Truong learned the moves of chess along with his father at the age of five and played at the National Sports Center (CSS) in Saigon, a center for the chess life of the country. From an early age, he won the annual tournaments organized by the National Sport Center, which were informally recognized as the National Championships of South Vietnam. In all, he won the annual under-21 event four times, starting when he was five years old, and the annual adult event five times, starting when he was eight.
A promoter and organizer, he is married to former Women's World Chess Champion Susan Polgar. He is also Polgar's business manager, and Vice-President of the Susan Polgar Foundation. He organized and/or promoted most of the events in which Polgar has been involved since she relocated to the United States, being the main organizer of most of them. He is Chairperson of the USCF Polgar Committee, which oversees the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls. In May 2007, Truong become the Director of Marketing and PR of Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) and assistant coach of the Texas Tech University chess team, with Polgar as the Executive Director of SPICE and head coach.
Truong has collaborated with Polgar on most of her books and videos, and he has co-authored with her numerous chess columns and articles. In 2003, Polgar and Truong won the Cramer Award for Best Chess Column and three Chess Journalist of America Awards for Best Magazine Column, Best Endgame Analysis Column, and Best Chess Promotion column. They also won the 2004 Chess Journalist of America Award for the best endgame column in Chess Horizons.
Election campaign and subsequent litigation
In December 2006, Truong announced his candidacy for USCF Executive Board, as one of four candidates in the Susan Polgar team. Both Polgar and Truong were elected.
In 2007, one of the defeated candidates for the USCF Executive Board filed suit to overturn the election results. The ensuing litigation led to political infighting and counter lawsuits, and eventually the four members of the USCF Executive Board named in the countersuits issued a statement asking Truong to step down from his position on the Board for "neglecting his fiduciary duties" in failing to side with the USCF against himself and his wife, Susan Polgar, in the litigation.
During the litigation, the Executive Board of the USCF rescinded the memberships of Truong and Polgar. They appealed the revocation to the Board of Delegates of the USCF. In August 2009, the Delegates of the USCF ratified the previous year's actions of the Executive Board with respect to the litigation. In a closed Executive Session, the Delegates upheld the membership revocations.
The lawsuits eventually were all dismissed or settled, with the end result being that Truong (and Polgar) completely severed affiliation with the USCF, and is now a "playing non-member". As part of the settlement, the USCF's insurer--not the USCF--paid a small portion of Polgar's and Truong's legal fees.
- Chessgames (2009). The chess games of Paul Truong. Retrieved on 2009-06-11 from http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=85820.
- References for this include Paul Truong: Happy to be a USCF Member, Chess Life, September 1986, p.26 and Interview of Paul Truong by Susan Polgar, 4 Aug 2003. Independent verification is difficult, due to the lack of sources from South Vietnam following the Fall of Saigon in 1975.
- Hoainhan Truong FIDE rating card shows the FIDE Master title and a rating sufficient for the USCF titles
- Susan Polgar Chess and Information Blog: A special thank you to all!
- 12 May 2007 news release from Texas Tech University titled Texas Tech Hires Chess World Champion, Establishes Excellence Institute
- CJA Awards 2003
- CJA Awards 2004
- 2004 United States Women's Olympiad Team, USCF web site
- OlimpBase :: 36th Chess Olympiad (women), Calvia 2004, final A, round 14
- "Chess Group Officials Accused of Using Internet to Hurt Rivals". The New York Times. October 8, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- Member of U.S. Chess Federation’s Board Is Asked to Resign in Dispute Over an Election, New York Times, January 15, 2008.
- newspaper account
- USCF Executive Board. "USCF Agrees to Settle Lawsuits with Susan Polgar and Paul Truong". USCF. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
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