Paul Arond, candidate for Director (incumbent)
Make MACA great again? No, MACA is alive and well but there is always room for improvement. In my two years of service on MACA's board, I believe the chess community has been well served in scholastic and adult competitive opportunities with healthy participation and growth. Social media is an increasing presence and vehicle for marketing and communications, while educational outreach projects are on the horizon. I will continue to support and help facilitate these and other activities, and be a voice for positive change, growth, and diversity in the chess community and beyond.
Dmitry Barash, candidate for Director (incumbent)
I’m chess player (2300), parent (Anton Barash is one of top kids in MA chess), tutor (teaching kids for 30 years), director, sponsor, member of Scholastic Committee, and Board member.
You can see more details on scholastic chess in MA on my page https://sites.google.com/site/scholasticchessinma/
After my three years on MACA board I’m glad to see increased interest in scholastic chess, higher level of play of top kids, and increased number of kids playing chess (see statistics page on my site).
Jeff Caruso, Candidate for Director (incumbent)
Improving MACA begins with solid governance, and as chair of the Elections Commission I’ve dedicated myself to transparency, service and absolute fairness. You saw it in last year’s smooth and honest election. You’ve seen it in the election reminders. You will see it as we move to a new election platform. I am a Massachusetts native, long-time player and tournament director. Please elect me to a third term so I can continue to serve you!
Steven Frymer, candidate for Director (incumbent)
Incumbent chair scholastics committee for last several years;
Incumbent coordinator Living Memorial Chess Fund for last several years;
Incumbent coordinator for prison chess for over 20 years;
Former prez, vice prez, treasurer and secretary during 50 years of service.
I endorse newcomers Oleg Poliannikov and Steve Winer.
Oleg Poliannikov, candidate for Director (incumbent)
As a chess player, chess parent, and recent interim MACA Board member, I have been deeply involved in Massachusetts chess from all sides for a long time. I am running to bring new blood to MACA Board, help with many superb ongoing programs, bring to light public concerns that have not been fully addressed in the past, and propose and implement effective solutions. Specifically, I would like to focus on further improving our chess tournaments to ensure a wider involvement from currently underrepresented towns, convenient year-around tournament schedule, section variety from beginners to masters, online registration, and timely round beginnings.
Stephen Dann, candidate for Director
Dear potential MACA voters,
Please note who attends BOD meetings. In the 33 years I was a board member, I attended 95% of those scheduled no matter the weather--that's at least 250 meetings.
I not only founded Chess Horizons in 1969 when I was just 18, but worked with dozens of subsequent editors and major volunteer contributors. In addition, I wrote a column in the Worcester Sunday Telegram for 40 years (1975-2014)
My LinkedIn.com network of 4,800 connections includes 2,000+ chess educators, organizers and premiere hobbyists.
Please also support new candidates like Larry Gladding of the Wachusett CC.
Lawrence Gladding, candidate for Director
Lawrence Gladding - continuous member with the USCF since 1979. Currently, I attend the Wachusett CC, as a player and as Chief Assistant TD, (Senior TD). I'm running for Director, in order to be involved, with chess at the state level, and to be able to give something back to the game. I have gained experience and knowledge, from being involved with chess for 45 years, which would be an asset to MACA. I ask for your vote, so I may be of service to the MACA membership, and to the chess community at the state level.
Francis John Hogan, candidate for Director
I have studied the History of Chess, the Art of Chess, the Biographies of Famous Chess Players, and the Tournament Play and Board Strategies of countless memorable and historic Chess Matches.
My truest, inner personal gifts often find outward expression in the joys and pleasures experienced through the fair standards and shared play of the game; from the unique personal interactions commonly found between those playing across the board from each other.
Chess needs to be remain fair and fun; simply to achieve the broader goal of reaching beyond it's traditional boundries.
MACA strives to promote and protect the game.
Robert E. King, candidate for Director
It is important to vote for those that have a history of MACA service, in particular my past service as director and president make me uniquely qualified to be beneficial for MACA. Investing the idle money of MACA was a good idea that I put forth. The stock market is doing great. And as for the shares of SCCO (Southern Copper Corp.) stock is selling above $36.00 and above what MACA would have paid for it. Dividends would have been made by MACA.
Steven Winer, candidate for Director
FM who has held master titles for almost 20 years
Trainer of many Massachusetts chess players
Seeking to more directly serve the Massachusetts chess community