This Saturday, the Egregious Chess Federation is holding its annual Finance Meeting, in London. It promises to be a livelier-than-usual occasion, with various attendees looking for answers to some probing questions, regarding the Sheffield 2011 British Championship fiasco. Among those who will be there to face down the Board who have treated him so shamefully is Alex McFarlane, the sacked Co-Manager of the Sheffield event. However, it remains to be seen how many answers are forthcoming to the various questions. The person with most questions to answer will not be at the meeting - the Dear Leader is maintaining his stance of dumb insolence, and will not be gracing the meeting with his Z-list celebrity presence. Needless to say, this blog will be keeping a weather eye on developments, and will report on Monday.
In the meantime, I myself will be spending the weekend in what promises to be altogether more pleasant surroundings, at the annual meeting of the Ken Whyld Association. This group of chess historians and book collectors will be gathering in Norwich, for a weekend of lectures on historical topics, book trading and other chess-related paraphernalia. It will be a truly international event, the list of attendees including visitors from France, Germany, Holland, Denmark, etc. It will be my first attendance at a KWA meeting, and I am looking forward to it enormously.