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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A message from Mr. Sevan Muradian


Disclaimer: As a matter of fairness, I will publish articles and information from all credible parties when I receive them.

Registering to Vote Requirement
2011 USCF Executive Board Elections

You are receiving this email as you are an affiliate of the US Chess Federation and I am requesting from you a call to action to assist in a very important matter facing the USCF membership community.

This year in order for members to vote, members MUST register, or their voice will be lost in the election. This new rule was approved at the 2010 Delegates meeting. No Vote, No Voice!

I am requesting that you forward this email to your chess email lists, post the content on your websites, make Twitter and Facebook posts - anything to get the word out. Normally there are over 35,000 voting members that would receive ballots. So far only 1216 people have registered to vote!

Voters must be 16 years of age or older to register. Remember family memberships are entitled to vote for anyone that is 16 or older in that family membership!

To register to vote, members will need their USCF ID, Date of Birth, and their PIN number. Their PIN number can be found on their Chess Life mailing label or on their TLA Newsletter. Once this information is handy visit this website - https://secure2.uschess.org/voter-registration.php and they will be able to register to vote.

For those of you that do not know me, I am Sevan A. Muradian. I am a candidate in the 2011 USCF Executive Board Elections. You can follow my campaign at http://www.youruscf.com. The website is operational and there is a feature to sign-up to automatically be notified of new content.

I urge you to visit the website and communicate it out to your chess network.
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3 Comments:

  • At Monday, March 21, 2011 3:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Board Members and Executive Director,

    All the children in our family will no longer particpate in the 2011
    Junior Grand Prix.
    We didn't register for this event and it is clear from your inaction
    that you do not have the best interests of the children at heart.
    This letter means USCF no longer has the permission of our family to
    list the names of our minor children on any Junior Grand Prix lists.
    Please remove their names and JGP numbers from your system.


    The names of the children are:
    XXXXXXXXXXX 14164178
    XXXXXXXXXXX 14164184
    XXXXXXXXXXX 14164190
    XXXXXXXXXXX 14164204


    There are three reasons for this withdrawal.


    1) Through inaction, this board has chosen to associate itself with
    the new "invitation to cheat" rule.
    12.3.3 Players who are repeating a grade in school may have a second
    year of eligibility in that
    grade if they are still age eligible for that grade. You have chosen
    not to protect the other players in the tournaments from the
    beneficiaries of the invitation to cheat. That this rule also
    benefits certain members of the scholastic council cannot be ignored.
    It benefits the private/magnet schools at the cost to the public
    schools who do not hold back bright children for supposed curriculum
    differences.


    2) This board has refused to take any action on cheating which
    occurred before the rule was changed thus protecting the cheaters.
    14026082: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and his brother cheated. He was not
    held back for academic reasons. He won trophies two consecutive years
    as a first grader (2008, 2009) and defeated my kindergartner daughter
    Gia as a second time first grader in Atlanta. So a three year player
    was allowed to pretend to be a second year player. Do you understand
    the magnitude of difference at those ages. Under the rules existing
    at the time, he was ineligible to play. This is the textbook example
    of why this new rule cheats the opponents. Now you have codified the
    cheating.


    3) Through inaction, this board denied XXXXXXXXXXX the winner of the
    2010 Junior Grand Prix in SOCAL his rightful title as state champion
    and named the third place finisher as state champion. March Chess
    Life page 49.


    Cheating in favor of the private/magnet schools speaks for itself.


    Your Junior Grand Prix system is a mess.
    Your promises are worthless. Have the prizes for 2010 even gone out
    after this board promised they would? I have been asking about this
    for over three months without response.


    Do you even have rules for the 2011 competition? The USCF website has
    said for a month, Note: The JGP rules for 2011 will use a different
    means of computing points. The updated rules document should be
    available soon. We are nearly three months through 2011.
    Incompetence is too kind a word. The office ignored my legitimate
    inquiries for three months and according to an email I received last
    Friday you still don't even have rules for this year's competition.


    Effective immediately, please withdraw my kids from the JGP. Other
    parents have a right to know how you are handling your their
    children's affairs. When USCF cleans up its affairs, acts on the past
    cheating, and levels the playing field, we will return.


    A few years ago, the New York Times was kind enough to print my letter
    when Dalton won the National High School Championship using the
    National Junior High School and National Elementary Champion on their
    high school roster cheating Stuyvesant High School out of the national
    championship. I wonder what they might do with this. This sounds
    like another Danny Almonte Little League scandal.


    I really do not understand you people.


    Richard Peterson

     
  • At Monday, March 21, 2011 3:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Board Members and Executive Director,

    All the children in our family will no longer participate in the 2011 Junior Grand Prix. We didn't register for this event and it is clear from your inaction that you do not have the best interests of the children at heart. This letter means USCF no longer has the permission of our family to list the names of our minor children on any Junior Grand Prix lists. Please remove their names and JGP numbers from your system.

    The names of the children are:

    XXXXXXXXXXX 14164178
    XXXXXXXXXXX 14164184
    XXXXXXXXXXX 14164190
    XXXXXXXXXXX 14164204

    There are three reasons for this withdrawal.

    1) Through inaction, this board has chosen to associate itself with the new "invitation to cheat" rule. 12.3.3 Players who are repeating a grade in school may have a second year of eligibility in that
    grade if they are still age eligible for that grade. You have chosen not to protect the other players in the tournaments from the beneficiaries of the invitation to cheat. That this rule also benefits certain members of the scholastic council cannot be ignored. It benefits the private/magnet schools at the cost to the public schools who do not hold back bright children for supposed curriculum differences.

    2) This board has refused to take any action on cheating which occurred before the rule was changed thus protecting the cheaters. 14026082: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and his brother cheated. He was not held back for academic reasons. He won trophies two consecutive years as a first grader (2008, 2009) and defeated my kindergartner daughter Gia as a second time first grader in Atlanta. So a three year player was allowed to pretend to be a second year player. Do you understand the magnitude of difference at those ages. Under the rules existing at the time, he was ineligible to play. This is the textbook example of why this new rule cheats the opponents. Now you have codified the cheating.

    3) Through inaction, this board denied XXXXXXXXXXX the winner of the 2010 Junior Grand Prix in SOCAL his rightful title as state champion and named the third place finisher as state champion. March Chess Life page 49.

    Cheating in favor of the private/magnet schools speaks for itself.

    Your Junior Grand Prix system is a mess. Your promises are worthless. Have the prizes for 2010 even gone out after this board promised they would? I have been asking about this for over three months without response.

    Do you even have rules for the 2011 competition? The USCF website has said for a month, Note: The JGP rules for 2011 will use a different means of computing points. The updated rules document should be
    available soon. We are nearly three months through 2011. Incompetence is too kind a word. The office ignored my legitimate inquiries for three months and according to an email I received last Friday you still don't even have rules for this year's competition.

    Effective immediately, please withdraw my kids from the JGP. Other parents have a right to know how you are handling your their children's affairs. When USCF cleans up its affairs, acts on the past cheating, and levels the playing field, we will return.

    A few years ago, the New York Times was kind enough to print my letter when Dalton won the National High School Championship using the National Junior High School and National Elementary Champion on their high school roster cheating Stuyvesant High School out of the national championship. I wonder what they might do with this. This sounds like another Danny Almonte Little League scandal.
    I really do not understand you people.

    Richard Peterson

     
  • At Sunday, March 27, 2011 9:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Another lie by Bill Goichberg to get one of his cronies elected:

    On his website, Bill Goichberg writes,

    MIKE NIETMAN: Current Executive Board member and USCF Secretary, senior programmer/analyst for a large non-profit hospital, President of the Wisconsin Chess Association since 1987, organizer of many tournaments including the 1990 World Youth ...

    Hmmmm. So Mike Nietman organized the 1990 World Youth in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin? Interesting. I was there in attendance. I raised thousands of dollars for the event and yet the name Mike Nietman was unknown to me at that time.

    From the time Singapore withdrew its bid to FIDE to run the World Youth in the spring of 1990, I worked with Don Schultz to raise money and find a site for the event lest it be cancelled in its entirety. Schultz was going to give up when I showed him how a financial model for the event could work. Schultz used that model and the thousands of dollars I raised from donations to organize the event. Strangely, Bill Goichberg gives credit to Mike Nietman instead of Don Schlultz who had a relative on site and had obtained the FIDE bid.

    If I raised the money and created the financial model and Don Schlultz picked up the ball with FIDE and ran with it, what organization did Mike Nietman do? Tables and chairs?

    Don Schlutz always claimed there was a (undocumented) loss on the event. Did Mike Nietman pick up the check for the loss? Don claims not. Don said he suffered the loss.

    If Mike Nietman was a volunteer on staff, it certainly does not make him the organizer. Even I would give credit to Don Schultz. Perhaps Bill Goichberg (who was not there in Fond du Lac) should quiz Mike Nietman on whether he really wants that claim on his resume.

    Richard Peterson

     

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