Although I had taken a fancy to the light red background & colour scheme previously used on this blog (which had occasionally been referred to somewhat negatively as pink!), I have decided to change things up & go for a slightly different look, with a mostly purple background. Its good to see Blogspot continuing to develop new templates for bloggers to use, although the one thing I still dislike is that there is no option (that I have found) to change the page width, which is ordinarily not an issue, but becomes one with things like the Chess Victoria teams competition page, which incorporates a fairly large amount of information from Swiss Perfect. Another option could be to use different templates for different pages, although I can understand why this would not be a standard option.
Something else that I'm looking to do in the coming weeks in terms of content, is attempt a series of posts about various aspects of chess across Australia, with a particular focus on comparing the different states & how they run chess in their part of the country. From a personal perspective, the states I am most involved in are Victoria & NSW, as I have lived in both states for a number of years, as well as being involved administratively in a number of councils & committees in both states. I have also traveled to all states of Australia, although I have not quite managed to play tournament chess in all of them (I'll play a tournament in Tasmania one day), but still have some idea of how the states are organised & will try to give my view on the differences between them, as well as trying to assess their various good and not-so-good points. At present, my best idea for a name for the series is 'The State of Play' or 'The State of Chess', although I'm open to suggestions.
I'll also think about posting some more coaching-style chess and poker content ... and possibly even get around to finishing (or at least continuing) the series I started late last year on the Broken Arrow!
If you have any ideas or suggestions for content (and in particular video content), then please let me know!