This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
lenging, and working to persuade school districts and community organizations that chess teaches skills that help to improve our minds and change lives for the better. In these challenging economic times, it

is natural for there to be competition for chess pupils, players for tournaments, etc. Let us keep it at the top of our minds that “winning” means promoting chess after which there will be plenty of students for everyone. I urge all members to think about who

the community is and how best to serve, to advance the game of chess. I think it would be wise to think of our membership as our customers, and in the case of youngsters, their parents. We need to ensure that not only do we

discuss the very real benefits of chess as a discipline that improves study skills and therefore grades, when speaking with school administrators, but also show the parents that we provide a safe and healthy environment for their children at all of our chess events. Our organizers, clubs and affiliates

should each think about their image and what they can do to ensure they generate positive publicity and positive feeling in the local community. This means asking what activities you need to support at the local level and to determine if there are actions you can take to help local organ- izers and scholastic organizations to be more successful and to coexist in a coop- erative and synergetic manner. One of the key attributes of competitive

chess is the fact that two competitors sit opposite each other at the chess board, shake hands, and then play the game. This act, of shaking hands, of following the rules, is an act of good sportsmanship, an act of respect. I expect the same high standards that chess players have for each other, when starting a contest, of all people involved in all aspects of chess. So, if you need more players in your

local tournaments, think out of the box. Rather than having competing events with another organizer you may partner with other local organizations like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, martial arts studios, dance studios, Hip-Hop, etc. to get expo-

sure for youngsters who may not be intro- duced to chess otherwise. As an organization, USCF will be dis-

cussing how best to support affiliates, clubs, organizers and tournament directors through programs, training, recommenda- tions and other certification actions that will serve to provide confidence to the com- munity of the excellent benefits of our game, and with the goal of growing mem- bership so that we can continue to support key chess events. The best outcome of our very successful

scholastic programs of today will be if the parents and coaches and students con- tinue to be a part of the chess community long after the current class graduates— and that they choose to be a part of the chess community of the future. With the very exciting energy we have in

the American Chess scene today, I am sure we can look forward to a day, not too distant, when some of our 2012 scholas- tic champions are winning our national championships and becoming the role models and grandmaster superstars for the next generation of youngsters to emulate.

USCF EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT KOREY KORMICK Position: Tournament Director Certification Associate

Korey is a relatively recent addition to the USCF staff, having started in June 2011. However, many mem- bers may know him either from his time previously working with USCF Sales or as a floor director at the national scholastics (he’s the one usually seen setting a digital clock). A telecommuter, Korey serves the Federation while still being able to teach students chess in his home area of Memphis, Tennessee. Korey strongly believes that tournament directors (TDs) are necessary individuals to the growth and develop- ment of the USCF. Without them, there can be no rated play, and often the TD is also the organizer, financier, volunteer, and coach. He is very pleased to encourage members to take up the mantle of director, and hopes to make a contribution by providing resources, information, and a greater overall support network. Korey’s personality is extremely upbeat and brings delight to whomever he works with.


This year’s National Chess Day, Saturday, October 13th, will be promoted in Chess Life and Chess Life Online by a program of free TLAs for tourna- ments with National Chess Day in the title and free rating fees as established in a recent motion by the executive board.

In order to promote National Chess Day as a day for special activities and promotion of chess throughout the country, the following was proposed: Any Rated Beginner Open that includes “National Chess Day” in its tournament life announcement (TLA) title gets both a free TLA and free rating fees; any one-day event for October 13 which has “National Chess Day” in its TLA title gets a free TLA; any two-three day event held over a period which encom- passes October 13, which has “National Chess Day” in its TLA title, will get free TLA and free rating fees. Affiliates were notified of this via e-mail so they could meet the TLA publication deadline (which has already passed).

Organizers are encouraged to submit articles and photographs for publication for Chess Life and Chess Life Online.

Chess Life — July 2012


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76