With respect to the personal achievements of our senior players, I have wondered why almost none of them, if any at all, have the attitude of wanting to give back. To be sure those that have elected to make a living out of chess deserve to make a decent living from the chess community. But the idea of national service seems alien.
I was told that the training for Mal/Singapore was not a training at all but a lot of wasted time.
I have seen seniors reviewing the games of juniors and heaping abuse on them rather than helping.
They criticise but offer no solution although they are the best placed from their vast experience of what did not work.
Their attitude seem to say how great they were at one time; that the current juniors cannot compare to their past achievements. That may be true but what is the point of this exercise? Unless they are prepared to carry the cross/burden and make the final push themselves, why dont they try to help those who are still trying?
Instead I see them putting the kids down, telling them they are not good enough. What does this really say? To me its a reflection of what they themselves must have gone through. Unappreciated over the years so they feel they must continue to hog the limelight; long past their due.
If you are no longer prepared to continue to carry the flag, then pass it on. Help the juniors. Give them of your experience and knowledge so they too do not get lost along the way. Encourage them. Shine the light on the path.
The new generation is not responsible for what happened to you. That was in the past. Why take out your frustrations on them and those who are still trying to make a difference. With all due respect, your anger is misdirected.