I normally do not write posts like this but I am well and truly fed up with certain people out there who seem to have nothing better to do.
When Olimpiu founded SCN, he shared his vision to create a platform for up to date and honest chess reporting for the chess community, something which has been lacking in recent times. Junior spent his time doing up tournament reports while I mainly presented training articles, hopefully useful, during my gap year.
We do not claim to be the best in what we do. However, its certainly the best out there as there are no similar sites that produce the same kind of work we did.
Most importantly, SCN is an independent body which means we are not biased towards or against anyone. We write what is going on out there, both good and bad news. Unfortunately, there are certain people who just cannot live with this and after 2 good years, the chief editor (there is only one - i.e. Olimpiu Urcan) decided to shut down SCN despite our lengthy persuasions.
I believe the work we have done is beneficial to chess players. We have put in a lot of effort, spent hours and hours of our time, and asked for virtually nothing in return except for the satisfaction from the fact that we have given something worthy of the chess community's attention.
Since SCN has closed, I thought it would be a good idea to have Junior on board since he is keen and willing to spend the time to cover interesting tournaments. He has done an incredible job, spending almost the same amount of time he did for SCN and again for nothing in return. Amazingly, the last comment I saw on my blog appears to indicate that there are people who are not happy about this too! And to these people, I have this to say:
On this blog, I will work with whoever I like, whenever I want. If you don't like it, stay away. No one really cares about what you think. Create your own blog. Do up your own website. No one appreciates your smart-alec jokes and sarcastic remarks here.
Junior will continue to work with me despite his offering to stop. I don't see why he has to, even if some people may dislike him. I have been tolerant of anonymous comments so far and will have no choice but to moderate comments if more of such comments surface.
I reiterate that this blog will only focus on chess. Any unrelated comments will be removed so pls don't waste my time reading comments that I will not publish anyway.
Back to the chess from now on.