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Default Bill acts like an "Ostrich with his Head Stuck in the Sand".

Originally Posted by chessoffice
The changes proposed by the board should already
be sufficient to add about $86,000 to our bottom line in 2008-9 and
$172,000 per year after that.

Bill Goichberg
Bill is again acting like the proverbial "ostrich with his head stuck
in the sand".

Note that Bill wrote the above today, June 9, 2008.

However, the previous day, Hanon Russell, who has a contract under
which he is required to pay to the USCF $150,000 every year, wrote two
letters to Bill Goichberg which strongly implied the following:

The Goichberg "New Plan", which will greatly reduce the numbers of
copies of Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids that are distributed to
the members, will have a negative impact on USCF Sales, since USCF
Sales advertises in these publications.

Therefore, it is unlikely that USCF Sales (i.e. Hanon Russell) will
continue to be paying $150,000 annually to the USCF.

Also, Hanon Russell is angry that the USCF made a secret undisclosed
deal with a competitor, House of Staunton. As a result, Hanon Russell
has handed this matter over to his attorneys.

This makes it seem unlikely that Hanon Russell will be paying the
$80,000 printer's bill the USCF says he owes. This pertains to a sales
catalog that the USCF paid for but claims reimbursement from Hanon
Russell. The USCF put that $80,000 in its year end 2008 balance sheet
as an accounts receivable. It was this entry that it part converted a
$57,000 loss to a $3,000 year end profit. The same thing happened
regarding the year end 2005 fiscal year involving $185,000 then owed
by Hanon Russell. Hanon Russell did not pay that $185,000 nor has he
paid the current $80,000 and apparently he has no intention of doing
so. He states in this latest letter that he will not discuss these

The insulting remarks made yesterday by board member Randy Bauer
regarding Hanon Russell's son can only make the situation much worse.

In spite of all this, Bill Goichberg is still writing above that his
"New Plan" will "add about $86,000 to our bottom line in 2008-9" when
it is evident that his New Plan will result in Hanon Russell no longer
paying the USCF $150,000 per year and it also makes it unlikely that
Hanon Russell will ever pay the $80,000 that the USCF says that he

Sam Sloan
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