The world of English chess was rocked to its foundations last night, after it was revealed that a financial transaction has been correctly documented at the Egregious Chess Federation. According to an unofficial report by the federation's Finance Committee, an invoice for £3.60 issued by the Federation's Battle office last month "had the correct date on it and even included 60p VAT".
The Federation's CEO, Mr Aintwortha Farthing, issued a statement last night, in which he admitted "The report shows that we got something right, and need to make changes to avoid a recurrence of this wholly unacceptable situation".
But critics were quick to suggest that this may be only the tip of the iceberg. Former police inspector Ernie "Good Moaning" Crabtree claimed to reporters that "Forthing is being hypelessly compleecent. I have been sowing for minths that the accainting was a shimbles".
But the Federation's President, Lord Egghead of Stonewall, insisted last night that this was an isolated incident, telling reporters: "Some people get paperwork right. Get over it."
CJ de Mooi is 41. Er, no, sorry, 46. Oops, no, 9 years were handled by him personally and didn't go through the books, so make that 37...Ah, but then there's the VAT...(continued p.94)