Jim Eade is the new FIDE Zone President for the USA Zone

NEWBURGH May 21 - Following a heated and acrimonious debate in closed session which nobody is supposed to know about, Jim Eade was voted today by the USCF Executive Board as the new FIDE Zone President for the USA zone.

Eade was elected by a vote of 6-2. Voting in favor of Eade were Executive Board members Joe Ippolito, Doris Barry, Helen Warren, Tim Redman, Garrett Scott and Jim Pechac.

Voting against Eade were USCF President Bob Smith and Vice-President and Acting Secretary John McCrary.

Bob Smith and John McCrary favored former Chess Life Editor Frank Brady for FIDE Zone President.

The election of Eade was controversial for many reasons. The main reason is that Eade backed Tom Dorsch during the three disruptive years that Tom Dorsch was on the USCF Policy Board.

In addition, Eade is the author of a fictional story entitled "Our Animal Friends", which is posted on the Internet at http://www.samsloan.com/animals.htm.

In this story, Eade assigns names to the various members of the USCF Policy Board at that time, such as "Donnie the Weasel" for Don Schultz, "Fannie the Ape" for Fan Adams, and "Tommie the Walrus" for Tim Dorsch.

On the positive side, allegations have been flying that members of the USCF Executive Committee along with USCF delegates to FIDE have been offered bribes in return for backing the FIDE Memorandum on the Commercialization of FIDE. Specifically, it has been suggested that Steve Doyle has been offered a bribe by FIDE.

Jim Eade is a self-made millionaire who made his money the old fashioned way: He got it from his wife.

Nobody could seriously suggest that Eade could be bought off with a bribe. In this regard, Eade is almost the ideal choice.

Another issue is whether the USCF Executive Board has the right to appoint a FIDE zone president. Arnold Denker, who served as zone president for too many years, resigned, and just in time too, because Denker was regarded as being far too friendly with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Kirsan will probably not be too happy to have Eade as a FIDE Zone President, but the USCF Executive Board seems to believe that Ilyumzhinov will have nothing to say about it.

Sam Sloan

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