USCF ISSUES FORUM POSTS OF APRIL 11-12, 2011 REGARDING MURADIAN CANDIDACY
From a post by Hal Bogner:
The Craigs List issue is not one I would have the slightest interest in, if not
for the fact that Mr. Muradian wishes
to have a major role in USCF governance. I have been consistent, since I first
spoke to the Tanner ratings fraud issue in late 2006, in speaking out regarding
the need for better people on USCF's Executive Board. It is very sad that
finding things of importance that need to be addressed has been so simple and
straightforward - with Robert Tanner, with Sam Sloan, with Susan Polgar, with
Paul Truong, and now, with Sevan Muradian.
As for whatever evidence and investigation may be available in the Heiser -
Muradian - Craigs List matter, the letters from Craigs List and from
Comcast seem independent of what police department might have been inquiring,
and they are prima facie evidence of unethical behavior by one USCF member
against another. Until they are refuted, they disqualify Mr. Muradian
from greater service in USCF governance in my opinion, and I hope that
the entire electorate weighs them and considers the matter as I have.
Finally, the relationships between Mr.
Muradian and Ms. Polgar and her husband, and also with Gregory Alexander,
are ones which raise questions about Mr.
Muradian's likely loyalty (or lack thereof) to USCF. In any case, he told
me in a direct telephone conversation a little more than four years ago that he
intends to control things himself, and has no belief in any control structures
other than direct ownership in any case. He asserted that FIDE would eventually
recognize his business or organization in return for a large
check, too. I have no idea whether he still believes that this will
occur, but there has been a pattern in recent years of attempting to undermine
USCF from within, and this fits with that pattern.
Response by Bob Messenger to Bogner:
Hal, are you saying that Sevan hoped to influence FIDE to
recognize his North American Chess Association as the official federation for
the United States, instead of the USCF?
Response from Bogner to Messenger:
Mr. Muradian expressed
to me that he believed he could obtain recognition of his North American Chess
Association to in some way represent all of North America, in the process
usurping some of the authority of the national chess federations of the US, of
Mexico, and of Canada.
Somehow, though, these three national organizations would not cease to represent
their respective nations in FIDE. I was not clear on exactly what distinctions
And to be clear, he expressed confidence that when the time came, FIDE would
grant this authority if he "wrote a large