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Friday, May 04, 2007

Transforming the USCF into a strong organization

The 2007 USCF Executive Board Election

Introducing the team of four that will transform the USCF into a strong and viable organization!

Chess is my life! This is why it is so important to me to help chess. Unfortunately, the USCF has had many serious problems in recent years. I would like to help turn this federation around.

Here are some of the past major problems that need to be corrected in order for the USCF to prosper:

- Too many bad financial and business decisions.
- Too many decisions made for political reasons instead of the best interests of US chess and the USCF.
- Too much micromanaging of staff by the Executive Board.
- Too much frivolous spending without long-term vision.
- Too little effort to raise much-needed revenues to ensure the good health of this federation.
- Too little focus on positive chess promotion in the United States.
- Too little focus on many membership categories such as adult, collegiate, correspondence, and military chess.
- Too little effort to retain our memberships, especially the scholastic members.
- Too little integrity, honesty, credibility and professionalism by some board members.
- Too little accountability of our board members.
- Too little respect for our members, partners, supporters and sponsors.
- Too little willingness to keep the USCF up with the times.

The current state of our federation is not healthy! We are losing money year after year while other chess organizations thrive. Sponsors don’t want to deal with us. Supporters are tired of our internal political destruction. Some board members have repeatedly violated the USCF code of ethics as well as the members' trust.

There is no end to this destruction in sight unless we demand positive changes by putting the most capable people in place.

Here are some of my areas of focus for the USCF:

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

Please join me in this mission to reform the USCF. The future of the USCF is in our own hands. We cannot continue to status quo. It’s not working. It is sinking this federation. In the upcoming months, I will discuss many important issues in detail at &

I highly recommend three other candidates.

Here are my reasons:

FM Paul Truong: He is by far the most successful person in chess marketing, promotion, public relations and management. He can bring something to this federation that no one could in the past. He will also help fix many current weaknesses of the USCF and end the destructive chess politics.

Dr. Mikhail Korenman: He has a strong record in promoting and organizing major chess events. He’s a member of the USCF Scholastic Council. He is well respected by many people, including former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, 7-time World Champion Anatoly Karpov, and many others. He can help unite the USCF.

NM Randy Bauer: He has had tremendous success as the budget director of the state of Iowa, dealing with a multibillion dollar budget. We need his financial and budgeting expertise to help end massive losses.

Please feel free to download and distribute this flyer. Thank You for Your Support! Please Vote!
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