The latest from Alex McFarlane, following his open letter last Thursday evening (see “Tee-shirtgate: the fallout continues” earlier in this blog):

“Still no ECF Director or other official willing to come out and offer public support over the allegations made. We have however had one Director suggest that we should employ the services of a PR company!!! I’m not kidding, that suggestion was made. I assume that the funding to do so will come out of the Marketing budget.”

It is now the better part of 72 hours since Alex made his appeal, yet not one member of the ECF Board has been willing to offer his public support.  I think that says everything that could possibly be said about the calibre of the people we now have running the Egregious Chess Federation.

The ECF’s Annual General Meeting takes place on 15 October. Regrettably, the vast majority of the current Board members are standing for re-election, including CJ de Mooi, the President. To him and the others, I cannot do better than repeat Cromwell’s words to the Rump Parliament:

“You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately … Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”


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