Letter of support from Mig Greengard VP Content and
Editor-in-Chief at KasparovChess.com.
My name is Mig Greengard and I am vice-president and
editor-in-chief of KasparovChess Online Inc. What follow is my commentary on
the October 17 incident with chess journalist John Henderson at the
BrainGames.net chess match taking place in London.
I was an eye-witness to the entire appalling affair and I
am still quite shocked at how a supposedly professional organization such as
BGN could behave in this way.
Displeased with a satiric article by Mr. Henderson
published at ChessCenter.com that was critical of the organizers, BGN directors
Raymond Keene and Suzanne Martin verbally abused Mr. Henderson in full view of
a room full of journalists. (Even photos and recordings are available.) Under
the eye of a burly security guard Mr. Henderson was escorted from the room.
I have been present in the press room for the duration of
every game and I cannot emphasize enough that Mr. Henderson's behavior has been
good-natured and unremarkable. Any statements indicating otherwise are complete
fabrications. Despite BGN's post-facto statements that Mr. Henderson's ejection
had nothing to do with the article they were so visibly outraged about, no
charges or references to specific incidents have been made on their part.
As a journalist I find it terrible that one of our number
has been denied the ability to perform his duties for the simple reason that he
wrote something that displeased the "authorities." Normal legal and editorial
channels must be respected and if necessary, vigorously defended. When
something like this happens it is the journalist's readers and viewers who are
While I recognize that it is within BGN's legal rights to
do what they have done, I fully expect Mr. Henderson's peers to stand up for a
journalist's right to perform his job without interference of this sort.
You may contact me at +1-917-495-9460 or at the return
address of this e-mail.
Mig Greengard is VP Content and Editor-in-Chief at