I have an inkling of what it takes to nurture a chess Champion from the struggle of the last 6 years of trying to get Mark to the National level. The hours upon hours that we spent discussing from our own limited knowledge. Trying to get clear information and working things out step by step through so many false starts. So many dead ends and false trails.
(And this is not even considering the financial costs of the journey.)
That he even managed to get top 4 at NAG was quite a feat to me considering I have very little chess background.
So I can only imagine what a loss it must be to the Country when even one strong player drops out for no good reason. When some of our own IM's have decided to withold the very information that we need to move ahead. At least that is my perception.
I hear so many horror stories, witnessed even a strong National player that have brought glory to the Country and his name is deleted from our history. (Deon Moh from Perak) Accomplishments not acknowledged. This happens so often that we are sometimes too numb to care anymore. Normal what.
But with every loss, we go further back. Every loss is a National tragedy. Should we not care more? Is it in our interest to care about what is happening? How did it get this way? I have a "theory". I hope you'll listen. I'll share it in my next postings.