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Old March 28th 04, 10:05 PM
Richard Van Riper
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Default Women's Olympic Team - - Problems Just Starting

Problem Resolved ??? No, problems just starting!

This has got to be a classic example of how a political bureaucracy can
screw up a relatively simple process.

Why not just designate the strongest, highest ranked, USA woman player
(Polgar) as captain of the Women's Team and let her pick the 4 players she
considers strongest and most able to offer the USA the best chances for
winning a medal in the Olympics? Then get the USCF politicos out of her
team's way and let them work together to build a strong team over several
months. During this time they could also travel to several big USA cities,
get media coverage, promote the team and raise funds for support.

Instead the politicians choose to destroy Polgar's Dream Team, who has a
contract with the USCF ED, and who have been practicing together for several
months. Now we have a circus of events that will drag on through the next 2
months and a "team" will not even exist until mid-year.

I noticed in the August version of the USCF invitation rules, it says in
true bureaucratic prose:

Note: USCF invitations are a privilege, not a right afforded to any player
by virtue of his or her status as a USCF member. The USCF reserves the right
to not issue invitations to any particular event, or to change these
criteria without advance notice.)

So, maybe by Summertime if the politicos don't like the outcome of the
Spring Circus, they'll reissue some new rules and we'll have another round
of games to choose team members.

I really feel sorry for Susan Polgar after all the hard work she has been
doing trying to promote women's chess in the USA, and develop a team capable
of winning an Olympic medal that would help make young girls in this country
aware of the fun and enjoyment they can have playing chess.

Being a vindictive type, if I were Susan, I would enter all my Dream Team
players in the US Women Championship 2004 and be sure to have them "go easy"
in any games when my Dream Team members were playing against the loser of
the Jennifer-Rusudan match, and thereby greatly improve the chances of
reuniting the team as originally composed.

Rich in Phoenix


----- Original Message -----
From: Sam Sloan
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Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2004 7:58 AM
Subject: Problem Resolved - 2004 US Woman's Championship Scheduled

Problem Resolved - 2004 US Woman's Championship Scheduled

Beatriz Marinello has announced a 5-0 decision by the USCF Executive
Board to resolve a series of vexing problems concerning the US Woman's
Olympiad Team.

The decision is as follows:

1. Jennifer Shahade and Rusudan Goletinai will play a four game match
at the Marshall Chess Club. The winner of this match will be deemed
the fourth highest rated US player, behind Zsuzsa Polgar, Anna
Zatonskih and Irina Krush.

2. Thereafter, the 2004 US Woman's Championship will be held at St.
John's University. The top ten USCF rated women will be eligible plus
the current champion, Anna Hahn. The winner of the tournament will be
entitled to play on the US Woman's Team at the World Chess Olympiad in


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