|2 October 2005:
The day started with group
photographs of squad members, invited participants, coaches
and invited adults.
There were some very closely matched games in the last
round - with at least three boards with only seconds on the
clocks of both players.
The closing ceremony was held at 1.00 pm, with the State
Member for Box Hill, the Hon Robert Clark making a short
speech and handing out the prizes. Mr Clark noted that he
had played chess in St Albans in his youth. He acknowledged
the sponsorship of Mr Henry Ergas, without which the squad
training could not have taken place. He praised all the
squad members for their hard work during the week and wished
them all well for their future chess tournaments.
Jenni Oliver made a short speech. She presented the
parents who had provided billeting with a box of chocolates.
In addition, chocolates were given to the four adults who
participated in the tournament: David Hacche, Marcus Raine,
David Flude and Dennis Bourmistrov. She also presented
Trevor Stanning and Kerry Lyall chocolates in recognition of
their hard work in organising the tournament and making it
Squad members were presented with either a book, book
voucher or a large bar of chocolate. Jenni talked about good
sportsmanship - in particular noting Dusan Stojic's offer to
restart his clock when his opponent arrived almost half an
hour late for a game.
Refreshments were then served and squad members, parents,
coaches and administrators had an opportunity to socialise.
A jumper and an ear-ring were left at the Box Hill Chess
Club after the closing ceremony. Could the owners please
contact the club to organise their return.