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Franc Guadalupe, Candidate for TCA President

Franc Guadalupe
Candidate for TCA President

Dear Texas Chess Association Friends,

I am pleased to announce that I seek election to the Office of the TCA President. I believe that I am uniquely qualified for that position and, if so chosen, I endeavor to work tirelessly to contribute to the development and support of chess in Texas. As a retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Four (CWO4) with over 23 years of active service to this great Nation, I understand the meaning of teamwork and working with fellow leaders for the betterment of the organization. As a chess dad of a very successful player and as chess club organizer, I know what it takes to support and encourage chess players. And, as a leader, manager and executive at all chess levels, I know what it takes to get things done.

Chess related positions:

  • US Chess National Tournament Director
  • FIDE International Arbiter, Category A (the only USA arbiter to achieve the top arbiter category in FIDE)
  • FIDE International Organizer
  • Florida Chess Association President, 2004 – 2005 (Resigned position due to permanent relocation to Texas)
  • US Chess Director of Events, June 2014 to December 2017
  • US Chess Executive Director (Interim), June 2013 – October 2013
  • Former member of the US Chess Scholastic Committee, US Chess Tournament Director Certification Committee (TDCC) and the FIDE Events Committee
  • FIDE Zonal President for USA, October 2010 to August 2016
  • FIDE Zonal President for USA, January 2019 to Present
  • US Chess representative at FIDE Congresses in Krakow (Poland), Istanbul (Turkey), Tallinn (Estonia), Tromso (Norway) and Abu Dhabi (UAE). US Chess Representative accompanying and supporting players at International events (Durban, South Africa and Santiago, Chile). On behalf of US Chess and the Belize Chess Federation, traveled to Belize, Central America in 2009 to train their chess tournament directors and organizers.

Chess Awards:

  • 2002 and 2003 Florida Brevard County School District Award (For contributions to the scholastic community while organizing scholastic chess programs)
  • 2009 US Chess Tournament Director of the Year
  • 2018 US Chess Frank J. Marshall Award
  • 2019 US Chess Distinguished Service Award

Chief Tournament Director, Chief Arbiter and Organizer Experience:

  • Chief TD of many club, county, regional level and many norm events.
  • Chief TD of the following State Championships:
    • 2002 and 2003 Florida State Championship
    • 2003, 2006 and 2010 Florida State Scholastic Championships
    • 2009 Louisiana State Scholastic Championships
    • 2005 & 2011, 2012 Florida Superstates Championships
    • 2006, 2007 and 2008 Texas Scholastic Middle School Championships
    • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Texas State and Amateur Championships
    • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Texas Grade & Collegiate Championships
    • 2017, 2018 and 2019 Texas State North-Central Grade Championships
    • 2018 Texas State North-Central Scholastic Championships
    • 2016 and 2019 Texas Collegiate SuperFinals
    • 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2019 Texas Scholastic Championships
  • National, North American, Pan American, World Championships and other World Class events:
    • Deputy Chief Arbiter of 2016 World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin
    • Chief Arbiter of Champions Showdown Chess 960 in 2018 (Kasparov, Topalov, Nakamura, Svidler, So, Giri, Shankland, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian and Dominguez) and 2019 (Kasparov, Caruana, Topalov, So, Dominguez, Svidler, Nakamura and Aronian)
    • Chief TD/Chief Arbiter of Millionaire Chess I and II
    • Chief Arbiter of 2008 World Olympiad Selection for Nigeria, Zone 2
    • Chief Arbiter of 2008 Pan American Junior U20 Championship
    • Chief Arbiter of 2011 and 2013 Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championships
    • Chief Arbiter of 2017 North American Junior and Girls U20 Championships
    • Chief Arbiter of 2013, 2017 and 2019 U.S. Championships & 2019 U.S. Women’s Championship/FIDE Zonal Championships; Deputy Chief Arbiter of 2006 and 2010 U.S. Championships
    • Chief TD of 2010, 2011 and 2013 U.S. Open
    • Chief TD of 2009 and 2013 SuperNationals (exceeding 5300 players each)
    • Chief TD of 48 National Championships, including 21 in Texas
    • Organizer of over 30 National Championships including 14 in Texas (seven U.S. Class Championships, four U.S. Junior Opens, two U.S. Senior Opens and one National Youth Action)

As detailed above, I have extensive experience dealing with players at all levels, from very young beginners to World Champions, and I believe in promoting the game we all love and treating all players, without regard to age, experience or rating, with dignity and respect. If given the honor to serve as TCA President, my goals, among others, are to:

  • Support tournament directors, organizers and Regional Directors in promoting chess tournaments and activities for our players,
  • Increase our TCA membership across the entire state,
  • Promote cooperation between all TCA regions, and
  • Assist in developing chess organizers and tournament directors in the State of Texas.

Respectfully,

"Franc"

Francisco L. Guadalupe

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