So we have the winning game, the winning number if we can stay focussed on the issue and we dont allow the cheap tricks to work. The issue is, let me repeat, should those players that have not played competitive chess for a long period still be allowed to represent the Country without a fight?
So how do we convert?
This is very very hard to argue against. We know chess is a competitive sport. We know that those that have lost the fire and do not fight will not do well. We also know that in the longer term that opportunity should be given to fighters even if they may be lower rated. And we know a selection will tell us who is who?
Actually this is so obvious that they must resort to cheap tricks. Otherwise how can that handful of people subvert so many?
But there is an even deeper problem. We always had the numbers but we just could never speak with one voice. We could never work together. For the mamak vs junior, questions have been brought up about FIDE rating etc. etc. See here.
We are building our own roadblocks. So dont blame anyone else. Look at ourselves. This is the issue. If both the mamak gang and the juniors fight it out in full public glare, what are we saying?
I think we are saying, yes, we can work together, yes, we are not scared to fight it out. That to me will be the biggest statement we can make. That will show this suggestion deserves support.
So this leads to one last hurdle. If we do fight it out will MCF recognise our fighting spirit and be moved to support selection?
That is a good question. We normally talk about MCF as a monolithic organisation. But in reality its not. In MCF there are also those that want change and those that do not. I saw this during the Asean initiative. One side supports, one side attacks and sometimes even the one that supports can attack when scared or pressured. That is the reality.
So what can we do? All that work and then no results? I dont think so. I think as we move along more people will be convinced. Deep down we all want to be proud of our players. We all want to see a fighting Malaysia. We want to bask in their glory and rightly too for we helped shape the culture.
So do this. Stop putting up the roadblocks. We are many and they are few. Dont let the lunatics take over the asylum. We can do this.