Under the leadership of USCF President Bill Goichberg, Vice President Jim Berry, VP of Finance Randy Bauer and Executive Director Bill Hall, the USCF lost approximately 1,500 members (according to Mike Nolan) in February in comparison to 12 months ago.
The USCF also lost $420,000 (according to USCF Chief Financial Officer Joe Nanna) in the first 7 months of this fiscal year.
In the month of March, the USCF lost 2,049 members compare to a year ago.
In the month of April, the USCF lost another 2344 members compare to a year ago.
The USCF membership was nearly 96,000 in 2003 and it is less than 80,000 right now.
In addition, due to incompetence and mishandling of legal contracts, the USCF lost the $150,000 guaranteed annual revenues from our official B&E partner.
The USCF can longer afford to host its own U.S. Championship / U.S. Women’s Championship, send teams to the Olympiad or the World Team Championship. In fact, the USCF cannot even afford to send its own Zonal President to the FIDE meetings to fight for the rights of our players.
If it was not for the generosity of the KCF or Mr. Sinquefield, there would be no U.S. / U.S. Women’s Championship and our teams could not go to the Olympiad. But as of now, our team has no money to compete in the World Team Championship.
Instead of focusing of fixing the many serious problems and finding ways to cut spending and increasing revenues, the USCF leadership continues to use USCF members’ money for political purpose.
Many decisions that could effect the future of the entire federation are being made in secrecy. At least two current board members, including USCF President Bill Goichberg, and one past board member were involved in a “bribery for votes” scheme.
Unfortunately, the truth is being hidden from its members. Instead of focusing on promoting and growing chess and the USCF, hundreds of thousands of dollars of USCF members’ money have been spent without proper authorization to go after people who are critical of this administration, including USCF volunteers, members and delegates.
3-time U.S. Champion GM Lev Alburt spoke out here about his experience serving on the USCF board. 5-time U.S. Champion GM Larry Evans also spoke out about it many times in the past.
No matter what kind of pressure I face, I will continue to report to you what goes on behind the scene and what are some of the causes for the failure of the USCF. It the next month, I will share with you the specific problems and potential solutions to fix these problems.
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