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 Polgar©

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Nearly $200,000 behind

According to the USCF, on a year to date basis we are operating at a loss of $146,512 compared to a budgeted profit of $50,794. That is nearly a $200,000 problem.

This is a quote from the financial head of the USCF:

"It becomes very obvious when comparing revenue that we are seriously behind and will be in a cash crunch going into the slow summer months. When comparing our cash balances last year to this year through March, we are behind over $175,000. We did well enough last year to have $150,000 sitting in CD’s the end of March. This year is a different story! If the excess cash was a result of the dues sale, the dues sales was obviously a success; however looking at our cash position today, we will suffer the consequences of the sale during the slow summer months and maybe for several more months into fiscal 2009."

First of all, I hope that the numbers are wrong. Secondly, I hope that things can be improved. Having said that, as I have stated a number of times before, the USCF is tragically heading down the wrong path. Even if we survive this fiscal year, what will happen next year or the year after? How can we expect different results when we keep on repeating the same mistakes year after year?

Instead of allowing Paul and I to use our expertise to help the USCF (which is why we ran for the board in the first place), this federation is wasting so much time and money for absolute nonsense and the same destructive political games continue. Not only that it is costly for the USCF, this federation is also losing out countless opportunities to raise much needed revenues and improve the many desperately needed areas. The executive board at this moment is completely dysfunctional with little leadership other than for political agenda.

TTU, UTD, UMBC, UTB, and other universities make things happen. So do the SPF, AF4C, KCF, Chess in the Schools, and many others. How much more obvious can it be that the USCF is continuing to head down the wrong path? What are the chances that the board majority will change direction and get back on track to focus on helping this federation? Only time will tell. There is not a single day since I have been elected that misinformation has not been spewed out there purely for political reasons by the same people.

No matter how these board members will attempt to spin this matter, most people will clearly see the on going problems for the USCF. All members can also clearly see what each board member has accomplished for U.S. chess and how much they have cost the USCF since they have been elected.

As I recently said to one long time respected USCF member, people do not have to like me or my vision for chess in America. If someone can do more or a better job, please do it. But if you cannot then do not stand in my way to slow down or harm the progress of chess for personal or political agenda. Stop wasting everyone's time with the constant garbage every single day. Unfortunately, this happens time and time again, election after election.

Now that I see how a USCF board operates with my own eyes, I can clearly say I can definitely see why the USCF has lost money in something like 9 of the last 11 years or 10 of the last 12 years. There is lack of direction and leadership. There is no quality control. There is little professionalism. And there is way too much waste, finger pointing, and destructive politics.

We are expecting to lose big this year and even more next year. At this moment, only one man can change the direction of this federation. The question is will he be able to put his ego and stubbornness aside to save this federation? I informed the USCF members of the current situation. There is no need for me to get involved in spins by others.

I will remind everyone of my position again. People do not have to like me or my vision for chess in America. If someone can do more or a better job then please do it! But if you cannot then allow me to help. This political destruction will only hurt the USCF and US chess.

So what is the bottom line? The bottom line is the USCF is behind by around $200,000 and it is expected to get worse and not better. So if the current direction is not cutting it so what do we do? Do we continue to this failing path and drive the federation to the ground or will we change direction?

Best wishes,
Susan Polgar

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Another sad day for the USCF

The resignation by Mr. Joel Channing from the USCF Executive Board is now official. He is probably one of the most successful business people who were ever elected to the USCF Executive Board.

This is from the NYT: '...Channing, who was in the third year of a four-year term, said that he had been become increasingly frustrated by the workings of the federation. Channing, who owns a real estate development company (it put up PGA Commons West, above, among other developments), said, “My original reason for running for office was to try to bring business experience to the board, which I found sorely lacking, and to run a professional organization and that was a lot more difficult than I thought. There is something about business, it is more like a team sport. You want to have a win-win situation. That is the way to get things done effectively. The way that things work with chess, it is a zero-sum game and that is not a good environment for getting things done.”'

I fully agree with Mr. Channing. This is a man who has built companies and worked on projects far bigger than the USCF. I have been to his home. I have visited him at his office. He is well respected in his industry and community.

But when it comes to this federation, it is nearly impossible to succeed. Instead of allowing or asking the most qualified and most experienced people to help the USCF, the opposite happens.

And this is why the USCF continues to fail miserably, losing money year after year. The losses this year may exceed $100,000 and the USCF is expected to lose even a lot more next year. How many good volunteers, sponsors, organizers and members has this organization lost? How many more good people will we have to lose before we can turn the USCF into a professional and viable organization?

In the mean time, I will continue to work hard to positively promote chess, chess and education and chess in the schools, as well as obtaining and awarding chess scholarships for young players, organizing world class tournaments for our professional players, and much more.
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