When the segment finally went to air on Wednesday, host James Valentine quickly made clear approaching Adams was to have a discussion, not brand chess as “racist.”. (Photo by Yuri Smityuk\TASS via Getty Images) It is a total apartheid boardgame with overtones of slavery and shoe shine kits. Except it wasn’t. I’m on the Sydney one. Provenance: The collection of the late Dr Thomas James Valentine … “The response to the tweet showed that common sense is prevailing,” he said. So it’s true, there are more far more important things to consider than the pre-lash I dealt with this week. I barely know what Marxist ideology is. The move comes amid a wider debate about racist attitudes in society sparked by the death of African-American man George Floyd in the US at the hands of a white police officer. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. The players said the game was played as a “symbolic gesture” to mark the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racism on March 21st. A leather combination backgammon/chess set, 5 x 32 x 26 cm. Join Josh Szeps as James Valentine takes a Spring break. The Daily Telegraph the next day - we got two days coverage - wrote a summary of what we’d done on air, concluding with “Valentine also thinks that Minties are wrong because they are white.”, At the end of it all, it was Breitbart news wrote a perfectly fair summary of what had occurred, saying “When Valentine went to air, he quickly made clear that they had approached Mr Adams to have a discussion not to brand chess as racist.”. Dr Bonham spoke to ABC radio's James Valentine on Wednesday afternoon after a man posted to social media his child's query about why white always moves first in chess. The ensuing protests have led many to question their own behaviour and seen statues toppled, episodes removed from streaming services and brand names such as ”Redskins” changed. In a facebook post, reprinted below, James Valentine explains what actually did happen as well as provide us with an eloquent reminder of what radio is all about and why amusing your audience is a serious pursuit. But don’t worry we won’t rest there. At the conclusion of the on-air discussion , I made the following quip. Tune in for lots of your favourite Afternoon segments as well as all the news and fun to get you through the day. We do have a program that does that. When the nation was on fire, I broadcast news about the fire. They don’t want their money wasted on bulls***.”. Now this does all get a bit he said/I said and there’s no reason to particularly believe my chronology but I will put at least two things up in my defence. A Sydney radio station has come under fire for organising a segment to discuss whether chess was racist because white always moves first.Source:News Regional Media. Presented by. If the topic comes up and is discussed, then I conclude it’s ok for us to discuss the topic. And I was never going to. If they can't, or wont produce unbiased reporting, then why should we, the people of Australia, fund the organisation and support extremists? I read a tweet from a father teaching his child chess. Again, the problem is Minties are white. Please. It’s not. This is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and people have clearly never actually listened to the Afternoon Show with James Valentine. His guest, Australian Chess Federation committee member Dr Kevin Bonham, took the opportunity to refute suggestions the rule of white pieces moving first was racially motivated. “Not really,” he said, “but the topic does come up and is discussed.”. Before that, the player who moved first had his choice of colours. I have a music degree. We are RN and Local Radio. New to Kayo? I spoke to Kevin Bonham, Vice President of Australian Chess Federation who outlined the history - white moving first was standardised in the 1880s , the reason - lots of things were standardised to make it easier to communicate about the game; and the suggestion that it had anything to do with race? The broadcaster copped a stern rebuke from chess player John Adams, 38, on Tuesday after he received a phone call from a producer for James Valentine’s afternoon show requesting an interview about whether chess is racist. the rules of chess need to be altered!Trust the taxpayer funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything & everything in Australia!With all the drama resulting from COVID-19, I am amazed that the ABC is broadcasting on irrelevant topics! All times AEDT (GMT +11). Professional economist Adams received a call from a Sydney-based ABC producer on Tuesday asking whether the game was racist because white always moves first. Tomorrow I want to consider if the Key of C Major is racist. The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first! The ABC is set to host a radio debate about the racial undertones of chess on James Valentine's afternoon program on Wednesday While Mr Adams has refused to … There are many who seek it and if they need it, they really need it. The government could make the subscriptions tax deductible if it thinks it should support a national broadcaster. James Valentine, host of the ABC's 3pm Sydney radio show, (pictured with actress Leah McLeod) explained how the saga got so out of control So his producer called Mr … Controversy arose when the ABC proposed a radio discussion on the matter and on Tuesday sought an interview with John Adams, an economist who represented the Australian Chess Federation in 2015. I think: there’s a fifteen minute radio discussion. I think it's time the ABC lost it's Govt. “I just received a phone call from an ABC Sydney based producer seeking a comment about the game of chess,” Adams posted to Twitter. “At the casual and club level, it does not matter which colour starts the game. They are seeking comment from a chess official as to whether — John Adams (@adamseconomics) June 23, 2020 All the other humpbacks are black but we single out that white one, don’t we? Provenance: The collection of the late Dr Thomas James Valentine “With all the drama resulting from COVID-19, I am amazed that the ABC is broadcasting on irrelevant topics!”. I only heard about it on Ray Hadley’s 2GB morning show the next day. But don’t worry we won’t rest there. Debate has broken out as to whether it's ethical for the white pieces to move first in chess, before the black pieces. There is always a tendency to talk of ‘the ABC.’ As though it is one thing. And it illustrates how a story like this can be concocted and become a truth for many. It came after ABC host James Valentine saw a post on Twitter noting white moved first in the popular board game and thought it was worthy of further discussion. I direct you to some 60 episodes of Head Room, the podcast distilled from my weekday program. The problem with chess, apparently, is that white goes first. Before we put anything to air, before we’d decided whether we’d put anything to air, Mr Adams declared that the ABC thought chess was racist and this was again our Marxist ideology at play. Some ridiculed any notion of race, some went to the history books, some considered the question in the light of these times and the cultural and linguistic truth that white is always a positive and black always a negative. “Well, I think we can conclude that chess is not racist, it’s tradition and no more than that. By the next morning Mr Adams is in the Daily Telegraph, and then on all the commercial talk shows airing his views. Former Australian chess representative John Adams has lashed out at the ABC as the public broadcaster’s radio show prepares a segment to discuss whether the popular board game is racist. JAMES VALENTINE: … there’s been a lot of talk about the fact that the ABC, and specifically this program, Afternoons with me, James Valentine, were going to do a program where we declared that chess is racist. He wondered if there was any racial background to the rule. Please help me understand whether this is a long-overdue correction of past injustice, or just political correctness gone mad. Enough! But otherwise we talk, fifty minutes in the hour. When the segment finally went to air on Wednesday, host James Valentine quickly made clear approaching Adams was to have a discussion, not brand chess as “racist.”. The Daily Telegraph reported James Valentine’s afternoon program on ABC Sydney would run the segment on Wednesday. It is very easy to find exactly what my radio show is all about. “The response to the tweet showed that common sense is prevailing. And Local Radio is sixty different radio stations across Australia, from Hobart to Darwin, from Broome to Cairns. People want the national broadcaster to focus on bigger issues. So, we did do the segment the next day as we intended. Teaching my child to play chess this week and it was proposed to me that I should change the rule that says “white always gets to go first”. Further to the anti-ABC rants in News Corp papers, I came across this little teaser for the DVD video "Thanks For Listening", UPC No: 9333767002774 written by former 2UE's "Forum" host Ian Parry-Okeden at https://twitter.com/IanParryO/status/1277462007877255168. A Sydney radio station has come under fire from a former player for organising a segment to discuss whether chess was racist. Tomorrow I want to consider if the Key of C Major is racist. pic.twitter.com/AOtJrqp9x1, Get your sport fix on Kayo ahead of live games returning soon – classic match replays, documentaries and the latest news & announcements. This is not a trivial purpose. That’s six different radio and digital broadcasts right there. The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first! On a Tuesday evening, Economist and Chess player John Adams put out this tweet. “I’ve agreed to comment on this tomorrow around lunchtime.”, White moving first has been a law in chess for more than 120 years.Source:News Regional Media, Article 1.2 of the official Laws of Chess states: “The player with the light-coloured pieces makes the first move, then the players move alternately, with the player with the dark-coloured pieces making the next move.”. “They are seeking comment from a chess official as to whether the rules of chess need to be altered! It does show that if anyone put an ideological framework over a simple inquiry from a radio producer it wasn’t us. I think it's high time the ABC was de-funded and became a subscription service only. Controversy arose when the ABC proposed a radio discussion on the … In 1859, he joined the City of London Chess Club. I received a brand new sealed copy "Thanks For Listening", UPC No: 9333767002774 two days ago. radioinfo ABN: 87 004 005 109  P O Box 6430 North Ryde NSW 2113 Australia. Sydney probably never saw a collection like it – the massive array of chess sets accumulated by the renowned economist the late Thomas James Valentine which went … “Well, I think we can conclude that chess is not racist, it’s tradition and no more than that. I am not looking for someone to say that chess is racist. She sought out an expert and asked them for information. Maybe if the media didn't give these crazies a platform we wouldn't have so much division in society? That’s how I spent Black Summer. Talk radio at this point is not a distraction or background noise. “This rule was never about race or politics, but we can break it to send a message to everyone who believes that colour should grant advantage in chess or in life.”, Giri elaborated: “It is difficult to change your mindset in a chess game with a different start. But of late, I have returned to my usual mix; quirky, whimsical, funny, observational ideas drawn from my life, my listener’s life, my producer’s life, anywhere we can find something which might allow us to illuminate a little more of the human condition and amuse someone in a delivery van, or working in a back warehouse, or at home caring for elderly or young charges. Someone else said I was going to. I do three hours a day, five days a week. From ambers post, quoting James Valentine: At the conclusion of the on-air discussion , I made the following quip. And I think you’d have to say F Major with that one black key is somewhat tokenistic. The Daily Telegraph later confirmed with the ABC that presenter James Valentine would be hosting the segment during his afternoon show on Wednesday. We are Triple J, Double J, ABC Classic and ABC Country. It was genuinely fake news. Dr Bonham spoke to ABC radio’s James Valentine on Wednesday afternoon after a man posted to social media his child’s query about why white always moves first in chess. Subscribe to the radioinfo daily flash briefing podcast on these platforms: Acast, Apple iTunes Podcasts, Podtail, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, or wherever you get your podcasts. Indeed, if Chess were a movie, it would be Gone with the Wind. “People are struggling with the economy, with their health, with the lockdown. These conversations have a serious purpose. There is a five minute news bulletin at the top of the hour, some thirty second promos, perhaps a music track. All those white keys on the piano what message does that send? It’s called Playschool. My producer did exactly what producers should do. Mr Adams said he was no longer very active in chess circles and suggested someone else that we could turn to. A 'Selenus Pattern' chess set in bone, German c. 1850, with timber chess board, Ex Bonhams, London, 2009, King: 10 cm. The rule first dates back to the late 1800s and the emergence of the modern game, according to the website Chess.com. It came after ABC host James Valentine saw a post on Twitter noting white moved first in the popular board game and thought it was worthy of further discussion. James Valentine, the host of the afternoon show on Sydney radio, said the idea of the show had arisen out of a tweet by a father who said he had wondered whether chess rules had racist origins after he was asked by his daughter why white always moved first. ABC Radio Sydney host James Valentine later said the idea was to have a discussion, not brand chess as racist, according to Yahoo. It’s a relationship. It was a producer for James Valentine's ABC Sydney program wanting to talk to a chess authority about this very issue. Peter Saxon. Adams said he received a phone call from a Sydney-based ABC radio producer seeking his comment for James Valentine’s Wednesday afternoon program. These inner city wokes working in the ABC with their Marxist leaning arts degrees are making a mockery of the service at every bodies (sic) expense and probably rolling on their studio floors in fits of laughter that they are getting away with it. Australian Chess Federation committee member Dr Kevin Bonham has refuted suggestions the rule of white pieces moving first was racially motivated. So my program and my producers are pilloried around the world based on a statement made by someone else about a segment that hadn’t been broadcast. A look back at the year that will have been 2018! Broadcasting to a Sydney audience, in the afternoon. I also read about it on News.com.au that afternoon. But at many others it is about providing company, solace and the sound of a friendly human voice for those who may be alone and would like to be amused, uplifted, stimulated, amazed and taken out of themselves. That story generated 383 reader comments, almost all of them hostile towards the ABC. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2021. The Daily Telegraph reported James Valentine’s afternoon program on ABC Sydney would run the segment on Wednesday. Why does white go first in chess, what is the history of that and ( here’s the important bit really ) given current cultural trends is there any discussion in chess circles about this? With all the drama resulting from COVID-19, I am amazed that the ABC is broadcasting on irrelevant topics.”. On sale now! But if we can change our minds in the game, we can surely help people change their minds in real life.”, To join the conversation, please Log in. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. His producer contacted John Adams, 38, a former Australian Chess Federation representative, who … James Valentine, host of the ABC’s 3pm Sydney radio show, (pictured with actress Leah McLeod) explained how the saga got so out of control So his producer called Mr Adams as an Australian chess expert, but was told he was no longer very active in chess circles and suggested someone else. Apparently, Kasparov did not agree as to the worthiness of the conversation. They are seeking comment from a chess official as to whether the rules of chess need to be altered.”, He continued, “Trust the taxpayer funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything and everything in Australia! All those white keys on the piano what message does that send? But Adams condemned the ABC for not focusing on “bigger issues” amid a global health pandemic, accusing the radio broadcaster of reporting “bulls***”. Provenance: The collection of the late Dr Thomas James Valentine Show 6 more like this A finely inlaid marquetry & mother of pearl combination chess/backgammon board, folded: 9 x 50 x 25 cm. “The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first! John Adams, 38, received a phone call from an ABC radio producer on Tuesday afternoon about a segment for James Valentine's afternoon program on ABC Sydney on Wednesday. Everything I've seen so far from the ABC is divisive at best, only showing either one side to a story, or worse, not the entire story which gives it context. “I just received a phone call from an ABC Sydney based producer seeking a comment about the game of chess. I only heard about it on Ray Hadley’s 2GB morning show the next day. (At this stage they did not mention it was the above tweet stream that had sparked it, but it turned out that it was.) I’ve often pondered in these pages how it is that the most likely source of complaint about your station is from non-listeners who only heard about what was aired on another station - the one they normally listen to - or in other media be it television or online. It came after ABC host James Valentine saw a post on Twitter noting white moved first in the popular board game and thought it was worthy of further discussion. In fact, I must confess, that I hadn’t actually heard the offending segment myself about racism in chess, on James Valentine’s ABC Sydney afternoon show. By the end of the day no less a chess grandee than Garry Kasparov has joined in, thundering about how nonsensical it was that at tax payer funded broadcaster would do such a thing, and by the end of the week it’s a story on Breitbart News. I am looking to create some conversation that will be fresh, that will keep someone interested and that will tell us something more about our world and why it is the way it is. That’s not actually what happened and it’s not actually what we ever intended to do... No, no, we weren’t going to do that. His guest, Australian Chess Federation committee member Dr Kevin Bonham, took the opportunity to refute suggestions the rule of white pieces moving first was racially motivated. And finally I think Minties should come in black and white.”. “Trust the taxpayer-funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything and everything in Australia! There’s nothing on this earth we are not going to have a crack at. When the sickness came and all was closed down, I didn’t talk about anything else. Advertisement - story continues below. Australian Chess Federation committee member Dr Kevin Bonham has refuted suggestions the rule of white pieces moving first was racially motivated. This was delivered I like to think in a fairly heavy handed sarcastic tone and for those familiar with my program, I think they would have got the joke. Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >. While I’m doing that ABC News is still doing the news, Four Corners is four cornering, Bluey is being Bluey and Costa is doing whatever he does with compost. That story generated 383 reader comments, almost all of them hostile towards the ABC. John Adams said the same thing in one of his interviews while blasting us for broaching the topic. And as bash-worthy topics go, this was a beaut! But I hadn’t. The child asked, “why does white always go first?” The father paused, aware of current cultural context and wondered exactly how to answer. Adams was heavily critical of the ABC for doing the segment, suggesting their time, and that of their listeners, was better spent elsewhere. James Valentine, host of the public broadcaster’s 3pm Sydney radio show, planned to discuss why the white side has the first move in every game. |  All content © 1996-2021. Kevin Bonham, a member of the Australian Chess Federation committee who appeared in Adams’ place, explained that the concept of having white move first was developed in the mid-19th century as a way of standardizing … I made a very similar comment on the 22nd June at 1809 at this site, https://radioinfo.com.au/news/trusted-news-brands-revealed-reuters-institute-study. Tennis 2021: Australian Open, Spain backflip, UK strain, qua... NBA 2021: Ben Simmons fourth quarter explosion, Joel Embiid ... UFC 257 weigh-ins: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier, body tr... Big Bash 2021: Scorchers beat Stars, Glenn Maxwell horror ru... Cricket news Australia vs India Test series: Border-Gavaskar... Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. It’s dozens of things. The move comes amid a … But it is in a context of constant attack on public broadcasting around the world. To accuse the ABC of ignoring major and important events because of one segment that I’m doing makes as much sense as ripping into us because the ABC has a program that thinks it’s vital to tell Australians what day it is. A former Australian chess representative has blasted the ABC for wasting taxpayer’s money on “bulls**t” as a Sydney radio show prepares to discuss if the game is racist. All Rights Reserved. Don't have an account? He's a satirist with a dry sense of humour who often takes a ridiculous premise or idea and seeks to "confirm" it with a faux sense of sincerity and/or outrage. Here you will find me looking for Sydney Traffic Light Number One; determining why those who pronounce the eighth letter of the alphabet as ‘Aitch’ are so disturbed when someone pronounces it ‘Haitch’ - just two highlights from a long catalogue of quirky and hopefully amusing conversations with experts and callers. I also read about it on News.com.au that afternoon. Dr Bonham spoke to ABC radio’s James Valentine on Wednesday afternoon after a man posted to social media his child’s query about why white always moves first in chess. James Valentine, saxophonist and ABC 702 presenter, has copped criticism for planning a segment on whether chess is racist. Valentine John Cecil De Vere Mathews, later known as Cecil de Vere, was born February 14 (Valentine’s Day), 1846. Fair to say Kasparov didn’t. I haven’t decided that chess is racist. We will also consider if liking Migaloo the White Whale is racist. At many points through the day, Talk Radio is about providing direct and accurate information. Chess expert Kevin Bonham — who is part of the Australian Chess Federation — explained the implications if white does not move first in chess.

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