Chess players hate one another. Sure, they all rock up to the pub after OTB hostilities. But deep down, I reckon they hate each other's guts. How could they not? Chess, after all, is an ego thing. By necessity, the job of a chess player is to assail the other man's ego. It's pretty simple really.
And in chess politics, there is nothing nastier. I mean, you can forget about knives coming out. We're talking spiked billy clubs!
If you don't already play chess or are not involved in it, then don't. Stay out. Save yourself. If you do or are already involved - God Bless, as Mexican Mal might say. Being a Catholic, I reckon a thousand Hail Mary's ought to help.