Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 6th 2014 Contents Some seven months after it
was elected, the T&T Chess Asso-
ciation has taken a decision to
call an annual general meeting
which will elect a new executive.
The meeting will be held at
Preysal High School, Couva, on
March 9, starting at 3pm. This
unprecedented decision has caught
the T&T chess community by sur-
prise, creating widespread spec-
ulation about the real reasons for
it. According to President Ander-
son Gordon, the unusual measure
has been taken in order to repo-
sition the Association s AGM to
mesh more conveniently with the
budgetary arrangements of sponsor
How urgently such a sudden
change is needed is not clear, at
least, to DR. To begin with, pre-
vious executives of the Association
have operated, from its very begin-
ning, without expressing any need
or concern for such an adjustment.
So that the chess community must
now wonder why the Association
has not seen it fit first to consult
its member clubs via a general
meeting and, more vitally, to wait
until after the CCA Sub Zonal
tournament, carded for March 26
to April 2, and the first national
qualifier scheduled to start on
After all, the constitution gives
the Association another three
months to fix the AGM s date
without having to resort to such an unprecedented measure.
Indeed, what guarantee is there that
the same executive will be elected?
What if the proposed AGM results in
the election of a new, or largely new,
executive? Will not the change-over
impose unfair stress on the incoming
administrators and possibly affect
preparation for what may be the largest
international chess contest to be held
Why then the sudden and untimely
In this respect, it is difficult for DR
to ignore consistent reports of dissen-
sion within the T&TCA executive and
to wonder whether the true purpose
of the unexpected AGM is, hopefully,
to get rid of members who are not pre-
pared simply to abide by the dictates
of an intolerant cabal.
Already reports are circulating that
certain members have been virtually
sidelined from performing their
appointed functions, indeed, as one
observer noted, they have been con-
structively dismissed . If that is the case,
then DR must warn the executive about
committing a possibly serious breach
of the association s constitution.
If officers are faulty or delinquent
in performing the duties of their respec-
tive portfolios, then the executive may
seek remedies including disciplinary
action as defined in the constitution.
As far as DR is aware, no such action
has been taken.
In such a situation, then, the Exec-
utive would appear to be seriously dis-
sembling if, as reports say, it is really
using the AGM as a convenient strat-
agem to rid itself of a few troublesome
But who can these troublesome
members be? What problems have they
created for the organisation? For exam-
ple, were they responsible for the poor
attendance at the Junior Age Group
championships held recently? It does
not seem so.
According to DR s information, in
fact, the fall-off in participation in this
key annual event occurred because the
knowledgeable and experienced advice
given by the troublemakers was firmly
ignored and, as a result, the schools
were not properly informed about the
In that case, it seems, the scenario
should be reversed!
It must be pointed out that, in any
democratic organisation, issues will
not always produce unanimous assent.
And those presenting a minority view
in any discussion should not be regard-
ed as troublesome humbugs who
deserve to be sidelined and even
expelled, especially if such members
are the most experienced with an
impressive record of achievement in
the sport behind them.
When problems or serious difficulties
arise within the Association, it also has
the choice of taking such matters to
its member clubs at a general meeting.
Resorting to such a wider consensus,
whatever its outcome, must create a
measure of goodwill for the national
It would certainly support the appeal
of the newly elected president himself
who called for a concerted movement
back to the clubs. The question of
changing the date of the AGM would
seem to be a proper issue to put before
such a forum, taking advantage of the
wide experience of the clubs senior
Since the present executive took
office, however, nothing really special
with respect to advancing the sport
has taken place, inspite of the optimism
and ambitious rhetoric it has generated.
Indeed, the executive is yet to issue its
development programme, or the spe-
cific projects it plans to pursue as a
proper prelude to its quest for spon-
Instead, the chess community is
now unexpectedly confronted with this
move to change the date of the
T&TCA s AGM. And, oddly enough,
the Association s executive considers
this quest so important and urgent that
it is even prepared to risk its own exis-
tence in the coming election.
In interest of the sport that we love,
DR expects two things: 1) That eligible
member clubs will meet to discuss their
approach to this AGM and 2) executive
members of the Association and mem-
ber delegates will be free to speak their
minds with respect to the true purpose
of this strange meeting.
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