Currently, I represent the US Chess FEderation
For the last 45 years, I am the US delegate representing the US Chess Federation to FIDE.
In the early sixties, I organized many tournaments including the 1962 NY Open won by Bobby Fischer, the 1963 US 30.30 Championship won by GM Larry Evans and the 1967 US Junior Open won by Alan Rufty. I founded the Poughkeepsie IBM Chess Club and together with John Bischoff of Yorktown Heights founded the Hudson Valley Chess League and I played second Board for the Poughkeepsie team
In 1972, I was an administrative assistant to Bobby Fischer in the Fischer/Spassky World Championship Match. During this period I lived in Brussels and played for the Brussels team and later the Waterloo Chess Club.
In 1981, I organized in Atlanta, GA., the only FIDE Congress ever held in the USA. From 1980 to !982 together with the President of the USSR Chess Federation, former Cosmonaut Vitaly Sevestianov, I served as co-chair of FIDE’s Commission to UNESCO.
During the 1990s I organized several major tournaments including the 1990 World Youth Championships in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; the 1991 US Women’s Championship in my hometown of Highland Beach; the 1993 Amateur Team East Final at the Baltimore Yacht Club, the 1994 US Championship in Key West, Florida; and the 1996 New York International in New York City (one of the strongest chess tournaments ever held in the USA). During this period, I organized a tour of seven US cities by a team of ten Israeli chess children where they competed against local chess children, a match between Florida children and Jamaican children in Orlando, Florida and a telephone match between Florida children and Australian children.
In the mid-nineties, as editor of floridaChess, I won several awards for excellence in chess journalism. As a player, I reached Expert level and am a former North Carolina State Champion. I’ve authored two books about chess politics – “Chessdon” and “Fischer, Kasparov and the Others.” Chessdon won the 1999 Cramer Excellence in Chess Journalism Award for Best Chess Memoirs.
On this site, I will report not only USCF matters and but other chess stories as well. The focus will be on human interest as opposed to news reporting. Emphasis will be placed on photographs and special people articles (contributions are welcome). I invite questions and promise to give candid and prompt answers. The tone will be positive, accurate and informative.
This is my personal website and as do all USCF Board members with websites per USCF EB Motion, I certify that the USCF bears no responsibility, of any nature, in any way for material herein presented.
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