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  • #16
    I suspect much of the animus out there about Kevin is simple jealousy over his great run of success;
    Well, maybe not so much... The only time I met K.S. (albeit briefly) was when he gave a simul at the Mississauga Chess Club when it was at the Erindale Campus of UofT. I managed to eke out a draw in a horrible game (by me) where K.S. was distracted by other more interesting games. His lecture that evening before the simul was excellent and very thorough and he answered many questions from the floor. He was gracious enough when our draw was one of the last remaining games...

    However, through his blog or column or website or whatever he has launched a tremendous amount of vitriol at nearly everyone who opposes his views or politics or opinions.
    There are SO many examples of this.

    Of course, I don't know K.S. and I can only comment on his online persona. Many people behave quite differently online than in person. I am sure Mr. Crowhurst has some legitimate complaints and his characterization of K.S. is hardly the worst profanity that has shown up in ChessTalk (wander through the cess pool that is the covid-19 discussion for recent examples). Most regulars here are adults (at least in physical age) and I hardly even noticed Crowhurst referred to K.S. as he did... In any case, K.S. has done exactly ZERO for Canadian Chess in a long time...
    ...Mike Pence: the Lord of the fly.

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    • #17
      Re Kevin:

      In my view, Kevin in person, and Kevin on his website (Based in Portugal......hard to sue for libel) are two different Kevin's.

      My in person experience was at a weekend tournament once he invited me to join he and Bryan Nikoloff for lunch. He was very personable and talkative (At the time I was a low A-class Player).

      My online experience was during my 3 years as a non-executive CFC Officer: Public Relations Coordinator. The attacks published on his website, on the CFC, and me personally, were "off-the-wall".

      Bob A

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      • #18
        Originally posted by J. Crowhurst View Post
        I wouldn't ask Spraggett for the time. We flew that asshole out here several times to play in a bunch of events, he was just a dick.
        Kevin has seriouis mental problems, and I do not think he is completely responsible for his disturbed personality. He is to be pittied above all else, it seems to me. The man needs help, but will never realize it or seek it.
        Last edited by Brad Thomson; Thursday, 25th November, 2021, 01:53 PM.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Frank Dixon View Post
          I'm disappointed in Mr. Crowhurst's post, and that this site would allow profanity, defaming Canada's best-ever player.


          Respectfully submitted,
          Frank Dixon
          NTD, Kingston
          What part of what I said was defamatory, Frank?

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          • #20
            Jeremy, I found the general direction of your post concerning GM Spraggett to be objectionable. Certainly, you are entitled to your opinion, but blanket negative characterization of someone, based on limited experience, is inappropriate. GM Spraggett, a public figure, has interacted with thousands of people during his chess career; probably most of those interactions were positive (as mine were), or neutral. A few of them were negative, as you describe. It is a sign of our times that these negative interactions now get posted, or shared. Kevin has also received many complimentary characterizations in print from former teammates, team captains, rivals, organizers, and so forth. My concern is for balance. In our chess world, elbows get extended in the corners, in the heat of battle, and during disputes, and it is very rare for someone with a life in chess to emerge unblemished -- probably GM Yanofsky and IA Phil Haley managed that.

            I am also disappointed that a thread which started positively on GM Ivanov, which I contributed to, then trended negative on GM Spraggett.

            By the way, I am curious about two matters; you can ignore if you wish.

            1) I read online that you are the recipient of a kidney transplant. How is that working out for you?
            2) And as an Abbotsford person, you have been experiencing dreadful disaster conditions for the past couple of weeks. I was born in Vancouver, have visited the lower mainland many times, and have a lot of family and friends in the area, but haven't lived there since my very early childhood. How are things looking for the community?

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            • #21
              I am also disappointed that a thread which started positively on GM Ivanov, which I contributed to, then trended negative on GM Spraggett.

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              1) I read online that you are the recipient of a kidney transplant. How is that working out for you?
              2) And as an Abbotsford person, you have been experiencing dreadful disaster conditions for the past couple of weeks. I was born in Vancouver, have visited the lower mainland many times, and have a lot of family and friends in the area, but haven't lived there since my very early childhood. How are things looking for the community? [/QUOTE]

              Yeah I think that might have been inevitable. Kevin's tribute was wonderful particularly considering my recollection is that there was more than a little bad blood there.

              The thing with Kevin is we both have memories of him, yours far outweigh the bad, mine the opposite. He was a great person to have at a tournament. Zero drama. Talked to people, gave at least brief post-mortems even to really low rated players.

              But I've been a prosecutor for 22 years. Anybody who falsely, repeatedly, accuses someone of sexual assault to advance their own vendetta, they're dead to me. That's the worst thing a person can do in a justice system because it's so hard for an innocent person to clear themselves, and it makes it that much harder to get the next guy who's actually guilty.

              The way you feel about Kevin is probably very similar to the way I feel about Dan Scoones. When you're sitting at the director's table and he walked in, you just smiled because you knew the tournament was going to be that much easier. Also, Dan and I both had Crohn's disease, and I followed his condition carefully because it was more advanced than mine, hadn't responded as well to treatment, and he was older. Dan was on death's door many, many times, and that was one of them. Sitting there with Kevin, talking to him and getting to ask that question was probably a bucket list, highlight of his life kind of situation and Kevin just smacks him down in front of a half-dozen people.

              How socially stupid, inept, ungrateful, and classless do you have to be to say something like, "It's been so long since I was as weak as you that I just don't remember?" You are supposed to be a pro. You can't just pull out of your ass, "Ah, endgame technique! That is the key!" Or, "When you go through an informant, don't read the openings you know, go through games where you don't know the opening!" I don't know, something.

              Then a year later Yasser Seirawan came up. So far and beyond the call of duty it's unimaginable. He'd give three minutes to ANYBODY. Just the most generous and classiest guy you'll ever meet in the chess world (except I know there are lots more).

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              I was fortunate enough to get a random match with a woman who saw the news coverage, that transplant happened on June 10th, 2019. Unfortunately, the kidney never made it out of the hospital. It wasn't a rejection, they don't know what the issue was, but they went back in on the 11th, and on the 12th it had to come out. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I got a kidney from a deceased donor on Thanksgiving of last year. It was a complete harvest, they kept him on life support so the operations could be done on Thanksgiving Sunday. I have fully recovered physically, took maybe three months.

              The whole Fraser Valley could be in trouble. Hwy #1 was closed for several days between Abbotsford and Chilliwack, and stuff is getting through now. But a lot of livestock drowned in the flooding, crops ruined (blueberries here, corn in Chilliwack), so we'll see. We live on a hill, so we were spared any damage.

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              Sorry for the attitude. I have Asperger's, and my three kids are all severely autistic. I am not in a great state of mind these days.

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