Now I confess I don't read the British Chess Magazine. If they sent it to me post free it still wouldn't be worth the postage. At least that's the impression I got the last few times I saw it, one of which, a few years ago now, was a seventeen-page interview with this month's cover model, carried out by professional arse-kisser Steve Giddins. [CORRECTION: not so, says Steve in comments.]
I've not really had the stomach for it since, which is a shame in several ways.(I'd have liked to see March's Time To Grow Up Guys! by Mike Basman, just for the sheer effrontery.)
So for all I know, April's Ray Keene interview is in reality a searching examination of its subject, in the finest traditions of the journalistic art, and includes questions like the following:
- When are you going to pay back the money you defrauded from members of the British Chess Federation?
- Who is the bigger charlatan, you or your friend Tony Buzan?
- Did Viktor Korchnoi ever recover from you cheating him in 1978?
- How did you get away with the BrainGames scam?
- Do you actually write any of your own columns, or does Byron do them for you?
- Who at the Times protected you from being sacked for rampant plagiarism?
I could go on. I mean Ray has. For about forty years too long, protected by his friends, who couldn't give a stuff what he does as long as it's not their pockets that get picked.