Opinion – Cheque, mate: World’s biggest chess championship faces axe over £300k tax bill

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Personally, I disagree with the right-wing Telegraph’s sensational reporting of this story. It reports that the world’s biggest chess championship faces being wound up after its organiser was bankrupted over a £300,000 tax bill.

Source: Cheque, mate: World’s biggest chess championship faces axe over £300k tax bill

The Telegraph reports the tax-payer as the victim. Why should one tax-payer have different rights to the next? The Law must be upheld and HMRC were right to intervene. The arguments advanced by the so-called victim are a nonsense.

A responsible course for the Telegraph would be to campaign for a change in the Law or for alternative funding to support the chess championship.

What ever happened to high quality journalism at the Telegraph that segregated news and editorial opinion? For a benchmark look to the New York Times.


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