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Last updated 29 December 2012

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29 Dec 12 | 2nd ICCF Chess 960 World Cup
ICCF Central Tournament Leader Leonardo Madonia writes to announce that this event will commence play on March 15th, 2013 and the registration period will run from January 1st to February 28th. The tournament will be played by server and will be organised in three or four stages, depending on the number of entries. The preliminary round sections will have 6 players (10 games) with 2 qualifying for the next round. All sections will be double round robin (players will have the same position with Black and White but all positions will defer from one opponent to another). Time control will be 10 moves for 20 days. The event will be not rated. Players may enter in the usual way through their National Federations or, where eligible, via the ICCF Direct Entry system. The SCCA fee for World Cups is £11. The event is sponsored by Chess Vibes and has a prize fund of 1000€ for the first 3 players (500€; 300€, 200€), plus subscriptions to Chess Vibes for all section winners in all rounds. For further information, please contact George Pyrich by 23rd February.

27 Dec 12 | 2013 Membership Renewals
Kevin Paine writes to apologise again for the delay in sending out forms this year and to thank all of you who have responded so far. We'll keep the window open until January 4th for those of you still to reply, then start events as soon as we can during January. Meantime, we hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and every good wish for 2013!

29 Nov 12 | BCCC C win Postal League Div 2
Dave Savage reports that BCCA's third string have triumphed in division 2, reaching an uncatchable 8½ points. We've now passed the adjudication date for this year, with results for division 1 complete and hopefully division 2 likewise in the near future. Meantime, many congratulations to Messrs Becket, Harriman, Lawrence, Crawshaw and Coats!

12 Nov 12 | Scottish Games Collections
Alistair Maxwell has kindly provided the game scores from the Scottish Championships 08-09, 09-10, 10-11 and 11-12. You can download them from scottish games collections.

07 Nov 12 | Friendly Versus Australia Starts
Hot on the heels of new matches against Denmark and Peru, George Pyrich has finalised arrangements with his counterpart Brian Jones, and we start a new friendly international versus Australia formally on 1st December, though play is possible now. The match is on webserver, over 20 boards. We've played the Aussies three times in recent years. They won a 6-board email encounter played 1999-2001 by 8-4. Unusually, Scotland won a 21-board webserver/postal match running from 2005-08 by 24-18. Most recently, the 25-board webserver/postal contest across 2009-11 resulted in success for the Wallabies by 34½-12½ (two points were voided). Good to be back in action once more, and best wishes to everybody taking part!

30 Oct 12 | Friendlies Versus Denmark and Peru Start
George Pyrich has completed arrangements with his counterparts Kristian Jensen (Denmark) and Gino Figlio (Peru), and we start two new friendly internationals formally on 31st October, though play has been possible since 17th October. Both matches are on webserver, with 24 boards against Denmark and 20 versus Peru. We've played both countries previously, with our last match against the Danes a combined webserver/postal event, running from 2005-08 and ending in a substantial win for the Vikings. Our last outing against Peru was postal only (with a few void games resulting from missing postcards), running over 1997-2001, and providing one of our rare international wins. Good luck and friendship to everybody taking part!

10 Oct 12 | ICCF 20th Olympiad Preliminaries
ICCF Title Tournament Commissioner, Gian-Maria Tani, writes to announce that this stage will commence play on December 10th, 2012 and that entries must be received by November 10th. The event will be held on the ICCF webserver and will be for teams of 6 players. Normal ICCF Rules will be applicable and it is likely that players will have either 10 or 12 games. GM title norms should be available on the top boards whilst SIM and IM norms should be available on all the others. For further information, please contact George Pyrich by 25th October.

04 Oct 12 | ICCF Grading List 2012/4 Published
The fourth quarterly list of 2012 is published on the website today. Look under publications/grading list to see the web page, or go to members/downloads for the pdf version. For further information, please contact George Pyrich.

04 Oct 12 | Magazine 119 Published
The third e-mag of the 2012 set is being distributed by email and post today. As usual, members will be asked to download their e-mags from the secure Members' page on the website, while complimentary e-mags will be attached to the email. Download times will similar to last quarter. If you have any problems with this edition, please drop me an email at: webmaster@scottishcca.co.uk and I'll do what I can to help. Enjoy the read!

21 Aug 12 | Triple Tie in SCCA Webserver Open
TD George Pyrich has announced a 3-way tie in the Final of the 2nd SCCA Webserver Open. IM Tom Matheis, Geoff Lloyd and defending champion Alan Bell all finished with 5½/8 and share the spoils (no tie-break system was in operation). This was a closely contested event, with Kevin Paine and Iain Mackintosh just behind on 5/8. Congratulations to our three winners!

21 Aug 12 | Finnish Jubilee Open Tournament
Leo Lahdenmäki, Finnish CCF IA and TO, writes to invite entries for their 50th Anniversary celebration open tournament. The event will be played in three stages: preliminaries, semi-finals and final; webserver mode only. The preliminary groups will consist of 7 players, with a time control of 10/50. Fees for the preliminaries are 12 euros (approx. £10), with discounts for multiple entries. Registration closes on 15th October and play is expected to start on 1st November. For further information and to register as a player, please contact George Pyrich in the next few weeks.

18 Jul 12 | ICCF Champions League 5
Andrew Dearnley, ICCF Non-Title Tournament Commissioner, writes to invite entries for the 5th cycle of the Champions League, 2012-14. Teams comprise 4 players, who may come from a single country or be mixed nationalities. There are three divisions with promotion and relegation. Entries may be made by the team captain, either via a national federation or by direct entry. Play will be on the webserver, 10 moves in 40 days, registration runs from now until 4th September (NF entries) and 14th September (DE entries), and play is expected to start on 15th October. SCCA fees per player are likely to be £11, but no money will be collected until a full team is entered. Direct entry fees will be displayed via Paypal. For further information and to register as a player or team via the SCCA, please contact George Pyrich as soon as possible.

09 Jul 12 | Mackintosh Wins 2011-12 Championship
The outstanding games were concluded at the weekend, and Iain Mackintosh emerged victorious with 6½/7, just ahead of David Cumming with 6/7 and Robert Montgomery with 5/7. This is the 5th time Iain's name will appear on the trophy, having had one previous outright win and three tied successes. Congratulations once more!

09 Jul 12 | ICCF Grading List 2012/3 Published
The third quarterly list of 2012 is published on the website today. Look under publications/grading list to see the web page, or go to members/downloads for the pdf version. For further information, please contact George Pyrich.

09 Jul 12 | Magazine 118 Published
The second e-mag of the 2012 set is being distributed by email and post today. As usual, members will be asked to download their e-mags from the secure Members' page on the website, while complimentary e-mags will be attached to the email. Download times will similar to last quarter. If you have any problems with this edition, please drop me an email at: webmaster@scottishcca.co.uk and I'll do what I can to help. Enjoy the read!

04 Jul 12 | Perth Correspondents win Postal League Div 1
Much earlier than usual this year, Dave Savage reports that Perth Correspondents have completed their fixtures, amassing 8½ points, with nearest challengers Social Stars, also fully completed, having 7½. So, the Fair City team does it once more - and this year with Perth being a city again and the Queen popping in to see the trophy on Friday, it should be a decent party!

11 Jun 12 | SM Titles for Anderson & Bell
At the Executive Committee meeting in Perth on 10 June, Gordon Anderson gained his third SM norm with an ICCF rating of 2306 on the 2012/2 list (206 games), having previously recorded grading norms in the 2009/3 and 2010/1 lists. Alan Bell gained his third SM norm with an ICCF rating of 2363 on the 2011/4 list (93 games) having previously recorded grading norms in the 2009/3 and 2010/4 lists. In addition, David Cumming recorded his first SM norm with an ICCF rating of 2317 on the 2012/2 list (506 games). Gordon Anderson and Alan Bell were proposed for the SM title by George Pyrich and were unanimously approved. Certificates will be issued shortly by Jim Anderson. That brings us up to 32 SMs in total (3xGM, 5xSIM, 10xIM and 14xSM). Many congratulations to both players!

11 Jun 12 | 2012 AGM Highlights
At the AGM in Perth on 10 June, the following items were noted:
  1. Full audited accounts showing a surplus of £1,026 were produced by Gordon Anderson. The main reason for the surplus was that there were no ICCF Congress delegate expenses this year.
  2. Alan Hind was reappointed as auditor.
  3. The secretary post will continue to be covered by Kevin Paine (enquiries), Jim Anderson (domestic events) and Iain Mackintosh (minutes).
  4. SCCA membership subscriptions and entry fees remain unchanged.
  5. SCCA will donate £500 to Chess Scotland to assist with team expenses at the 2012 FIDE Olympiad.
Members can download AGM and Executive Committee minutes from the members download page. The updated committee can be viewed on the officials page. 2011-12 Accounts can be viewed on the accounts page.

20 May 12 | SCCA AGM 2012
This will be held at 7 Tullylumb Terrace, Perth PH1 1BA at 4:00pm on Sunday, 10th June. Skype facilities can be made available for those unable to attend in person (please contact the president). The agenda is:
  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of Previous AGM and Matters Arising
  3. President's Remarks
  4. Secretary's Report
  5. Treasurer's Report
  6. International Secretary's Report
  7. Election of Office Bearers
  8. Appointment of Auditor
  9. Proposed Subscriptions and Fees
  10. Funding Proposal by Executive Committee
  11. AOCB

27 Apr 12 | Friendly Versus Italy Starts
George Pyrich has completed arrangements with his Italian counterpart Gianni Mastrojeni, and we start play in this friendly international formally on 10th May, though players can make first moves now. The match consists of 20 boards, all on webserver. Our last encounter was a 20-board, all-postal match, starting in 1999 and closing in 2002, when the Italian team prevailed 26-10 (4 void boards). Once again, the Italians are fielding a strong team with a grading advantage on most boards, so we can expect the going to be hard. We look forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones with the Italian players!

10 Apr 12 | ICCF 69th European Individual Championship
ICCF-Europa Zonal Director, Marco Caressa, writes to announce that the semi-finals of this event will commence play on June 1st, 2012 and that entries must be received by April 30th. Each semi will have 13 players, with 1st and 2nd placed going through to the final. Each Federation may nominate a player who qualifies through performances in EU/M events, and/or is a GM or SIM. For further information, please contact George Pyrich before registration ends.

10 Apr 12 | ICCF Grading List 2012/2 Published
The second quarterly list of 2012 is published on the website today. Look under publications/grading list to see the web page, or go to members/downloads for the pdf version. For further information, please contact George Pyrich.

10 Apr 12 | Magazine 117 Published
The first e-mag of the 2012 set is being distributed by email and post today. As usual, members will be asked to download their e-mags from the secure Members' page on the website, while complimentary e-mags will be attached to the email. Download times will similar to last quarter. If you have any problems with this edition, please drop me an email at: webmaster@scottishcca.co.uk and I'll do what I can to help. Enjoy the read!

12 Mar 12 | ICCF 2012 World Championship Cycle Semi-Finals
ICCF Title Tournament Commissioner, Gian-Maria Tani, writes to announce that this stage will commence play on June 10th, 2012 and that entries must be received by April 30th. Sections are usually 13 players, but may be extended to 15 or 17 in special circumstances. Several SCCA players have the necessary qualification, title and/or grading norms and we also have one unused member federation nomination left for 2012. For further information, please contact George Pyrich.

12 Mar 12 | ICCF 5th Webchess Open Announced
Andrew Dearnley (ENG) has been appointed to run this event, which has been brought forward and is now open for registration. Players may enter through their national association (the SCCA fee is £6) or by direct entry, and should note registration closes on April 30th. The tournament will be played in three stages: preliminaries, semifinal and final. Preliminaries will start in early June 2012, with an approximate end date of Feb 28th, 2014. Preliminaries will consist of groups of 7 players each and section winners qualify for the semifinals. For further information, please contact George Pyrich.

01 Mar 12 | Friendly Versus Czech Republic Starts
George Pyrich has completed arrangements with his Czech counterpart Jaromír Canibal, and we start play in this friendly international on 1st March. The match consists of 21 boards, all on webserver. Our last encounter started back in the nineties, finishing in 2000, when we lost 15-25 in an all-postal match. The technology has changed a bit since then, but the result might be more consistent as we expect another tough contest. We look forward to renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances with the Czech players!

20 Jan 12 | ICCF Grading List 2012/1 Published
The first quarterly list of 2012 is published on the website today. Look under publications/grading list to see the web page, or go to members/downloads for the pdf version. For further information, please contact George Pyrich.

20 Jan 12 | Magazine 116 Published
The fourth e-mag of the 2011 set is being distributed by email and post today. As usual, members will be asked to download their e-mags from the secure Members' page on the website, while complimentary e-mags will be attached to the email. Download times will similar to last quarter. If you have any problems with this edition, please drop me an email at: webmaster@scottishcca.co.uk and I'll do what I can to help. Enjoy the read!

20 Jan 12 | Friendly Versus Netherlands Starts
George Pyrich has completed arrangements with his Dutch counterpart Joop Jansen and we will officially start play in this friendly international on 1st February. The match consists of 30 boards - 24 webserver and 6 postal. It's 6 years since our last joust, when we put up a reasonable show against one of the strongest CC nations. They've agreed not to field Joop van Oosterom (we couldn't find anybody close to his rating), but it will still be another tough match for us. We look forward to renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances with the Dutch players!

06 Jan 12 | ICCF 36th World Championship Preliminaries
Marco Caressa, ICCF Title Tournaments Commissioner, writes to announce the Preliminaries stage of the 36th World Championship. This event will be played in sections of 13 players (or 15/17 at the organisers' discretion), with entries closing on 31st January and play commencing on 10th March. Entry must be made through national delegates and each member federation is allowed to nominate entries - SCCA is entitled to 3 places in the 2012 cycle. Notice has been short, so if you are interested, please contact George Pyrich as soon as possible and before end-January.

06 Jan 12 | ICCF President's New Year Message
To all Correspondence Chess Friends,
Every year at the same period it is now an established tradition for the ICCF President to send to all Delegates, ICCF officials, Correspondence Chess friends all over the world and their families, his seasonal greetings, wishing to all of you a Happy New Year 2012.
I am glad to announce to all chess friends that the ICCF Executive Board has awarded to the South African Correspondence Chess Federation the organization of the 2012 ICCF Congress. It will be held for the first time on the African continent!
You will find information about the hotel, the Orion Safari Lodge in Rustenburg in the North West Province. The Congress will take place in November 2012 the precise dates will be defined before end of January. I hope to a chance to meet all of you next year in South Africa!
A few days ago, an update of the ICCF Tournament Calendar has been published on iccf.com to inform you about all the tournaments that will be played in 2012 and the years after, and especially the very popular ICCF Champion’s League that is scheduled to start in June 2012.
Before that the registrations are now open for the 2nd Junior World Cup sponsored by Chess Base and ICCF will start to organize from January 2012 on, permanent Chess960 tournaments after the successful 1st Chess960 World Cup.
It is my hope that everyone will find interesting events to play.
I wish you a Happy New Year 2012 and many successes in your chess games!
Amici Sumus,
Eric Ruch
ICCF President

04 Jan 12 | Allan Hislop
Sad news to start the New Year as Ian Hislop reports his father's death just before Christmas. Allan was 86 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2011. He passed away peacefully in Mearnskirk Hospital on 21st December. Ian reports that Allan's mind was still sharp to the finish, which the family put down to his chess - they remember him in his chair for hours every night playing chess and trying various moves, then out to the post box in time for the next collection. Allan's passion for chess was mentioned at his funeral. With Bernard Partridge, Allan was a founder member of SCCA, became life member no. 10, and was an active organiser for the Association over many years. He worked as a GPO technical officer in Glasgow and was responsible for setting up SCCA telephone chess rules. He ran the Handicap and other tournaments, introduced the Candidates stage to the Championship cycle, played in the Championship final and represented Scotland in numerous friendly international matches. Allan was still playing League chess for the Black Knight team which finished 1= in division 1 during the 2008 season. Allan preferred to avoid the limelight, but he was well respected by all who knew him for his love of chess, organising ability, hard work, friendly manner and devotion to his family. Allan will be much missed within the SCCA, and our thoughts and sympathies are with his family.