GM Alejandro Ramirez introduced his resignation on Monday from the Saint Louis Chess Membership and can not coach the Saint Louis College chess crew.
On February 15, WGM Jennifer Shahade reported on Twitter that Ramirez assaulted her twice and that different victims informed 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 prime of her profile.
Time’s up. pic.twitter.com/ItOv73lTX7
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) February 15, 2023
In a letter to the Saint Louis Chess Membership, Ramirez wrote:
It’s clear the investigations into allegations of inappropriate habits have confirmed to be a destructive distraction for the Membership. My cooperation with investigative efforts however, I have to acknowledge my continued affiliation with the Membership isn’t presently in the perfect 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 perfect because it strikes ahead.
His lawyer, 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 replicate 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 now have at all times held so pricey. Superimposing right this moment’s mores on misguided recitals of acts of yesteryear is a recipe for catastrophe for each the accused and the accuser.
Under 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 position as coach of the Chess Group at Saint Louis College. The Saint Louis Chess Membership has no additional remark concerning this employment matter.