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by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A history lesson
Replies: 5
Views: 1201

Re: A history lesson

Attitudes have changed a lot in the past decade, largely because Tony Blair stood firmly against any sort of intolerance and succeeded in sweeping a lot of it away. By my reckoning CJ would have been a teenager in the 1980s, the era of Thatcherism, section 28 and when it was quite acceptable for The...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi
Replies: 242
Views: 34512

Re: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi

following the inertia of the Gerry Walsh years and the chaos of the Regan resignations i think the key point is we resigned and attacked the ECF. not attacked the ECF when we were still running it. Your point being? Alex and Lara are not running the ECF, they are volunteers who the ECF uses when co...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi
Replies: 242
Views: 34512

Re: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi

Alex and Lara - my advice to you would be to concentrate on organising excellent congresses such as Scarborough which benefit so many chessplayers in this country and leave the ECF to it. They have shown by this behaviour that they do not deserve you. Let them beg you to reconsider and then dictate ...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi
Replies: 242
Views: 34512

Re: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi

This debate seems to be going around in circles. One point I would make is that Alex and Lara do have a much lower media profile than CJ or RK and this forum is one of the few outlets for their opinion. I wasn't sure whether Andrew Farthing asked to speak at Scarborough 2010 or whether he was invite...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi
Replies: 242
Views: 34512

Re: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi

I agree that the board cannot respond to every comment made on Twitter. However, rightly or wrongly, Raymond Keene is a respected chess journalist and an establishment figure and a lot of what he writes reaches a substantial readership. What he wrote on Twitter about Alex and Lara was not a differen...
by Andrew Zigmond
Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi
Replies: 242
Views: 34512

Re: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi

I am also disgusted by the behaviour of the board who have refused to condemn Keene (hardly difficult) or offer Alex and Lara anything more than token backing. Am I the only one who thought Andrew Farthing had a nerve turning up at Scarborough when his prevarication has allowed this issue to drag o...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi
Replies: 242
Views: 34512

Re: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi

I'll say this as well. CJ overreacted and did nobody any favours, least of all himself but he was taking a stand against homophobia - even if on this occasion there was no homophobia intended or suggested. Having seen a photograph of a friend of mine bearing injuries received having been attacked ov...
by Andrew Zigmond
Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi
Replies: 242
Views: 34512

Re: An Open Letter to CJ De Mooi

My first post is going to be a contentious one. CJ is not the worst offender in this sorry business - he has at least issued some sort of an apology and his main crime since has been silence. The main `villain` here is Raymond Keene who prints slanders, going further than CJ did and then refusing to...