|Dr Ginsburg at 55th Street Location|
It was at the Manhattan Chess Club that I played in the rapids against player such as GM Joel Benjamin, GM Max Dlugy, GM William Lombardy. I've played one-on-one bughouse against GM Michael Rohde. I have lived!
In the election where Fan Adams took over, proxies were allowed. Strangely enough, I controlled the largest number of proxies, and I voted for him. I was told that he would be good for the club because he was rich and generous. I was fooled once. Some people are fooled over and over.
First let me say that Adams did a good thing founding Chess in the Schools. Of course kids need to learn to read and do math more than anything, and that isn't going to happen as long as those activities are portrayed as punishments. Kids need instruction that is fresh and lively as opposed to cold, dead, hated, over managed, and over centralized. They need constructive afterschool activities for the time after school when their parents are still at work.
|Manager Jeff Kastner, Future GM Joel Benjamin, President Moses Mitchell|
Such people think that every organization should be a hierarchy, where there is a boss on top, his minions, and then everyone else. There are other kinds of organizations that can work like this, but not a chess club. People go to a chess club to relax, not to be bossed around or patronized.
|NM Eric Cooke, 2002 Club Champion|
I was on the board there briefly. We did have financials, and it seems to me that the club was close to a state where it could have survived at Carnegie Hall or a similar location. Instead of trying to figure out how to make ends meet, the board's main activity seemed to be banning people, to show everyone who the bosses were. By moving to 46th Street, the club became subject to mortgage payments above its means, which ensured that Fan and his ilk would remain in control.
|Mike Hehir vs OLM Larry Tarmakin|
The Marshall also did better than the
Manhattan not because we had better employees. It was because the board respected the expertise of people like Steve Immitt, Sophia Rohde, and Ron Young. The people who knew about chess were not second guessed and degraded.
The Manhattan eventually because a 501(c)(3). This seems to be quite illegal, as a membership club is owned by its members and the 501(c)(3) is owned by the public, so there was a conversion of equity involved.
People like Adams don't understand a membership club, unless perhaps the other members are all like him.
omic status. We are always helping each other, and we are a community. Charity is different, much like hero-worship. Charity is more like we're great and you're small. We'll do something for you, but at the end of the day, we're still great and you're still small. We have community and you don't because we control you. We have you standing there with your hand out and your nose you-know-where.
At 46th Street there was the Cullman Room, which was supposed to be used by major donors and grandmasters, but it was seldom if ever used. Donors of this type don't go to a chess club to play each other. They go to a chess club to feel better than someone. Of course grandmasters have patrons, but they are not going to be seen hawking their services like a hooker on the street.