US Chess Discussion

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©

Sunday, March 30, 2008

USCF Finances

I was asked the following question today on my main blog:

"How bad are the finances at USCF ? How likely is it that USCF declares bankruptcy? What steps are being taken to avoid financial collapse?"

Here is my answer:

Some cuts were made but by far not enough. I have clearly pointed out ways for the USCF to save around $100,000 or more without effecting members' services at all. My proposals will cut wasteful spending and remove dead woods. Unfortunately, the board majority has ignored my proposals completely. There is no one doing quality control. There is no accountability system. Insiders simply protect each other.

The USCF is paying for various things which are not needed rather than obtaining it for little or no charge. Assignments and projects are STILL being given to friends and insiders instead of the best or most qualified people.

Another problem is there were potential sponsors including the SPF which wanted to help. We were willing to sponsor almost $30,000 cash for various events and projects and no one from the USCF got back to us for more than 3 months. In addition, a number of promises were not kept. The offers were then promptly withdrawn and that money will now be used to sponsor other activities. I know that some other people / organizations made similar complaints to me.

We are continuing to do the same old thing (which is clearly not working) hoping to survive rather than making things more productive and efficient.

The biggest problem will be legal fees. The political games which are being played right now can potentially bankrupt the USCF. Unfortunately, instead of doing the right things to save and grow this federation, decisions are being made to satisfy personal ego or for political purpose instead of the best interest of the USCF.

As I said before, some have no problem trying to destroy me personally, professionally and financially. They also have no qualm of harming my family and children. I have to say right now that unless the board is serious about changing the direction of the USCF for the better, I see a very dim future for this federation.

Best wishes,
Susan Polgar
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Monday, March 03, 2008

20 Questions with Paul Truong

These are my in-laws at our wedding reception in Orlando, Florida during the National K-12

Chessville Plays 20 Questions with Mr. Paul Truong
Interviewed by Phil Innes

Following our previous interview with you here at Chessville which covered your life and events to about 2005, bring us up to date on current perspectives.

1) Many journalist colleagues and others in chess, were surprised that Paul Truong and Susan Polgar should have run for the USCF Board when it seemed that they were achieving very much independently of that, or any other organization. What prompted you to seek a Board seat?

The USCF has floundered for a number of years in some key areas. The federation struggled badly to adapt to the rapidly changing chess world and fell way behind in the Internet age. In addition, the USCF has never had anyone with our experience and expertise. We know that we could help turn things around. The USCF needs new leadership with clear a vision for a better and more efficient USCF, and not so preoccupied with petty and destructive politics.

That is why we decided to make this big sacrifice for the sake of the USCF and U.S. chess. The most stunning fact is there are a lot more tournament chess players in the U.S. who are NOT USCF members than ARE USCF members, and the leadership was unable to change this. But very little has been done to change this.

However, we are also realists. We knew before entering the race that some of the long-time chess politicians will do everything they can to stop us. Unfortunately, we did not expect the revolting level some are willing to stoop to.

The full interview can be read here.
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