Alejandro Ramirez Resigns From Saint Louis Chess Membership


GM Alejandro Ramirez introduced his resignation on Monday from the Saint Louis Chess Membership and can not coach the Saint Louis College chess group.

On February 15, WGM Jennifer Shahade reported on Twitter that Ramirez assaulted her twice and that different victims advised her their very own tales of alleged abuse. She additionally alluded to ongoing investigations by US Chess and the Saint Louis Chess Membership into alleged sexual misconduct. This tweet stays pinned on the high of her profile.

In a letter to the Saint Louis Chess Membership, Ramirez wrote:

It’s clear the investigations into allegations of inappropriate conduct have confirmed to be a unfavorable distraction for the Membership. My cooperation with investigative efforts however, I need to acknowledge my continued affiliation with the Membership isn’t presently in the most effective pursuits of the Membership. With this in thoughts, I hereby resign my affiliation in all respects with the St. Louis Chess Membership. I sincerely want the Membership all the most effective because it strikes ahead.

His legal professional, Albert S. Watkins, expressed concern with the impact social media has had on the case:

Sooner or later we’re all compelled to take pause and mirror on the truth that unsubstantiated, temporally aged, and concurrent use of social media to incite a ‘Me Too’ call-to-arms runs afoul of each constitutional safeguard we have now all the time held so pricey. Superimposing as we speak’s mores on inaccurate recitals of acts of yesteryear is a recipe for catastrophe for each the accused and the accuser.

Beneath is the assertion by the Saint Louis Chess Membership:

Mr. Ramirez resigned his affiliation with the Saint Louis Chess Membership in all respects on March 6, 2023. The Saint Louis Chess Membership accepted his resignation on March 6, 2023. This motion successfully ends his function as coach of the Chess Crew at Saint Louis College. The Saint Louis Chess Membership has no additional remark concerning this employment matter.

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