I am kindly asking you to print his letter so as to rectify an omission that was made by your reporter in relation to the results of the just concluded Trophy Stall Chess Tournament.
Jessica Callender was not even mentioned as a participant even though she played in all 7 rounds. She was one of two females that played in the tournament and she finished on 3 points. This is Ms. Callender’s first tournament and it is a credit to her resilience that she continued to play to the end.
Young players need to be encouraged to play chess and they should be given the necessary help to do so. The sport has been taking a battering over the last two years and the Guyana Chess Federation needs to up its ante if it is going to be the watchdog over chess in Guyana. Complaining to the President of the GCF is like throwing water on a duck’s back. It is ironic that Ms. Callender contacted the President to correct what was a mistake on the reporter’s part but was given the royal run around that the Chess Federation does not publish the results and not everyone is mentioned in the follow up.
Mr. Mohammed ought to know that proper results must be reported and when mistakes are made by the publisher it is one of his duties as President to see that it is corrected and not repeated. Suffice to say that the dictatorial and offhanded way that chess is administered in Guyana does not bode well for the development of the game. It seems also, that the Chess Federation only seeks to promote tournaments in the year that the Olympiads are held.
Chess is a game of discipline and if the members of the executive do not comply with their own announcements, what do they expect the lesser members to do?
Tournaments are ad hoc in nature and starting times are dependent on the tournament director’s discretion and not as advertised. There has been no proper programme for the development of chess for the last few years and although chess is being played at different venues by die hard chess players, the GCF remains the silent partner throughout the length and breadth of Guyana wherever chess is being played.
With all the brouhaha about chess not being a spectator sport and persons serving without remuneration, it is imperative that the executives look at the development and strides of other sports that do not have huge gate receipts but are in the forefront of sports development. Maybe, just maybe, they will learn something on how to operate in a meaningful way so that chess will benefit and our youngsters will be encouraged to take up the sport of chess.
Editor’s note: The (chess) Tournament Director has no jurisdiction over the reports in Kaieteur News. Admittedly, the reporter had inadvertently omitted Ms. Callender’s performance on the penultimate day but had made amends in a subsequent report.
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