ECF Award for Contribution to Online Chess
The ECF makes annual awards under various categories. This year the categories under which awards were made were:
President’s Award for Services to Chess
Contribution to Accessible Chess
Contribution to Women’s Chess
Contribution to Online Chess
Contribution to Junior Chess
Club of the Year
Congress of the Year
At least two other categories under which such awards have been made in the past spring to mind; it could be that categories have been withdrawn, or that the nominees were not deemed good enough, or of course that there were no nominations!
This might all seem rather boring, but for the fact that scrutiny of the list reveals that Oliver Brennan, of Rotherham Online, won the “Award for Contribution to Online Chess”; for which there is a trophy – presumably an individually bespoke one you keep. Two citations were submitted recommending Oliver, one by Peter Catt, who, as a retired newspaper sports reporter, has some experience of writing by the ream, and the other by Daniel Sturman of Woodseats, which was short and sweet.
The webmaster did a few off-beat things while in the Civil Service, such as providing the detail for answers to two Parliamentary Questions. He also acted as Divisional Honours Secretary, which involved the initial assessment of public nominations for UK Honours (OBE, MBE etc), and even wrote the final citation (when the SEO who should have done it got bolshie), which got past the SPADS at No. 10, and was on the list duly submitted HM. (Does she ever turn down any nominations submitted to her?). From that perspective, I can commend Peter Catt’s citation for Oliver, which is a very important first hurdle in such a process, to capture the interest of the adjudicator.
The following is Peter’s citation:
Well done Oliver!
(See https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-awards-2021-and-citations/ for the full list of award winners and citations.)