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11 Jul 16 | British Correspondence Chess Championship
During the ICCF Congress in Cardiff last year, representatives of the English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC), the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) and the Scottish Correspondence Chess Association (SCCA) met to discuss the running of the British Correspondence Chess Championship. The discussion arose due to the change of name from the British Federation for Correspondence Chess to the English Federation for Correspondence Chess and the perceived need to organise a truly British Championship.
The three bodies agreed that a BCCC should be organised by a committee with representation from each of the Federations/Association. It was also agreed that the SCCA could nominate up to 3 participants who met the entry criteria, part of which is holding a minimum ICCF grading 2300. Those players rated less than 2300 may wish to enter the Candidates and Reserves Sections.
The next tournament is a 15 player all-play-all event and is due to commence in September 2016. Anyone interested in entering should contact either George Pyrich or Gordon Anderson for further information. Entries should be sent to George Pyrich and the entry fee of £10 to Gordon Anderson, both no later than 15th August 2016.

08 Jul 16 | ICCF Grading List 2016/3 Published
The third quarterly list of 2016 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.

08 Jul 16 | Magazine 134 Published
The second e-mag of the 2016 set is being distributed by email today. Printed copies are in the post tonight. 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 be the same 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!

24 Jun 16 | ICCF 2016 World Championship Candidates Announced
Gian-Maria Tani, ICCF Title Tournaments Commissioner, writes to announce the candidates stage of the 36th World Championship which will start on 20th September. The following players are eligible for the 36th candidates:
  • the participants of one of the previous or running finals who scored at least 50% of the possible points.
  • the participants in one of the previous or running candidates stage who finished in 2nd place (in the exceptional event of only one qualifying place for the final being available), 3rd or 4th place, or scored at least 60% of the possible points but did not qualify for the final.
  • the first and second placed players in every semi-final group.
  • the first and second placed players in a final of the ICCF World Cup tournament.
  • the first and second placed players from the acknowledged Zonal Championships of Category IX or higher.
  • all previous World Correspondence Chess champions.
  • the holders of the Grandmaster Title with at least 5 Grandmaster norms
  • those players who have a fixed rating of 2600 and above, as at July 1, 2016, or from the current FIDE list.
Candidates sections normally have 13 players with the possibility for the TTC to extend them to 15 or 17 players (or reduce to 11 players) if appropriate in special situations. Normally, only four Candidates sections are started each year with 1st & 2nd qualifying for a final.
Registration completes on 5th August, so please email George Pyrich before 29th July, for further details and to register your interest.

13 Jun 16 | 2016 AGM Highlights
At the AGM in Perth on 12 June, the following items were noted:
  1. Full audited accounts showing a deficit of £420 and net assets of £10,333 were produced by Gordon Anderson.
  2. Alan Hind was reappointed as auditor.
  3. The secretary post will be covered by Kevin Paine (enquiries and domestic events) and Iain Mackintosh (minutes).
  4. SCCA membership subscriptions and entry fees remain unchanged.
Members can download AGM and Executive Committee minutes from the members download page. Full financial details may be accessed from accounts page and its attached analysis sheets.

07 Jun 16 | Scotland Team for ICCF Olympiad 21
The selection committee led by George Pyrich has selected the following line-up to represent Scotland:
  1. SIM Richard Beecham (2470)
  2. IM Clive Murden (2436)
  3. SM Alan Bell (2391)
  4. IM Iain Mackintosh (2410)
  5. SM Peter Bennett (2342)
  6. SM Gordon Anderson (2328)

06 Jun 16 | George Livie
Sad news to report. George Livie, founder member of SCCA and long-time committee member has died peacefully in Glasgow on June 1st. The funeral service will take place at Merrylee Parish Church, Merrylee Road, on Tuesday, 7th June at 10am, thereafter to Mearns Cemetery, G77 5RU, arriving at 11am. George will be much missed in the world of Scottish Chess and we extend our sympathy to Margaret and the whole Livie family.

02 May 16 | SCCA AGM 2016
This will be held at 7 Tullylumb Terrace, Perth PH1 1BA at 4:00pm on Sunday, 12th 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. AOCB

20 Apr 16 | ICCF 21st Olympiad Preliminaries Announced
ICCF Title Tournament Commissioner, Gian-Maria Tani, writes to announce that this stage will commence play on September 1st, 2016 and that entries must be received by July 1st. The event will be held on the ICCF webserver and will be for teams of 6 players. Normal ICCF Rules will be applicable. GM title norms should be available on the top boards whilst SIM and IM norms should be available on all the others. For title norm purposes, rating numbers will be taken from the ICCF Rating List 2016/3. For further information, please contact George Pyrich by 10th June.

12 Apr 16 | ICCF Grading List 2016/2 Published
The second quarterly list of 2016 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.

12 Apr 16 | Magazine 133 Published
The first e-mag of the 2016 set is being distributed by email today. Printed copies are in the post tonight. 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 be the same 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 16 | AEAC XV Jubilee Open Tournament announced
Valentín Costa Trillo writes to announce the XV Jubilee Open Tournament of AEAC (Spanish CC Association). This event will be played on the webserver over three stages, Preliminary, Semi-Final and Final. Time controls are 10/40 for the first two stages and 10/50 for the Final. Players may enter more than one Preliminary group, and those rated 2300+ may register directly for the Semi-Final. Registration starts on March 18th and closes on June 15th, with play expected to commence on July 30th, 2016. Preliminary groups will complete no later than March 30th, 2018. Entry fee is €5/group, but the first 10 players from each Federation get free entry. The prize fund for the Final is €1000. For further information, and to enter, please contact George Pyrich.

06 Mar 16 | 7th NATT Team announced
George Pyrich has announced the following team for the 7th North Atlantic Team Tournament due to start in May 2016. It's the first line-up chosen by our new International Selection Committee.
  1. IM Clive Murden (2432)
  2. SM Geoff Lloyd (2256)
  3. Robert Montgomery (2273)
  4. SM David Cumming (2260)
  5. IM George Pyrich (2124)
  6. Raymond Burridge (2148)
  7. Eoin Campbell (2120)
  8. Alastair Dawson (2049)

16 Feb 16 | Mackintosh wins 2015-16 Championship
Iain Mackintosh has won the SCCA Championship for the seventh time after just squeezing out George Pyrich in the last remaining game. Iain finished on 8½/10, half a point ahead of David Cumming who had led the event for several months. This was Iain's fourth outright victory, with three shared wins, the first in 1997-98. So, many congratulations to the man from Perth and commiserations to David, who set a hot pace in the event.

04 Feb 16 | SCCA Domestic Events 2016 Started
Divisions 2 and 3 of the Webserver League were started today, which means all the main domestic events of 2016 are now in session. The Championship cycle can be found at Championship, Premier, and Open, and the Webserver Leagues are at Leagues. Thanks to Jim Anderson for pulling it all together! For further information and queries, please email Jim Anderson.

06 Jan 16 | ICCF Grading List 2016/1 Published
The fourth quarterly list of 2015 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.

06 Jan 16 | Magazine 132 Published
The fourth and final e-mag of the 2015 set is being distributed by email today. Printed copies are in the post tonight. 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 be the same 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 Jan 16 | Friendly Versus USA Starts
Team captains George Pyrich and Dennis Doren have finalised their teams and play has begun in a 25-board friendly match against USA. We've played the States just once in the last 20 years, losing narrowly by 20-22 in a mixed webserver/postal encounter which ran 2008-12. The new match takes place entirely on the webserver. The official start date is 14th January, though play is well under way already. Best wishes to both teams for competitive chess plus new friendships!

04 Jan 16 | ICCF Europa Individual Championships 2016
Leonardo Madonia, ICCF Europa Tournament Commissioner, writes to announce the next cycles of the postal and webserver individual championships.
2016-18 cycle of the 71st European Postal Championship
  • Open Rounds: for players rated under 2100, starts when filled (£3.50)
  • Semi-Finals: for players rated 2100 or over, starts when filled (£6)
2016 cycle of the European Webserver Championship
  • Open Rounds: for players rated under 2100, starts when filled (£3.50)
  • Preliminaries: for players rated between 2100-2299, starts when filled (£6)
  • Semi-Finals: for players rated between 2300-2499, starts on 20th September (£21)
  • Candidates' Tournament: for players rated 2500 or over, starts on 15th March (£12)
SCCA entry fees are shown in parentheses for each round. For further information, please contact George Pyrich.

04 Jan 16 | ICCF 5th Chess 960 World Cup Announced
Leonardo Madonia, ICCF Central Tournament Leader, writes to announce the 5th Chess 960 World Cup. The event will be played by server and will be organised in three or four stages, depending from the number of the entries. The sections of the preliminary round will have 6 players (10 games) with 2 qualified for the next round. All sections will be with 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 30 days. The event will be rated for Chess 960 rating system. Registration closes on 28th February and play will start on 15th March. Entry through the SCCA qualifies for a rate of £8.50. For further information, please contact George Pyrich.

04 Jan 16 | ICCF President's New Year Message
To all Correspondence Chess Friends,
As 2015 ends, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you and all those dear to you for a very healthy, happy, and successful New Year. I also wish to extend my sincere thanks to all officials and delegates for their devoted work on behalf of ICCF during the last year.
The 2015 ICCF Congress in Cardiff approved a number of major decisions which will be implemented in 2016 and have been included in the major release of the server in December, for example, the complete rewriting of the tournament director's manual, the introduction of new Correspondence Chess Master and Expert titles, the online proposal and voting process, etc.
It is too early to present the complete figures, but it is likely that 2015 will be another record year for ICCF tournament entries and I thank all volunteers who are given their time for the benefit of the development of correspondence chess and of course the players who are enjoying playing in ICCF tournaments. In 2015, we have also renewed our collaboration with major sponsors and many of them are highly valuing the theoretical values of the games played by correspondence. This proves once again the importance of correspondence chess in the development of new ideas in chess openings!
The further modernisation of the rules and taking advantage of the advanced technology of the server will help us to increase services to the players. The work and the role of the tournament directors have been completely reviewed and the Congress has approved a major revision of the tournament director manuals - this effort will be completed next year by the introduction of the tournament organiser manual.
The three working groups implemented in Cardiff -(a) time controls and more generally about time management philosophy in CC tournaments; (b) finance; and (c) the modernisation of the ICCF rating and titles – have started their work and will present their conclusions and proposals during next year’s Congress.
I look forward to meeting you in Bremen in August for the 2016 ICCF Congress.
In closing, let me once again extend to you my best wishes for the New Year. I hope that 2016 will bring satisfaction in all your endeavours, personal, professional, and chess!
Amici Sumus,
Eric Ruch
ICCF President