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Old February 6th 09, 01:55 PM posted to rec.games.chess.politics
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Default Questions for Blas Lugo and Eric Hecht

Two of the candidates for the USCF Executive Board are involved in a
situation where they failed to pay the guaranteed prizes. This is
considered to be a very serious in the USCF and often results in
suspension of tournament directing or organizing privileges or
suspension of the right to advertise tournaments in Chess Life.

The tournament was the 2008 Miami Open. An exceptionally big prize
fund was advertised. Then the possibility developed that Hurricane Ike
might hit. As it turned out, Hurricane Ike did not hit Florida.

The question of whether to sanction Blas Lugo and Eric Hecht is before
the Executive Director now, but the Executive Director states that he
is not going to rule on this question now that the two organizers,
Blas Lugo and Eric Hecht, are candidates for the board.

There have been many, many times when Bill Goichberg has suffered big
financial losses at his tournaments due to bad weather and other
problems. Bill Goichberg has always paid the guaranteed prizes
regardless of how big his losses have been. He deserves credit for
that.

In the case of Mr. Blas Lugo and Mr. Eric Hecht, from what very little
I understand about this, there was a threatened hurricane but the
hurricane never hit. Also, the advance entries were low so the
tournament would have suffered a big loss even without the threat of a
hurricane. Mr. Lugo and Mr. Hecht only paid 50% of the guaranteed
prizes and now the players are complaining. Now Mr. Lugo and Mr. Hecht
are running for the board. The board normally decides what to do about
these situations. These are legitimate questions to be asking and
these candidates should address this issue.

Sam Sloan
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