|Governor Rachlin vs WCGM Carlsen|
Stuart started filibustering with usual bs about how wonderful everything supposedly is. Fortunately several of us interrupted him to remind him of the pre-agreed purpose of the meeting.
One of my friends made up a list of about 20 points of contention. I think such a list can serve a legitimate purpose, but we were probably ill advised to attempt to cover it at a meeting.
Tom Molloy started with the first item, asking whether Buchbinder and Warren was still the building's management company. Larry Price snapped that it still was, and that Tom already knew that.
What got lost in the shuffle is this: There is a narrative that Larry Price is indispensable because he takes care of the building. Actually Buchbinder and Warren has taken care of the building quite competently for decades, since long before Larry Price even joined the Marshall.
Stuart brought up how my concerns about the club selling the building were unfounded. I disclosed that he was the one who first told me that Larry Price wanted to sell the building. Sophia also disclosed that Larry Price had told her he was interested in selling the building.
|IM Mena vs IM Norowitz|
|10 West 10th Street (Left)|
I brought up the issue of 501(c)(7), the tax code for membership clubs, and how I sincerely believe that the club is not in compliance with them. The codes have specific ceilings for non-member income and non-member use of the premises. Board member and attorney (who is up for election this year) Gus Coritsidis said something like, "Why don't you let the lawyers on the board handle it?"
They keep saying things which suggest that the lawyers on the board are handling it. But I challenge any and all lawyers on the board to state *in writing* that they approve of the club's current federal reporting policies. They could be disbarred.
Then we somehow got into a discussion about Dmitri Shneider, with "executive director" Bryan
|IM Igor Shliperman|
|FWCGM Fischer (Right)|
Around this time, some of us sent a letter to Stuart and the board listing the laws that we thought they were not complying with and telling them they must comply. Stuart reportedly objected to the word "must".
While we are not perfect, the values of fairness and honesty are pervasive in the chess community. Those who are not fair and honest may last awhile and may do a great deal of damage, but in the long run, the fairness and honesty of our community will win out.