I take your point and I certainly have my own opinions on Mr Keene. However I'm increasingly coming round to the view that it's only a minority who are absolutely obsessed with everything he does (and most of these are authors and journalists - a narrow demographic). The way I see it, as a retired Grandmaster and a correspondant for a major newspaper, not to mention Cambridge alumni) he will be invited to events as a guest. At present it seems he can't show his face anywhere without the guns being drawn and players and benefactors being caught in the resulting crossfire; to the point where the event itself gets relegated to a sideshow.Niall Doran wrote:Yes they do, Andrew.
But this is also a forum for discussing English chess, so the subject is relevant. In a way, it's even better to discuss this type of thing here, as it's neutral ground, whereas anyone trying to defend Mr Keene on the Streatham Blog might feel they're playing on away turf.
Of course we've had this discussion before and the response from certain quarters is invariably, `Well it's their own fault for inviting him.` However, to the vast majority of English chess players his presence is of little interest; if anything they'll roll their eyes and move on.
Perhaps if we learnt something new each year rather than the same allegations and sly jokes it would be different. But we don't, and it isn't.
I was planning to stay out of this one but now I've said it ...