USCF Affairs February

The USCF Volunteer of the Month is named by a different member of the executive board each month. This month, Randy Bauer named our honoree.

Volunteer of the Month: Joe Lux

Joe Lux has been on the chess scene since the early 1970s, first with the Jer sey City Chess Club, and then as part of Bill Goichberg's stable of young tour nament directors (TD). He was one of the first people to qualify as a certified national tournament director (NTD). He remained active with the TD Certi fication Committee throughout the years and many of today's NTDs had their tests graded by Joe.

As an active member of the New Jersey State Chess Federation's (NJSCF) board of trustees, he has been instrumental in organizing non rated scholastic events in Paterson and Newark. Under Joe's leadership, the NJSCF hopes to expand these activi ties into other parts of the state.

But if your beard isn't gray, you probably know Joe as a past candidate for the USCF's executive board. The expe rience was an eye opener for Joe, and at first left Joe enervated, then energized. He has been a professional chess coach and teacher since 1994 and now teaches at five schools in New York City and New Jersey. It is not unusual for Joe to show up at a state scholastic event with a busload (yes, a busload!) of students.

Although he is trying hard to regain his USCF master rating, when you talk to him he is far more likely to talk about the recent successes of his students: "This one tied for second, that one gained 40 rating points against adults." The pride he feels from their accomplishments is genuine!

Joe is a frequent poster on the USCF Issues Forum on and is never shy about offering an opinion or a solution. And he frequently comes up with new ideas to benefit all.

He is currently working on a project for the USCF. In his words: "Ken and Kevin Olenwalder and I are contacting scholastic affiliates [telling them] that it is possible to get funding from the Jordan Fundamental Grants Program, sponsored by Nike and Michael Jordan. The program offers grants of $2,500 for teacher programs that encourage students to excel and to be on your best game every day. After school chess programs have received funding before. Ken, Kevin and I offer our services to help others through the process of designing and sub mitting potentially successful grant applications."

Joe Lux is our Volunteer of the Month. Would that we all shared his enthu siasm and dedication to promoting the royal game! ~Glenn Petersen

Would you like to be profiled in Chess Life?

In an issue later this year we will profile seven USCF members examining how the USCF has been important to them and for this we need your help. Would you like to be profiled? Do you know someone who should be profiled? If you were born in the year 1939, 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, or 1999 and you are will ing to be interviewed and have your photograph published in Chess Life, please contact us at [email protected]. If you don't have e mail access, please see our address on p. 2.

Almost $400,000 bequested to USCF

The USCF is proud to announce that we have received a bequest in the amount of $350,000 from the estate of the late Philip C. LeCornu of Florida. We only have a few details about Mr. LeCornu, a life member, at this time, but he was believed to be an active and strong player in the 1950s.

The gift to the USCF was not targeted to a specific endeavor. The USCF plans to honor Mr. LeCornu's generous act by per manently naming the "King" chess piece at the USCF headquarters after him and signifying this with a plaque in his honor.

We also received a bequest from the Herbert W. Gustafson (from California) estate in the amount of $24,625.77. Pre viously, we had received $23,055.55 for a total of $47,681.32. This bequest did have a request that a portion of it be used in support of correspondence chess. The office is working on some ideas to present to the executive board. We plan to similarly memorialize Mr. Gustafson.

Chess Life plans an article on these two benefactors. If you knew either of these gentlemen, have information regard ing them, or have access to any of their games, e mail us at [email protected].

On behalf of the Federation, I say to both of these gentlemen, "Thank you and your generosity will not be forgotten." To the friends and family of Mr. LeCornu and Mr. Gustafson, we in the chess com munity like to offer you our condolences for your loss, but rest assured that their memory will be honored.

~Bill Hall, USCF Executive Director

Cramer Awards

The Chess Journalist of America awards were announced in the October 2008 Chess Life. The Cramer "Best Book" award was still being decided at that time. Former USCF President Don Schultz, head of the Cramer Committee, has announced that the book of the year for 2008 is Modern Chess Openings, 15th edition, by GM Nick de Firmian.

This book was also the subject of a September 2008 Chess Life cover story written by 2007 U.S. Champion GM Alexander Shabalov.

The USCF Mission

USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. USCF promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, but also as a means for the improvement of society. It informs, educates, and fosters the development of players (professional and amateur) and potential players. It encourages the development of a network of institutions devoted to enhancing the growth ofchess, from local clubs to state and regional associations, and it promotes chess in American society. To these ends, USCF offers a monthly magazine, as well as targeted publications to its members and others. It supervises the organization of the U.S. Chess Championship, an open tournament held every summer, and other national events. It offers a wide range of books and services to its members and others at prices consistent with the benefits of its members. USCF serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and as a participant in international chess organizations and projects. It is structured to ensure effective democratic procedures in accord with its bylaws and laws of the state of Illinois.

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