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Old July 3rd 04, 01:29 AM
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Simply put: the need for the USCF to outsource its books and equipment sales is
a reflection of mismanagement. The federation's inability to properly manage a
once-profitable activity is a sad chapter in the history of the USCF. Who is or
are the fall guys for this "revoltin' development," as Chester A. Riley would
say?

George Mirijanian
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Old July 3rd 04, 12:42 PM
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Simply put: the need for the USCF to outsource its books and equipment sales
is
a reflection of mismanagement. The federation's inability to properly manage
a
once-profitable activity is a sad chapter in the history of the USCF. Who is
or
are the fall guys for this "revoltin' development," as Chester A. Riley would
say?

George Mirijanian


As for Books and Equipment the general consensus is that the person who must be
credited with most of the blame is former Executive Director George Defeis, the
one decision maker during the decline who had no chess bacground. Here are some
of the mistakes he made: He gave away the rights to the most profitable product
USCF had. He onciously allowed USCF's exclusive North American Rights to the
Informant to expire without renewing. DeFeis and his management Board decided
to leave the Book and equipment business and started selling off the most
valuable of our inventory at a fire sale at the Am Tm East. The Kasparov Chess
sets he was selling were such a bargain that the first person to inquire about
them bought the whole lot (about 14 for way below costs). Throughout the fire
sales, Defeis sold off USCF'si products at prices way below what he could have
gotten for them. When Seirawan closed down Inside Chess, Defeis turned down an
offer from Yasser for Inside Chess's inventory that was essentially a
give-away. After the USCF turn down, Yasser made the same offer to Hanon
Russell who took only seconds to accept it.These were only some of the mistakes
made by Defeis, mistakes that came close to wiping out the USCF.



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Old July 3rd 04, 01:45 PM
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As for Books and Equipment the general consensus is that the person who must
be
credited with most of the blame is former Executive Director George Defeis,
the
one decision maker during the decline who had no chess bacground. Here are
some
of the mistakes he made: He gave away the rights to the most profitable
product
USCF had. He onciously allowed USCF's exclusive North American Rights to the
Informant to expire without renewing. DeFeis and his management Board decided
to leave the Book and equipment business and started selling off the most
valuable of our inventory at a fire sale at the Am Tm East. The Kasparov
Chess
sets he was selling were such a bargain that the first person to inquire
about
them bought the whole lot (about 14 for way below costs). Throughout the fire
sales, Defeis sold off USCF'si products at prices way below what he could
have
gotten for them. When Seirawan closed down Inside Chess, Defeis turned down
an
offer from Yasser for Inside Chess's inventory that was essentially a
give-away. After the USCF turn down, Yasser made the same offer to Hanon
Russell who took only seconds to accept it.These were only some of the
mistakes
made by Defeis, mistakes that came close to wiping out the USCF.


Thanks for this explanation. I consider it an accurate analysis of what went

wrong under the management of George DeFeis, whom I view as one of the worst -
if not the worst - executive director that the federation ever had. Blame has
to also to be put on Tim Redman, whose presidency was far from stellar.

George Mirijanian








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Old July 3rd 04, 02:14 PM
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As for Books and Equipment the general consensus is that the person who

must be
credited with most of the blame is former Executive Director George

Defeis, the
one decision maker during the decline who had no chess bacground.


Isn't this the same guy that the board touted as being the managerial
whizkid who would save the USCF?

Ken Albin


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Old July 3rd 04, 02:56 PM
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I think every ED and board since Lawrence left is responsible.

Cavallo ran up a record losses, ran up a major line or credit, and failed to
upgrade USCF's equipment and practices. There was also a failure to recognize
and address a massive influx of competition from internet vendors.

DeFeis realized there was a problem, but his cure turned out to be worse than
the disease.

As far as I can tell, Niro was handed the wheel to a sinking ship, drilled some
additional holes in the hull, and left in a speedboat.

You can argue who was more responsible, but it's just a matter of arguing about
how many bullets hit when they all emptied their Uzis into USCF's finances.


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Old July 3rd 04, 04:16 PM
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As for Books and Equipment the general consensus is that the person who must
be
credited with most of the blame is former Executive Director George Defeis,
the
one decision maker during the decline who had no chess bacground.


Chessdon


Don Schultz was the President of USCF for the first three consecutive years of
USCF's financial decline.
What would Chessdon say his own responsibility was in USCF's fall? He has
certainly never mentioned any responsibility.

Don's failure to cite his own mismanagement and his denial of the existence of
the problems ARE the root source of our problems.

In 1999, Don stayed in his hotel room rather than attend an emergency finance
meeting to prevent a quorum from being present. Thus, whatever has happened to
USCF grows from Don Schultz coverup of his own misdeeds. For Chessdon to throw
mud at anyone else is absurd.
Those with a memory will remember Don's 1999 Presidential Report to the
Delegates as a study in whole cloth. It is so false that it has been removed
from the USCF archives to complete his coverup of his own culpability.
What Don writes must be taken with a pound of salt.

Richard Peterson
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Old July 3rd 04, 05:13 PM
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"Miriling" wrote in message
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Thanks for this explanation. I consider it an accurate analysis of what

went
wrong under the management of George DeFeis, whom I view as one of the

worst -
if not the worst - executive director that the federation ever had. Blame

has
to also to be put on Tim Redman, whose presidency was far from stellar.


Niro was the worse. But George and Frank weren't the total problem. Sure
they put some of the nails in the coffin. It all goes back to Don and Al. Al
was a great marketer but he dropped the ball with the internet revelolution.
Then came Don who started the age of micromanagement by boards composed of
inexperienced and naive businessmen. I'm sure there are plenty of nails to
go around. I like to think of it as an accumulation of minor mismanagements
with apologies to Steinitz.


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