Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. – Niccolo Machiavelli, renaissance diplomat and courtier, 1469-1527
Machiavelli’s quote is timeless, as it is definitive. In today’s world, everything must appear to be democratic, decent, civilized and fair. But beneath such civility, as a best-selling author remarks, lies a “cauldron of dark emotions – greed, envy, lust and hatred.” A game is being played here. On the outside, fairness prevails. On the inside, however, there is a considered appearance of cunning which supposedly resembles a unique game of chess.
In its April 13, 2016 edition, Stabroek News reported that the annual general meeting of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) would be held on May 15, based on an interview with a member of the constituted body. That meeting has been cancelled, according to Irshad Mohammed, president of the GCF. It is evident that a massive amount of imbroglio surrounds an unimaginative leadership. Who is authorized to speak for….