Franc Guadalupe, IA, NTD
Chief Arbiter - U.S. Championship
International Arbiter (2011)
International Organizer (2012)
National Tournament Director
Francisco (Franc) Guadalupe is a FIDE International Arbiter and USCF National Tournament Director. His experience is quite extensive in both scholastic and adult events. In the last few years, Franc has been the Chief TD for more National events than any other tournament director in the country.
He was the Chief TD for the 2006 US Junior Open, US Cadet and US Junior Championships; the 2008, 2009 and 2010 All Girls Nationals; the 2006 and 2007 National Grades (K-12) Championships; the 2006 Collegiate Final Four Championship; the 2008 National Youth Action; the 2008 National Junior High Championship; the 2010 National Elementary Championship; and in 2009 and 2013, he was the Chief TD of the premier scholastic event in the country, SuperNationals IV.
His experience at the National level in adult tournaments is also quite extensive: He was the Chief TD of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 US Class Championships; the 2008 Pan American Class Championships; and has also worked at several US Opens. He was also selected to be the Chief TD for the 2010 US Open. Franc was the Chief Arbiter of the 2008 WC Olympiad Selection for Nigeria, Zone 2. He served as the Assistant Arbiter for the 2006 US Championship in San Diego.
Franc is a member of the USCF Scholastic Committee and the Tournament Director Certification Committee. In 2009, he received the USCF Tournament Director of the Year award.
Franc is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico and has a business degree from St. Leo University. He spent over 23 years in the U.S. Army and his wife Bonnie also served for 12 years. They have six children, the youngest two in college. One of his sons, Francisco II, is a chess master at University of Texas at Dallas where he studies Electrical Engineering. Franc’s son Jonathan is a combat medic serving a tour in Afghanistan. The Guadalupes reside in one of the suburbs of Houston, Texas.