Do read, as suggested, his own statement, for its entertainment value alone. Among the various nonsenses, we can find one comment at least which I think I can endorse without qualification:
It hardly needs saying that I cannot remain in post as Controller of the Grand Prix or be eligible for any of the Grand Prix section prizes while these allegations are being made.It hardly does.
But as we know, this is not a situation that dates from 27 January, when the first in this series of pieces was published. It dates from October 26, 2015 when Mr Crockett was first named in the English Chess Forum thread which put the controversy in the public domain.
Mr Crockett was put in post after that time. I can't find any official notification of the appointment: it's not in the latest board minutes, for instance, nor can I find any specific notice on the ECF website. Given the circumstances - given that the controversy was already public - it surely was a most remarkable appointment. For precisely the reason that Mr Crockett gives.
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For many of us, the first we knew about the retirement of the previous Controller and the appointment of his replacement was when we read about it in this Blog.
Thanks for this series. Some of the comments defending Mr. Crockett were quite entertaining.
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