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Last updated 4 February 2016

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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: 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