An Embarrassment and A Real Disgrace!
So the FIDE Elections came to pass pretty much as any informed or intelligent observer would have understood from the beginning.
But what must poor old Dato Tan Chin Nam have been thinking when he chose to drag Malaysia into this fiasco as an advisor to the Karpov 2010 campaign at Garry Kasparov's behest (and then making it worst by proposing Abdul Hamid Majid for the seemingly key but largely symbolic position of General Secretary) and to choose participation in slander and much nastiness?
Even Hamid’s must ardent fans at DATCC must have been surprised to be shown a whole new history of his ideals, achievements, and capabilities as that was completely at odds with the obvious 20+ years of failure we are suffering from his running the Malaysian Chess Federation.
Yes, it was expected that other than making a few choice trips for personal pleasure and then sending out a letter to Asian Federations quite defamatory in its claims, all Hamid could really do to contribute was to make the final IGB Dato Arther Tan Malaysian Open into a platform for a political meeting where very few, people either without votes or people like him who had long lost standing with their federations for the very same things he accuses FIDE of are of course his honoured guests!
It cannot have been no surprise then when with Hamid as Malaysia's FIDE Congress Delegate, and especially when all knew how the likes of his friend Koya was allowed to condemn both FIDE and India in KL, it was all but certain that Malaysia would be shut out from all positions and bids.
At the end of the day it would seem that Dato Tan has thrown away his money again and damaged his reputation beyond repair and once again it is because he has chosen to believe the blood suckers under his employ and patronage that have surrounded him for years.
So much for political tragedy... in Khanty-Mansiysk what however has upset me personally is that the Malaysian team playing at the 39th World Chess Olympiad suffered the fact we only have 4 players and all because because Hamid was included in the team and yet not only have we not seen him once, but his room in unused, the flights booked for him not taken up, etc. and we really could have done better than to throw away money we could have used for a reserve.
But then again I forgot it is his patron's money and perhaps for him to waste as he pleases.
With four players we had no options in terms of strategy and no cover for tiredness or poor form and I can only say that it would have been a worst disaster for our team if the senior players (not me as my last Olympiad was 24 years ago) did not force Gregory Lau to stop becoming a non playing captain and into playing three of the last four rounds where as our super sub he helped us win two crucial matches.