SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
There was a curious reaction within certain quarters of our chess community when I first announced on this blog a project of writing a contemporary history of the corruption, graft and greed within recent Canadian chess. I mean by this, ofcourse, Canadian chess in the most broad sense: encompassing not only the CFC, but also the CMA, the FQE, the OCA ,the BCF and other provincial associations.
Curiously, the ‘implicated’ parties began to get nervous when it appeared that I was serious about this! Which I suppose is to be expected, given that Canadian chess has generally been a closed community where news and information is by custom subject to censorship before it becomes disseminated to the public.
In any case, following my annoucement on this blog, I started to receive some anonymous emails (as anonymous as emails go) making vague threats if I presisted in this initiative. Then one day they suddenly stopped, probably because it must have been realized that the internet is not the best medium to make threats (it is all in writing, to start with).
The CMA message board chesstalk, as often had become the practice since the time Larry Bevand personally took over the moderation of the site (early 2002), simply tried to marginalize and ridicule the idea that anyone within the CMA power-structure could possibly have done anything nasty, and then proceeded to bully and stalk me , sometimes for weeks at a time. As for the CFC establishment (the Hal Bonds, Peter Stockhausens, Chris Mallons, etc) they joined in the chorus of these self-righteous saints..Once both Bevand and Stockhausen joined forces and accused me of publishing nazi and fascist literature on my blog!
Earlier last year CMA executive director Larry Bevand
–mistakingly thinking that he must have been the principal target of my project– even tried to intimidate several members of my own family, insinuating that he would ‘destroy the Spraggett name’
should I persist in my project, as though Mr. Bevand could conjure up at will some fictious evidence to support such nastiness! (I have some skeletons in my closet–like most people who have lived a colourful life– but nothing that would normally excite anyone interested in simulating extortion and blackmail!) I believe an offer was even made to have my project published in print (BUT not on the internet!). I , ofcourse, ignored the pressure. Canadians are not supposed to bend to bully tactics. And besides, this is all in writing in the form of emails between several members of my family and I, and one day might be VERY usefull should I end up in court having to defend my good name. Courts love written evidence of intimidation.
There was a misunderstanding in what I had actually intended this project to be for: I wanted to write an accurate account–being a first hand witness–for those in Canadian chess who are not aware of the games, schemes, the bribes and back-stabbing that took place. That is, for the normal folk of Canadian chess who are not already part of some gang or mafia in our chess community. (That excludes most of those on the message boards, for example.)
So, today I want to remind my Canadian readers that I have not forgotten my promise to expose those in Canadian chess who have played principal roles in the destruction of Canadian chess in recent years. In the coming months several installments will be published here on this blog.
Today I received the green light from Peter Stockhausen’s wife Karen to release some of the recent information on what has happened to her husband. This will be elaborated on in greater detail in coming days, but for now let me just say that Peter Stockhausen is probably very close to the end of his natural life. Late last year he was institutionalized in a Vancouver psychiatric ward (or so his wife believes, but it could be in another city) for being a threat to himself. Having tried to commit suicide on several occasions, but failing (obviously).
Peter Stockhausen’s most recent victims: his own family
This after having mysteriously disappeared in 2009, causing the RCMP to initially investigate his disappearance, and ultimately running away with all of the family savings. Leaving his wife Karen and teenage daughter Silken in a dire financial situation.
And before then, ofcourse, Peter was the arch-type of the corrupt Canadian chess politician. So stay tuned in coming days.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS