SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
THE RISE AND FALL OF ORGANIZED CHESS IN CANADA
An indepth article, sometimes humourous, sometimes satirical, and carefully scrutinized by my personal legal counsel. A brief history of the myths, the lies and the corruption behind chess politics in Canada during the past 25 years. A sincere attempt to explain why the CFC has been turned into an empty shell. Carefully researched , based on little known facts and insider information.
The true story of the ‘success’ behind CMA. Of the corruption in the general Canadian Chess Community. Of the dirty war that CMA Executive Director Larry Bevand
waged against the CFC and Canadian Chess Legend Kevin Spraggett
An indepth report on Canadian Chess during the past 25 years that will have you questioning your loyalties in chess. Blending humour, satire and truth of the politics of Canadian Chess, this article will change the way you look at organized chess in Canada. Controversial, provocative and stimulating, this report will have been screened before publication by Canadian lawyers.
Of the often bizarre/incestuous legacy of the corrupted leadership in Canadian chess. This is the story that will be remembered by future generations of Canadians of what really happened, long after we are all gone.
There will be no hiding the truth this time! Absolutely uncensored!
The amazing story of how the OCA applied for and got a $120,000 grant from Trillium, and how the OCA can not account for it! Once more, no paper trail
No supervision. No oversight. No control. No accountability. Nothing but deception and incompetence! Why Trillium washed its hands of the OCA…and how OCA/CFC politicos are covering up the truth.
Divided into 5 parts, the article will be presented as a series:
1) The Kevin Spraggett Foundation for Chess (1988-1992) and the FQE
2) Larry Bevand’s personal war on organized chess ( 1996-present)
3) The ChessTalk fiasco (especially the dirty war)
4) The sale of Canada’s National Team (especially the Yves Charbonneau saga)
5) The last days of the CFC.
This much anticipated chronicle will soon be published on this blog!
APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
THE CHESS COACH IN THE ERA OF THE PC
An article that traces the role of chess coach/trainer from the era of the Soviet school of chess to modern times. What impacts have advances in sport psychology had on tournament chess players and coaches? How have the needs of the data-base generation affected chess coaching?
Traditionally, chess coaching has focused on two central aims: helping the player reach his full potential as student of the game and specific tournament preparation. With the advent of the data-base programs the coach is less necessary for tournament preparation, but his role has become even more important in guiding the player in his personal development. What do the world’s top coaches and trainers think of the new challenges?
This article explores the difficulties that both players and their coaches face in adapting to the new technologies.
The long promised article on the life and games of Miguel Najdorf is close to finished!
Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf
Najdorf was one of the most colourful players of the 20th century. Born in Poland in 1910, he found himself stranded in Buenos Aires in 1939 when the war broke out, and he decided not to risk returning to Europe. Just as well, as his entire family was murdered by the Nazis.
Having to make his life all over again, he became a citizen of Argentina. His business interests quickly made him the richest chess player of his generation. But his passion was chess. He was a candidate for the highest title for decades, having played 11 world champions in over the board competition.
Najdorf was a close friend of Bobby Fischer. Here we see Miguel having a good time trying to tempt
the American genius.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS