The Arizona Chess Federation, Inc. 

Mesa Chess Club Information

The Mesa Chess Club meets at the the Mesa Fiesta Borders Bookstore, 1361 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa, AZ, 85210, each Wednesday evening from 6 to 10 PM. The club, formerly sponsored by and located at the Mesa Bookman's bookstore, is now sponsored by Borders. Please visit the Borders website at Thanks to Justin McClure for starting the Bookman's club originally and to Rick Smouse for continuing and enhancing the club after Justin's relocation. Their current flyer, which describes their Wednesday night tournaments and provides more club information is attached. Please e-mail Rick Smouse at or call (480) 390-9528 for more information.

Arizona State (Adult) Championship History

Hello everyone, Congratulations to IM Levon Altounian, who is the current Arizona State Chess Champion. A new event will be held in September to determine the next Arizona State Chess Champion, thanks to Joel Johnson. Thanks to the interest shown by Joel Johnson, Bob Rowley and others we are trying to document the list of Arizona State Champions. USCF provided information dating back no longer than 1991. Attached is the most recent list that we have but we need help. There are missing years and apparent missing people as well. Any help we can get is appreciated. We need the champion's name, the date (or at least the year)of the event that conferred the championship, the format, and any other pertinent information. Please contact Myron Lieberman at with any information.

Congratulations to Arizona's Representatives to the Denker and Polgar tournaments.

Congratulations to David Adelberg who won the K-12 section of the 2008 Arizona Scholastic Chess Championship with 5.5 points, to Ben Marmont whose 5 points earned him the right to be Arizona's Representative to the Arnold Denker Tournament of Champions and to Sayaka Foley who was tied with Ben Marmont at 5 points and earned the right to represent Arizona in the Susan Polgar Tournament of Champions for High School girls. Sayaka Foley, however, was also invited to participate in her tournament by Susan Polgar and therefore Arizona may send an additional representative to play in the Polgar tournament. The first alternate for the Polgar tournament is Amanda Mateer. A link to the entire rated crosstable for all sections of the 2008 Arizona Scholastic Chess Championship can be found in the results area of this site.

Proceedings Of and Follow-up to the April, 2008, ACFI Meeting

Proceedings Of and Follow-up to the April, 2008, ACFI Meeting Thanks to everyone involved in organizing the 2008 Arizona Scholastic Championships. A short ACFI physical meeting was held at the site of the 2008 Arizona Scholastic Championships at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at 5:30 PM. Board members who participated in the meeting were Robby Adamson, Kiki Huerta, Myron Lieberman, Spencer Lower, Kent Maneth, Marty Schneider, Lynn Schucker, and Will Wharton. Eight Board members were present for at least part of the meeting and a quorum of six or more was present throughout the meeting. Board members Michael Fitch, Ramie Jimenez, and Jennifer Shacter were not present. Among others who were also present for at least part of the meeting were Jon Coulter, Rachel Lieberman, Debbie Maneth, Karen Pennock and Gavin Wharton. Thanks to GPCA for providing meeting space in their team room. Recommended follow-ups are listed at the end of this document.

2008 ACFI Financial Report as of 04/06/08

Treasurer Jennifer Shacter submitted the attached Financial report with ACFI's Annual Report for the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). She noted that the ACC only accepts credit cards with online submissions of Annual Reports. She put the ten dollar ACC filing fee on her own credit card and wrote a reimbursement check. The ACC will require online submission after this year, so this is the first time but not the last. Myron Lieberman

Deadline for 2009 Scholastic Championship proposals

The deadline for proposals to host the 2009 Arizona Scholastic Chess Championships has been extended until April 10, 2008. As proposals have already been received the deadline will not be extended longer. Please e-mail for more information

SmartChess Region I Qualifier

The Region I Qualifier requested by Smart Chess for March 15, 2008, have been approved. It will be held at the New Hope Community Church in Gilbert on March 15, 2008. A flyer is attached.

2007 ACFI Annual Financial Statement and comments

The following message and attachement were provided by ACFI Treasurer Jennifer Shacter. Her suggestions regarding the procedure for the Denker and Polgar representatives are subject to Board approval. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have attached the 2007 ACFI End-of Year Financial Statement. The statement remains unchanged from when it was submitted to the board at the end of the 3rd quarter. Both Robby Adamson (her coach & chief TD for 2007 State) and I have contacted Jenelle Wallace, the 2007 AZ Polgar Representative, regarding reimbursement of up to $300 in expenses but haven’t received a request back. I don’t know how much time we should allow for a representative to seek reimbursement. Should this come up for discussion?

ACFI is soliciting Nominations for USCF Delegates from AZ for 2009-2010

It is time for ACFI to nominate candidates for USCF Delegate from Arizona for the years 2009 and 2010. The USCF Delegate term is for two years and involves attending the USCF Delegates' Meetings which are held in conjunction with the US Open in August. There is no compensation or expense reimbursement either from USCF or from ACFI for the Delegates. Arizona is entitled to 3 State Delegates and 3 Alternate Delegates in addition to Rachel and I (We are both Delegates at Large and do not affect the state allocation). Any current USCF member who resides in AZ (ACFI Member)is eligible, not only ACFI Board members. Please let everyone that might be interested know.


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