Sunday 7 January 2018

Merenzon and on and on

Would you believe that Ilya Merenzon has been telling enormous lies about chess again?

Course you would.

No, that's not one of them. It's cobblers, obviously, but not a lie as such.

This is a lie though.

This is a whole series of quite important and dangerous lies.

And this is more than one lie at once.

This is fair comment.

But of course it's worse than nonsense, it's a whole collection of very familiar lies.

I imagine we're going to be hearing them all year.


adamponting said...

Do you have evidence that they're lies, that he's aware they're not true?

I know, it seems hard to believe hehe. But, well, maybe no-one in his world gives a crap about accurate figures etc. (It sure looks that way.) The authority of Garry (Alzheimer's) and a dozen famous figures in chess (The 600 million) goes a long way, maybe all the way, in a lot of minds, I suppose. Is he known to have seen clear rebuttals to those claims? I doubt he reads this blog, for example, where would he read it? Reading the news, it's 600 million this, Alzheimer's that. They are public 'facts'.

Not to forget Hanlon's law.. "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." (and AGON since the beginning has seemed more totally inept that totally malicious. ..well OK, a bit malicious too. But mainly astoundingly inept.)

Now - to confront him with the truth, establish that he knows it, or something - and then, by interview or something, ask why he repeats something known to be false - that would be something.

ejh said...

Do you have evidence that they're lies, that he's aware they're not true?


adamponting said...

Haha very good. I had read that before, in 2015 I guess. (Gee, seems like easily 5+ years since S&B stopped) Sorry for forgetting/doubting. I guess the "ask why he repeats something known to be false" is the trickiest part. And he didn't quite admit he knows it's false, still has semi-plausible deniability. (Well, I'd forgotten about that exchange.) Still, he seemed surprisingly candid as far as that exchange went. But using "lying" does seem more than fair enough, though not quite proved.