Politics

  • Vote for Executive Board Members!

    Last October, U.S. Chess announced the formation of a new committee to recruit, screen, and endorse candidates to serve on the Executive Board. That committee was elected at the State Delegates Meeting in 2020. 2020-2022 Nominating Committee Members Joy Bray (MO), Executive Board-appointed David Grimaud (SC), Delegate-appointed Randy Hough (CA-S),…

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  • Diverse ideas needed in chess policy decisions

    Dear Chess Community, As a state delegate and a former board member of the Florida Chess Association, I have had the honor to participate in the decision-making process of our governing body. The Executive Board and Delegates meetings are exciting arenas for exchanging ideas about chess and learning how the…

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  • Carlsson continues fight for social justice

    Colombian-Swedish Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson continues to fight the good fight as far as social issues are concerned. Bringing light to these issues years ago, he became front and center of a discussion about racism in Sweden. The Chess Drum ran an interview about his challenges four years ago. In that…

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  • USCF Nominating Committee looking for Board Members!

    During the August 2020 Special Delegates Meeting, the Delegates adopted a recommendation from the Governance Task Force to create a Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee (“Committee”) will: Recruit candidates to stand for election to the Executive Board Vet the prospective candidates Endorse candidates who receive the Committee’s majority approval. The…

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  • Response to FIDE’s Statement on Racism (2020)

    Dear Chess Family, A few mornings ago, I read FIDE’s statement condemning racism. While it does provide the ideas of unity and equality, there are issues I would like to bring to the organization’s attention. There was an air of idealism in the letter that may be a bit presumptuous…

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  • ’18 FIDE Election heats up… Africa in the middle

    The Chess Olympiad is less than two months away and it will be a very exciting event as usual. However, what will make the event more compelling is the FIDE Presidential elections. There are three candidates remaining after Kirsan Ilyumzhinov bowed out of the race after being adamant on his…

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  • Nigel Short to stand for FIDE President

    GM Nigel Short (England) This year is an Olympiad year, but more importantly, it is a FIDE election year. So far there has not been much in the way of campaigning, but in the past several months, there have been several announcements made. Earlier in the year we saw Kirsan…

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  • Trump invites Norwegians to the U.S. Is Carlsen coming?

    Prime Minister Erna Solberg and President Donald Trumpdays before his infamous remarks.Photo by CNBC President Donald Trump has had a tumultuous tenure in his year in the Oval Office. Constantly dogged by Tweets, off-color comments, contradictions, he was recently blasted for making disparaging comments about Haitians, Nigerians and Africans in…

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  • Jamaican Chess launches 10-year plan

    Jamaican Chess Federation President Ian Wilkinson has released a 10-year strategic plan in February detailing the charge forward. Included in the plan are securing a headquarters, establishing a Chess Hall-of-Fame, annual 960 chess tournaments and phasing out of local ratings for FIDE. Ian Wilkinson (President of Jamaican Chess Federation) The…

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  • Was there a coup d’etat within FIDE?

    In the past 24-48 hours, the chess world has been buzzing with the news of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s resignation. The news was reported on the FIDE website, and many chess organizations ran the story as well. Literally hours after the news broke, Ilyumzhinov’s personal assistant Berik Balgabaev called it “fake news”…

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