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    ACF National Conference and Medals 2021

    The ACF National Conference was held today by Zoom with extensive assistance from ACF Webmaster David Esmonde. I think all votes, or maybe all bar one, that were possible were exercised by delegates. Holding the National Conference by Zoom was possible as a result of COVID-19 laws affecting incorporated bodies.

    Medal award winners were announced as follows:

    2020 Arlauskas Medal (Junior Chess): WFM Cassandra Lim

    2020 Viner Medal (Senior Chess): IM (etc) Leonid Sandler

    2020 Steiner Medal (Player of the Year): GM Temur Kubokarov

    2021 Purdy Medal (Chess Journalism): GM David Smerdon

    2021 Koshnitsky Medal (Administration): David Ellis

    Congratulations to all the medal winners.

    The ACF made a significant profit during the previous financial year as a result of COVID-reduced expenses. An ACF budget was approved, unchanged from last year's. Financial reports were approved including a backlog of reports from a few previous years that had previously not been possible to finalise and audit.

    Executive elections were held:

    President: Gary Wastell (unopposed)
    Deputy President: Bill Gletsos (unopposed)
    Vice-Presidents: Kevin Bonham (first ballot) and Hughston Parle (second ballot) elected in a three-way contest; Leonid Sandler was the third candidate. ACF President Gary Wastell thanked Leonid for his service as Vice-President since 2013.
    Secretary: Rob Watson (unopposed)
    Treasurer: Michael Caruso (unopposed). BoB Keast was thanked for his service as outgoing Treasurer.

    There were no recommendation motions to ACF Council, no contested votes apart from the Vice-President election and the meeting closed after about two and a half hours.
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    Congratulations to David! He now has the Steiner Medal and the Purdy Medal. Will he be the first person (?) to do the trifecta and also win the Koshnitsky Medal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    Congratulations to David! He now has the Steiner Medal and the Purdy Medal. Will he be the first person (?) to do the trifecta and also win the Koshnitsky Medal?
    No one has done the trifecta yet and indeed no-one has yet won both the Steiner and the Koshnitsky.

    David Smerdon is the second duel Steiner-Purdy medallist following Ian Rogers.

    David Ellis is the seventh dual Purdy-Koshnitsky medallist, the others being the late Evelyn Koshnitsky, the late Phil Viner, Robert Jamieson, Ian Murray, Alan Goldsmith and Richard Gastineau-Hills.

    Had the awards started slightly earlier, Jamieson would surely have been first to a full set.

    Note that the Purdy medal is for chess publications in any form - particular mention was made at the meeting of the outstanding success of GM Smerdon's "The Complete Chess Swindler: How to Save Points from Lost Positions". I mention that David is also a blogger and an author on The Conversation among other things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    ... David Ellis is the sixth dual Purdy-Koshnitsky medallist, the others being the late Evelyn Koshnitsky, the late Phil Viner, Robert Jamieson, Alan Goldsmith and Richard Gastineau-Hills.
    Ian Murray has won both - I remember kidding him at his retirement party about when he was going to win the Steiner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    Ian Murray has won both - I remember kidding him at his retirement party about when he was going to win the Steiner!
    Ta - added; can't read my own scribble in copying the lists!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    Congratulations to David! He now has the Steiner Medal and the Purdy Medal. Will he be the first person (?) to do the trifecta and also win the Koshnitsky Medal?
    If David keeps on playing, he is also likely to win a Viner Medal one day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    If David keeps on playing, he is also likely to win a Viner Medal one day!
    And he would undoubtedly have won the Arlauskas Medal, if it had existed when he was a junior.

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    Thanks for the kind words. Rest assured the Koshnitsky medal is well beyond my reach, though I probably hold it in the highest regard. Congratulations, David!

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    Rather belatedly, a very early example from 1995(!) of David's talent - which is much more enjoyable if you know the people referred to

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