Friday, 28 November 2008

Equipment for Federations

Even though this wasn't an election year for FIDE, there was still a disbursement of equipment to some federations, to help the development of chess in those countries. In the case of CACDEC (Committee for Assistance to Chess Developing Countries) Federations (of which PNG is one), the federations received clocks. For many poorer countries, the lack of an adequate supply of clocks is often a barrier to holding the kind of tournaments needed to show real improvement in that country.
For other countries the equipment requirements are different. For the Asian Confederation, the Asian President Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nehyan, purchased a large number of DGT boards. Each Asian Federation (not just CACDEC ones) received a DGT board and clock to take home with them. However some federations were even luckier than that. As Australia is holding the Zone 2.6 Zonal in the middle of next year, the ACF has received 4 DGT board and clocks to assist in the electronic broadcasting of the event. And the best bit for the ACF is that it is a gift from the Sheikh, meaning that they have received around $3,000 in high-tech chess equipment for free.
A nice addition to the equipment pool, and a nice gesture from the Sheikh.

1 comment:

Jim said...

"And the best bit for the ACF is that it is a gift from the Sheikh, meaning that they have received around $3,000 in high-tech chess equipment for free."

Indeed, a very generous gift by Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nehyan.

The obvious questions are:

a) who is the custodian of them: and

b) how can organisers for events, such as the SIO and/or Doeberl, get hold of the equipment in order to broadcast games (assuming the venue is wired for the internet?)