Sunday, August 04, 2013


What's with the infighting? As a developing chess nation, we absolutely do not need this kind of problem. Instead, every chess player in this country should be working hand in hand to upgrade the level of chess in terms of quality and also quantity. Quality wise, we desperately need a Grand Master. Quantity wise, we need lots of them! It does not matter what race will our first Grand Master be - Malay, Chinese, Indian or even Iban - as long as we have one. The last thing I want to hear is the turbulence in the stewardship of our country's main chess federation.

Everybody wants money, power and fame. Especially power because when you get that, the other two will come naturally. Some will stop at nothing until they get what they want. 'The end justifies the means' is the philosophy they adhere to. While some others aim to frustrate these people. They seek legal means to oust the people in power and to replace them with who they think are suitable. And there are still some others who could not be bothered at what is happening around them. For them, as long as there are tournaments to be entered and prizes to be won, they are happy.

My long absence from writing in this blog is not truly because of this. It was just a matter of time management, or shall we say task preference, for there are more urgent things and tasks to be done instead of sitting in front of the computer and thinking of the words and phrases to be written, staring at the dangerous laptop screen for hours and, of course, finding the ideas on what to write.

Luckily, I manage to take some time to write this time. My first two paragraphs up there are written mainly because of frustration about the state of our chess scene today. It has become a political debacle and I really hate it as I always hate politics. Yes, I voted in the general election and yes, I wanted the right people to sit at the helm so that we all go towards the right direction. But for now, I stick to the fourth type of people - bothered but do nothing.

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