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Paul Truong
P Truong 
Number of games in database: 6
Years covered: 1984 to 1993
Last FIDE rating: 2335
Overall record: +2 -3 =1 (41.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-02-1965, 53 years old) Vietnam (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Paul Truong was born Hoainhan Truong in Saigon. When he was five years old his father taught him chess, and he began to take it seriously soon after. Unfortunately, due to the war and political situation in Vietnam at that time, Paul was forced to dramatically limit his playing and training schedule under the Communist regime. He and his father escaped from Vietnam as boat people on April 30, 1979. They finally arrived in the U.S. on December 1, 1979 after an incredible ordeal. (1)

After some modest competitive successes in America, including the U.S. Open Blitz Championship and his winning of the FIDE Master title, Truong decided to put serious chess aside and pursue a college education.

In the late 1990's Truong made the decision to return to the game, but this time as a promoter and writer. He has co-authored several books and chess columns with Zsuzsa Polgar, and is vice-president of the Susan Polgar Foundation. He also captained the American team that took second place at the 36th Olympiad, Women (2004). He became a FIDE Arbiter in 2015.

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Last updated: 2016-09-15 06:28:40

 page 1 of 1; 6 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs P Truong 1-0411984Clock simul, 10bE12 Queen's Indian
2. Martinovsky vs P Truong  1-0371993USA-chT Amateur EastD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. P Truong vs S Zabell  1-0401993USA-chT Amateur EastA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
4. P Truong vs M Olesen  0-1421993USA-chT Amateur EastA04 Reti Opening
5. P Truong vs J Condron  1-0281993USA-chT Amateur EastA04 Reti Opening
6. G Umezinwa vs P Truong  ½-½521993USA-chT Amateur EastD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
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May-08-15  john barleycorn: He used white ink on white paper.
May-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: Or black ink on black paper.
Sep-17-15  epistle: You must be there when Le Quang plays Wesley. This is war and you should use all the weapons you've got.
Sep-18-15  epistle: Good strategy by coach Paul Truong, taking the match into Le Quick Liem's territory.
Oct-12-15  epistle: The architect of Le Quang's triumph at Millionaires.
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  HeMateMe: And, he's a financier on a par with Warren Buffet and Carl Ichan? I read his bio.
Oct-12-15  epistle: <Sally Simpson: Hi MidwestChessFan, Yes another brace of very good games by Wesley to add to his potential best games collection>

LOL. No one buys best games collections of perennial victims of brilliancies by other much better players. LOL LOL LOL.

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  SugarDom: I like Nina Myers best games collection of So.
Oct-12-15  epistle: Same here. With his world famous, spectacular losses at Sinquefield 2015 I'll buy such a collection without batting an eyelash
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  OhioChessFan: A blast from the past, May 25, 2013:

Paul Truong (kibitz #65)

<SugarDom: If Susan Polgar were USCF president, American chess would have had a revival. Maybe win gold at the Olympiad. Instead they let Caruana slip to Italy.>

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  OhioChessFan: <SusanPolgar: Hi everyone. I just saw this section.

The charges are ABSOLUTELY false and some of the board majority blatantly misrepresented the facts. The fact that their experts never spoke to us and their experts did not say the the report is true. They only said that the method is sound. However, a number of experts who were given the full set of facts from both sides concluded that the conclusion of the report is wrong. Their testimonies will be introduced in a proper venue and at the right time.

We will not back down until the board majority apologizes for their conducts and behavior.>


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  PhilFeeley: <OhioChessFan> Context? What's this about?
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  HeMateMe: I think Truong was a photographer or some sort of aid at the recent Olympiad. Susan Polgar might have been there doing interviews, not sure.

People have long memories about the USCF board of directors election mess.

Sep-15-16  WorstPlayerEver: So I was right: Paul handles Susan's account. Not such a clever guy though. More like an ordinary crook.
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  HeMateMe: Not sure about all of the details, but I think there was an item in the news a couple years back where the FBI interviewed the webmaster for the USCF site because there was some suspicion that he was a friend of Polgars and had used his access to the database to give her and Truong private information about people in chess. Something like that would be a different sort of crime than just the mud slinging going back and forth in that so called 'election.'

I never heard it going any further than that, regarding the USCF employee and the FBI.

Mig Greengard put it best, on his website: "When I see the words 'United States Chess Federation' in the news I get this sensation of smelling burning tires."

I'm glad those two people are not in the news anymore.

Sep-15-16  WorstPlayerEver: <HMM>

I'm afraid it was a bit more embarrassing than that.

However, I think Susan is not the evil genius of this story.

'During the litigation, the USCF commissioned a report from computer expert Brian Mottershead concerning Sloan's allegations that Truong had impersonated Sloan in thousands of Internet posts. Mottershead concluded that Truong had indeed impersonated Sloan.'

'In 2007, Sam Sloan, one of the defeated candidates for the USCF Executive Board, filed suit to overturn the election results. The ensuing litigation led to political infighting and counter lawsuits, and eventually the four members of the USCF Executive Board named in the countersuits issued a statement asking Truong to step down from his position on the Board for "neglecting his fiduciary duties" in failing to side with the USCF against himself and his wife, Susan Polgar, in the litigation.'


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  HeMateMe: Another broad description of the events of 2010, at, via Bill wall:


They are barred from ever again being members of the USCF.

Sep-15-16  WorstPlayerEver: <HMM>

That seems a bit harsh IMHO

Well, I dunno. Where two dogs fight, two are to blame. As we say in Holland. It seems some kind of a struggle was going on at the board of the USCF.

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  Stonehenge: <Where two dogs fight, two are to blame. As we say in Holland.>

You're mixing up two proverbs :)

Sep-15-16  WorstPlayerEver: <Stonehenge>

Lol, it took me a while after I read your comment before I noticed.

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  HeMateMe: Well, it would be hard to feel sorry for Sam Sloan, under any circumstances. But the Wall article ( mentions that other people besides Sloan were slandered by the 'fake' Sloan, the alleged fake internet identity. Bill Goichburg was mentioned, among others.

It's kind of disgusting to even revisit this topic. Rex S. is never asked about it in interviews, though I think he is the mystery person who was helping the USCF pay for their end of the litigation. I'm sure he'd never speak about it if asked.

Truong and Polgar are out of the USCF for good. That's good enough for me. Maybe Susan can ask Donald Trump about tips for managing her chess academy, since Trump did so well with Trump University.

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  zanzibar: I agree with <PhilF>, and also wonder why <OCF> dug up this old trope.
Sep-15-16  WorstPlayerEver: <zanzibar>

Because the USA won the Chess Olympiad. Which is a big deal, I guess.

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  offramp: I hope no one ever forgets Mr Phil Le Cornu 's generosity.

That guy donated $350,000 to the USCF, with <$50,000 of these funds ... being used to start a Philip LeCornu Olympiad Fund...>

Sadly, that money ALL ended up in the bank accounts of many different lawyers.

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  zanzibar: Phil Le Cornu (kibitz #4)
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