If Mr. Sloan's report is accurate, the Messrs. Doyle and Redman are shocking choices to send on this fact finding mission. Both have long histories of supporting FIDE's antics. At the 1985 U.S. Open, when I was serving as Chess Life editor, then USCF President Doyle called me for a pool-side conference. He ordered me to cease criticizing Florencio Campomanes for canceling the first Kasparov-Karpov match. I responded that he himself had delivered a blistering indictment of Mr. Campomanes' action in a speech he delivered to the players at that year's Amateur Team East.
Mr. Redman is still worse. Readers of should consult the January 1988 issue of Chess Life for several articles written by him. Among other outrages, he supported FIDE's infamous persona non grata resolution condemning IM Ricardo Calvo. FIDE was in the mood for an anti-Kasparov witch hunt, and the FIDEistas attacked Calvo for a letter-to-the-editor that appeared in New in Chess. (Mr. Redman also attacked New in Chess as little more than a rag.) A FIDE vice president of the time described the persona non grata move against Mr. Calvo as the first maneuver in a grand combination against Garry Kasparov.
So, then, these are the two men whom the USCF has dispatched to quiz Khan Kirsan about his moral hygiene. Sending these two on a fact-finding mission concerning the Khan would have been like Congress trusting John Mitchell to investigate Watergate or Al Gore to report on Whitewater.
One can imagine the dialogue between the Khan and his two obsequious American FIDEistas:
"Mr. President, you are innocent of any involvement in the Yudina murder. Is that true?"
"Mr. President, you are not a dictator. Is that correct?"
"Thank you, Mr. President, for your frank and full answers to our questions. We're completely satisfied and shall assure American players that all is well in Kalmykia."
If our FIDE lads are not really visiting Elista to find out facts about Khan Kirsan, then why are they going? My guess is that they are checking out rumors that the preparations for the scheduled Olympiad in Elista are a disaster. Secondly, and more importantly, they will be discussing strategy with the Khan over how he can improve his image in the United States. At this juncture, the motion by Ethicist John McCrary to declare Anatoly Karpov the sole world champion is breathing stertorously. I would not rule out a visit by the Khan to the U.S. Open in Hawaii, though such a trip could end in disaster if this violent dictator, who is unaccustomed to free debate, undergoes open and informed questioning.
The only way to lend this absurd mission credibility is to include a strong, informed critic of Khan Kirsan, who would be free to file a separate report. Delegates and others could then compare the two reports and draw their own conclusions.
-- Larry Parr