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Old November 5th 05, 06:20 AM
 
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CHESSCAFE DEAL & CLOSED SESSIONS

The agenda for the upcoming Executive Board
meeting on November 5-6 is your typical Federation
travesty. More than half of it appears "CLOSED."

Among the subjects that cannot be discussed
before the Federation membership is the upcoming FIDE
election. The Federation will likely announce support
for Anatoly Karpov, an Order of Lenin winner who
played Viktor Korchnoi while the latter's son was
being beaten up in a Soviet slave labor camp. That's
called sporstmanship by some.

Board members don't wish to field public
questions during an open session about our FIDE
policies. Hence the membership is not to know, and we
have defenders of this kind of faith right here.


As for the ChessCafe deal, I am told that the
Executive Board will ratify a deal that amounts to the
following:

1. Hanon Russell submitted a bid for the USCF's
book and equipment concession that was so attractive
as to blow other competition out of the marketing water.

2. Hanon Russell did not deliver on the bid he
submitted, running up a debt to the Federation
estimated at over $250,000.

3. Hanon Russell demanded a lower percentage
payout on his sales and a lock on the books and
equipment business to at least 2012, as well as debt
forgiveness -- and, so it is claimed, that the
contract not be put up to public tender again.

4. The USCF Executive Board has moved to REWARD
Mr. Russell for VIOLATING his contract: he gets debt
forgiveness; he gets a lock on the contract without
competing bids until 2012; he gets a lower percentage
payout to the Federation on sales; and he gets, in
truth, permanent possession of the Federation's book
and equipment business.

BUSINESS 101 LESSON: when you have good friends
in the Federation, you blow others out of the water
with a great bid; you do not fulfill the bid; you get
the friends to REWARD you with permanent possession of
the sales concession after having eliminated the competition.

Neat. Nice. Nifty.

Randy Bauer says that one ought not to imagine
even the "possibility" that the confluence of
money-politics-friendship might have something to do
with the above dealmaking.

Right.

Imagine GM Larry Evans, who once had the Pinkertons
sicked on him for no good reason by the USCF, being
REWARDED for VIOLATING his obligations at Chess Life.

Different strokes for different folks.

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Old November 5th 05, 12:03 PM
Jerzy
 
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Imagine GM Larry Evans, who once had the Pinkertons
sicked on him for no good reason by the USCF,


Never heard this one before. Any details?


Pleassse, no. That is like asking Haas to explain his Metro Mensa
scheme.


Only Mensa members can comprehend his Metro Mensa model for chess.


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Old November 5th 05, 01:35 PM
jr
 
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Nothing seems to change no matter who gets elected.

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Old November 5th 05, 02:41 PM
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Pleassse, no. That is like asking Haas to explain his Metro Mensa
scheme. (Sloan)

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Only Mensa members can comprehend his Metro Mensa model for chess.
(Jerzy)
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What is difficult about the Mensa model for chess? You (1) set up a
metro scaled geography for organized chess and then (2) fund it with a
share of the national dues. Best way to structure a chess federation.
Much better that the do-nothing chess federation we've had all these
years.

Old Haasie

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