The myth of logic and reason in chess….
”The current FIDE president’s actions and statements, in and out of FIDE, are consistently on the edge and form a pattern. This is not just one isolated action where he happens to be out of step with Canadian norms. I see no reason why one cannot look at the whole picture and conclude that he is unsuitable for FIDE presidency.” Roger Patterson, Victoria organizer
”Kirsan’s visit to Libya is indeed offensive and it would be quite appropriate for the CFC to issue a statement of condemnation for publication by ChessBase, etc. That said, I would not get too carried away with our self-importance. We have long known that Kirsan is a crackpot …” Gordon Ritchie, Ottawa organizer
The FIDE president played a game of chess with the country’s political leader. Vietnam –also like Libya– lacks democracy but has an even worse human rights record since 1975, when the Americans finally withdrew the last of its military presence.
The European and American media did not even mention the visit. No one in the chess world condemned Kirsan’s latest photo-opportunity with a world leader. Needless to say, indignation and outrage was the last thing on anyones mind…neither the English Chess Federation nor the French Chess Federation protested.
Closer to home, in Canada, not a peep from Vlad Dobrich, Roger Patterson or Gordon Ritchie…
The chess world was silent. What does that say about us? Doesn’t make us look very logical and reasonable, does it?
”No-one said a word. Whatever.
Anyway, I wrote a piece about Kirsan’s visit to Libya at the time, which I was going to run on Wednesday last week. And I changed my mind, it being, coincidentally, my birthday that day. Politics and war and dictators seemed far too serious for a birthday, so I dropped it, substituted something harmless and went up to the mountains for the day. But it’s been nagging at me that there was something I wanted to say. So I’ll try and say it now.
One of my persistent, albeit occasional, themes in writing about chess politics and media is the difficulty which the chess world, in Western Europe and North America, has in understanding the point of view of the rest of the world. The reason being, chiefly, that it does not try.”
The author then goes on and describes the prevalent political bias in the non-3rd world chess community and its fundamental contradictions that it prefers to ignore. You have to read the whole article! It blew me away. There is , indeed, reason and logic in the chess community, albeit in difficult to find places.