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Old August 1st 08, 07:54 AM posted to,,alt.chess,,
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Default New Developments in the Hanon Russell vs. USCF Disputes

There is a new development about this over on Susan Polgar's Chess
Discussion group:

Letters have been posted from Hanon Russell to Bill Goichberg and Bill
Hall. The letters state that the USCF is carrying on its financial
statement an $85,000 accounts receivable from Hanon Russell. However,
Hanon Russell states "we dispute and deny liability for any alleged
amount owed other than the $14,000" he previously agreed to pay off in
monthly installments of $1000 per month.

Hanon Russell also states, "Finally, there are the matters of the
possible claims related to the House of Staunton and Chess Life
(reduced circulation) matters."

This refers to the Bill Goichberg plan under which Regular Adult and
Regular Scholastic USCF members will no longer receive a printed copy
of Chess Life magazine. Instead, they will receive a password to
enable them to read the magazines online. Hanon Russell has indicated
that because of the "reduced circulation" he will stop paying the
$150,000 per year, the amount he agreed to pay for his monthly ads in
Chess Life magazine.

Finally, the reason the reported loss by the USCF for the 2007-2008
fiscal year changed from $53,000 to $73,000 is the USCF agreed with
the auditors to take Hanon Russell to arbitration over the $85,000 it
is claiming from Hanon Russell, and has put $20,000 of that amount
into a "Reserve for Bad Debts". This seems quite generous. The history
of Hanon Russell is that once he says that he is not going to pay,
then he is not going to pay. How will the USCF enforce an arbitration
award even in the unlikely event that it wins against Hanon Russell?

The fact that this confidential information appears on Susan Polgar's
Discussion Group probably explains why the USCF started legal
proceedings against Polgar and Truong in Lubbock Texas on Monday, July
28 for "leaking confidential emails".

Sam Sloan
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