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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©

Friday, February 16, 2007

Q&A about election issues

Steve in Tennessee asked:

-What is the nature of the business relationship between Polgar and Truong?
-Does Truong still serve as Polgar's business manager?
-If so, how will that effect the interaction of the various members of the EB should both be elected?

Dear Steve,

Paul is my business manager and one of my best friends for more than 20 years. The amount of business inquiries that I receive daily is too much for me to handle. I need to be focused on other things that are more important to chess. He screens the majority of the inquiries. If or when he feels that the inquiries are legitimate, he then passes them on to me and I take it over from there. If I need a second opinion about various issues, I ask him and a few other trust friends. It is always helpful to have honest feedbacks from people you can trust.

Paul handles the media, publicity, PR and technical stuff for me, my website, blogs, chess center and the Susan Polgar Foundation. He does not get paid for what he does. He also does not have access to my finances. This was his #1 condition for helping me. He has helped me for years on an unofficial capacity and in an official capacity in the last 5-6 years or so.

Yes, he is still my business manager. He is also my chess trainer and second. One can judge his coaching ability by my results in the 2004 Olympiad, the Mayor's Cup, Women's World Chess Cup and 3 US Open Blitz crowns.

It has no effect with how we deal with other board members if we are both elected. In the last 5 years, we had numerous interactions with various board members or USCF staff. They can probably tell you how many times we have disagreed on various issues.

What some people seem to miss is Paul's expertise and mine are as different as night and day. Our personalities are also very different. We are 2 completely different people and we disagree on many issues. That has no effect with the Susan Polgar Foundation. In fact, it actually helps. All one has to do is see the accomplishments and success of the Susan Polgar Foundation. There is no need to speculate as the facts are there.

Best wishes,
Susan Polgar

Jerry MacDonald asked:

JLM: Based on the fact that you have been business partners for some time, do you feel that this will expedite some of the changes you want to make in the USCF?

SP: It is absolutely needed. I am disappointed to hear some people said that they would not vote for a group of people no matter how qualified they are or how much they can help the USCF. This is precisely why the USCF has faced so many problems in the past.

Let's go back to the past 4-5-6 years. Which candidates have done the most positive things for Chess in this country and the USCF? Everyone will say great things about themselves on paper. Would you hire someone based on their paper resume? Would anyone say something negative about themselves? No. Therefore, why not look at the reality? In my opinion, the top 5 most productive people in the past 5 years are (in no particular order):

Paul Truong
Jim Berry
Mikhail Korenman
Randy Bauer and me

Are we all perfect? No. Are any of the candidates perfect? No. But these are the 5 that have done the most positive things for the USCF and US Chess in the past 4-6 years. In fact, if there is only one position open, the one person I would vote for is Paul Truong. Why? Because he has the experience and skills that no one has ever possess in the USCF. He will make the biggest impact for this federation, even more than me. How do you think the Susan Polgar Foundation can accomplish what we have done so far with virtually a zero budget? Look at the things he has done with PR, Marketing, Promotion and other areas with again virtually zero budget. He single handedly can accomplish more things than sometimes an entire company or department. I have seen head hunters trying to recruit him in the past 5-6 years and offering him an obscene amount of money but he said no to all of them just to help chess for free.

JLM: Do you feel that cooperation amongst board members is one of the most important needs in this coming year?

SP: Yes. The USCF as an organization has wasted so much time, money and effort in the past year just to defend and protect itself from the conducts and actions of Mr. Sloan. Can we afford another 4 years of this? Absolutely no. Board members do not have to agree. But they must have a basic level of respect for each other. They must also be willing to sit down and discuss or debates issues in good faith.

JLM: Can you make a statement, to rest cautious minds, that checks and balances inheriant from constructive debate will still be in place regardless of who is elected?

SP: I have always done this and I see no reason to change it. I do not intend to change if I am elected or not.

Shortly after I posted this, Mr. Sam Sloan once again lied and tried to fool the USCF members. This was my response to another USCF who did not allow Mr. Sloan to get away with his usual lies and deceits:

Thank you for noticing it. It is very unfortunate and embarrassing to see a board member behaving this way. Instead of focusing on fixing and improving the USCF, so many people have to waste countless hours dealing with a few destructive, vindictive and delusional people.

Just to clarify, only two people have access to my blogs. I have a separate webmaster (Mr. Justin Jenkins) for my websites. When I post (more than 5,000 items in the last 20 months), it will show something like this:

posted by SusanPolgar at 2/16/2007 01:32:00 PM

When Paul Truong posts (less than 5 times out of more than 5,000 items), this is what it will

show: posted by Admin at 2/16/2007 09:38:00 PM

Thank you again for not letting this individual getting away with this kind of fabrication.

Best wishes,
Susan Polgar
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  • At Friday, February 16, 2007 1:20:00 PM, Blogger Jack Le Moine said…

    Yes, you've answered some of these questions before. I noticed the same questions being asked over and over. People don't want to harrass; they just missed it before or may have forgotten.

    I suggest you put up a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page on your website Then when these questions come up that you've already answered, we can refer the people to your FAQ page and you don't have to bother with it at all.

  • At Friday, February 16, 2007 1:28:00 PM, Anonymous DChavez said…

    I find the questions from Donna Alarie and Brian Lafferty rude. I hope that Susan won't bother answering their smear campaign.


  • At Friday, February 16, 2007 1:31:00 PM, Blogger Jack Le Moine said…

    Also, I note that a lot of this stuff about Paul and Susan would go away if Paul was to find his own voice and start appearing on this blog. (The internet posting from last week was a good start. But it was a start; not an end.)

    Paul has posted to the USCF Forums a lot lately but it has mostly been in defense of Susan. And the Forum is a limited audience. I really think that Paul, Mikhail, and Randy need to start either posting onto this blog or else start blogs (or some other kind of internet site) of their own.

    Our candidates seem to think that there's lots of time. One statement deadline for Chess Life has already passed. You guys can't take this thing for granted.

    Susan will probably win. Randy, too. But Paul and Mikhail: your campaigns have got to start getting onto the net on and soon.

  • At Monday, February 19, 2007 10:56:00 PM, Blogger Chris Falter said…

    Just so readers will understand, Sloan's utterly baseless attack claimed that Susan had just somehow admitted that Paul Truong writes all her material. For this and many other reasons, it is time for someone else to step up and provide leadership for the USCF.

  • At Sunday, February 25, 2007 6:52:00 AM, Blogger SBD said…

    I've been critical and suspicious of Mr. Truong in the past; I would say that his own posts have helped to alleviate many of those concerns. I would disagree with Mr. LeMoine; very often repetition is key to making your point, and referring them to an FAQ seems rather, well, inhuman. "Putting a face on Paul Truong" rather than just seeing him as "the man behind the great woman" seems to be a good thing, and if he has to answer some questions multiple times, it probably helps, rather than hurts.

    And in that, I will agree with Mr. LeMoine; Paul Truong's own blog and website might be a very good idea. I see every reason to vote for Susan Polgar; I'm still a bit unclear as to why I should vote for Paul Truong. Perhaps I would be convinced if he did "step up to the plate," as it were.


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