For a second year running, GM Zong Yuan Zhao is the recipient of the ACF's official player of the year award, the Steiner Medal. In his typically humble way, GM Zhao accepted his award from ACF boss Gary Wastell with a bow plus, of course, a heartfelt thanks. After such a fruitful 2008, GM Zhao is definitely a worthy recipient.
(I wanted to check other multiple past winners but the ACF's website seems to be offline right now).
Another worthy winner is Dr. Charles Zworestine. Charles takes home the ACF's 2009 Koshnitsky Medal, which is given for chess administration.
However, very surprising was yours truly receiving the gong for chess journalism - the 2009 CJS Purdy Medal. I had absolutely no idea! Not even a hint when Mr Wastell rang me last Friday reminding me about today's closing ceremony. He said something about taking photos or something. So I turned up. It was pretty frightening having to walk up to that stage and give a little speech.
Honestly guys, I am humbled. This blog was meant to be just a little hobby, a small project to tell the world about the goings-on in Sydney chess. And now this. The thanks really need to go to you, dear readers, who keep coming back to read.