US Chess Nominating Committee Qualifies Two to Run for Executive Board

The US Chess Nominating Committee (Committee) has completed its work for the 2022 US Chess Executive Board election. The Committee recommends the following two people as prospective Executive Board candidates, in alphabetical order:


  • Michael Hoffpauir (Virginia)
  • Charles D. Unruh (Oklahoma)


The Committee notes that the two prospective candidates are required to supply signed petitions and background check forms to the office. All necessary forms for prospective candidates, including those who self-nominate, can be found on the Candidate Resources page of our website. Completed petitions must be received by 11:59 pm CT on 12/31/2021.


The Nominating Committee was created by the US Chess Delegates during the August 2020 Special Delegates Meeting. A subsequent Special Delegates Meeting was called to elect 6 Delegate-appointed candidates ensued in September 2020. The US Chess Executive Board appointed 2 members to the Committee. The current members will serve through the 2022 Delegates meeting.


US Chess thanks the Nominating Committee for its dedication and exemplary work during the past year. Members of the Committee include:


  • David Grimaud, Chair (Delegate-appointed)
  • Sophia Rohde, Vice Chair (Delegate-appointed)
  • Joy Bray (Executive Board-appointed)
  • Randy Hough (Delegate-appointed)
  • Michelle Martinez (Delegate-appointed)
  • Daaim Shabazz (Delegate-appointed)
  • Hal Sprechman (Executive Board-appointed)
  • Chris Wainscott (Delegate-appointed)


The Committee’s work is finished for the 2022 election and will reconvene in early 2022.

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