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Matt Hassen
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The KCA Board has asked me to report to the membership on the recent events involving Chris Bush. Over the past three days, June 2-4, several board members received multiple emails from Bush in which he contemplates bringing a firearm to chess tournaments in Louisville in order to protect himself from his perceived threat, Jerry Baker. Understandably, the board is concerned about Bush's mental state given the increasingly paranoid and delusional character of many of the 100+ emails the board has received from him.


The KCA desires to provide a safe and enjoyable environment at all of its events. Given Bush's misconduct, disruptive behavior, baseless litigation and other threats, and the ominous nature of his recent emails, such an environment is impossible to guarantee in his presence. Bush has been notified that he is not welcome to attend the upcoming Kentucky Open, that his KCA membership will not be renewed, and that he is not welcome to attend the upcoming members meeting. If Bush appears at these events, the police will be immediately called to escort him from the premises.


When the KCA Board is next able to meet, it will likely follow Chess Performance, the Lexington Chess Club, and Lexchess in formally banning Bush from attending all of the KCA's events going forward. The KCA has been extremely patient, but these measures have become necessary in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment at KCA events.


Matt Hassen
www.matthassen.com
KCA General Counsel

June 5, 2015 at 8:35 PM Flag Quote & Reply

FrankNiro
Member
Posts: 19

Presently, this gentleman is attempting to extort money from me, ostensibly to repair his car that he feels was sabotaged by KCA members at the KCA Open. I have no responsibility for his car, nor do I owe him any money. Nevertheless, he has chosen me as a target, it seems, because I offered to help mediate his dispute with others.

His messages, both by e-mail and voice mail, have left me fearful of my personal safety and the safety of my property. My wife is likewise afraid and, as a result, she is considering withdrawing from UK and returning to Oregon, which would not be a good outcome.

Based on his prior activities with respect to other KCA members during the past several months, aimed at harassment, intimidation, damaging of reputations and relationships with affiliate organizations, I expect that once his articulated deadline of 5 PM today arrives, he will go on a campaign to damage my reputation and my relationships with Cornell University, KCA, USCF, FIDE and even my church family.

Obviously, extortion  is a criminal activity that may result in his imprisonment if charges are filed. The situation is complicated by the fact that he has no known domicile which makes serving him with papers or processing an arrest warrant problematic. Nevertheless, I will have no choice but to file criminal charges against him if he follows through on his implied threats.

If you have contact with him and can persuade him to back off, then I will let the situation die. If you have information that would be helpful to locate him in order to serve papers for a restraining order, or for the police to make an arrest should the situation escalate further, I would appreciate a private e-mail that I can forward to the police.

Since this episode has begun, my blood pressure has skyrocketed and I have encountered severe chess pain. As a result, this literally is threatening my life. I am not looking for sympathy, nor will I welcome attempts at humor, at least not presently. This is not a joke,

Thank you for your help and support.

Sincerely,

Frank A. Niro,

USCF Life member,

KCA member

July 15, 2015 at 12:05 PM Flag Quote & Reply

FrankNiro
Member
Posts: 19

chest pain. ok, that part is worthy of a sense of humor.


July 15, 2015 at 12:19 PM Flag Quote & Reply

JerryBaker
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Posts: 233

The only address for Bush is the PO Box 3966, in Midway KY 40347, that Bush posted on here awhile back and then complained that Hassen didn't refer to it when sending him some legal document. Otherwise, his only known location would be whatever garage his car is parked in. I do have a business card for Bush from his male stripper advertisement, but there is no address, just an old phone number from Lexington that may no longer be valid.


I will give you this from experience. Bush tried these same strong-arm tactics on Larry Bell and myself. The reaction from the UK Police, UK Legal, and UK Student Org all had the same response:

  • Do not worry about his threats, we understand the type of person Bush is, and we do not take anything he says as credible, and we apologize that you have to go thru this.


That has been the universal reaction to every organization he has contacted since last December. From a couple news agencies, Louisville police, Attorney General, USCF, UK, and I am sure there are others I am forgetting.


Trust me also, if it comes to criminal proceedings, you would not be fighting alone. He has nothing and this is the only reason he hasn't been sued already. Just keep us informed and we will help you the best we can.


I apologize that you had to get involved in this mess.

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Lexchess.com - Open chess tournament information

July 15, 2015 at 1:09 PM Flag Quote & Reply

FrankNiro
Member
Posts: 19

I genuinely was just trying to help.

In any case, I appreciate the feedback, both here and by private conversation.

Frank

July 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Tony Perugini
Member
Posts: 30

I hope your health gets better, Frank. We miss you at the Thursday tournaments. If there is anything I can do to help, don't hesitate to reach out to me. You'll be in my prayers.

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Tony Perugini

Zonetone Middle School Chess Coach

KCA Secretary

July 15, 2015 at 3:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Matt Hassen
Member
Posts: 11

People should not be afraid to volunteer to help the KCA because of this one disturbed individual. Absent a conflict of interest, I will defend pro bono anyone who volunteers to help the KCA and is then sued or otherwise damaged by Chris Bush. Please do not let Bush's ridiculous threats keep you from helping Kentucky Chess. I will have your back.

 

Matt Hassen
www.matthassen.com
KCA General Counsel

July 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM Flag Quote & Reply

FrankNiro
Member
Posts: 19

Noted, Matt. I feel the same way. Any services that I provide to help Kentucky chess will always remain pro bono as well.


July 15, 2015 at 4:05 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Ryan Velez
Member
Posts: 272

Yep, my plan is to volunteer as SC and not get paid for my SC duties. :-P

I will not allow one individual to ruin my outlook on helping chess.

--Ryan

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KCA Scholastic Coordinator

July 15, 2015 at 9:31 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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