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Welcome! This blog has no connection with the USCF. It's a blog where I provide chess fans with general information about US Chess as well as the USCF. It's also a site where everyone can productively discuss or ask questions about various USCF issues! Your contributions and comments are welcome! PLEASE KEEP IT CIVIL & RESPECT OTHERS! Enjoy! All posts that do not meet this guideline will be deleted -- WIN WITH GRACE, LOSE WITH DIGNITY!(TM) --- 2006 Susan PolgarĀ©

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Keeping the campaign promise

I am not sure what happened but out of nowhere, this was posted today on the USCF forum by former USCF President and current board member Beatriz Marinello:

"Susan' statements are quite arrogant. I do not think she truly understand scholastic chess and the work that many of us do in the schools. Sam Sloan is a secundary issue for scholastic chess. Susan did not even go to school herself, she was a home schooler. Working in the schools, specialy for those who teach as part of the curriculum, requires very specific skills and credentials. These statements are so out touch with reality. Its true that the USCF can do a better job promoting scholastic chess, developing teaching materials and providind more resources for teachers and coaches, but at the moment no group will walk away from the USCF. Most schools programs are not even relate with the USCF, except for the top players which play over the board chess."

After this statement, I received quite a few email from outraged USCF members and they wanted to give Beatriz a piece of their minds.

I responded with the following:

"I would like to thank everyone for their comments about this issue. Whether we agree or disagree with Beatriz, let's give her the respect she deserves as the former President of the USCF. Let's also thank Beatriz for her dedication to chess.

As I clearly stated in my candidate statement, some of my many goals if I am elected are:

- Restore respectability, integrity, credibility and professionalism to the USCF.
- End the petty and destructive politics.
- Develop strong cooperation and support for adult, scholastic, collegiate, correspondence and military chess, etc.
- Re-establish a sound and balanced budget.
- Establish a strong professional marketing and PR system.

The USCF cannot afford to continue to endure the constant bickering, finger pointing, hatred and animosity toward each other. I do not want to engage in any war. I do not want to play any dirty or destructive political game. I just want to help chess. We have a lot of work to do. Let's give Beatriz the last words and let's move on.

Thank you!
Susan Polgar"

Another USCF board member added this:

"Susan Polgar has never been to school a day in her life. She has no academic qualifications. As far as I am aware, she has never taught a regular chess class in a school. She has also never organized or directed a scholastic chess event."

Every single point in this statement is completely false and a number of USCF members have pointed out the facts. I will not bother to respond to such irresponsible statement.

As I promised, I will not engage in the ongoing dirty and destructive political games that have harmed this federation for so long. I will continue to promote chess relentlessly and help lead the USCF back to the right direction.

Thank you for your support!
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  • At Friday, February 09, 2007 12:06:00 AM, Blogger Jack Le Moine said…

    What about the point that if we do not distinguish between the guilty and the innocent, we enable the one and punish the other? I'm trying to find a middle road between vague generalities that has all the leaders tarred and the other extreme, where we're always criticizing individuals.

    We don't want to be too idealistic and pretend that all the leaders are good; we don't want to be too cynical and pretend that they are all bad, either. A middle way would identify the bad ones but only for important things in their public record.

    I like this post. This may be the way this kind of thing ought to be handled.

  • At Friday, February 09, 2007 3:19:00 AM, Blogger gregory said…

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  • At Friday, February 09, 2007 3:28:00 AM, Blogger gregory said…

    I am not sure why that statement from her ever came out; but for what ever reason; it was wrong to air it publicly. Beatriz performed a great service to the USCF, and we should be thankful for her services. However, the airing of personal attacks needs to stop in my opinion. We all have our own faults, but it does seem like too many of our leaders tend to magnify the perceived fault of the other party, and this filters down to the general membership of the USCF. It is hard enough to deal with the challenging issues that the USCF faces today without having to deal with the constant personal attacks between the leaders, and the membership within the USCF. There are too many fights within the leadership of the USCF right now, and I am glad that you choose to take the higher road.

    Take care,


    PS. I deleted and edited my prior post.


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