USCF Welcomes Interim Executive Director Francisco Guadalupe
By USCF   
May 24, 2013
Franc Guadalupe, Photo Betsy Dynako
Francisco (Franc) Guadalupe, our FIDE Zonal President will serve as the USCF interim Executive Director. Franc is also an International Arbiter and International Organizer.  He served on active duty with Adjutant General Corps in the U.S. Army for over 23 years, retiring with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Four.

 After his initial training and a tour in Korea, he served as Personnel Officer in numerous assignments, including Fort Eustis, VA, the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, the 8th Infantry Division in Germany, White Sands Missile Range, NM, and the Theater Army Support Group in Kaiserslautern, Germany.   Franc was the Distinguished Graduate of his Military Personnel Officer Course and the Advanced Administrative Warrant Officer Course.  He received many military service awards and decorations, including the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals and the Legion of Merit.

Franc has experience as a chess player, chess dad, coach, organizer and director.  He learned chess while in college in Puerto Rico.  He organized, directed and played in a few small USCF rated tournaments while in his first tour in Germany but military duties and a growing family did not leave much time for chess.  After he retired from the service, he taught chess to his two youngest sons, Francisco II and Thomas. 

A few years later, they became very interested in the game, and Franc’s interest was also renewed!  He started a scholastic chess program in Brevard County, Florida where, with the help of others, he organized and directed county-wide events.  Before the first tournament, there were only two USCF-rated scholastic players in Brevard. 

Two years later, the county had over 300 scholastic rated players!  During that period, Franc also started and coached the chess team of Sea Park Elementary School, leading them to several Brevard County Championships.  In recognition of his efforts in promoting scholastic chess, he received two Brevard County School District Awards and the organizers of the Space Coast Open instituted the “Franc Guadalupe Award” given to the best performing scholastic player at their annual event.

Thomas eventually quit chess in pursue of other activities.  Francisco II, however, progressed very rapidly, winning several State Championships in Florida and Texas while also winning three National Grades Championships.  He participated in two Denker Tournament of HS Champions and attended UTD where he obtained a BSEE and was a member of their chess team.

Although he still plays on line, Franc took a break from OTB chess several years ago.  According to him, he was paying more attention to Francisco’s games than his own, so he decided to concentrate on organizing and directing events.  Franc has been the Chief TD of many National Scholastic Championships, including the last two SuperNationals.  He has also been the Chief TD of two U.S. Opens, was the Assistant Arbiter at the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Championships and the Chief Arbiter at the recently concluded 2013 U.S. Championship. 

Franc has also organized two National Youth Actions, and the last two editions of the U.S. Class, U.S. Senior and U.S. Junior Opens.  As Zonal President, he has represented the U.S. at the last two FIDE Congresses, in Krakow, Poland and Istanbul, Turkey.  In 2009, on behalf of the USCF, he traveled to Belize, Central America to train their tournament directors.  That same year, he was selected as the USCF Tournament Director of the Year.  Franc has served with the USCF Tournament Director Certification Committee and the Scholastic Committee.

The Guadalupes reside in a suburb of Houston with three of their six children.  Franc’s wife Bonnie also served in the Army, for 12 years, and their son Jonathan served in Afghanistan as an Army Combat Medic.  Their youngest son, Thomas, has passed all the required examinations and will soon become a fire-fighter while Francisco II will start his Master’s Degree program in the fall.  Franc’s eldest daughter, Julissa, also resides in the Houston area as has helped with the last two SuperNationals.