It's all gone horribly wrong at the English Chess Federation. Again.
Just four months ago we were stepping on the fast train
to the future with the election as President of Andrew Paulson, a train nuclear-powered by the energy that shone, apparently, out of Mr Paulson's entrepreneurial arse.
Now that very same arse is being kicked out of office - not by the electorate who put him there but by a small group of conspirators among the ECF Board.
Not that you would have known this in the five days since Saturday 8, when the attempted coup occurred, since none of the parties involved saw fit to inform ECF members about their action. Neither the reasons behind them nor even the fact of the actions having taken place was made public.
Indeed it wasn't until Professor David Robertson took the trouble to post
about it, on the English Chess Forum, several days later, that rumours that had circulated about the coup were confirmed
, on Thursday, by ECF Chief Executive Phil Ehr.
I mean at least in a real coup you get military music on the radio.