be people who wish to donate and simply don't have the means. Should such a person be approached, then be aware the damage caused will be significant, whether they donate money they don't have or have to decline with a bogus reason.

There is neither damage, nor embarrassment, This appeal is not on a personal basis, whoever wants to contribute does so whoever doesn't want to does not! They do not have to give explanations for contributing or otherwise!

As far as I am concerned, as long as people like FM Brian Jones and Dr Vasil Tulevski are involved my money is safe and I am sure will be put in good use!

Tony Dowden
14-06-2009, 04:17 PM
While neither wanting to buy into the merits of the event, nor Tony's impetus; I would like to caution very strongly against direct, personal and public approaches for money.

I have been a professional fundraiser. I also have class. These two qualifications are sufficient for me to both encourage the venture and caution against any possibility whatsoever that anyone is ever embarrassed or feels obligated.

There will be people who wish to donate and simply don't have the means. Should such a person be approached, then be aware the damage caused will be significant, whether they donate money they don't have or have to decline with a bogus reason. These ramifications can last a lifetime, although forgotten in a heartbeat by an unwitting asker.

I strongly agree :clap: :clap: :clap:

I would not want anyone to feel coerced to contribute to this or any other appeal.

Indeed one of the 'secrets' to raising money is to have 'class', as you put it, and treat people with respect and dignity - especially realising that we all have different customs and beliefs concerning how, why, when, and to whom we give (or don't give).

Tony Dowden
14-06-2009, 04:23 PM
Tony, I agree juniors should indeed get involved and contribute to discussions. I also agree that chess is a great way for juniors to get to to know the adult world. I just do not think its getting kids to collect money for a chess event is such a wonderful idea. Several months ago, I was involved in a fundraising campaign for the victims of Sechuan earthquake. And while we were obviously targeting adults, some kids (usually accompanied by parents of course) would come to us and make some small donations. What can I say? I admire these kids and admire their parents even more. I just think there is a certain difference between fundraizing for thick and needy and for a chess event. As adults we can dispose of our money anyway we please - we do earn the money. But kids saving their lunch money for supporting a chess tournament...for some reason i do not like this idea. Not sure why...

Thanks for your thoughtful reply Michael.

I do take your point but please be assured that I'm not wanting to 'target' children. (I've got two young and impressionable kids of my own!)

I was simply thinking that young people with some measure of disposable income probably couldn't afford $100 on their own but as members of a like-minded group might like to consider clubbing together to pledge.

Basil
14-06-2009, 06:41 PM
What about the Olympiad Appeal? Is it exluded from your cautioning?
Yes. Asking people on an individual basis in public for money for a 'worthy cause' be it a chess olympiad, a classroom, cerebral palsy or three legged antelopes is excluded for the reasons stated.


There is neither damage, nor embarrassment, This appeal is not on a personal basis, whoever wants to contribute does so whoever doesn't want to does not! They do not have to give explanations for contributing or otherwise!
I think you may have missed my point. Neither you nor the appeal on this board is being attacked or asked to justify itself.

Nicholas D-C
14-06-2009, 07:03 PM
LOL...So why should everyone contribute? It is surely easier to raise money this way...but why not contribute money to "Give more sex to lonely koalas" charity instead?

Because that is a ridiculous charity! Many people contribute towards charity already, and if they can spare an additional $100 for the SIO, that's great.

MichaelBaron
14-06-2009, 11:41 PM
Because that is a ridiculous charity! Many people contribute towards charity already, and if they can spare an additional $100 for the SIO, that's great.

Would you be a lonely koala...you would feel that SIO is far more ridiculous :). Ok, how about something serious then? How about WorldVision? Should money go to WorldVision...or SIO? :)

Brian_Jones
15-06-2009, 08:36 AM
How about WorldVision? Should money go to WorldVision...or SIO? :)

Easy question for chess fans - money should go to SIO as the need is greater! World vision already gets zillions.
:)

Garvinator
15-06-2009, 10:19 AM
Easy question for chess fans - money should go to SIO as the need is greater! World vision already gets zillions. :)And certainly has more chance of reaching the people the money it is intended for :eek: :lol:

MichaelBaron
15-06-2009, 11:04 AM
And certainly has more chance of reaching the people the money it is intended for :eek: :lol:

ROFL. Thats true! :)

Capablanca-Fan
15-06-2009, 11:25 AM
Would you be a lonely koala...you would feel that SIO is far more ridiculous :). Ok, how about something serious then? How about WorldVision? Should money go to WorldVision...or SIO? :)
Who wants to subsidize the Red Rev. Tim Costello's salary which is comparable to the PM's?

bergil
15-06-2009, 07:11 PM
Who wants to subsidize the Red Rev. Tim Costello's salary which is comparable to the PM's?What meaningless point are you trying to make? Please bore me with an explanation ;)

Tony Dowden
15-06-2009, 07:39 PM
Many people contribute towards charity already, and if they can spare an additional $100 for the SIO, that's great.

The 'charity' argument is an interesting one that deserves to be taken seriously.

While I'm not too worried about Kenny Koala's private life (didn't he enter the SIO one year?!), I don't think anyone should divert giving to a charity to supporting a sports appeal. In my case I'm can only justify giving (which is a joint decsion with my wife) because I've won a fair amount of prizemoney in chess events over the last few years.

While some international charity organisations might have ideological biases or swallow up several cents in the dollar in administration, I hope that for the sake of saving the SIO nobody would seriously contemplate giving less to, say, well known and trusted national charities such as the Salvos or the Red Cross Bushfire appeal.

ER
15-06-2009, 10:18 PM
I find this charity crap diversion as exactly what it is: CRAP!!! :lol: We started a bit of a move here to save SIO which is an institution for our sport. Some of us (good luck to us) contribute to it; some others (again good luck to them) do not! That's not the point! Neither World Vision is the point, nor assisting freekin koalas to get their bloody rocks off is the point either! :lol: The point is to help FM Brian Jones and Dr Vasil Tulevski to save this tournament! For philanthropists, good Samaritans, animal sex rights champions, etc, none forced you to contribute, so at least please take your koala manure elswhere! :P

Tony Dowden
16-06-2009, 08:57 AM
:eek: I'm still getting used to the Aussie vernacular but that does make the point quite well :clap: :clap:

Nicholas D-C
16-06-2009, 09:35 AM
I find this charity crap diversion as exactly what it is: CRAP!!! :lol: We started a bit of a move here to save SIO which is an institution for our sport. Some of us (good luck to us) contribute to it; some others (again good luck to them) do not! That's not the point! Neither World Vision is the point, nor assisting freekin koalas to get their bloody rocks off is the point either! :lol: The point is to help FM Brian Jones and Dr Vasil Tulevski to save this tournament! For philanthropists, good Samaritans, animal sex rights champions, etc, none forced you to contribute, so at least please take your koala manure elswhere! :P
LOL!! Well said JAK!:P :cool: :D

Nicholas D-C
16-06-2009, 09:50 AM
Here's another idea: what about a NSWCA Trivia Knight for the SIO (please excuse this really bad pun)? About $15-$20 per head, with a silent auction, games etc. Perhaps Parramatta RSL would be a good location, as it has a suitably large room, and is a chess friendly venue. We could probably raise a lot of money for the SIO this way.

Tony Dowden
16-06-2009, 08:05 PM
Here's another idea: what about a NSWCA Trivia Knight for the SIO (please excuse this really bad pun)?

:lol: Maybe we can excuse really bad puns with a $25 fine to our favourite charity, er, I mean appeal ;)

Actually, maybe genuinely excruciating puns like yours should be worth $50. No coercion though :P

Nicholas D-C
16-06-2009, 09:00 PM
Come on, it wasn't that bad. I wouldn't go as far as excruciating. :eek:

ER
16-06-2009, 11:11 PM
Come on, it wasn't that bad. I wouldn't go as far as excruciating. :eek:
Careful Nicholas, or your money box would never feel the same again! :P Actually, I believe TonyD has found your ideas and suggestions very smart and appealing (as much as I have) and your enthusiasm to help very genuin. keep up the good work (that includes school work, just in case you forget)! :)

Nicholas D-C
17-06-2009, 04:15 PM
Don't get me started on school work! If only I COULD forget school work!

Tony Dowden
17-06-2009, 08:02 PM
Yes, just pulling your leg Nico ;)

Tony Dowden
20-06-2009, 08:48 PM
$900 is now pledged by ChessChatters. The total pledged to the SIO organisers is $2500

The ACE website site http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open has been up-dated fairly recently but they haven't included the latest $100 pledge.

Do we have a tenth pledge?

Tony Dowden
20-06-2009, 08:49 PM
Yes, just pulling your leg Nico ;)

I hope your trivia night idea comes off :P

Tony Dowden
01-07-2009, 07:48 PM
July 1 up-date

Two months to go and it looks like we have a 'surrogate' tenth $100 donor.

A prominent and relatively strong Kiwi player has emailed me from NZ to say that he/she will donate $100 to the cause as it would be "a shame" if the SIO didn't continue. (I don't feel at liberty to identify him/her as I haven't asked if I may do so, sorry).

My question is: do other strong players in Australia feel the same? And what do NSW players think?

At this stage we on ChessChat have raised $1000 or 10% of the total needed. (Yes, I'm counting my Kiwi as he approached me as a ChessChatter rather than the SIO organisers directly)

Well done to all concerned. Hopefully it will make a difference. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Brian_Jones
05-07-2009, 02:12 PM
A prominent and relatively strong Kiwi player has emailed me from NZ to say that he/she will donate $100 to the cause as it would be "a shame" if the SIO didn't continue. (I don't feel at liberty to identify him/her as I haven't asked if I may do so, sorry).

My question is: do other strong players in Australia feel the same? And what do NSW players think?

A few prominent NSW players have emailed me to say that they will donate some money later. :)

I hope they don't wait until after 1 October 2009. :evil:

Brian_Jones
19-07-2009, 01:46 PM
A few prominent NSW players have emailed me to say that they will donate some money later. :)

I hope they don't wait until after 1 October 2009. :evil:

As of today, I have received $800 cash and $1200 pledges.

Only $8,000 to go! :eek:

Tony Dowden
24-07-2009, 07:19 PM
As of today, I have received $800 cash and $1200 pledges.

Only $8,000 to go! :eek:

:confused: Why is the total suddenly $500 less Brian?

The total you mention here is apparently at odds with the $2500 currently advertised on your SIO site http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open and at odds with previous discussion in this thread.

In addition what has been happening on the ground in Sydney? Have clubs got behind you? Is anyone interested in running simuls, etc, etc?

Brian_Jones
25-07-2009, 09:51 AM
:confused: Why is the total suddenly $500 less Brian?

The total you mention here is apparently at odds with the $2500 currently advertised on your SIO site http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open and at odds with previous discussion in this thread.

In addition what has been happening on the ground in Sydney? Have clubs got behind you? Is anyone interested in running simuls, etc, etc?

Now $800 cash (in the bank) and $1700 written pledges (supported by emails to me). Total is $2500 and there may be more pledges on chesschat but I don't know who they are!

Would you like to summarise for me! :)

ER
25-07-2009, 11:05 AM
Now $800 cash (in the bank) and $1700 written pledges (supported by emails to me). Total is $2500 and there may be more pledges on chesschat but I don't know who they are!

Would you like to summarise for me! :)
I 've sent $100.00 and pledged another 100 bucks! oh i can shout you a piece of cake and a drink too! ;) :P

Tony Dowden
29-07-2009, 07:38 PM
Now $800 cash (in the bank) and $1700 written pledges (supported by emails to me). Total is $2500 and there may be more pledges on chesschat but I don't know who they are!


Thanks for the clarification Brian. (I'm glad you're not $500 down afterall).

Now it has to be time for Sydney folks - and wider NSW one would hope - to do some heavy lifting.

Axiom
29-07-2009, 08:32 PM
Don't get me started on school work! If only I COULD forget school work!
if only we all could ,.... our whole lives long .

AzureBlue
30-07-2009, 02:33 PM
Don't get me started on school work! If only I COULD forget school work!
:lol:

Tony Dowden
31-07-2009, 07:41 PM
Now it has to be time for Sydney folks - and wider NSW one would hope - to do some heavy lifting.

How about we all stick with the subject matter of this thread? ;)

Nicholas D-C
01-08-2009, 12:19 PM
Time is ticking away...

Tony Dowden
01-08-2009, 01:48 PM
Time is ticking away...

August 1 up-date

One month to go and ... we don't seem to be any further ahead :(

As I said a month ago, we ChessChatters have pledged $1000 or 10% of the total needed :clap: :clap:

It has to be up to Sydneysiders now ... :whistle:

Bill Gletsos
01-08-2009, 01:59 PM
August 1 up-date

One month to go and ...Actually it is two months to go.

Tony Dowden
01-08-2009, 02:02 PM
Actually it is two months to go.

Thanks for the correction Bill. I had it in my head that Sept 1 was the deadline. But you are right: we have an extra month (minus one day ;) ) for Sydneysiders to rustle up a plan by September 30.

Nicholas D-C
01-08-2009, 02:46 PM
Unfortunately I haven't heard of any fundraising appeals besides ChessChat and on the SIO website.

Brian_Jones
04-08-2009, 12:10 PM
One local sponsor in North West Sydney has a proposal to be discussed at a Board meeting later this month. Possible outcome for SIO is $1,000 - it all helps. ;)

Igor_Goldenberg
04-08-2009, 02:52 PM
Good luck!

Nicholas D-C
04-08-2009, 06:30 PM
I know that the target is $10,000, but what is the absolute minimum that is required to keep the tournament running?

aransandraseg
04-08-2009, 07:09 PM
What about chess chat making an exception and posting adverts to raise $ for SIO.
Or you could do some fund raisers.

Brian_Jones
05-08-2009, 08:44 AM
I know that the target is $10,000, but what is the absolute minimum that is required to keep the tournament running?

$10,822. The ACF just sent me an invoice for 2009 rating/FIDE admin fees. :wall:

Brian_Jones
12-08-2009, 10:14 AM
Time is ticking away...

49 days to go!

Garvinator
12-08-2009, 11:18 AM
49 days to go!
And how much are you up to?

Brian_Jones
12-08-2009, 12:01 PM
See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

Tony Dowden
02-09-2009, 08:02 PM
OK, its September now :cool:

How's the fund-raising going up in NSW?

Nicholas D-C
02-09-2009, 09:32 PM
It's looking grim, Tony D. Brian's website shows the same amount of donations, $2,500. I can't see NSW raising another $7,500 odd before the deadline.

Brian_Jones
03-09-2009, 07:55 AM
It's looking grim, Tony D. Brian's website shows the same amount of donations, $2,500. I can't see NSW raising another $7,500 odd before the deadline.

Back from KL now. Target is $10,800. I can see maybe $5000 (with a fair wind) but we need a miracle to get the last $5800. Where are the corporate sponsors? ;)

Also, we now need real cash from real people (not just pledges from chesschat posters!)

ER
03-09-2009, 12:04 PM
Also, we now need real cash from real people (not just pledges from chesschat posters!)
Inclusion of some exceptions who have actually put their money where their mouths are wouldn't hurt here!

Garrett
03-09-2009, 12:13 PM
Back from KL now. Target is $10,800. I can see maybe $5000 (with a fair wind) but we need a miracle to get the last $5800. Where are the corporate sponsors? ;)

Also, we now need real cash from real people (not just pledges from chesschat posters!)

hi Brian

I pledged $100-00 and can pay today via credit card.

Is the tournament going ahead ?

cheers
Garrett.

aransandraseg
03-09-2009, 06:59 PM
October...

Brian_Jones
04-09-2009, 08:29 AM
Inclusion of some exceptions who have actually put their money where their mouths are wouldn't hurt here!

But Tony advised me not to embarrass posters by listing the real names. :)

I can list sponsors if you wish? :)

Brian_Jones
04-09-2009, 08:30 AM
hi Brian

I pledged $100-00 and can pay today via credit card.

Is the tournament going ahead ?

cheers
Garrett.

Hopefully we will raise the money but how long is a piece of string?

.

Garrett
04-09-2009, 02:42 PM
okay I just went to your webpage and it said for donations to contact you. I thought I might have been able to donate my $100-00 via the web.

Can I email you my credit card details ?

Cheers
Garrett.

Oepty
04-09-2009, 06:20 PM
I keep forgetting to make my pledge reallity, but the money will come. Like Garret I did look to see whether I could pay via the website and couldn't find a way. Seeing I have been negligent in paying the pledge I will punish myself by doubling it to $200.
Scott

ER
04-09-2009, 06:27 PM
But Tony advised me not to embarrass posters by listing the real names.
I can list sponsors if you wish?

Hi Brian,

My money to mouth statement was in response to ...


Also, we now need real cash from real people (not just pledges from chesschat posters!)

since I don't want to belong to the above mentioned category ...
Second thoughts, I have actually pledged another $100 with the proviso that the original goal is reached or something like that. I really hope we 'll get there! :)

BTW I 've been approached by at least three people telling me how great my pic looks in your mag, :clap: I am sure I will be needing an autograph signing table during next tournament!

aransandraseg
04-09-2009, 08:30 PM
SIO is the highlight of Australian chess. It's like the crown-jewels. You can't do away with it.

Tony Dowden
04-09-2009, 10:32 PM
But Tony advised me not to embarrass posters by listing the real names. :)

I'm not sure if I said exactly that or not (I probably more thought ChessChat handles/real names should stay inside ChessChat unless people say they don't mind) - but once people actually pay cash to ACE then I suppose that's tacit agreement they don't mind having their name posted on-line.

Since it looks like it might make a difference if we all front up soon, I'll pay tomorrow morning. And I'll remind my Kiwi mates this is the time to do likewise.

:hmm: To be honest I'm disappointed that so far there don't seem to have been any fund-raising initiatives in Sydney. I'd assumed it would only take a GM or IM (or two) to take a lead and get everyone focused. But a little bird tells me there's a bit of 'history' in NSW that has resulted in an unfortunate degree of balkanisation. A real pity if this ends up sinking the SIO.

Brian_Jones
05-09-2009, 10:20 AM
I keep forgetting to make my pledge reallity, but the money will come. Like Garret I did look to see whether I could pay via the website and couldn't find a way. Seeing I have been negligent in paying the pledge I will punish myself by doubling it to $200.
Scott

Donations can be made here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_DONATION

or here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_S_BRONZE

or here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_S_SILVER

or here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_S_XGOLD

Oepty
05-09-2009, 10:27 AM
Donations can be made here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_DONATION

or here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_S_BRONZE

or here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_S_SILVER

or here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_S_XGOLD

Done.

Brian_Jones
05-09-2009, 11:09 AM
Done.

Received OK Scott Thanks!

Tony Dowden
05-09-2009, 02:08 PM
Donations can be made here http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=detail&o=SIO_DONATION


Also done :P

Saragossa
05-09-2009, 03:01 PM
I have an account at ACE that has a positive balance of $50. I'm donating that in hoping that someone will be able too make up the other half! Brian can just take the money from my account and add it to the fund btw.

COME ON PEOPLE GET BEHIND THIS!

*This is Lawrence Bretag BTW.

Garrett
05-09-2009, 04:23 PM
Hi Brian

I will transfer my money tomorrow from a work computer. They have more secure PC's.

Cheers
Garrett.

Tony Dowden
06-09-2009, 01:42 PM
I have an account at ACE that has a positive balance of $50. I'm donating that in hoping that someone will be able too make up the other half! Brian can just take the money from my account and add it to the fund btw.

COME ON PEOPLE GET BEHIND THIS!

*This is Lawrence Bretag BTW.

Good stuff Lawrence - maybe another junior will come on board with you to get to $100

aransandraseg
06-09-2009, 05:35 PM
good luck in fund collecting.

Garrett
07-09-2009, 07:15 AM
Also done :P

and done. :cool:

Brian_Jones
07-09-2009, 12:59 PM
As at Monday 7 September 2009, I have received SIO cash donations of $1200 and further SIO pledges of $2600 making a total of $3800.

Target is $10,000. A final decision will be taken at a meeting in Parramatta on Thursday 1 October 2009

Tony Dowden
07-09-2009, 02:50 PM
Wonderful - the SIO appeal has moved from $2500 (in donations and pledges) to $3800 in a matter of days :clap: :clap: :clap:

And I note the target of $10,800 has been adjusted back to $10,000

NOW is the time for people to turn those pledges into donations. $6200 can't be that hard to raise :P

aransandraseg
10-09-2009, 09:50 AM
hmm. I reckon if chesschat started advertising (just for a bit) the SIO would easily be funded. C'mon Gletso, Bonham etc. or whoevers in charge of advertising. If you did it in the name of SIO then everyone would be happy.

Tony Dowden
10-09-2009, 10:36 AM
hmm. I reckon if chesschat started advertising (just for a bit) the SIO would easily be funded.

What are you proposing exactly?

aransandraseg
10-09-2009, 11:39 AM
IDK its just an idea. If cc started advertising for the next two months the tournament will have a lot more funs. It would only be temporarily.

peter_parr
10-09-2009, 12:08 PM
$10,822. The ACF just sent me an invoice for 2009 rating/FIDE admin fees. :wall:

The current 2009 ACF rating fees and FIDE fees for all tournaments are well documented by ACF and FIDE – queries to Gletsos (ACF), Canfell (FIDE) and as in previous years are payable by organizers.

The FIDE admin fees are unchanged in the 2009 calendar year. These fees are budgeted by and payable by all organisers and are taken into consideration when working out entry fees, prizes etc.

In the excellent ACF Newsletter of 8th September 2009 I have published a lengthy new Australian membership scheme proposal.

One of the many proposals for the second decade of the 21st Century is that if tournaments are to be rated by FIDE and ACF that the ACF rating fee be reduced by 50%.

On a 150 player 10 round event this would be an ACF rating fee reduction of over $200.

I suggest all organizers and players and officials give serious consideration to these proposals for future years.

ER
10-09-2009, 03:07 PM
The current 2009 ACF rating fees and FIDE fees for all tournaments are well documented by ACF and FIDE – queries to Gletsos (ACF), Canfell (FIDE) and as in previous years are payable by organizers.

The FIDE admin fees are unchanged in the 2009 calendar year. These fees are budgeted by and payable by all organisers and are taken into consideration when working out entry fees, prizes etc.

In the excellent ACF Newsletter of 8th September 2009 I have published a lengthy new Australian membership scheme proposal.

One of the many proposals for the second decade of the 21st Century is that if tournaments are to be rated by FIDE and ACF that the ACF rating fee be reduced by 50%.

On a 150 player 10 round event this would be an ACF rating fee reduction of over $200.

I suggest all organizers and players and officials give serious consideration to these proposals for future years.


Hi Peter, I would suggest that your article should be re-published here. I think it will generate discussion which combined with reactions to be published in the new ACF's newsletter :clap: will create a forum of very interesting opinions and new proposals!

Bill Gletsos
10-09-2009, 03:12 PM
Hi Peter, I would suggest that your article should be re-published here.You cannot have been paying too much attention as a virtually identical version is already here (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=10660).

ER
10-09-2009, 03:17 PM
You cannot have been paying too much attention as a virtually identical version is already here (http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=10660).

ops ok sorry! AND you stop reminding me of my Maths teacher who was using your exact "non paying attention" terminology almost half a century ago! :doh:

Brian_Jones
10-09-2009, 03:19 PM
Wonderful - the SIO appeal has moved from $2500 (in donations and pledges) to $3800 in a matter of days :clap: :clap: :clap:

And I note the target of $10,800 has been adjusted back to $10,000

NOW is the time for people to turn those pledges into donations. $6200 can't be that hard to raise :P

SIO appeal has now reached $3900 with more help from Tasmania!

See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

Saragossa
10-09-2009, 04:33 PM
SIO appeal has now reached $3900 with more help from Tasmania!

See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open


Brian was super cool and completed my donation 50/50 to make it $100 between us. Thanks!

Tony Dowden
10-09-2009, 07:09 PM
Brian was super cool and completed my donation 50/50 to make it $100 between us. Thanks!

Well done Lawrence :clap: :clap: :clap: and well done Brian :clap: :clap: :clap:

Tony Dowden
12-09-2009, 05:17 PM
Another $500 has come in over the last few days so SIO appeal has now hit $4400 :clap: :clap:

$5600 still needed ...

Tony Dowden
14-09-2009, 08:45 PM
The SIO appeal is now up to $4500

Quoting Phil Bourke reporting in the Blayney Open thread:
"We held a donation appeal for the SIO fund and raised $100 to keep a great event on the chess calendar. Thanks to the generosity of the those that contributed".

I had to use 'Google map' to find where Blayney is - and found that its before one reaches the famed Black Stump.

Well done, its great to see some Country NSW support for the SIO :clap: :clap: :clap:

Vlad
14-09-2009, 08:53 PM
I was about to give Brian 100 dollars after the presentation. But he left early, so my plan did not work.:) Oh well, I may give him a call tomorrow.

Brian_Jones
17-09-2009, 11:52 AM
I was about to give Brian 100 dollars after the presentation. But he left early, so my plan did not work.:) Oh well, I may give him a call tomorrow.

I lost my game to Anton last night and still you don't call! :uhoh:

Garrett
17-09-2009, 01:49 PM
I lost my game to Anton last night and still you don't call! :uhoh:

Far out you could have tossed the last round at the zonal to me to spread the generosity around !

That would have given me 4.5 and I would have called myself FM Garrett.

Cheers
Garrett.

PS: that should probably be MF Garrett.

Garrett
17-09-2009, 01:51 PM
on a serious note the book "Practical Chess Exercises: 600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy" looks like a interesting book to keep in the backpack for the commute.

If the SIO dies in the ass I might use the credit to get it. Are you going to stock it Brian ?

Cheers
Garrett.

Brian_Jones
17-09-2009, 03:50 PM
Far out you could have tossed the last round at the zonal to me to spread the generosity around !

That would have given me 4.5 and I would have called myself FM Garrett.

Cheers
Garrett.

PS: that should probably be MF Garrett.

My loss to Anton was at Blitz - so now the SIO fundraising is on the move again! :)

Brian_Jones
17-09-2009, 03:57 PM
on a serious note the book "Practical Chess Exercises: 600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy" looks like a interesting book to keep in the backpack for the commute. If the SIO dies in the ass I might use the credit to get it. Are you going to stock it Brian ? Cheers Garrett.

Unlikely! And the SIO will not die - think positive! :hand:

Tony Dowden
19-09-2009, 01:37 PM
Thanks to drug the appeal is now up to $4600 :clap: :clap:

See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

Now that the ChessChat pledgers have fronted up :D I think I agree with Brian Jones that the SIO won't 'die'

If there are any other pledger-donors out there, then another $400 from small donors would get us to $5000 which would surely increase the chances of flushing out some big donors :cool:

Brian_Jones
23-09-2009, 10:39 AM
Only one week to go!

Brian_Jones
30-09-2009, 12:49 PM
Having just returned from the Solomon Islands International Tournament, I have just re-read all my emails over the past week.

I was disappointed to find that there have been no new offers of sponsorship and/or other financial support. (Indeed one suppporter has even reduced their support). :hmm:

The final decision will be taken at a meeting in Parramatta tomorrow evening.

I am not confident.

Brian_Jones
02-10-2009, 12:37 PM
Following significant financial support from NSW Chess Association and New Zealand Grandmaster Murray Chandler, it was confirmed last night that the 2010 Sydney International Open will go-ahead! :owned:

Thanks to Tony Dowden and all supporters on Chess Chat. ;)

A full Press Release with entry forms will be available early next week.

ER
02-10-2009, 01:11 PM
Following significant financial support from NSW Chess Association
Where actions (ok and sometimes the Force) speak louder than words! :clap:

and New Zealand Grandmaster Murray Chandler,
Good on you GM Murray Chandler!!! :clap::

it was confirmed last night that the 2010 Sydney International Open will go-ahead! :owned: :clap:

Thanks to Tony Dowden and all supporters on Chess Chat. ;)
Here I disagree! I know Tony did a lot :clap: but so did I and others! So either all names or no names at all!

Saragossa
02-10-2009, 01:59 PM
Following significant financial support from NSW Chess Association and New Zealand Grandmaster Murray Chandler, it was confirmed last night that the 2010 Sydney International Open will go-ahead!

Thanks to Tony Dowden and all supporters on Chess Chat.

A full Press Release with entry forms will be available early next week.

Stoked. A few more rating climbs, a few more years and hopefully I'll be at the SIO. WOOT! WOOT!

Garrett
02-10-2009, 03:41 PM
Following significant financial support from NSW Chess Association and New Zealand Grandmaster Murray Chandler, it was confirmed last night that the 2010 Sydney International Open will go-ahead! :owned:

Thanks to Tony Dowden and all supporters on Chess Chat. ;)

A full Press Release with entry forms will be available early next week.

this is simply great news ! :clap:

nice work Brian, Tony D, JaK and all the donors !!

Oepty
02-10-2009, 06:03 PM
Following significant financial support from NSW Chess Association and New Zealand Grandmaster Murray Chandler, it was confirmed last night that the 2010 Sydney International Open will go-ahead! :owned:

Thanks to Tony Dowden and all supporters on Chess Chat. ;)

A full Press Release with entry forms will be available early next week.


Great news Brian, well done.
Well done to Tony for inspiring me to donate.
Scott

Tony Dowden
02-10-2009, 08:14 PM
Great news Brian, well done.
Well done to Tony for inspiring me to donate.
Scott

Thanks Scott,

I agree with JAK (Elliot) - it was a team effort!

:clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheers, Tony

Tony Dowden
02-10-2009, 09:28 PM
this is simply great news ! :clap:

nice work Brian, Tony D, JaK and all the donors !!

And you too Garrett :D

Oepty
02-10-2009, 11:02 PM
Thanks Scott,

I agree with JAK (Elliot) - it was a team effort!

:clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheers, Tony

Hello Tony. I am sure it was a team effort overall but in the case of MY donation it was your posts, not anybody elses, that caused ME to donate so I directed my comments at you, not Elliot or anybody else. I cannot say who/what caused other people to donate.
Scott

Tony Dowden
03-10-2009, 10:09 AM
Hello Tony. I am sure it was a team effort overall but in the case of MY donation it was your posts, not anybody elses, that caused ME to donate so I directed my comments at you, not Elliot or anybody else. I cannot say who/what caused other people to donate.
Scott

Hi Scott,

I think you should take the credit for your generous donation! :clap: :clap: :clap:

In my case I've been involved in various fund-raising efforts before and experience told me that the (potential) big donors would want to see some action on the ground by smaller donors and a positive social climate - very important as no one will donate when the climate is poisonous - before deciding whether to weigh in or not.

In my case I was a bit put out by some of the comments very early in this thread which I saw as overly pessimistic/cynical regrading Brian Jones' efforts. I didn't have a spare $2000 to donate so I decided to see if I could encourage others on ChessChat to pledge/donate $1000-$2000. Given that I've seen well over five figures come in for other fund-raisers I would have liked to see $2000 but $1000 is OK in an environment I don't know very well.

And, especially pleasing, it was a real team effort with several people chipping in to help (even Brian himself to give Saragossa a hand).

Cheers, Tony :)

Brian_Jones
03-10-2009, 11:13 AM
See website for Fundraising. http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open


2010 Sydney International Open (SIO) - principal sponsor GM Murray Chandler

Garrett
03-10-2009, 12:24 PM
Yay to GM Chandler.

:clap: :clap:

Should we give Everyman a plug... (that's the one he owns isn't it?).

I've got several and I should point out that they are selling e-versions of some of their books which are excellent. I have three already. You use them in ChessBase and you access the games on the screen instead of having to set up the pieces. Brilliant concept.

cheers
Garrett.

Adamski
03-10-2009, 12:24 PM
this is simply great news ! :clap:

nice work Brian, Tony D, JaK and all the donors !!Ditto from me. I am glad I don't have to ask for my money back. Hat's off to all involved, and in the later days notably NSWCA and NZ GM Murray Chandler (and WIM Helen Milligan for including the SIO appeal on the NZ chess web site).

Brian_Jones
03-10-2009, 01:09 PM
Yay to GM Chandler.

:clap: :clap:

Should we give Everyman a plug... (that's the one he owns isn't it?).

Garrett.

GM Murray Chandler is the Managing Director of Gambit Publications.

See http://www.gambitbooks.com/

Photos at http://www.gambitbooks.com/gaminfo.html

Brian_Jones
05-10-2009, 04:38 PM
PRESS RELEASE - 2010 SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT

Entries are invited for the 2010 Sydney International Open and Challengers Chess Tournaments, to be held 7-11 April 2010.

The organisers have received financial support from a variety of sources and the principal sponsor for 2010 is GM Murray Chandler.

The venue is again the historic Parramatta Town Hall in Western Sydney and free hotel accommodation (twin share room) is offered to International Chess Grandmasters.
There are two nine-round FIDE-rated swiss tournaments, the Sydney International Open (SIO) and the Sydney International Challengers (SIC).
Cash prizes exceed A$16,000 and visas can be arranged on request for overseas players (please provide passport details).
More Information is available at http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

For those players that want even more chess, the Doeberl Cup will be held in Canberra from 1-5 April 2010. See www.doeberlcup.com.au
Transport from Canberra to Sydney on Tuesday 6 April 2010 will be provided free of charge for all overseas players.

We look forward to welcoming all players to Sydney and to Australia.

Best wishes

Brian Jones
Australian Chess Enterprises
1 Garfield Road East (PO Box 370)
Riverstone 2765
New South Wales
Australia
Tel: +61 2 9838 1529
Fax: +61 2 9838 1614
info@chessaustralia.com.au
www.chessaustralia.com.au

Tony Dowden
09-10-2009, 06:48 PM
Stoked. A few more rating climbs, a few more years and hopefully I'll be at the SIO. WOOT! WOOT!

Hey Lawrence - You could always play in the 2010 SIO Challengers' event and take on Kenny Koala http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=section&a=entries&site=open

Be careful though, Kenny's probably a tad under-rated at 1000. Anyone who can chew through 20 or so eucalypts every year can't be that soft. Watch out for his cunning playing dead trick - an idea I think he's picked up from Super-GM Wang Yue (translates to "Sleeping Panda", so I've heard). So far its only resulted in losing several games on time and, well, missing most events altogether (like the last few SIO events) but when he gets it right you won't want to be his first victim ;)

Denis_Jessop
09-10-2009, 08:55 PM
Hey Lawrence - You could always play in the 2010 SIO Challengers' event and take on Kenny Koala http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=section&a=entries&site=open

Be careful though, Kenny's probably a tad under-rated at 1000. Anyone who can chew through 20 or so eucalypts every year can't be that soft. Watch out for his cunning playing dead trick - an idea I think he's picked up from Super-GM Wang Yue (translates to "Sleeping Panda", so I've heard). So far its only resulted in losing several games on time and, well, missing most events altogether (like the last few SIO events) but when he gets it right you won't want to be his first victim ;)

I see that Kenny Koala is claimed to be a NSW player. I think that is an error. Kenny Koala is the mascot of the ACT Police and comes from Canberra. But he's not an active player here so his 1000 rating is ??.

DJ

Brian_Jones
10-10-2009, 09:02 AM
I see that Kenny Koala is claimed to be a NSW player. I think that is an error. Kenny Koala is the mascot of the ACT Police and comes from Canberra. But he's not an active player here so his 1000 rating is ??. DJ

Kenny Koala lives in the Blue Mountains (Katoomba). He is known to play the Wombat Attack. He used to live in Featherdale Wildlife Park but they had no chess club so he moved to Katoomba. :D

Katoomba are now the NSW Western Region Chess Champions (they beat Blayney this year!)

ER
10-10-2009, 10:30 AM
koalas are victorian! Victorian Koalas are smart too, they don't cause road accidents! :P

Phil Bourke
10-10-2009, 10:15 PM
Very witty :)

ER
10-10-2009, 10:51 PM
Hi Phil check the Tamworth thread, there is a Club going there every Wed!

Tony Dowden
12-10-2009, 06:01 PM
Tasmanian koalas don't cause road accidents in Tassie either ...

Tony Dowden
18-10-2009, 01:23 PM
I don't think Bill's very generous donation to the 2010 SIO appeal has been mentioned here because it presumably happened slightly after Brian's announcement that the event had been saved.

Well done Bill :clap: :clap: :clap:

In total ChessChatters have donated around $2000 to the Appeal :cool:

Adamski
18-10-2009, 02:05 PM
I don't think Bill's very generous donation to the 2010 SIO appeal has been mentioned here because it presumably happened slightly after Brian's announcement that the event had been saved.

Well done Bill :clap: :clap: :clap:

In total ChessChatters have donated around $2000 to the Appeal :cool:Yes good on yer Bill, and Chess Chatters in general. It should be a strong event next year.

Saragossa
21-10-2009, 03:47 PM
Go Bill!

I was scared of Kenny until I saw his preparation team! It basically consists of his cousin Blinky and an array of australian native animals! Although I have heard he has a secret opening...closely related to the possum.

Nicholas D-C
21-10-2009, 07:32 PM
New aussie chess slang: doing a kenny. When you enter a tournament but fail to turn up...

Tony Dowden
21-10-2009, 08:07 PM
Hmm, they shouldn't KenDone behaviour like that ;)

[One for Adamski whom, as I indistinctly remember, liked excrable puns in his youth ... and for Nick D-C whom, if I correctly remember (but probably don't), was responsible for a particularly scary one earler in this thread]

Adamski
21-10-2009, 08:27 PM
Hmm, they shouldn't KenDone behaviour like that ;)

[One for Adamski whom, as I indistinctly remember, liked excrable puns in his youth ... and for Nick D-C whom, if I correctly remember (but probably don't), was responsible for a particularly scary one earler in this thread]:lol: You may recall,Tony, that my dad was even worse than me when it came to puns! (And it's "execrable"!):eek:

Tony Dowden
26-10-2009, 07:42 AM
Yes, execrable. I just remember Adams' puns were scary!!!

Brian_Jones
25-11-2009, 08:49 AM
SIO website updated - see http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

Entries from overseas players coming in - see http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=section&a=entries&site=open

Garrett
25-11-2009, 10:36 AM
cool

I noticed the time control has changed to an extra 30 minutes after move 40.

That's excellent. (edit - changed from last year)

Garvinator
25-11-2009, 02:21 PM
I noticed the time control has changed to an extra 30 minutes after move 40. That's excellent. (edit - changed from last year)
Fide have changed the minimum time control required for norm tournaments to the 'zonal' time control. So hence why Doeberl and SIO have changed to 40/90 etc.

Garrett
25-11-2009, 07:44 PM
Thanks Garvin, that's another thing FIDE have done right.

Hey Brian, the accomdation rates at your website, are they special rates through you ?

cheers
Garrett.

Brian_Jones
26-11-2009, 08:58 AM
Garrett. The Courtyard by Marriott is the official recommended hotel for the SIO - just mention chess to get the chess special rate!

Garrett
26-11-2009, 10:13 AM
Thanks Brian !

Capablanca-Fan
26-11-2009, 11:43 AM
Garrett. The Courtyard by Marriott is the official recommended hotel for the SIO — just mention chess to get the chess special rate!
Marriotts are good hotels. My wife worked for them years ago, and we have always had good experiences in them.

Trent Parker
26-11-2009, 11:50 AM
Its good to see a strong Indian Contingent given the recent the bad press we've had with the Indians....

Unfortunately I might not be able to play in the SIO next year..... starting a bookkeeping business in January so hopefully I get enough clients to be too busy to play in the SIO.

However if that is the case I will ensure that my $100 pledge (currently reneged on due to some cash shorages) will be forwarded.

Brian_Jones
04-12-2009, 09:33 AM
Eight GMs so far. :cool:

See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

Basil
04-12-2009, 10:07 AM
Eight GMs so far. :cool:

See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open
That's nearly enough for a dealership. Jokes regarding people with the name Ford are now strictly verbotten.

Denis_Jessop
04-12-2009, 02:57 PM
When I was working in the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department two of my lawyer colleagues were Tom Holden and Peter Ford while one of the typists was Sandra Buick. :cool:

DJ

PS I'm not kidding :clap:

Garrett
22-12-2009, 02:00 PM
Garrett. The Courtyard by Marriott is the official recommended hotel for the SIO - just mention chess to get the chess special rate!

Hey Brian

Do you know if I have to call them or can I just make a reservation via the net.

I see there is a space for a 45 character comment when making a reservation, do you know if I just mention chess there to get the rate ?

I would have like to email them but they don't display any email address or any sort of on-line message form.

Cheers
Garrett.

Brian_Jones
29-01-2010, 08:15 AM
12 x GMs playing in SIO - now waiting for more aussie entries!

See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

PS I assume you rang the Marriott to book your accommodation Garrett!!

Garrett
29-01-2010, 08:26 AM
PS I assume you rang the Marriott to book your accommodation Garrett!!

Hi Brian

Yes, I thought it was best to ring them to find out how to reserve accomodation. I am booked in.

Also, the $75-00 credit I have in your shop, can we just hold onto it and I'll spend it at your stall at the SIO ? (assuming you're having one.).

Cheers Garrett.

mikesguns
29-01-2010, 09:28 AM
Is Kenny Koala in the U2000 section actually a player?

Denis_Jessop
29-01-2010, 10:46 AM
Is Kenny Koala in the U2000 section actually a player?

We had this debate last time. Kenny Koala is the mascot of the Australian Federal Police (ACT section). But there is an imposter floating around in Sydney who is, I suspect, an under-rated junior ;) :)

DJ

Brian_Jones
12-02-2010, 08:43 AM
There aren't many FIDE tournaments around.

Sydney International entries so far: http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=section&a=entries&site=open

Enter online at http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=catalog&g=events#SIO

Brian_Jones
22-02-2010, 09:59 AM
Is Kenny Koala in the U2000 section actually a player?

Yes, but chess is not his best game! ;)

Trent Parker
22-02-2010, 12:23 PM
will be the first SIC/SIO I miss...... but will have enough holidays saved up next year! :D

Brian_Jones
02-03-2010, 10:36 AM
PARRAMATTA CHESS FESTIVAL

7-11 April 2010
Parramatta Town Hall

featuring two main chess tournaments:


Sydney International Open

Sydney International Challengers



Sponsors

Parramatta City Council
GM Murray Chandler
NSW Chess Association
Parramatta RSL Club
Australian Chess Federation
Australian Chess Enterprises
Charles Zworestine
William Gletsos
Bendigo Bank
North Rocks Medical Practice
Phil and Louise Fernandez
Roland Brockman
Pandrol Australia
Rooty Hill RSL Chess Club
Various friends of the SIO


Further information from Australian Chess Enterprises 02-9838-1529
Website: www.chessaustralia.com.au

Brian_Jones
15-03-2010, 09:32 AM
Closing date for entries to the Sydney International Open and Challengers is Sunday 28 March 2010.

There will be a $100 late fee for all entries accepted after this date.

Erik
16-03-2010, 06:28 PM
Hi Brian
I'd like to enter the SIO but so far haven't found a way to do it except via the ACE cart. Would like to pay by bank transfer - any tips? (Doeberl equally unclear!)

Charles
16-03-2010, 10:19 PM
Hi Brian
I'd like to enter the SIO but so far haven't found a way to do it except via the ACE cart. Would like to pay by bank transfer - any tips? (Doeberl equally unclear!)


Erik,

Send me an email to info@doeberlcup.com.au and I will send you EFT details.

Brian_Jones
17-03-2010, 08:41 AM
Hi Brian
I'd like to enter the SIO but so far haven't found a way to do it except via the ACE cart. Would like to pay by bank transfer - any tips? (Doeberl equally unclear!)

You can pay via bank transfer. Our bank details are: Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Account: Australian Chess Enterprises. BSB: 062596. Account Number: 1024-0952. We also accept PayPal payments. Our PayPal account is info@chessaustralia.com.au.

Erik
18-03-2010, 10:48 AM
Thank you Brian + Charles. $$/email on the way today :)

Brian_Jones
19-03-2010, 09:08 AM
Strong chance that Chinese GM Li Chao b may play in the Sydney International!! :)

Tan the Bdx Man
20-03-2010, 09:53 AM
Is there any chance that entries could be mailed somewhere with a cheque instead of entering online? Thanks

Brian_Jones
25-03-2010, 09:04 AM
Is there any chance that entries could be mailed somewhere with a cheque instead of entering online? Thanks

Of course there is. Make cheque payable to Australian Chess Enterprises and send to PO Box 370 Riverstone NSW 2765.

Better be quick as entries close soon and this could be the last SIO.

The cutoff date for last entries is Sunday, March 28, 2010. Entries received after Sunday, March 28, 2010 will incur an additional $100 administration fee.

ER
27-03-2010, 05:31 PM
Three questions and apologies if the matter has already been covered elsewhere:
Is there a blitz tournament going to take place during the SIO?
Is GM Ian Rogers going to commentate live on games?
Are Norths going to have their Thursday night meeting on the 8th of April?

Adamski
27-03-2010, 09:34 PM
I can only answer question 3 definitely, Jak. Though I hope the answer to the others is yes.
In April norths is only meeting on the usual Tues nights - 6, 13, 20 and 27 April - except for a postponement night on Thurs 1 April.

Vlad
27-03-2010, 09:35 PM
What about the postponement night on Thurs 15 April?

Adamski
27-03-2010, 11:13 PM
What about the postponement night on Thurs 15 April?Yep, right Vlad. Not in the web site calendar yet!

ER
27-03-2010, 11:13 PM
I can only answer question 3 definitely, Jak. Though I hope the answer to the others is yes.
In April norths is only meeting on the usual Tues nights - 6, 13, 20 and 27 April - except for a postponement night on Thurs 1 April.

Thanks Jonathan and pardon the initial ignorance of mine thinking that Norths meeting nights are Thursdays rather than Tuesdays!
If this is the case and as you suggest the Club will be open on Tues chances are that I will be visiting on Tuesday 6th.
I presume Visitors entry is the usual signing at the reception as is the case when tournaments are held there!
Also, yes I will be at the SIO on Friday and most likely we 'll meet there for a coffee and a chat!
I was also hoping that you 'd perform in either the opening or the closing ceremony of the event. I was very impressed by your performance at the most recent Aus Championships Opening Ceremony.
I hope that SIO will keep up with those magnificent cultural standards in regards to performances, presentation and organisation as set by the Norths in January!
See you all there!

Adamski
27-03-2010, 11:17 PM
Thanks Jonathan and pardon the initial ignorance of mine thinking that Norths meeting nights are Thursdays rather than Tuesdays!
If this is the case and as you suggest the Club will be open on Tues chances are that I will be visiting on Tuesday 6th.
I presume Visitors entry is the usual signing at the reception as is the case when tournaments are held there!
Also, yes I will be at the SIO on Friday and most likely we 'll meet there for a coffee and a chat!
I was also hoping that you 'd perform in either the opening or the closing ceremony of the event. I was very impressed by your performance at the most recent Aus Championships Opening Ceremony.
I hope that SIO will keep up with those magnificent cultural standards in regards to performances presentation and organisation set by the Norths in January!
See you all there!Hi Jak. Visitors always welcome at norths and you have the procedure right. I hope to lock in Friday 9th. Not been asked to sing , and would be hard anyway as involves leave from work!

peter_parr
29-03-2010, 11:15 AM
Sydney International Open 2010 – see column in Sydney Morning Herald 29th March 2010

SMH (http://www.chessdiscountsales.com/news/2010.htm)

Alana
29-03-2010, 04:01 PM
Are all the advertised prizes guaranteed?

Brian_Jones
31-03-2010, 08:37 AM
The Sydney International has now closed at 121 players.

I will be at the Doeberl Cup bookstall from Thursday 1 April to Monday 5 April.
Late entries to the SIO and SIC will be accepted on payment of the $100 late Entry Fee.

I will also accept SIO and SIC entries on Tuesday 6 April at Parramatta Town Hall up to 7.45pm. The Round 1 pairings will be published (at the venue and at www.chessaustralia.com.au) after the Players Meeting at 9pm.

Registration on the Tuesday evening is for overseas players who were not in Canberra (and for final payment of all overdue monies). All players that have paid in advance will automatically be in the pairing for Round 1 and need not turn up for registration.

Brian_Jones
31-03-2010, 08:52 AM
Are all the advertised prizes guaranteed?

Of course the advertised prizes are guaranteed Alana - what kind of organiser runs an international chess tournament and doesn't guarantee the prizes?

Igor_Goldenberg
31-03-2010, 02:43 PM
Regretfully I cannot play this year in SIO. Let me wish the same success as previous three years!

black
31-03-2010, 03:16 PM
Regretfully I cannot play this year in SIO. Let me wish the same success as previous three years!

This is a pity. Good luck at the Doeberl Cup!

Vlad
06-04-2010, 12:33 PM
The official site does not seem to contain the schedule of the event. When are we supposed to show up tomorrow? Thanks.

Watto
06-04-2010, 03:08 PM
The official site does not seem to contain the schedule of the event. When are we supposed to show up tomorrow? Thanks.
http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?p=section&a=schedule&site=open

Link to the schedule above. :)