Leonard Barden and the London Evening Standard

Please find attached a note about the fact that the Evening Standard chess column was discontinued on Monday and will, in future, only be found online.
Please ensure you take action and publicise the need for others to do so. Thus on the ECF website and notices at the British Championship.
 
Below is the bare text of the message if you prefer not to download, or send on, the attachment.
 
A CALL TO ARMS
 
On Monday Leonard Barden's chess column was discontinued in the London Evening Standard. It had appeared daily virtually continuously for over 50 years. Now it has been relegated to the online version of the newspaper.
 
Even if you never see the column, you should be able to appreciate that this is a serious blow to chess in this country. We get little enough publicity as it is and Leonard has been one of our greatest popularisers of the game. He deserves our support.
 
On previous occasions, when faced by such threats, we have mounted successful campaigns to reinstate columns. Please write to the Evening Standard in your own words decrying their act of vandalism. The contact details are:
 
Evening Standard, PO Box 2309, London W8 5EE




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Best wishes

Adam Raoof

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