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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The board cannot answer tough questions

Zarathustra wrote:

Then we ask ourselves why organizers and volunteers have left the United States Chess Federation. Then we have to ask ourselves, if an organizer and volunteer accept this type of abuse – what would they do to other organizers and volunteers? Even to be blunt, what would they do with the average member of the United States Chess Federation?

Members have left the United States Chess Federation; organizers have left the United States Chess Federation, the decline of business deals of long term growth have become less common with the United States Chess Federation. Is there really any hope of a correction when controlling power is more important than building the goodwill of the United States Chess Federation?

Unfortunately, this has happened for years. I have heard many similar stories from colleagues of mine such as GMs Alburt, Evans, Seirawan, etc. The only difference is the USCF no longer has a strong control (monopoly) of chess news. Many of us can reach out to a lot more people across this country and around the world than the USCF website and Chess Life.

Unless these problematic chess politicians will start to conduct themselves properly and start to do what is best for the USCF, I will continue to speak out and let all members know what goes on behind the scene. What I have stated so far is just the tip of the iceberg. The USCF will not survive unless positive changes are being made ASAP.

I ran for the board to change the USCF for the better. It is my fiduciary duty to stop this kind of unethical, vicious and destructive behavior which severely harms the welfare of this federation. It is clear that none of them can dispute what I brought up because they know that I will introduce the evidence to prove what I said the moment they deny it. They know that plenty of evidence is located in the confidential binfo.

Instead of working together to save the USCF, some board members work behind the scene to try to destroy people who are against what they are doing to maintain power and the status quo. They will continue to waste members' money instead of admitting and apologizing for their conduct.

The board is now asking members to donate money to pay for our Olympiad teams. The USCF needs $35,000 to fund our national teams, the same amount frivolously spent on legal fees for personal and political reasons. Much more will be wasted on multiple legal problems.

If everything is as what they claimed then I have these questions:

- Why are they so afraid to have all the evidence presented to an INDEPENDENT expert instead of using their own highly paid person?
- Why did they refuse to go with the first expert who gave them a negative opinion?
- Why are they so afraid to allow our own experts verify the data in spite of many requests since last September?
- Why did their own expert not ask to examine the data?
- Why are they so afraid to release all information for all members to see if they feel that everything they did was proper, fair and there was no hanky panky?
- Why did Bill Goichberg hide the investigation from the other six board members and why did he refuse to recuse himself in the committee once this fact came out?
- Why did Bill Goichberg continue to defend the contractors after receiving legal opinions about the blatant violation of the NDAs?

I would also like to challenge all board members to publicly deny that:

- There was a 5-0 vote for the USCF highly paid expert to contact the Chubb, the insurance company, to try to cancel our coverage to interfere with our defense against the Sloan lawsuit. This is highly unethical and may even be illegal.

- They had knowledge that Jerry Hanken received confidential and legal information and he used this information to negotiate with Sam Sloan. Even with the knowledge that board members did this, they refused to take actions against the wrong doers.

- Their highly paid expert asked permission to investigate bogus charges that my husband and I abused our children, etc. Then supporters from Bill Goichberg sent this bogus and disgusting info to many high level individuals at my employment as well as the media. This clearly confirms what I said about what they're willing to do to accomplish their personal and political agenda.

They claimed that they followed their fiduciary duties. Are the above actions a part of their fiduciary duties?

Best wishes,
Susan Polgar
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