Kindred’s Special: USCF Executive Board Candidates

ALAS, I THROW UP MY HANDS IN DISGUST. Today I opened a circular from USCF with listed tournament announcements and a page on which to vote for three listed candidates with no comments or who these folks are or what they represent. NICE GOING USCF!! List of three USCF members seeking to sit on this ailing board are: Gary Walters, Sam Sloan and Mike Nietman. I have no axe to grind with two, either Mr. Walters or Mr. Nietman because I have not heard from USCF and cannot get into the Chess Life on line magazine as of this writing. However, I have received a rather thorough lists of reasons to support Mr. Sam Sloan.

Committee to Elect Sam Sloan to the USCF Executive Board–VOTE for Sam Sloan –Restore Chess Life; Restore Chess Life for Kids; Guarantee the Printed Magazine to Life Members; Restore the USCF to what it Once Was.

Here are some of the key points brought up by Sam Sloan :

  1. Chess Life covers are horribly bad selections as are some of the photos inside on articles;
  2. Losses continue due to poor management decisions. Two bailouts  avoiding financial ruin were bequests by wealthy life members who had died and one this year who lives in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Sloan asks just who will bail us out next time?  Without such bailouts, USCF would cease to exist and have to declare bankrupcy or cut to the bone;
  3. Now that services are b eing cut, membership is down to the lowest level in over 30-years;
  4. The Board ignores discussions with the membership, keeping everything under the covers; minutes are not prepared nor posted.

Mr. Sloan is a publisher of chessbooks and he relates that sales are high. Somewhere there is a disconnect.  1995 Mr. Sloan served on the Board and it was the only year they made money and membership grew.

Four former USCF Presidents have drafted a joint motion to force the Board to stop losing money??!! Since when does such joint or any motion in USCF ever amount to the ink on the paper?

Personally I do not know these presidents mentioned: LeRoy Dubeck, E. Steven Doyle, Tim Redman; my personal correspondence with Beatrice Marinello was a gift to The Chess Trust. When I was involved heavily in USCF as a Region II Director for 11-years,  I had close ties with Reinhart, VP Dr. Marchand, Jerry Spann and Col. Ed Edmonson, all of whom led USCF during the “GRASS ROOTS ERA”.  These leaders led USCF in slow steady growth without the aid of the Fischer Boom years.  Each dealt wisely with finances. With the Fischer Boom and burst of huge membership increases especially among kids, USCF sat back and reaped the rewards without worrrying about the conditions that saw that junior memberships would eventually hurt finances unless governed carefully. USCF went wild with their generosities.

Some of my earlier articles dealt with my personal disgust with USCF and some local Rochester leaders that came on the scene after I stepped down from organizing and serving otherwise the local chess public.

Frankly I do not know if I should vote at all. Candidates in the past have often looked at it as a reward for service with no real understanding of the needed work to accomplish positive results.

9 Responses to “Kindred’s Special: USCF Executive Board Candidates”

  1. Gary Walters Says:

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  2. kindredspiritks Says:

    My highlights of Mr. Sloan’s solicitation for support is merely to inform my readers as I got his personal info in a mailing.I understand that USCF does not appreciate or especially like Sam Sloan. I do not know Sam Sloan but understand he uncovered manipulation of ratings so a player could be rated a master. If so, BRAVO for him! I dislike cheats. But I noticed one comparison among the candidates. Only Sam Sloan did not defame opponents but only gave his reasons for running. Remember those who lambasted Bobby Fischer over his love of Christianity over Judism because he personally told me he believed in Jesus and had decided to not see himself as a Jew when he was 12 years old. The jews in USCF got to hate Fischer for that and always looked to bash him at every turn. Why did USCF not support him against the US govt charges when he played a chess match in Yugoslavia? I understand the war stopped pretty much until the match was over. Fischer in the early years loved America and the USA. He was proud to support US chess and winning the world title and returning it to America. USCF has a lot to answer for and those who ran affairs let their personal whims and dislike of Fischer blot history.

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