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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Election analysis by a major chess source is one of the most popular websites in the world. It is usually ranked around the top 100 most popular websites on this planet. There is a recent column about the upcoming USCF election.

Issues on the Chess Table : 2007 USCF Executive Board Election
From Mark Weeks,
Your Guide to Chess

...The list presents an unusually well qualified set of candidates, although all have their pluses and minuses. Each candidate received space to make a statement in the USCF's Chess Life for the months of April, May, and June.

...One of the features making the 2007 election unusually interesting is the candidacy of GM Susan Polgar. Mrs. Polgar is one-third of the famous chess playing Polgar sisters, a former Women's World Champion, an active organizer for scholastic chess (particularly for girls), a mother of two children, and a blogger who posts 10-15 items per day on her personal chess blog. Not since the heyday of Bobby Fischer have Americans seen such a strong chess personality with such an intense devotion to the game.

Polgar announced her candidacy in December 2006, along with a 'slate' consisting of Truong, Bauer, and Korenman (see I WILL run for the 2007 USCF Executive Board) with the words, 'I love chess and I cannot stand what some chess politicians have done to US Chess and the USCF. We HAVE to do better!'

In May 2007, she announced her marriage to Truong. The announcement took many observers by surprise.

...The About Chess choices: At About Chess, we have an interest in the future of chess in general, and the future of American chess in particular. We like and appreciate what both Susan Polgar and Bill Goichberg have done for the game in the United States. It pains us that they are at loggerheads in this election.

We also realize that Truong is the marketing and promotional mastermind behind Polgar's media success. While his efforts have been concentrated on his good friend (now spouse), rather than on the broad community of professional chess players, we feel that he should be given the opportunity to work his media magic for the benefit of all USCF members.

We don't like 'slates'. It isn't healthy to have four people with different backgrounds and objectives band together to create a 4-3 voting majority on a seven member board. For this reason, we prefer to look at what the other eight candidates have done for the good of chess.
After having spent some time learning about the candidates, our choices for election to the USCF Executive Board are Polgar, Truong, Bauer, and Schultz.

Bauer has a financial background and already served on the EB for one year, when he was elected to replace a member who resigned after the 2003 election. Schultz is a long time insider who knows everything and everybody connected to chess politics.

More can be read on website. Even without this election, check out this website. I highly recommend it.

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  • At Sunday, June 03, 2007 1:00:00 PM, Anonymous Chess Dad said…

    I think Mr. Weeks' comments are spot on. I have one slight disagreement. I believe that Mr. Korenman is more important to this federation than Mr. Bauer or Schultz.

    There is a big rift between the adult, scholastic and college chess community. If we want this federation to move forward the right way, we need to unite all of them and the only person who can do this is Mr. Korenman.

    I put him #2 on my list. That's all I have to say.

    Thank you.

  • At Sunday, June 03, 2007 1:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I also agree that Misha Korenman is important. My 3 clear choices are Polgar, Truong and Korenman. I can't decide between Berry, Bauer and Schultz.

  • At Sunday, June 03, 2007 1:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Very well written by Mr. Weeks.

  • At Sunday, June 03, 2007 4:19:00 PM, Anonymous chess mom said…

    I agree that it was well written and fair. In terms of Mr. Weeks' concern about block voting, I actually don't really see that as an issue. Bauer is out there on his own and has some really important financial credentials to add to the mix. Korenman has done some really great work in international scholastic chess but I don't see him in lockstep with Susan and/or Paul. Susan is a definite. When in the history of U.S. chess have you had one person who represents so many different constituencies -- other GMs and elite/titled players, club players (she runs a chess club in Queens), women and girl players, scholastic players (she is a teacher, an organizer and a chess mom), a savvy business woman, etc. As for Paul Truong, at one point a few weeks ago when the news about their marriage first broke, I admit that I had a few second thoughts but I agree with Mr. Weeks that Truong's marketing experience and incredible energy (not to mention his own chess experience as a coach and player) would be an important addition to the board. Also, and this is not meant to be at all racist but the fact is that if you look at the top scholastic players in this country in virtually every age group, there is a preponderance of young Asian boys and girls. That is the future of U.S. chess so I feel it is past time to have someone of Asian descent on the USCF board.

  • At Sunday, June 03, 2007 4:41:00 PM, Anonymous Sizzling said…

    My choice is actually GM Polgar, Mr. Truong, Mr. Berry and Mr. Korenman. Mr. Berry and Mr. Bauer both have excellent financial background. However, Mr. Berry has more time to devote to chess. That's the deciding factor for me.

  • At Sunday, June 03, 2007 4:56:00 PM, Anonymous usc trojans said…

    Not only that Mr. Goichberg didn't apologize for his questionable conduct, he continues to insult her. My question is does Mr. Schultz accept the endorsement of Mr. Goichberg? Does he feel that Mr. Goichberg is right in insulting GM Polgar? I guess I should ask the same of Mr. Lux and Mr. Jones.

  • At Monday, June 04, 2007 4:12:00 AM, Blogger Marc said…

    Hi Susan,

    I could´t find the election date on your site. Perhaps it´s an idea to show information about WHEN this election takes place? The time aspect can help me, as a reader, to better understand the urgency.

    kind regards

  • At Monday, June 04, 2007 9:35:00 AM, Anonymous USCF Forums News said…

    This was posted by Michael Aigner on the USCF forums:

    Hal (Bogner), I for one feel personally violated that you snooped on me without my knowledge. No, I don't have anything to hide and you probably didn't find anything exciting involving me. And no, it has little to do with you personally, as I would be equally offended if any other outspoken person on this Forum snooped in on me.

    Even if you had approval from the Executive Director, your actions have permanently injured any personal relationship between you and me. I am sick to the stomach to think that you tried to talk sweet and friendly to me in Stillwater even after sneaking in behind my back door. Shame on you! And shame on your ethics!

    I cannot trust you nor Bill Hall ever again. It doesn't matter to me if you or he say that the case is closed or not. In fact, we have no way to independently verify that you no longer have access. And your sorry word can no longer be believed. Yes, if I sound furious it probably is because I am.

    The rest of my thoughts are not suitable for this audience.

    Michael Aigner

  • At Monday, June 04, 2007 9:40:00 AM, Anonymous USCF Forums News said…

    This is scary. This is the story that has been floating around:

    Hal Bogner was the one who got Stephen Jones to run. Then Bogner illegally got access of confidential information from the USCF about his friend's opponents. Then he shared this info with his friend, Stephen Jones, who is an attorney.

    - Can Mr. Jones deny or confirm that he has never received any info from Mr. Bogner?

    - Can Mr. Jones state if he condones or rejects the deplorable tactic of USCF President Bill Goichberg by sending out offensive and malicious email / post cards to attack Mr. Jones' opponents?

    I would like to know it straight from Mr. Jones. The facts right now look very bad for him, Mr. Goichberg and Bogner.

  • At Monday, June 04, 2007 9:47:00 AM, Anonymous Keep the USCF safe said…

    I support Mr. Bogner, Mr. Goichberg and Mr. Jones. This is war and we must do everything to make sure that Polgar will not win this election. She should run for a position with the Hungarian chess federation and not the USCF.

    It's not personal but ...

    I'm voting for Mr. Jones, Mr. Lux, Mr. Goodall and Mr. Schultz. These are men of honor. They'll protect the USCF from unwanted people.

  • At Tuesday, June 05, 2007 3:54:00 PM, Anonymous USCF Forums News said…

    Now we know where the racist comments came from. Here is a quote from a board member:

    "Jack LeMoine has just displayed the most astounding ignorance of American history imaginable. He should go back to wherever it is he came from."

    This is exactly the same offensive and racist language used toward Susan and Paul. These are the supporters of the people in the slate endorsed by Bill Goichberg: Joe Lux, Stephen Jones and Don Schultz.


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