The News from All Over Department
In an attempt to get our minds off the nauseating lawsuits of USCF politics, let’s see some mirthful photos from days of yore.
On board one in the background we have Romanian GM Florin Gheorghiu (partially obscured) on the left playing GM Vladimir Tukmakov.
On board two it is GM Andrei Sokolov on the left playing, I believe, GM Lothar Vogt.
On board three it’s WGM Kachiani. a lady GM, I forget her name… readers?
I played in this event (Lenk 2000) also, so did Hungarian GM Attila Grozpeter and others. What a fun time! How to get there from Basel? Transfer in Zurich for a slow-moving train through the Alps to arrive at the fairy-tale town!
Moving back to 1985, here is a typical (for that time) World Open tableau.
From left to right, future US Champion and future GM Michael Wilder, New Jersey personality Steve Anderson (aka Henderson), Canadian stalwart Ian Findlay, an anonymous semi-naked individual, and IM Vince McCambridge.
Zooming back to the early 2000s, here is GM Tal Shaked with California chess enthusiast Simone Sobel.
Nudging the clock back two years to 1999, here I am demonstrating the religion menu on display in Angel Island, California (a massive Japanese displacement/internment camp during World War II).
And now going waaay back (OK not so far back) to the early 1990s, here is a snapshot from the Nigel Short-Garry Kasparov World Championship match in London with what appears to be a very severe arbiter in the middle. I don’t know who took this photo.
Now moving up again to the year 2000, this author at the famous site of the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany where American athlete Jesse Owens shocked the Aryans with numerous track and field gold medals. In a very sporting move, the stadium’s street is now called “Jesse Owens Allee!”
And in the grand tradition of ending an article with Yet Another Unrelated Photo, here is an artistic photograph of Claire Lev at Paige Stockley’s wedding in the pleasant nature state of Washington. This was also from the early 2000s timeframe. Either the official wedding photographer or I took that photo. It looks too artistic to be me, but stranger things have happened.
Afterthought on USCF Politics and Dante’s Inferno
Any USCF board member committing the absurd act of suing the USCF should be automatically relegated to the “Legal Committee”, a thinly veiled reference to Dante’s Purgatory. If he or she does not retract the lawsuit within 24 hours (give them time to come off their “bad high”), they are then relegated to a new Federation, name of their choosing, where they run the show and are the only members (can offer a fill in the blank option here, only caveat is that the new name must be completely original – I don’t want to see NewCF because New contains the “U” sound). Since the new Federation does not allow membership in other Federations, we are rid of the blight. This is a thinly veiled reference to Dante’s Hell.
Can Wealthy People Rescue the USCF?
This just in from media maven John Henderson in one of his daily e-mail blasts (over a billion served if you multiply the # of sends by the # of recipients):
“Going, Going, Gone To Rex Sinquefield!
It was $11,000 in Bonhams’ commission, NOT $21,000 as original stated.”. Well it’s still high, but OK I an accept that number better! The one guy who is spinning in his grave is Fischer. He hated third parties profiting on his name. I would suggest that “Bonhams” contribute some of their commission to a charity of one of Fischer’s living relative’s choosing. Is that likely to happen? Actually, the entire sale is fairly dubious – why not bestow it to a mobile Fischer exhibit, for example. Who had the right to sell his stuff? B) The name “Rex Sinquefield” sounds completely made up, but I have to give kudos for this cool “secret agent” name. Actually it’s an interesting phenomenon that wealthy people often pop up in out of the way places then become gigantic benefactors to a forlorn cause. For example, the Hartz Flea Collar baron donated a lot of money to NYU and got an entire business school named after him. C) Can wonder-bidder “Rex” rescue the USCF? Maybe he can issue a cease and desist order to all the lawsuit-happy individuals backed up by his good name and fortune. Somehow I think quite a few of these lawsuit-prone individuals would sit very straight up in their chair and respect an edict if it stems from money. They are not listening to good sense since lawsuits cause absurd legal expenses, weakening the poor non-profit’s capital position every day the lawsuits exist. The only winners are the lawyers in Fake Sam Sloan cases, as lurid as they might be.