CHESS VOICE (April-May 1973, Whole No. 32)


At a special meeting of the Board of Directors of the California State Chess Federation held 3 September 1972, the Bay Area Chess League, as represented by W. Guthrie McClain, and the Central California Chess Association, as represented by Martin E. Morrison, were asked to take steps to establish a Northern and Central California Hall of Fame. As the Southern California Chess League has had a Hall of Fame since 1966, this action would complete the formation of a California Hall of Fame. The regulations to govern the Northern and Central California Division are as follows.

   1. The purpose of the California Hall of Fame shall be to honor outstanding chess personalities of the state, with emphasis on those who did most for chess throughout the years.
   2. To initiate the Hall of Fame in Northern and Central California, the Bay Area Chess League shall elect six living or deceased persons who did most for chess in past years and may be unknown to the majority of active chess players currently. These electees shall be assigned to the years 1966-71, to parallel the list of electees from the Southern Division. The Central California Chess Association shall elect two persons who have done most for chess in recent years. These electees shall be assigned to the years 1972-73, to parallel the list of electees for the Southern Division. The Bay Area Chess League and the Central California Chess Association shall each compile a list of ten nominees.
   3. At the annual meetings of the Bay Area Chess League and the Central California Chess Association in January of each year, one nominee shall be elected into the Hall of Fame from each organization by voting of affiliated teams/clubs. Each affiliate may vote for a first, second, and third choice; the results are than tallied, giving 5 points for a first choice, 3 for a second, and 1 for a third. The points are added up, and the person with most points is elected.
   4. The vacancy created by an electee is filled in one of two ways:
      a) The new member recommends a name to replace him on the nominee list.
This can take place at any time during the year, but prior to the following year's election.
      b) If the new member elected is deceased (or passes away before submitting his choice for replacement), the League/Association takes over the duty and selects a nominee following an "open name suggestion" procedure, whereby names are nominated at the meeting, seconded, and elected into the nominee list by vote.
   5. Upon electing a member, the League/Association awards him with a plaque. A Duplicate plaque is placed, along with the member's photo, in a display cabinet located at the League/Association headquarters. In the cabinet there is also a list of the ten nominees, which is changed each year, removing the electee and adding the new name. An Honor Roll is also displayed at each location listing the nominees and electees of the other divisions.
   6. A Hall of Fame member is automatically awarded honorary membership in each members club of the League/Association, for life. Those clubs which issue membership card send an honorary card to the new member. (Exception: in certain industrial clubs, schools, etc., where membership is limited to employees, etc.) Some clubs do not charge (or reduce) entry fees to tournaments to Hall of Famers.

California Hall of Fame Members

Year Southern California
1966 Harry Borochow
1967 Jacqueline Piatigorsky
1968 Herman Steiner (dec.)
1969 Isaac I. Kashdan
1970 Alex Taylor
1971 Herbert Abel (dec.)
1972 Gordon S. Barrett
   Judge Forman (dec.)
1973 Carl L. Budd

Northern and Central California
Martin E. Morrison**
Elwin C. Meyers**

   *According to Article 2 above the Bay Area Chess League is to elect members for 1966-1971.
   **Elected by ballot sent to all CCCA affiliates.

Central California Nominees: William A. Myers, Jr., Leonard F. Trottier, Richard R. Shorman, Saleh Mujahed, Harold L. Barnett, Jerome M. Long, Robert B. Manners, Wesley A. Nelson, Hans Poschmann, Sergius von Oettingen.

MARTIN E. MORRISON began his chess career ten years ago by an officership in the Oakland Chess Club. Gradually becoming more active in the tournament directing field, he is now one of the country's noted directors and writers on the subject, in 1972 receiving the title of International Arbiter of the World Chess Federation. He is director of the 400-member, all USCF Berkeley Chess Club and holds offices in the Central California Chess Association and California State Chess Federation. He is now serving a term as National Secretary of the US Chess Federation. Mr. Morrison is a founding editor of Chess Voice.

ELWIN C. MEYERS distinguished himself as an officer in the Oakland Chess Club from its reorganization in the early 1960's. He was a founding editor of Chess Voice with its first issue in 1968. He is now associate director of the Berkeley Chess Club and a director of both the US and California State Chess Federations. As a tournament director, he has associated in the direction of many local and regional events.

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