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Chess club wants Polgar's e-mails
By Marlena Hartz | Avalanche-Journal

Monday, July 28, 2008
Story last updated at 7/28/2008 - 4:46 pm

A national chess club filed a court request in Lubbock to obtain
computer records and testimony from the founders of Texas Tech’s chess
institute.

The U.S. Chess Federation, Inc., a non-profit club based in Illinois,
wants to determine if chess celebrity Susan Polgar and her husband,
Paul Truong, leaked confidential e-mails from the club’s executive
board sometime in June, according to court records.

The club is also investigating who impersonated Sam Sloan, a chess
writer and former board member, on the Internet, records show.

The club and the couple are co-defendants in a New York lawsuit that
Sloan filed in October.

Polgar, Truong and Sloan were vying for seats on the club’s board at
the same time. Sloan lost his seat, while the couple won seats. Sloan
claims they posted thousands of obscene messages on the Internet in
his name, which caused him to lose the election.

Truong denied Sloan’s allegations in a previous interview with The A-
J. He and his wife declined to comment on the subpoena on Monday,
saying they were not aware of it. The subpoena was filed Wednesday
evening.

It’s also tied to a California lawsuit concerning illegal access to
Federation e-mails, said Bill Hall, the Federation’s executive
director.

A San Francisco judge has ordered Truong and Polgar to give
depositions for that suit. The Federation filed a similar request for
records and testimony in Lubbock because the couple reside in the
city, according to court records.

“There was some inappropriate stuff that happened with e-mail,” Hall
said. “There’s evidence they may have some important information
related to that.”

Earlier this year, a Federation committee called for Truong’s
resignation. He declined to resign, but the issue will be revisited at
a club meeting in Dallas next month, Hall said.

Polgar and Truong founded the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess
Excellence, or SPICE, at Tech last year.
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