Опубликовано 15/11/04 в 16:18:23 GMT+02:00 Эльбрус
Mart Soidro, «The Estonian Cultural Newspaper SIRP [HOOK]», 5th Nov, 2004:
«Journalistic Godsend: Director of Estonian Chess Federation Olde Hendrik as a Boor»
Friends advised me not to put such a heading. In fact, this is a rehash of Anton Jurgenstein’s one who wrote something similar about Jan Oks 90 years ago. Oks at that time rebuked Ernst Peterson-Sargava and Eduard Vilde.
My remarks can seem critical as well, but let Oks rest in peace.
I was shocked by the Estonian Chess Federation CEO Hendrik Olde’s comments concerning the Drezden TKO win over Tallinn in bidding for the 2008 Chess Olympiad (they appeared in the Estonian newspaper Ohtuleht (http://www.sloleht.ee/index.aspx?s=Kass%26Olde&id=164805 on Oct 30th): «Well, and what you expect from the delegate of Uganda if he is presented with 50 chessboards? Certainly, he will take them, sell them at home at 3 dollars, and put 150 dollars in his pocket».
To my mind the CEO (who is getting good wages!) is affected by verbal diarrhea. Moreover, our hero continues in the same manner: «Dresden has won first of all owing to support from the poor African and rich European countries. One must not treat those two accidents (2 years ago without Carmen Kass Olde has received just 12 voices in the competition against Torino – Mart Soidro) as defeats; it is necessary to learn a lesson from them».
I agree with the latter. But for some reason it seems to me that we together with Olde Hendrik understand that ‘lesson’ in different ways. After watching Urmas Ott’s teleshow and reading our newspapers I have the following questions to our chess federation CEO to ask:
1. If you are a man, why on earth such a logorrhoea is allowable for you?
2. Are you ashamed of Carmen Kass? Why, figuratively speaking, you have crept under her skirt to get 17 voices more than when competing with Torino.
3. You have mentioned that the results of both female and men's teams in Calvia Olympiad did not influence the choice of Chess Olympiad 2008 host. Should we understand this so that the expulsion of our gold reserves Tatyana Fomina and Monika Tsiganova from the female team became the highlight of Carmen Kass's presentation? On Oct 30th the Estonian newspaper Postimees (http://www.postimees.ee/011104/esileht/sport/148713.php) quoted the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Auf dem Weg zur Schach-Hauptstadthttp://www.faz.net): «At the same time, world-known cover girl and ECF’ director’s speech in Spain have not been beneficial to the nominee of Estonia».
4. How are you appreciating the performance of your spouse in the Olympiad? Indeed, Margit Brokko-Olde playing on the 3rd board with ‘Ugandans’ has shown ‘without a rival’ the worst result in the team – just petty 2,5 points from 7.
5. As an executive director of our chess federation how are you appreciating the 2:2 drawn game with Slovakia? Let me remind: all the games were no more than half-hour and ten moves longer. Is it worth in this light to point at Italy, Uganda and Germany? Or during this match you were engaged in lobbying resulting in such disastrous ‘honor and glory’ of Estonia?
6. The Estonian Government has decided to change over to euro: what shall happen the first - Paul Keres disappears from the currency or you disappears from your current post in chess federation?
7. How will you dare to look at the eyes of your colleagues from «rich Europe»? Your outburst has made it clear for them that you treat inhabitants of Uganda like all treated Estonians 20 years ago.
8. This project has been supported by the Local Government of Tallinn and by the Government of Estonia. Do you realize that because of your logorrhea they shall blush in official receptions now? (Apparently it is an insipient question.)
9. How many more voices would Estonia have received if you had not been in Spain?
10. Have the notion ‘incorruptible’ acquired a new (the third?) meaning after such a manifestation of your behavior?
Actually I am not waiting for answers to these questions from the well-paid head of chess federation. Nevertheless I hope in secret that he will learn from these mistakes, and in the future Estonia shall not be ashamed of his manners. At least for the sake of Paul Keres.