Chess Association (SCA) inaugurated this award in 1991, and Chess Scotland
(CS) continued it following the merger and change of name. The background
is contained in the following special announcement made at the time:
is pleased to announce the inauguration of a "Player of the Year"
award, for the player whose talents and/or achievements are judged to
have made the greatest contribution to Scottish chess over the 12 months
preceding the annual Scottish Congress.
is made possible by the generosity of the family and colleagues of the
late James G McDonald, who tragically died when the Oil Drill ship "Sea
Crest" capsized in the Gulf of Thailand, during Typhoon "Gay"
on 3 November 1989. His colleagues of Exlog Singapore subscribed generously
to honour his memory, and his family (brother Dr John N. McDonald of
Frimley and parents Mr and Mrs McDonald of Ayr) most kindly offered
the money to the SCA to establish a suitable memorial award.
G. McDonald Memorial Award" for the "SCA PLAYER OF THE YEAR"
resulted from discussions between the SCA and the McDonald family, and
the format and rules are described below.
James moved to the Far East (and Dr John to Frimley) they both played
regularly in the Glasgow League, for Anchor and Paisley Chess Club,
and in numerous tournaments.
Mrs McDonald also, in due course, presented the award to its first
recipient, Andrew Muir, and a photograph of the presentation appears
in the November 1991 issue of Scottish Chess.
Chess Scotland (formerly SCA) Player of the Year
- format and rules
(The James G. McDonald Memorial Award)
1 The Award
The generous donation, described above, from the colleagues and family
of the late James G McDonald, has been used to provide a permanent trophy,
and to fund an annual monetary award to the "SCA (now Chess Scotland)
Player of the Year". This award is intended to acknowledge Scottish
chess-playing talents and achievements, in the context of their perceived
contributions to the well-being of chess in Scotland.
2 Selection of the Award winner
Each year, the award winner will be determined by postal vote: all
voters, candidates and winners must be SCA (now Chess Scotland) members,
a pre-requisite "perceived contribution to the well-being of chess
in Scotland"! The SCA (CS) will publish, in the May issue of Scottish
Chess, an advisory short list of candidates, with brief supporting notes,
but will state that voting is not restricted exclusively to this list.
The closing date for receipt of postal votes will also be stated, to
allow presentation of the award to be made at the Closing Ceremony of
the Scottish Congress.
3 Repetitive winners
The SCA (CS) recommends that no player should (normally) win more than
ONE award in any 3-year period, and the advisory list will note the
names of previous winners in this category. However, there can clearly
be exceptional circumstances, where a major achievement by a recent
winner clamours for recognition, and the SCA (CS) advisory list will
recognise such situations.
Council Minutes of September 2003 refer to a change of method in the selection of POY candidates. Chess Scotland members are invited to make nominations rather than vote on a list prepared by CS officials.
Player of the year winner list.