A poor man’s word will not carry weight in India, was the comment of the sad father of an 11-year-old boy who was emotionally abused at a chess tourney recognized by All India Chess Federation (AICF) and its affiliated units.
“I have not received any reply from AICF President P.R.Venketrama Raja to my mail. I heard the AICF had immediately responded to a complaint by Arjuna Awardee and India’s second Grandmaster (GM) Dibyendu Barua on a similar complaint. Like the Tamil proverb, poor man’s words will not be heard by the kings who manage Indian chess,” K. Murugesh Babu told IANS on Thursday.
At a time when India is hosting the World Junior Chess Championship in Delhi, his son, 11-year-old schoolboy Karthick Rahul, an upcoming player was barred from playing in a chess tournament midway by an official of the Tirunelveli District Chess Development Association (TDCDA) in Tamil Nadu on Saturday.