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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©

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Q & A from Chess Fans


Q & A from Chess Fans

Jackson (Denver, CO): I read on the USCF website about the revocation of your USCF memberships. Is it true and why?

PT: It is true. The Executive Board’s action is deplorable. Instead of doing what is best for chess and the USCF, these people appear to put their personal and political interests first. They are doing everything they can to hide their misconduct from the USCF members and delegates, even if this costs jobs for USCF employees and perhaps even cause the collapse of the entire federation. They used Chess Life and Chess Life Online to spread false information to hide the truth. But the facts will come out eventually.

JS (Los Angeles, CA): I have read only the USCF side of the story. Could you please summarize the cause of these lawsuits?

PT: Our position is that the USCF Executive Board and the USCF Executive Director continuously violated the USCF bylaws. I believe they abused their authority and used USCF members’ money for their own political agenda. I believe the legal cost so far exceeds $1 million for both sides, not counting what the USCF insurance has paid separately on behalf of the USCF. These people claim that the USCF has no money to support scholastic chess, college chess, women’s chess, professional chess, or chess promotion, etc. But they have no problem spending over $600,000 of members’ money for their own political agenda. It is inconceivable that these people are doing this in the middle of the worst economy in decades, and where countless USCF members have lost their jobs. These people could not care less about the welfare of chess or the USCF. They tried to blame this on us, while this has been their pattern of conduct for years.

These individuals can try to hide the facts, but the truth will come out in court. We have received tremendous support from countless USCF members encouraging us to stand tall and fight against these corrupt chess politicians.

The USCF has to cut their operating schedule to a four-day work week. The position of USCF Scholastic Director and FIDE Director had to be cut because of a serious financial meltdown. We offered to drop the lawsuit against the USCF for $1. The Executive Board rejected the offer because if the lawsuit against the USCF is dropped, they can not longer hide behind our federation to conceal their misconduct.

It also appears that they are also hiding from USCF members that Susan’s lawsuit against the USCF and its board members is covered by the insurance company. Mr. Jeff Jones is representing the USCF, and individual members of the Executive Board. These same people spent over $500,000 of members’ money to file frivolous lawsuits and to defend the misconduct of their political supporters from the lawsuit. They simply conveniently forgot to tell the USCF members this.

Chess Mom (Detroit, MI): Is it legal for the Executive Board to revoke your USCF Life Memberships and Executive Board status?

PT: We don’t think so. But it is up to the court to decide. But we do believe their actions directly violated the USCF bylaws.

Albert (Henderson, NV): What is your future plan with chess?

SP: We will continue to promote chess in multiple aspects. Nothing has changed. The SPICE Cup is the next big event on our calendar. You can follow our activities by checking out www.ChessDailyNews.com.

Jim (Des Moines, IA): Can you still compete in chess tournaments?

SP: No. The Executive Board revoked our USCF memberships. They claimed that we can still play. But there is no such thing as being able to play rated chess and not being a member. They are just making things up as they go along and this is clearly against the USCF rules. In addition, I cannot play in world championships or Olympiads unless I am a member of a national federation. So basically what the Executive Board did is to destroy what is left of my playing career.

RR: Paul, a few newspapers published some articles about problems with the chess federation. Can you explain? What does this mean? There are people out there writing things in papers and online that don’t do your good work justice.

PT: As the saying goes, you can either lead, follow, or get out of the way. We’re trying to lead, and they’re trying to make us get out of the way. Susan has worked very hard to get to where she is, and when you’re at the top of the game there will always be people who are jealous. The U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) is very political and extremely ineffective.

The bad PR we’ve received, yes, has been very unfortunate, and it came from people who want to see Susan and SPICE fail. It is a concerted effort on their part to try to stop our success. This is hurting our entire sport. Unfortunately, there is little we can do when people are not telling the truth. Things people claim are highly misleading and even slanderous. But, we’re doing good work, and it shows.

Source: http://www.chesscafe.com/polgar/polgar.htm
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  • At Wednesday, January 06, 2010 12:33:00 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

     
  • At Saturday, January 30, 2010 2:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The United States chess federation is a massive fraud which has wasted more than 130 million dollars since 1972 on largely non chess ends... often not sponsoring its own olympiad team...refusing to permit players in ALL United States play in its US CHAMPIONSHIP PELIMINARY QUALIFIER (EVEN WHEN TOTALLY SPONSORED BY THE LATE LOUIS STATHAM: REFERENCE MR. ALAN KAUFMAN OF THE AMERICAN CHESS FOUNDATION).....AND NOT EVEN PUTTING UP THE MONEY FOR IT or even its olympiad teams in many cases..IT HAS FRAUDULENTLY TAMPERED WITH PLAYERS AND RATINGS TO SILENCE ITS CRITICS..I.E. ACERS. THE LATE ADDISON... POLGAR ...ETC...THE REAL QUESTION IS NOW WHETHER THE RAPIDLY IMPROVING FREE THINKING CHESS LIFE MAGAZINE CAN ESCAPE THESE TRULY HORRENDOUS PEOPLE...I FEAR FOR AN UNCENSORED CHESS PRESS.. HONEST CHESS COVERAGE THAT IS UNCENSORED IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO REMOVE THESE TRULY TRAGIC PEOPLE...THE KEY ELEMENT IN DISCOVERY: USCF PRESIDENT Mr. William Goichberg destroyed a $250,000 us title event by a three time independent national sponsor by secretly killing a token 4 area internet QUALIFIER SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD GET A SHOW OF HOME TOWN HEROES LIVE AND IN PERSON ..IT WAS THE FUTURE IN THE SPREAD OUT GEOGRAPHY OF AMERICA AND THE SPONSOR KNEW IT ...Mr. Goichberg likely meant well...but his time is past. Grandmaster Joel Benjamin and the very honorable Grandmaster Susan Polgar made this the USCF/Mr. Goichberg's Waterloo... and rightly so. It is perfectly possible to be a terrible crook without realizing it or intending the evil effect. Jude Acers / New Orleans PS I remind readers of a worthy motto:"LIVE FREE OR DIE"..freedom is not free and Madame Polgar has paid a terrible price despite the compensation of her lawyers from USCF insurers who full well knew what was going to happen if the matter was pursued.

     
  • At Saturday, January 30, 2010 2:43:00 PM, Anonymous Jude Acers jacers@hotmail.com said…

    The United States chess federation is a massive fraud which has wasted more than 130 million dollars since 1972 on largely non chess ends... often not sponsoring its own olympiad team...refusing to permit players in ALL United States play in its US CHAMPIONSHIP PELIMINARY QUALIFIER (EVEN WHEN TOTALLY SPONSORED BY THE LATE LOUIS STATHAM: REFERENCE MR. ALAN KAUFMAN OF THE AMERICAN CHESS FOUNDATION).....AND NOT EVEN PUTTING UP THE MONEY FOR IT or even its olympiad teams in many cases..IT HAS FRAUDULENTLY TAMPERED WITH PLAYERS AND RATINGS TO SILENCE ITS CRITICS..I.E. ACERS. THE LATE ADDISON... POLGAR ...ETC...THE REAL QUESTION IS NOW WHETHER THE RAPIDLY IMPROVING FREE THINKING CHESS LIFE MAGAZINE CAN ESCAPE THESE TRULY HORRENDOUS PEOPLE...I FEAR FOR AN UNCENSORED CHESS PRESS.. HONEST CHESS COVERAGE THAT IS UNCENSORED IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO REMOVE THESE TRULY TRAGIC PEOPLE...THE KEY ELEMENT IN DISCOVERY: USCF PRESIDENT Mr. William Goichberg destroyed a $250,000 us title event by a three time independent national sponsor by secretly killing a token 4 area internet QUALIFIER SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD GET A SHOW OF HOME TOWN HEROES LIVE AND IN PERSON ..IT WAS THE FUTURE IN THE SPREAD OUT GEOGRAPHY OF AMERICA AND THE SPONSOR KNEW IT ...Mr. Goichberg likely meant well...but his time is past. Grandmaster Joel Benjamin and the very honorable Grandmaster Susan Polgar made this the USCF/Mr. Goichberg's Waterloo... and rightly so. It is perfectly possible to be a terrible crook without realizing it or intending the evil effect. Jude Acers / New Orleans PS I remind readers of a worthy motto:"LIVE FREE OR DIE"..freedom is not free and Madame Polgar has paid a terrible price despite the compensation of her lawyers from USCF insurers who full well knew what was going to happen if the matter was pursued.

     
  • At Monday, March 29, 2010 6:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I see no other road to improvement outside of allowing the USCF to die off and starting all over from the beginning.

    The real question is what format for the new chess group so that it can avoid the present problems.

     

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