Apologies for the long delay. It's been a hectic few months, as I'm sure it's been for everyone. Nonetheless, I have not forgotten about this blog, and will continue to offer the Elaine Howie Fund through it. To refresh your memory, the Elaine Howie Fund provides recognition for junior chess players in Canada based on their performance & other factors throughout the year. Please see the posts labelled "Elaine Howie Fund" for more information, including last year's recipients. Lists will be composed after December 31, 2011, with the final list determined in late January/early February. If you wish to nominate someone as a potential recipient, or if you would like to contribute to the fund, please send me an email (see "About Me" on the side bar). In general, I collect fund dollars in place of holiday gifts, but I will not turn down contributions that can benefit the kids. The same process applies as what was used last year - $100 is guaranteed to go out to one junior, and for every $100 after that, another junior will receive a monetary prize. Twelve juniors in total, including those receiving monetary prizes, will receive a special 2011 Elaine Howie Fund pin & certificate. I will be looking at the results of juniors (<18 years old) from any province in Canada. Good luck!