Saturday, April 14, 2007

News about USCF Correspondence, GM Polgar on it late

Mike Nolan posted the following on the USCF Forums under the "Correspondence Chess update" thread.

"PostPost:40098 Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:41 pm

I was wondering if anyone would notice. Smile

As of early this afternoon, MSA has updated CC ratings for over 1200 correspondence players.

Alex has results entered through around April 8th, he expects to be completely caught up over the weekend. The individual results are available at:

We may have more good news for correspondence players soon.

There is hope for the USCF CC program yet!

I was disappointed that GM Susan Polgar chose to use this as a political football in her campaign for the USCF Executive Board. GM Polgar wrote, "This is just one of the many problems. We must do better and we must treat our members better, every single member! Mr. Paul Truong, Mr. Mikhail Korenman, Mr. Randy Bauer and I are committed to change the USCF for the better. Thank you Mr. Allard for bringing this to our attention!"

She wrote this on Friday, April 13th when Mike Nolan had started the thread on the Forums back in February! Yes, the USCF needs to do better. However, GM Polgar has repeatedly complained that others do not write a simple email to see if things are being fixed or for explanations of situations about which others have questions. Here, GM Polgar violates her own advice by jumping on a situation that was a problem but has had a solution in the works for months now. In addition, she did this for political gain.

Is this how she intends to operate as a board member?

Back to the USCF... Now, if we can get them to set up a server like the ICCF has!


  1. Congratulations on your new blog, Steve!

    As for Polgar, did she post her attack before the update was announced?

  2. Thanks, Jack.

    GM Polgar's post was logged as posted by SusanPolgar at 4/13/2007 09:10:00 AM.

    I'm not sure what time zone GM Polgar's blog is in, but at about the same time IrishSpy (Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:18 pm) was stating on the USCF Forums that his ratings had been updated and Mike Nolan was replying as quoted in the post.

    I want to point out that I am not taking issue with GM Polgar jumping on a problem. My issue is with the way GM Polgar handled it which is exactly the opposite she has asked others to handle questions to her. GM Polgar and FM Truong have asked for private emails or contact before going public with this sort of thing.

    If GM Polgar would have followed her own advice (and that of her business manager) then embarrassment for the USCF along with the staffers and volunteers involved could have been avoided.

  3. The new search page is handy:

    Checking it, I discovered one of my games hadn't been recorded. An email has gone to Alex. :)

    You're right that Susan jumped on this too hard and fast, but overall I think it was a minor mistake on her part.

    Nice blog, by the way. :)


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