Someone anonymously remarked that a chess cruise is being organised which may consist of male and female World Champions, past and present, among the guests. This event could make a great fund-raiser for chess in Singapore - definitely a first for this region!
I did not publish the remark,doubting its authenticity, but then, we should recognise creativity when we see it. As an idea, as with the Karpov and Kasparov visits, there is always a possibility of making it happen when a small but dedicated team of volunteers avail themselves to work for the promotion of local chess. CES has done it, so we should not limit ourselves in Singapore on the excuse of lack of talent in this area of event management. I was glad to have been a witness and contributor to the visits which beats organising 10000 tournaments in terms of arousing chess interest here.
Perhaps the timing of events leading to the FIDE general elections may have caused the SCF to react the way it did back in 2010 (see here) , but now? Surely with most of the major events like the World Championship and Olympiads out of the way, the Federation should aim for such mega events in order to stir up interest amongst our new ministers and permanent secretary taking over the Education portfolio. In fact, Ms Chan Lai Fung used to be a National player and if I recall, she was in the SCF EXCO at one point. CES did not rely on any connections to stage the visits of the 2 ex World Champions at all. Surely with VP Shashi, SCF can do better than just host 1 dinner to raise funds?