We owe our respect to those players that train hard to improve their chess. We owe our respect to those that is not afraid of competition and win their place in fair and healthy competition and then fight hard, to the best of their ability, for our Country. We owe our respect to the parents that put out their hard earned money in paying for the training, in paying for the trips to represent our Country. We owe our respect to the sponsors who invest good money into a noble mind sport to see that our boys and girls are given the chance to develop the mindset to be world beaters.
We do not owe any respect to those that tell lies and spew venom; those that use official power and intimidation to beat down our own players, those that fix matches and hide the truth from the chess community. We do not owe any respect to those that represent our Country at the senior level via the back door when we have better players and they cannot even beat our more talented juniors. We do not owe any respect to those that rob our Associations blind to enrich themselves.
Give me one good reason why we should show them any respect. Just one. Our respect is misplaced. Do not honour the con men and put down our real heros.