Malcolm Pein’s smear tactic backfires spectacularly
Innuendos refuted by fellow English bloggers
One of the more enlightening aspects of the 2018 FIDE election campaign has been to learn that the respective campaigns of Nigel Short and Malcolm Pein have surprisingly little credibility within the online English chess community.
Whenever one of these gentlemen embarrasses himself or makes outlandish claims, which has been frequent thus far, the ‘execution’ is never long in coming.
Case in point is the Telegraph’s article from yesterday, mischievously entitled ‘Russia in the dock again – over chess election’. Firstly, the most popular online chess forum (English Chess Forum) ripped it apart:
- ”Yes, pretty risible. (They even used a photo of Fischer from 1992. instead of 1972). This whole article took the non-chess playing journalist 1-2 hours max, including the phone call to Ilya Merenzon.’
- ”Indeed, even by normal standards this is a particularly idiotic piece. It’s not often you see Ilya Merenzon presented as the face of all that is good about FIDE.”
But the most spectacular K.O was delivered on Justin Horton’s blog , arguably the most respected chess blog in all of England. Today he did a clinical autopsy while the ‘cadaver’ still had a heart beat…entitled ‘No Prizes’.
No prizes for the Telegraph’s journalism, that is. Malcolm Pein is closely associated with the paper. I recommend the readers to take a quick glance at Horton’s blog article.
It appears that Malcolm is on some sort of self-destructive binge, no doubt provoked by the painful realization that he is backing the wrong horse: