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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©

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bribery, dirty politics, and USCF corruption


Below are various emails which clearly show the involvement of USCF President Bill Goichberg, Chess Journalist of America President Jerry Hanken, and others in a bribery scheme for votes in July/August 2008. They also clearly show that USCF President Bill Goichberg clearly mislead me and the USCF members about his own involvement.

When I ran for the USCF Executive Board 2 years ago, this is one of the areas I said that I will do everything possible to clean up. This is just the surface of it. Because I am exposing these unethical individuals, they and their supporters have tried to trash my name and reputation.

In the past two years, instead of working with me and helping me promote chess to benefit our entire sport, some of these chess politicians have spread the most outrageous and vicious rumors and lies, trying to destroy my reputation, my employment at Texas Tech University, and my family. They even stooped so low as to use my children (who are only 8 and 10) as one of their targets.

Knowing that I am a one of the biggest advocates for scholastic chess in this country, especially for girls, some of these people spewed out the disgustingly offensive rumor that my husband and I were child abusers. They claimed that we abused my children and we even forced them to consume hot sauce. This sort of despicable thing made its way to the internet and even made its way to my employer Texas Tech University as well as to sponsors and potential sponsors. This outrageous lie was even tossed around within the USCF leadership as a way to pressure my husband and me to resign from the board even though they knew that it was false.

There were countless remarks and postings telling my husband and me to go “back to where we came from.” Some said this is the United States Chess Federation and not the United Nations Chess Federation, and a foreigner had no business running the USCF, while others were openly discussed ways to deport me back to my native Hungary although I have been an American citizen for a number of years and both my children were born in the U.S.But the facts are hidden from the USCF members and delegates. In the mean time, they are using Chess Life, the USCF forums, the USCF website, members' money and other means to mislead the USCF members, to cover up their incompetence and unethical conduct. I highlighted many of these facts here and here.

It is amazing that these people claim that the USCF has no money to promote chess, support chess players, chess clubs, and affiliates. But they have no problem spending over $500,000-$600,000 of USCF members money for lawsuits to go after and silence people who want to expose their misconduct.

These people crossed the ethical line and they clearly abused their political power. Their conduct directly and indirectly caused lawsuits / legal actions in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Illinois, and Tennessee. The financial situation of the USCF is dire. If we do not stand up and fight against this kind of corruption, there soon will be no USCF.

A lot more information can be downloaded here.

Here are just some of the evidence of the bribery scheme:

From:
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 1:54 AM
To: Polgar, Susan


Hi Susan,

I wanted to forward this to you to prove that I originally had no plans, whatsoever, to attend the 2008 U.S. Open. I was simply going to visit my husband in San Jose, where the two of us intended to spend a week together before I returned to where I am currently living, in San Diego. Only after being convinced to attend, by Jerry, did I change my plans. I will include that proof as well, and you will also be receiving some other forwarded emails corroborating the rest of what I have told you already.

My husband and I are also seriously considering resigning as delegates, considering the fact that we were not otherwise interested in becoming such, except to help please Jerry, and go along with what he felt was right, because it would show loyalty and solidarity to someone who has, to this point, been a good friend. I hope this serves to do at least some good.

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From: JerryHanken@aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2008 21:58:06 -0400

Subject: (no subject)

You have a free entry to the US Open (and some possible money for a blog for Jennifer.) You can't transfer the entry to a CCA. event. If I can get your airfare paid and I agree to pick up a few meals for you and Hero, couldn't you handle the room? I think Hero would go for it if I can swing airfare. Don't say "no" quite yet.

Jerry

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From: JerryHanken@aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 06:11:49 -0400

Subject: Re: (no subject)

If Bill (Goichberg) says "yes", you wouldn't owe anything to him. I asked for a sponsorship gift, not a loan. At the Open, you could still spend lots of time with Hero. Also you may have some pay for the blog you will do for Jennifer. You will win games like that at 40 in two. You ARE improving-- don't let anyone tell you different. Notice that I am willing to provide some food for you and Hero. I will have a fridge which will help. As to changeing, aren't you on Southwest? They .don't charge to change or cancel a trip.

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From: JerryHanken@aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 06:21:03 -0400

Subject: Re: (no subject)
To: Chessoffice@aol.com (Bill Goichberg)

Come on Bill (Goichberg), I will go half on the airfare. There are so many good reasons to do this. Give it some thought. Just think what going half means to me and what it means to you. If we lose a critical vote, you will think of this. All the money you have given the USFCF will be in the toilet if we ultimately lose this fight.

Jerry

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From: Chessoffice@aol.com (Bill Goichberg)
To:
JerryHanken@aol.com
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 11:01:45 -0500
Subject: Re: (no subject)

The affiliate needs to go to the TD/Affiliate area and purchase a 6 month membership.

Bill

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From: JerryHanken@aol.com
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 11:35:28 -0400

Subject: (no subject)

Dear Jess and Hero,

If Hero is willing to serve as a Delegate, it is important that you go on line today (when it is still July) and purchase a six month membership in USCF. It is $25 and I will personally reimburse you this money. I hope to talk with you later today, Jess.

Jerry

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7/30/2008 8:53:32 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time (11:53:32 A.M. EST), Chessoffice writes:

As I said, the $25 rate is only available to affiliates.

Bill

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From: JerryHanken@aol.com
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 13:30:53 -0400

Subject: Fwd: (no subject)
To: randallhough@yahoo.com

Could you get this done today so we have the option of having Hero as a delegate I will pay.

Jerry

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From:
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 2:12 AM
To: Polgar, Susan

Subject: Summing things up

Hi Susan,

By now, I've already sent you several emails, each one forwarded directly from my personal account, and numbered 1 to 9. Included are copies of both my hotel and flight reservations, whose dates exactly match those immediately following the forwarded emails from Jerry, in which he convinced us to come, just so we would be there to vote. That fact is quite clear here, and should be easily demonstrated.

Additionally, I should point out that since my real interest was in playing chess, and NOT getting politically involved, this is proven by the fact that Jerry, on more than one occasion leading up to the delegates' meeting, begged me to forego the Blitz, offering to pay for not ONE future event in speed, but THREE, if only I would be there to vote.

Now, my husband and I will also write the letters you requested, but I thought this data would prove useful in the meantime, considering the fact that it verifies my story for all those critics online. By the way, I still have not been able to locate any posts which specifically claim I am a liar, but I'm sure they are not all that far behind, since I have now pissed off quite a few people on Jerry's side, and all for voting what I could gather, based on fact, and not merely conjecture.

Anyway, I hope this helps.

Take care,

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In a message dated 8/17/2008 8:02:17 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, SusanPolgar writes:

Bill,

Are you saying that you are absolutely not aware of any attempt to offer incentives / pay ordinary chess players and even non-USCF members to join the USCF, come to Dallas, get certified to be delegates, to vote against Paul?

I am not aware that anyone was paid, offered incentives or given free entry in order to vote a certain way.

If board members/ delegates are caught bribing / paying for votes, should you or the USCF report them to the Illinois Attorney General or other appropriate authority? I strongly believe that this is highly unethical and illegal and I certainly hope that you feel the same way.
In addition, should board members / delegates who do such thing resign from the executive board / delegates immediately?

Susan Polgar

Bribes are unethical and illegal, and charges of same should be dealt with as recommended by our attorneys.

Bill Goichberg


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In a message dated 8/17/2008 8:31:06 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, SusanPolgar writes:

Thank you for your response. Just to clarify, did anyone approach you about the idea of paying / providing incentives in exchange for votes against Paul at the delegates meeting on Saturday, August 9, 2008?

Thank you.
Susan Polgar

NO!

Bill Goichberg

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3 Comments:

  • At Monday, July 13, 2009 1:00:00 PM, Blogger Admin said…

    Nice report.

     
  • At Wednesday, January 06, 2010 12:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why NOT let it die?!? Short of total destruction and rebuilding it from the ground up, what has happened in in the past, and is happening today, is likely to continue indefinitely into the future. USCF is ancient that it believes itself, like the pope, infallible. Whatever the USCF declares, is law. USCF has NOT kept up with the times. The reality is that ANY reputable ONLINE chess service could replace the USCF almost overnight, provide a better and more meaningful rating service, and provide better online content than the USCF currently does at a far cheaper price, if not totally FREE. I suspect that ONLINE chess sounds a lot better to many people that are sick of paying USCF $42/Yr. for a "Premium" Adult membership that provides the member with the following:

    1) An "Official" USCF rating
    2) The right to play in USCF sponsored OTB tournaments
    3) A hard copy of Chess Life.

    Not much given that instead of providing the membership with real value for their money, most of a member's money is spent on chess politics and fighting frivolous lawsuits such as the one filed initially by Sam Sloan who cried he was cheated out of a board position by the posting of those nasty horrible FSS messages -- not that he actually LOST because many people find him to be repugnant and morally bankrupt. Even the NY judge pitched Sam out on his @$$ and commented it was a frivolous lawsuit. Maybe *that* judge actually had a CLUE about who Sam Sloan is. I would enjoy having people FIX the USCF so that it works for EVERYBODY, but I sincerely doubt that will happen, and no matter how hard you try, no matter how much polish you use to shine and dress up a turd, at the end of the day you still have a turd.

    The current leadership is CLUELESS. You could hit Bill Goichberg up side the head with a Cluebat, and he still would not get it. Unless there is RADICAL change I suspect that by 2015 the USCF will be DEAD. Bill Goichberg and the entire board need to go; we need to have Term Limits for anyone who serves on the USCF board, we need to make USCF more responsive to ALL members, we need to adapt to the Internet, and we need to become a more flexible organization that members can configure to their lifestyles. In short the EXACT opposite of what USCF is today. I don't see ANY of those things happening now or any time in the near future. Indeed many view that USCF died a long time ago and swallowed up by the CCA, which so happens to be run by none other than Bill Goichberg.

     
  • At Sunday, January 24, 2010 6:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Money talks, all the BS spins walk. USCF / their insurance carrier paid Polgar / Truong $39,000 + the USCF spent $750,000 + their insurance carrier spent $$$$$. The USCF lost. No spin will ever change this. Goichberg should be held accountable for the scandal he created.

    WE NEED MORE SUCH COMPLETE VICTORIES

    --What weasel told you it was a half of a million bucks? If true we should kick them all out. They have engaged in an awful mismanagement of the Federation's scarce resources. This is the biggest scandal since Hankin dropped his drawers in an executive session. They deserve no better than to be censored, branded, screwed blue, and tattooed. I'm with Larry: Let's crucify the weasels. Of course that is assuming it was anywhere near $500,000.> -- Stan Booz ("none")

    "Bill Hall, the organization’s executive director, said the federation, which has annual revenues of about $3 million, had spent nearly $750,000 in legal fees on the cases."

    If the USCF has won a "complete victory" then what could be more healthy for the Federation? Why, more complete victories. At about $600,000 a crack. We need to begin a discussion about how to secure more of these complete victories.

    Any ideas? Certainly, there must be questions for a class action lawsuit over Board members making legal decisions to protect themselves.

    Anti-USCF? Not at all. For complete victories, if such they are, can only strengthen the Federation.

    Or, perhaps, there was no complete victory at all. That: it was a bloody disaste, as a result of the egotistical stubbornness of, first and foremost, Bill Goichberg.

    There need to be new EB elections following the resignation of the Board.

    Certainly, the USCF must research the possibility of seeking legal damages from Board members who okayed expenditure of funds and who were also protecting themselves.

    I believe some members will pursue further legal action. Every Board conversation and decision needs to be explained in full in the broad daylight of sunshine and publicity. We need to see the correspondence of Board members when attending to any and all Federation business, their emails among themselves when discussing any Federation related business of any kind and satisfy ourselves that these people were not participants in criminal activities using USCF resources and funds to promote said activities.

    We know that the board will not cooperate. Therefore, it is vital to begin discussions about how to secure that cooperation.

    Yours, Larry Parr

     

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