Shame on the U.S. Chess HOF...

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 ketchuplover (1334)    14 Mar 2019 15:26:17

for inducting Susan Polgar :(

 vasyl_puzanov (658)    15 Mar 2019 10:39:14

I can hardly believe that Hungarian player Susan Polgar could be named as American. And yes, I agree that it is a shame when you have a bunch of the US born women GMs and take Hungarian one as a representative of the US...

 WhitemoonG (750)    17 Mar 2019 06:37:44

I don't see honestly see what is anything shameful about this. Susan is native born Hungarian, and had relatives who died at Auschwitz, but emigrated to New York in l994, and founded the Polgar Chess Center in Forest Hills, New York in l997, as a means of attracting interest in chess to young girls in particular, and as a place to learn excellence in the game. She was on a medal winning USA team in the 2004 Women's Chess Olympiad. In 2007 she became the head coach of the 2007 Men's chess team at Texas Tech University, which won the US National Collegiate championships in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She then founded the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence at Webster University in St. Louis, and was head coach of their Men's team which also won the national USA Collegiate championship in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. She also lived in the USA during the years she was World's Women Chess Champion, and Served as a board member of the US Chess Federation. All that above and beyond the mere fact that she's lived in the United States of America for the last 25 years. So, why is there anything shameful about her being a representative of the USA?

Another precedent might be grandmaster Pal Benko. He was born in France, and shortly thereafter was raised in Hungary, later became enslaved and imprisoned during WW2, then represented Hungary at a World Chess event in Reykjavik, where he defected to the west, and represented the USA in the Interzonal in 1958 and the Candidates in 1959, also represented the USA at the Candidates tournament in Curacao in 1962, and he also was on team USA at the Chess Olympiads at Varna 1962, Havana in 1966, Lugano in 1968, Siegen in l970, and Skopje 72. Benko started representing the USA at the highest levels of international competition starting the year after he defected to the West in 1957, despite being French born and Hungarian raised, and has lived in the USA since. I don't recall any big controversy about him being a representative of the USA.


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 ketchuplover (1334)    17 Mar 2019 16:42:24

My issue is USCF lawsuits involving she and her husband.

 BlackKnight (930)    10 May 2019 05:49:13

This is not about your, this is the Blackknight...

 masteryeo (884)    29 Jun 2019 12:44:57

Sorry ketch you need to explain more........

 ketchuplover (1334)    29 Jun 2019 17:22:07

look up USCF lawsuits

 
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