SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Censorship is always ugly. Today after CFC president Gillanders announced that the CFC executive had decided to arbitrarily give a X-mas gift of some 350 points to 9-year old Jason Cao for no other reason than a governor who frequents Jason’s chess club requested it, the moderators of Canada’s 2 chief message boards have been busy censoring posts critical of the CFC’s actions.
I have received 17 emails today from disgruntled CFC members complaining of their posts being eliminated all together. I first noticed what was happening when earlier this morning a post on the CFC message board from Canadian IA Serge Archambault was removed. Mr. Archambault’s post was not offensive in any way, was short and to the point. Simply, the CFC did not like his criticism; it was inconvenient.
Instead, the moderator is allowing one person to post on this subject, probably because his argument is easy to refute and avoids stepping on sensitive toes. On the CMA message board the moderator has been much busier: not one single comment on Gillanders’ actions has been allowed to appear.
The Canadian chess community has been victimized for years by its leadership who have worked hard to eliminate criticism, trivialize valid complaints and ostracize those who do not shut up. Before I began this blog I was also treated in a similar manner. Every week one or two of my posts were censored, deleted or edited.
Self criticism is a Canadian tradition. Democracy guarantees free speech and protection from bullies and intimidation. It is time for the Canadian chess leadership to respect their origins.
FROM SOME OF MY READERS
From Mike Magnon”The Canadian Chess Federation is beyond fixing…..too bad too.Wish it was.”
From PeterHonest CFC members rebelling against CFC official.
CFC president explaining the facts of life to a young CFC member who also wants to receive 350 free X-mas rating points.(Thx, Peter!)
Canadian chess community’s answer to the American eagle.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS