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2023 Board of Directors

Posted in Governance on April 17th, 2023 by Marv Raab

The following individuals were elected to the Board on April 16, 2023:
Marvin Raab – President
Tom Brownscombe – Treasurer
Tam Lester – Secretary
Alan Losoff
Gale Winds-Cunningham
Ryan Phillips
Eric Ostertag (appointed by President to fill vacant seat)

The position of Vice President is temporarily vacant

2023 Membership Meeting

Posted in Governance on April 5th, 2023 by Tom Brownscombe

The 2023 Nevada Chess membership meeting will be held at 6PM on Sunday, April 16th at


4955 S. Durango Drive, Suite 220

Las Vegas, NV 89113

There will be an election of officers. Anyone who wishes to be nominated for the officers’ election prior to the meeting should contact Tom Brownscombe at Nominations may also be made at the meeting. The proposed meeting agenda is:

2023 Annual Nevada Chess Membership Meeting Agenda


4955 S. Durango Drive, Suite 220

Las Vegas, NV 89113

  1. Meeting will be called to order at approximately 6PM.
  2. Election of officers.  The following have been nominated in advance (in alphabetical order): Tom Brownscombe, Tam Lester, Alan Losoff, Ryan Phillips, Marvin Raab, Gale Winds-Cunningham.  Additional nominations may be made at this time.
  3. Discussion and planning for the 2023 Nevada State Chess Championship.
  4. Discussion of the 2023 Nevada State Scholastic, Senior, and Girls state chess championships and initial planning for the 2024 Nevada State Scholastic, Senior, and Girls state chess championships.
  5. Discussion of stipends for the 2023 Nevada representatives to the Denker, Barber, Rockefeller, Haring, and Irwin tournaments.
  6. Discussion of 2023 Nevada delegates to the USCF (we have 2 this year) and the possibility of stipends for delegates.
  7. Other topics of interest to the attendees.
  8. Meeting adjourns.

An officers meeting may take place after the conclusion of the membership meeting.

If you wish to attend the meeting via Zoom, use the following link to register:

You will receive a an email with a link to join the meeting. You will not be allowed to vote unless your camera is on and your real name is on the image.

Minutes for the Nevada Chess Annual Members Meeting, April 9, 2016

Posted in Governance on April 12th, 2016 by Tom Brownscombe

Called to Order by President Alan Losoff, 2:20 PM

Present were Alan Losoff, Jan Losoff, Juan Jauregui, Tom Brownscombe, Allen Magruder, and
Gale Winds.

Alan Losoff called directors Jerry Weikel and Charles Chinnici to participate by conference call, but they were not available at that time.

The first order of business was tabulating the ballots and results of the 2016 Election. Tom Brownscombe, the election chairperson, opened the ballots. Allen Magruder verified that the membership status of each ballot was up to date, and Alan Losoff tabulated the results. All four candidates on the ballot, Charles Chinnici, Allen Magruder, Jerry Weikel and Gale Winds, were approved for the two year term of office from 2016 to 2017. That concluded the members portion of this meeting.

Since a quorum of at least 4 of the 7 elected directors was present, a few issues were presented for consideration, the first of which was determining the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Alan Losoff volunteered to serve as President, Juan Jauregui agreed to serve as Vice President, Gale Winds agreed to serve as Secretary if Juan Jauregui would serve as Assistant Secretary, and Allen Magruder agreed to serve as Treasurer if Tom Brownscombe would serve as Assistant Treasurer. This arrangement was agreed upon by all involved, and will be in effect until the next election is completed.

The next issue was regarding the Nevada State Individual and Team Matches that have annually taken place in the fall of each year in Tonapah, NV. After a lengthy discussion regarding the difficulty in assembling a team willing to travel to Tonapah, the essential conclusion was that the Southern Nevada organizers and most players were no longer interested in the Tonapah event(s) and wanted to consider other options. Three options were mentioned and should be explored by the relevant Northern and Southern Nevada chess organizations and players for all types of Nevada State Championship events: alternate the yearly event between Northern and Southern Nevada sites; conduct the Individual and Team matches on the internet with supervision by qualified tournament directors; and for the individual state championship, hold a Nevada Championship Open Tournament with format and conditions to be decided.

There was some discussion regarding a separate Nevada Girls Chess Championship Tournament that might take place possibly shortly before the Annual Nevada State Scholastic Championship Tournament. Tom Brownscombe made a motion that such an event be considered. Janelle Losoff, who is co-chairperson of the USCF committee dealing with women’s chess, spoke in favor of the motion. The motion was seconded and approved by all directors present.

Alan Losoff asked board members present for approval to explore hiring a webmaster and an administrative assistant to handle some business affairs of Nevada Chess, Inc. That was approved.

Alan Losoff also made a motion that Allen Magruder be given a lifetime membership in Nevada Chess, Inc. for his years of service, and that was seconded and approved.

The meeting was adjourned at about 4 PM.

Annual Membership Meeting April 21st, 2012

Posted in Governance, News on May 3rd, 2012 by Nevada Chess

Board Members elected were Mike Filapas, Francisco Vela and Gail Winds.  Remaining on the board are Dan Conver, Alan Losoff, Allen Magruder and John Trivett.  Mike Filipas resigned due to a conflict of interest and the board appointed Tom Brownscombe to take his place.

Officers elected were Allen Magruder, President, Alan Losoff, Vice President, John Trivett, Secretary and Tom Brownscombe, Treasurer.

John has agreed to maintain this web site, and more will be posted soon.

Annual Members Meeting – March 4, 2010

Posted in Governance on March 4th, 2010 by Allen Magruder

The annual members meeting of Nevada Chess, Inc. was held at 7 pm on March 4, 2010 at the Clark County Chess Club. Attendees included: Allen Magruder, President; Charles Hatherill, Director; Dan Conver, Director; and John Trivett, member.

Magruder called the meeting to order at 7 pm and changed the scheduled (by email) agenda to move the tally of election ballots to first for expediency. Magruder opened the seven (7) ballots and Hatherill tallied the votes with the following results: all 3 candidates on the ballot, Gordon Barrett, Charles Hatherill and Milivoj Filipas were approved unanimously.

Magruder next summarized the minutes from the last members meeting, March 2009, where certain proposals were approved by the quorum of directors, namely: participants in the State Championship and Team Matches will receive, without cost, an annual members, or an extension of their membership in Nevada Chess, Inc.; directors reaffirmed previous year’s decisions regarding our controbution to our Denker candidate and the rebate to our affiliate from the state scholastic tournament; and these decisions will remain our policy until a change is explicitly proposed and approved by the directors.

Magruder presented a summary of the financial report covering the period 3/6/2009-2/24/2010, including a transaction report showing a balance at beginning of the period of $2,595 and at end of period of $2,412, and an itemized categories report showing income from gifts received ($300), from Nevada Chess, Inc. dues ($213), and from tournament returns ($258); and expenses from bulletin printing, postage and supplies ($308), from tournament awards ($475), and from USCF dues, website service and register with Nevada corporate directors ($175).

Magruder said he will schedule a meeting with directors to determine officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) for 2010-2011 until 2011 elections, and to discuss bids for 2011 state scholastic tournament.

With no other business to discuss, and no quorum of directors present, Magruder proposed adjournment, Hatherill seconded, Conver approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 pm.

Annual Members Meeting & Board of Directors Meeting – March 5, 2009

Posted in Governance on March 12th, 2009 by Nevada Chess

Minutes of the Annual Members Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting held March 5, 2009
University Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

The annual meeting of Nevada Chess, Inc. was held at 7 pm on March 5, 2009 in the first-floor lobby of the UMC Doctor’s Building. (Original arrangements in the 6th floor conference room were cancelled by UMC due to previous commitments.)

The attendees, President Allen Magruder, Directors Charles Hatherill and Charles McCoy, Secretary Gordon Barrett, and Election Chairman John Trivett, were seated at a circular table with hard benches.

The comforts we enjoy are not like the anchor in the bottom of the sea, that holds fast in a storm, but like the flag upon the top of the mast, that turns with every wind.” Quote from C. Love.

Magruder opened the meeting by distributing a copy of the financial report for the period, 4/13/2008 to 3/5/2009, including an Itemized Categories Report and a Transaction Report. Total Income for this period was $622.00; total expenses were $750.43; balance at beginning of period was $2723.28; and balance at end of period was $2594.85.

The meeting continued with a description by Magruder of the informal arrangement made with J. Weikel many years ago regarding Northern Nevada voluntary support of the state affiliate, Nevada Chess, Inc. The undocumented agreement then was essentially that the Reno Club would make a contribution of $200 during the Tonopah events in the fall, and that would include membership in the state affiliate for each of the Northern Nevada attendees, though membership of any attendee was also not a documented requirement. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Nevada State Championship Match awards to the champion and runner-up were $200 total then, and have continued at that same level since. The Reno Club faithfully honored their contribution commitment, if not always during the Tonopah events, but usually shortly thereafter, and the rolls of Nevada Chess, Inc. members were also dutifully augmented with the names of the Northern Nevada attendees. That happened until this past year, when due to some Reno Club problems, their contribution has not yet been received, and Tonopah attendees have consequently not been assigned automatic memberships in Nevada Chess, Inc.

By the streets of ‘bye and bye’ one arrives at the house of ‘never.” Quote from Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Magruder next made the following proposal.


In recognition and appreciation of the effort and expense involved in participating in the Nevada Chess, Inc. sponsored annual state championship and team events, usually held in Tonopah, Nevada, in the fall of the year, each participant attendee will receive without cost an annual membership in Nevada Chess, Inc., or an extension of their current membership. This does require participant attendees to provide their correct names, addresses and other contact information for the Nevada Chess Inc. membership rolls.

This proposal was accepted by all directors present, as well as by director M. Filipas in an earlier phone conversation with Magruder.

Contributions to support the official USCF state affiliate, Nevada Chess, Inc., will continue to be entirely voluntary.


Magruder next moved that the directors reaffirm last year’s decision that the state affiliate provide the Denker candidate 50% of the amount returned to the affiliate from the state scholastic tournament, with a minimum provision of $200. This was also approved by all.


Magruder next moved that the directors reaffirm last year’s decision that the organizer of the state scholastic tournament return to the state affiliate $2/player from the proceeds of the tournament. This was also approved by all.


John Trivett, Election Committee Chairman, collected, opened and tallied all ballots before all present, with the following results.

A great day for all three candidates vying (?) for positions. Allen Magruder (6 of 6 approve), Daniel Conver (5 of 6 approve, welcome back) and Craig Christensen (5 of 6 approve) were all elected to 2-yr terms. Congratulations!

Remember, “In great moments, life is unsurpassable.” (Gordan Barrrett)

The meeting was adjourned at about 7.30 pm, and a shining good time was had by all.

How far that little candle (Nevada Chess Inc.) throws his beams! So shines a good deed in this world.” (Shakespeare)

Submitted by Gordon Barrett, Secretary, Nevada Chess Inc. (as edited by A. Magruder)

Board of Directors Meeting – April 12, 2008

Posted in Governance on April 12th, 2008 by Nevada Chess

Board of Directors Meeting, April 12, 2008
Our Lady of Las Vegas School Yard, Las Vegas, Nevada

President Allen P. Magruder called the meeting to order at 3:15 PM.
Directors Present: A. Magruder, C. Hatherill, G. Barrett, C. McVoy

Before addressing the agenda items, Magruder established the agenda for the meeting with those present, as follows: Members Meeting Report; Financial Report; Determine Officers; Determine Support/Contributions for April Bulletin; Determine Support for Denker Candidate; State Scholastic Tournament Report; Club Activities Report.

1. Members Meeting Report
The members meeting was held on March 6th, 2008 during the Thursday evening session of the Clark County Chess Club. Vice President Charles Hatherill presided and Charles McVoy and Gordon Barrett attended. President Magruder was out of town and unable to attend.

The election ballots were assessed and all candidates were approved and elected to two year terms. Gordon Barrett, Milijov Filipas, Charles Hatherill and Charles McVoy will (re)join Allen Magruder, Eric Baugus and Edward Silakowski on the Board of Directors of Nevada Chess, Inc.

No other business was conducted and the meeting was adjourned.

2. Financial Report
Due to illness, Treasurer Eric Baugus was unable to attend. A. Magruder presented the financial report for the period 8/12/2007-4/12/2008 and 3/5/2007-4/12/2008 annual summary. For the former 8-month period, our expenses exceeded our income by $51.32, whereas for the latter 13-month period, our income exceeded our expenses by $117.70. Our current balance is $2723.28, with $2285.65 in the Nevada State Bank account and $437.63 in petty cash account. The 2008 expenses of $93.24 for website service and $40 for USCF affiliate fee are yet to be paid.

Magruder also reported our tax-exempt status as an educational institution has been granted again by the State of Nevada Department of Taxation, now to expire on March 31, 2013.

3. Determine Officers
After a brief discussion, and at least until further notice, the officers remained the same except for the secretary position, where newly elected Gordon Barrett replaces Richard Risley. The officers of Nevada Chess, Inc. for the term 2008-2009, until the 2009 election are: A. Magruder, President; Charles Hatherill, Vice President; Eric Baugus, Treasurer; Gordon Barrett, Secretary.

At this point, Magruder informed C. Hatherill that he is again our Nevada delegate to the USCF delegates convention in Dallas, at the US Open, and Magruder is the alternate, with G. Barrett serving in absence of both.

4. Determine Support/Contributions for April Bulletin
C. Hatherill will provide reports on tournaments held at Our Lady of Las Vegas, on the High School chess competitions, on the Members Meeting, and on the state scholastic tournament arrangements. Gordon Barrett will provide some chess articles and games. Charles McVoy contributed a game from 1981 between Abbey and Gallegos, and an article with an item about a king-size chessboard at the new Las Vegas Corporate Center. Magruder will gather what he can from the Northern Nevada website and contacts, and assemble the bulletin with whatever material he has by the end of next week, April 19th.

5. Determine Support for Denker Candidate and State Scholastic Tournament
After some discussion, and in view of the considerable expense securing the Henderson Convention Center site, Magruder moved to reduce state scholastic tournament return to state affiliate from $3/player to $2/player. This was seconded and approved by all except Hatherill, who abstained because he is principal organizer of the tournament.

After some discussion, Hatherill moved that the state affiliate provide the Denker candidate 50% of the amount returned to the affiliate from the state scholastic tournament, with a minimum provision of $200. This was seconded and approved by all.

6. State Scholastic Tournament Report
Charles Hatherill has scheduled the Nevada State Scholastic Tournament on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008, at the Henderson Convention Center. He has sent announcement of same to 250 schools in Southern Nevada, and will send a copy of that to representatives in Northern Nevada for distribution there. Alan Losoff will be chief TD, C. Hatherill will be responsible for pairings and directing, with assistance from appointed staff.

7. Club Activities Report
Charles McVoy reported that the Dula Center Club will no longer meet on Sunday. He also mentioned that games at the Clark County Chess Club have not been recently rated, and is of concern to many players there. McVoy also contributed an article from Las Vegas Business Press on “art in public places” with the item “When his (Molasky) new corporate center opens nearby on the 61 acres in 2007, it’ll come with some major public art, he says – including a king-size marble chessboard.”

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 PM.