SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
On a more comical note, at the end of each year a Toronto chess amateur by the name of David Cohen –better known as the Pee Wee Herman of Canadian Chess–engages in a hilarious ritual of picking the Canadian ”Chess Player of the Year”.
David Cohen (aka Pee Wee Herman)
Joking aside, Cohen does this to bring attention to himself. The process of picking the ”Chess player of the year” is as flawed as one can imagine. Years ago I wrote Mr.Cohen to remove my name from any consideration of any of his awards. There is no control over any of the voting process. There is zero accountability or release of the actual voting figures or names of those who voted. The entire process makes the elections in Afganistan, Iraq, Zimbabwe or the latest Russian elections look like text-book examples of democracy in action!
Pee Wee Cohen earlier this week released the name of the 2011 Canadian Chess Player of the Year: Toronto GM Mark Bluvshtein. The Canadian chess community has been rolling in laughter since…
Mark’s major chess achievement this year was announcing his retirement from the game!
Only in Canada….