Andrew Paulson wrote:
as interesting and witty as may be CJ de Mooi
Are you aware of the circumstances under which the interesting and witty CJ de Mooi departed his post and of the financial shenanigans in which he engaged at the 2011 British Championships in Sheffield?
In an interview with ChessVibes about the Candidates Tournament, you were asked about the disappointing attendances for the tournament and you said:
"I didn't want to have a situation where it was too crowded, where we couldn't control the public."
a. are you aware that this doesn't sound entirely convincing?
b. did you at any point before the interview say that you were hoping that attendances wouldn't be too high?
1) (a) Yes, I was in Istanbul when it happened. Shameful. (b) Sheffield, no.
2) As you will note, this was a rather aggressive, not to say hostile, interview by Peter Doggers (for whom I have great respect and affection). He was, in fact, in parallel, working for me at the Candidates as an employee at that time. This was early on in the event and we had not yet hit our stride. (I don't think we had fewer than 150 people per day, to be checked.) I was trying to paint the event as a success; as you know success breeds success. But you are right, it was absolutely fatuous as an answer. My only defence is that if I were to give you a list of my goals for the Candidates, high attendance would not have been in the top five. And yet, as I mentioned earlier, we broke all records in the end.