My name is Annabelle Romero. I am running for President of the New Mexico Chess Organization (NMCO). The election will take place as part of the annual state meeting, between rounds of the New Mexico Open and State Championship. The meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2016. So far I have one opponent, Steve Perea. At this meeting nominations will be accepted for President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. In order to vote you must be playing in the tournament or have played in a preceding NMCO sponsored event in the last two years and you must be at least 18 years old. There are two ways to vote: (1) be present at the meeting for a show of hands vote or (2) submit a proxy vote. A link to the proxy vote forms is available in a post below submitted by Current NMCO President Scout Veitch.

My chess history: I am currently the Secretary for the NMCO Board and the previous year I served as a member-at-large. I am not new to the chess community. I started the first chess club at Penasco High School in the 1970’s and have coached a number of teams over the years to include, St. Michael’s High School from 2001 to 2007. In that capacity I hosted the K-12 most of those years as well as other tournaments. From 1983 to 1985 I coached the State Penitentiary Chess Club the “Captured Pawns.” I am a proud recipient of the NMCO Distinguished Service Award and I am listed on the Distinguished Service Registry. Currently I serve on the Board regarding the Andy Nowak Youth Chess Fund. Andy was a good friend of mine and some of you may remember me from a memorial presentation at the 2015 Sr. Memorial Tournament. Also some of you know me from tournaments; I play with varying results at most NMCO Tournaments.

My Commitment to You — The Chess Community. I commit to work toward unity in the statewide chess community, to continue to improve each NMCO event with an emphasis on consistent high quality tournaments that are player friendly at every point of the process, and at every level of competition, further I commit to be fiscally responsible, and to communicate and work with all other New Mexico Chess Associations.

Why you should vote for me: I have a long history of working with chess organizations, tournaments and boards; I am not involved in for-profit chess in New Mexico. I know and understand the rigors of organizing tournaments and clubs. I hope to grow the chess community, and in particular the participation of women in NMCO. I believe in the beauty, benefit and sport of chess.