Saturday, December 17, 2011

Profoundly embarrassing!

I heard a report Thursday that was confirmed yesterday. Prize checks from last weekend's Illinois Class Championships issued by Mikhail Korenman's IntECS, Inc., were returned unpaid, marked "Account Closed." Mikhail Korenman is currently out of the country and will return on December 22nd.

There may be a reasonable explanation for this.  Or not. Whatever the cause, the Illinois Chess Association is profoundly embarrassed that this happened in one of its championship events, and yesterday, ICA board members voted unanimously to pay the prizewinners in full and to reimburse them for any returned item or other bank fees that they may have incurred.

Sevan Muradian has recreated the prizewinners' list for me, and ICA Treasurer Carl Dolson will have checks in the mail as soon as he has contact info for the prizewinners.

EDIT: I have email addresses for fourteen prizewinners: please drop me a line with your mailing address.

Again, our apologies!


Keith Ammann said...

Just . . . wow.

Vince Hart said...

That's not going to help it build a following. I think someone must have put a curse on that tournament. It has always been the read-headed step-child on the calendar.

Bill Brock said...

I really don't like the December date. Too many Christmas parties etc.

For many years, the traditional date was the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Sevan Muradian said...

I don't know if I like the Nov or Dec time frame. I'm thinking more like early mid-late April. No weird weather, no holiday season, but it might be useful to have it then to try to draw scholastic/youth player as a 'warm up' for nationals and for adults as a warm up for Chicago Open.