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USCF Affairs August


USCF EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT CHERYLE BRUCE Position: Supervisor of Membership Services


Cheryle Bruce started with the USCF in May 2007 as a part-time administrative assistant. Cheryle took care of many duties, including answering phones, overseeing state chess associations, gathering information for the Delegates’ Call and much more—and always with a smile. Cheryle’s job performance was such that when the full-time position of Supervisor of Membership Services became available, Cheryle was offered the job and she has since become a great team leader. Cheryle has brought to this position, and the USCF mem- bership, her professionalism, patience and great sense of humor.


VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: BILL TOWNSEND


Bill Townsend of Schenectady, New York has been named the August Volunteer of the Month by Bill Goichberg. “My main busi- ness is running a comic book store, and I’m also a chess journalist: I’m lucky in that I seem to have a knack for turning my hobbies into jobs,” says Townsend. His chess interests led him to be voted in to the New York State Chess Hall of Fame in 2007.


He has been champion of Schenectady four times and been to the U.S. Amateur Team East every year since 1986. He has been the local chess newspaper columnist for the Schenectady Gazette since 1990 and has run the Schenectady Championship since 1992 and the Capital District Chess League since 1998.


A chess history bug, Townsend discovered the Schenectady club began in October of 1905 and completed a list of New York State champions to 1878. He won the 2000 ‘Best Historical Article” from the Chess Journalists of America for his piece on the New York State Championship of 1941.


KAUFMAN RETIRES FROM SAMFORD POSITION; DONALDSON ASSUMES HELM


On July 1, 2011, International Master John Donaldson will become the new secretary of the Sam- ford Fellowship Committee, replacing Allen Kaufman who has held the position since 1987. John will also continue as one of the judges who participate in selecting the new Samford Fellow each year. The other committee members are Frank P. Samford III, son of Frank P. Samford, Jr., founder of the program, and Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier. Ms. Barbara DeMaro will continue as finan- cial administrator.


Allen Kaufman


Mr. Donaldson has decades-long experiences in almost every phase of the chess world. A keen tournament competitor, he has played in two U.S. championships and made grandmaster norms at Lindsborg 2002 and Stratton Mountain 2003. He is the director of the Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club of San Francisco, a full-time position he has held since October, 1998. John is also a well- known author having written over 30 books, specializing in opening theory and chess history. His best-known works are the two volumes on Akiva Rubinstein he co-authored with Interna- tional Master Nikolay Minev.


For the past decade he has served as a member of the selection committee for the United States Chess Federation (USCF) Hall of Fame, as a committee member for the Professional Health and Benefits Program and as the chairman for the USCF Awards committee. The respect John commands among both players and administrators is further indicated by his selection as team captain of the U.S. entry in the last three chess Olympiads (2006, 2008 and 2010) and the 2009 World Team Championship. The U.S. teams won medals in three of these tournaments. In July, 2011, he will captain the U.S. entry in the World Team Cham- pionship in Ningbo, China.


Mr. Kaufman is retiring after twenty-five years of affiliation with the Frank P. Samford, Jr. Chess Fellowship. He assisted the late Mr. Samford in creating the program in 1985 and 1986 and has continued working with Mr. Samford’s son, Frank P. Sam- ford III in expanding the benefits of the Samford Fellowship to both individual players and to the game of chess in America. During this period 26 young American chessmasters have been chosen to receive the benefits of the two-year program, many of whom have gone on to achieve significant victories in chess competitions. Several are potential challengers for the world chess cham- pionship; others have become effective teachers who pass the values of the game on to future generations.


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