This week’s : Chess In Canada!
Photo of the week : Typical Toronto Chess Club
ITEM 1: WHERE IS THE CFC WEBSITE?
It seems that it was not so long ago that we were told that the CFC did not need to be selling chess books and equipment, did not need a house nor did it need a magazine. That all we CFC members really needed could be done on the internet! That the CFC’s web presence was good for all of our needs.
So in the past year the CFC has sold its house despite the market having hit bottom, sold its book and equipment business for a mere single digit percentage of what it is worth, and stopped producing its chess magazine while continuing to collect hefty dues from its members!
Well, to make things worse, for the last couple of weeks it has been decided that we did not need the CFC website either!
Apparently the website became infected with some type of virus that required the CFC leadership to shut the website down. Experts on the subject assure me, however, that it would probably take a Maytag repairman with a 15 minute crash course on html all of an hour or two to solve the problem !
So what is the big deal? The CFC is sitting on an ocean of cash!
The problem is that our CFC President is not a computer-savvy type of guy, and he let slip that maybe it was time for the CFC to construct another website! ”The CFC Executive is examining various options to deal with this problem, one of which is the creation of a new site.”-prez Van Dusen
By now the CFC membership should be used to being raped and robbed by our leadership (Bond, Mallon, MacDonald,Hamilton, etc). Rather than just call up the lonely Maytag repairman, those foxes in the CFC are drooling…they now want up to a cool 20,000 dollars to rebuild the website from scratch!
You elected them! You deserve them!………………………………………………………………………………………..
ITEM 2: TOO GOOD TO BELIEVE?
For the first time in its history, CMA (chess and math, Canadian chess’ version of the Mr. Hotdog franchise) announced that there would be elections open to the public! This was historic because Mr. Bevand had run the CMA these past 25 years with such paranoid secrecy that even the SS in the time of Hitler would have been envious! For 25 years the operation of the CMA was one of the world’s best kept secrets….
No one could find out anything about the CMA leadership. Who was the President? The others on the executive? How are they elected? Are they elected? Where is the CMA constitution? Bylaws? Do they exist?
There was total censorship. Up until a few months ago! Then appeared on both the English and French websites of the CMA homepage the above announcement of impending elections. I almost fell out of my chair when I saw this! I wondered: was Mr. Bevand dead? Did he convert to Christianity? Was there a coup d’etat in the CMA kingdom? Was Sarah Pallin involved?
Alas, it was all a big joke! Today the French website still has the announcement. The English announcement disappeared (read: the English are harder to fool!). Almost a week after the said elections, there is absolutely no information, anywhere. The status quo continues. The CMA continues to be one of the most secret organizations anywhere…
ITEM 3: THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF PETER STOCKHAUSEN’S DISAPPEARANCE
Have you seen this bastard?
It seems it was only a short while ago that Peter Stockhausen, past CFC Prez and all round- corrupt politician, disappeared, leaving his wife of more than 20 years marriage and teen- age daughter penniless and struggling to pay the rent. He took all of the family assets, including the car. (Apparently, there was no dog or goldfish.)
The wife put Stockhausen’s chess books up for sale on EBAY. The chess community was horrified! ”The bitch!” they cried.”How dare she sell his chess books!”
Complicating the whole sordid affair, a love triangle emerges. According to Karen, Peter and Lynn Stringer (a widow with a long list of extinguished’ husbands behind her: her first husband died when his helicopter disappeared and was never found (leaving her with his company) and the second husband died of a heart attack soon after Lynn confessed to extra-maritial affairs) have been romantically involved for some time now. And this explains why the BC chess community has been keeping Stockhausen’s where-abouts a secret, and have blocked all atempts by Karen to bring Stockhausen before the courts for child support and alimony.
In anycase, the latest development in the affair has been this above cryptic tombstone, appearing on Karen’s website: http://sites.google.com/site/stockhausendisappearance/
What does it mean? Is Silken dead? Murdered? Or is this all just symbolism?
Just the other day I received the following email to my blog:
Sunday, September 13, 2009 2:15:56 AM
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I worked with Peter Stockhausen when he was GM at the Delta in Richmond, BC. I consider him a man of integrity, devotion and all that is good. His daughter, Silken, is the light of his life.
Being very disturbed by his sudden disappearance, I can only hope that he is truly OK and will return very soon. Lynn Stringer says that she knows he is alive. What does that mean? Why won’t she help the family get back together or at least encourage closure of this terrible situation.
The word “scandal” is a very harsh word sending out dramatic vibes. What do you know that others do not? Peter has walked away from his family and no one is helping to reunite or encourage, as a global team of CCF, to solve the mystery.
Meanwhile, Karen and Silken sit and wait. How stressful.
Also – Kevin – what is the meaning of the white page with the headstone that reads “Silken murdered”. That too is very disturbing. I have not mentioned this to Karen and hope that she has not seen it. However, I did report it to Google. The police will be my next step. It must be a very cruel joke by someone without a heart and brain full of terror.
Help find Peter, Mr. Spraggett. Put this whole mess to an end. You have the contacts and the knowledge to do this.
I really don’t know what to think! Am I being manipulated? For what design? And is all of this much more complicated than first appears? What more about Peter Stockhausen will we learn in the future?