Dear chess fan,
The Los Angeles Times has replaced my chess column with a syndicated column. The first one appears this weekend.
I think it’s a bad decision, and not just for personal reasons. The Times wants to save money, which is understandable, but a syndicated column cannot provide the coverage of local tournaments that I do. Perhaps some of you enjoy my analysis of recent games or my choice of puzzle positions. I don’t want to brag, but I doubt that the new columnist, Bill Cornwall, will do as well.
Please help. Would you write a letter asking the newspaper to bring back my chess column? The address is:
Los Angeles Times
202 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
If you prefer to telephone, call the readers’ representative at 877-554-4000.
And please tell your chess friends to write. If you think my column is worth saving, then the next few days are crucial. Convince the Times executives that many readers care about chess.
Thank you for your help.
Yours, Jack Peters
I was distressed to read of the supposed cancellation of Jack Peters excellent chess column in Los Angeles Times.
To me and many other local players, the highlight of the column was always the “local news” where one could find the doings of people you knew, or even see your own name! A syndicated columnist can not replace this.
But when I looked up said columnist, I was stunned, and not in a good way. According to his rating history, Bill Cornwall (supposedly Jack’s replacement) has not played a rated game since 1993, when he was rated as an expert.
In other words, an International Master of stature, and a California resident who plays in and covers Calfornia Chess, is being replaced by a non-playing, once upon a time expert from Florida! Presumably that’s the end of all local news, and all high level analysis.
I have written the Los Angeles Times in support of Jack, and I urge all chessplayers to follow suit. The last line of my letter to the LA Times editor is: “Bring back quality: reinstate Jack Peters.”