PROTESTS BOARD ACTIONS
WITHOUT DELEGATE APPROVAL
01-105 (Bill Goichberg
NY) The Board of Delegates, which according to our Bylaws "is responsible
for the management of the USCF," expresses dismay at not being consulted
about a number of fundamental policy decisions made during the past year. For
The Executive Board voted to add activity points to the rating system in
October, a plan that was eventually rescinded. This idea was first
suggested by the "DDDE Committee" in May, and if the Board was
seriously considering it, they should have consulted the Delegates in August.
They did not.
The Executive Board voted in January to drastically reduce the variety of
books and equipment sold by USCF. This decision may do irreparable damage
to a long established, profitable and popular membership benefit. This
major policy change should not have been enacted without Delegate approval.
The Games Parlor contract was renewed in May for another two years, even
though USCF has lost over $100,000 on US Chess Live with no noticeable effect on
membership totals, and the new contract is apparently more favorable for Games
Parlor than the old. The signing of this contract should have been
postponed, and the Delegates asked whether they approve of the expensive and
thus far unproductive policy of free online play.