The CFC Regular Chess Post ( Week of February 3 - 9/12 )

The CFC Regular Chess Post – February 9/12 - Can. Deputy Arbiter at WCC.


DATE: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
BY: The Chess Federation of Canada ( CFC )
SUBJECT CONTACT: Hal Bond ( – Guelph, Ontario )
CFC CONTACT: Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator ( Tel: 416-469-5905; – Toronto, Ontario )
INTERVIEW: can be arranged

TOPIC : Canadian Returns to World Chess Championship!

Canadian Deputy Arbiter for 2012 World Chess Championship!

The 2012 World Chess Championship will take place in May this year in Moscow, Russia. And a Canadian will be there !

Playing will be the 15th and current World Champion, Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand ( India ), and GM Boris Gelfand ( Israel ), currently ranked 16th in the world. The prize fund is substantial: $2,550,000 US dollars.

Chess matches have referees, in chess called “ Arbiters “. For a significant match like this, sponsored by the world chess body, FIDE, FIDE allows the players to have some input into the arbiters they would like for the match, and in whom they have confidence.

For the 2012 Championship, FIDE and the players have asked very well-know Canadian International Arbiter, Hal Bond, of Guelph, Ontario, to be the Deputy Arbiter.
( link to CFC Website for Photo )

This is a most responsible position, and a compliment to the international reputation of Hal, who has arbited before in significant world tournaments.

Canada is proud to have Hal chosen to participate, and it shows the high regard the international chess community has for Canadian chess officials.

Congratulations from the Canadian chess community to Hal Bond, for his years of hard work, and his excellent international reputation.

Background to CFC Press Releases :

In Aug., 2010, I volunteered for the CFC non-executive officer position created at the Toronto July 2010 CFC AGM, the " Public Relations Coordinator " position ( upgrading the prior position of Director of Publicity ), first in an " acting " capacity, and then permanently. I am the first one to take on this position.

Bylaw 3 of the CFC Handbook, under Duties of Officers in Section 8C, gives the mandate of this position as:

8C. The Public Relations Coordinator will be responsible for promoting the image of the CFC and for promoting chess generally to the public. As such the Public Relations Coordinator will, among other things:

- deal with mainstream media to promote significant chess news, such as Canadian Chess Champions, a new Canadian GM, major tournaments like the Can. Closed, Canadian Open, Can. Women’s Closed, CYCC, etc., the various benefits accruing from playing chess and other positive aspects of the chess culture.

I will write some press releases myself, and on some I will be collaborating with others, under who's name the press release will appear. I look forward to the cooperation of the many Canadian chess personalities who may find themselves the subject of CFC Press Releases. CFC cannot do it alone – chess promotion requires the cooperation of everyone, if we are to make chess a more mainstream activity in Canada.

Feel free to make use of the CFC Press Releases in any publicity efforts you might be undertaking. I would appreciate being advised of any efforts made and use of the material, so CFC can build a file on the efforts being made to promote chess in Canada.

Newspapers do not acknowledge press releases ( too many daily ) and to my knowledge do not notify you if they make use of one. So if you see an article on this in any of the papers, please advise me. I have been warned that it has not been easy to get chess material into the mainstream media, and so CFC should have very modest expectations of success on this front. But hopefully, over time, with developing contacts, this will change.

Because the CFC has never before had this position filled, it has never developed a bank of Canadian mainstream media contacts who might be willing to publish CFC Press Releases on chess items, or to write articles on chess. I have been slowly building our media e-mail group, and some members have sent me contacts to add to the media bank. So, if anyone has any newspaper, television or radio contacts I might be able to use, or any advice on this effort, please e-mail me : .

Bob Armstrong, CFC Public Relations Coordinator