Jersey Chess Festival: Day 3, Part 2

If you should ever wake up and decide that organising a chess tournament might be a fun thing to do, let me save you a great deal of time, effort, and stress, and possibly money and your marriage.  Turn over and go back to sleep.  Of course, if all potential organisers did that we would have no chess tournaments left to play in, so it's a relief to know that at least some people are as crazy as I am and actually follow through with their ambitious ideas, even though it defies logic to do so.

I first met Tito Kahn when I was involved with the second incarnation of the Jersey Festival - that used to be held at the Hotel de Normandie just up the road.  He was one of the stronger internationally rated Jersey players and an Olympiad team member. Then the commercial sponsorship disappeared in 2002 and the tournament with it, and each year after that I was asked at least once when the Festival would be held again, if at all. Every year I made very tentative enquiries about the possibilities, but had too many other things going on to really follow through.

To put on a big event like this it only takes one person to drive it forward, but they do have to be a bit crazy.  It helps if they have busy lives with no time for anything - if you want something done, ask a busy person - and a robust ego (it's far too easy to start something, then give it up in the face of the inevitable setbacks and criticisms).  Then you start getting somewhere, and other people are much more willing to step forward and help out.

And here we are, 11 years later, and finally the event is back on the chess calendar!  Thanks Tito and his colleagues for making it happen, and good luck with next year's event... 

Jersey Organiser Tito Kahn, with Trophy by JustABoy

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