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02 Jun 20 | ICCF Virtual Congress 2020
With the present situation relating to Coronavirus continuing to dominate the headlines it has been necessary to cancel the 2020 ICCF Congress in Glasgow (Clydebank). The ICCF Executive Board has agreed to hold a Virtual Congress in 2020. As part of that process, it is now possible for National Delegates to lodge Proposals for consideration by Delegates. The window for Proposals closes on 23rd June 2020.
Since these Proposals impact on all CC players, the SCCA Executive Committee would welcome input from Scottish players on each/all of the proposals. The Executive Committee plans to ‘meet’ to discuss the various Proposals on Monday, 29th June 2020. Players wishing to provide input should send their observations to Gordon Anderson by 25th June 2020.

26 May 20 | ICCF IM Norm for Cumming
David Cumming of Inverness has achieved his first International Master (IM) Norm in the III Celso Sanchez Pouso IM y VII FEDAPVEN Grupo A6 event. David has completed his games in his group and achieved the qualifying IM norm score of 7 points. Congratulations to David!

26 May 20 | ICCF 23rd World Cup Announced
ICCF General Secretary, Michael Millstone has written to announce the launch of the 23rd World Cup. The tournament will be in 3 stages, with the Preliminaries commencing on 30th September 2020. Each group will consist of 7-11 players. The event will be played by webserver with the pace 40 days per 10 moves (45 days leave per year, no special leave). Linear conditionals can be entered. Each player plays one game with every player of his group simultaneously. Allocation of players to the Preliminary sections will be made as random as possible; however geographical distribution as well as an achievement of reasonable equality of the average rating will be taken into account.
All players are eligible to enter. Players must register in the usual way through ICCF registration system (select “Register by Direct Entry” or “Register via National Federation”). Tournament fees by Direct Entry will be €14.04 Euros and through SCCA £9. Multiple entries are allowed up to the number of preliminary sections.
All Preliminary groups will finish on 1st May 2022. The Semi-final round will be started on 31st October 2022.

25 May 20 | 2020 AGM Highlights
At the AGM via Skype on 24 May, the following items were noted:
  1. Full audited accounts showing a deficit of -£134 and net assets of £8,891 were produced by Gordon Anderson.
  2. Alan Hind was reappointed as auditor.
  3. Iain Sneddon took over the Membership Officer post from Kevin Paine.
  4. SCCA membership subscriptions remain unchanged.
  5. On committee, Mickey Blake and Kevin Paine will serve as ordinary members.
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.

24 May 20 | ICCF CCE Norm for Burridge
Raymond Burridge from Aberdeen has achieved his first Correspondence Chess Expert (CCE) norm whilst playing in the BCCA 2020 WS Silver Medal Tournament. Raymond has exceeded the norm score of 5 points and is presently leading the event with 5.5 points with one outstanding game. Congratulations to Raymond!

22 May 20 | SCCA Selection for Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament Announced
Gordon Anderson reports that the following team will represent Scotland in this memorial for Carlos Flores Gutiérrez, open to players rated <2300. Play commences on 1st July, 2020 - good luck to everyone involved!
  1. Colin Beveridge
  2. Robert Montgomery
  3. Raymond Burridge
  4. Ian Whittaker
  5. Wilf Taylor
  6. David Edney

13 May 20 | ICCF Europa King Chess Event Announced
The Europa Zonal Director has written to all players within the Zone to take part in the first experimental international tournament “Mont Blanc” at King Chess. The details of the tournament have been sent to all players and that detail is not repeated here. Players should enter in the usual way. Those applying through the National Federation route will pay a fee of £3 per event. This fee should be paid to SCCA either by cheque sent to Gordon Anderson, or by direct electronic transfer into the SCCA bank account (details from Gordon).

11 May 20 | ICCF Lockdown Event Announced
As over the board chess leagues around the world have closed their doors due to COVID-19 lockdown, correspondence chess continues. In honour of all chess players who have succumbed to this terrible disease, ICCF announce a unique one-off event, the “ICCF Lockdown Open”. This is open to all chess players around the world; in particular we welcome players who are currently unable to play chess because of national lockdown.
Entry will be by Direct Entry or via the player’s member federation; the entry fee for direct entries will be €6.24 Euros and for entry through National Federation the fee will be £6.00. Registration will close on 20th June 2020. Multiple entries are allowed, however will be limited to the number of groups running in the first round, additional entries will be refunded if necessary.
ICCF will donate 100% of the entry fees from this event to the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund for the World Health Organisation.
The time control will be Triple Block “650” with 75 days initial bank and 4 days increment for the first 50 moves; guaranteed time will be deployed after the first 50 moves.
The tournament will be split into two rounds:
  1. Preliminary Round
  2. Starting 30th June 2020. Groups of 80-100 players using the Silli System. Each player will play twelve games against different opponents. Games will be rated and no title norms will be available.
  3. Final
  4. Starting June 2022. This will be a single group consisting each of the top ten players (taking into account tiebreaking rules) from each of the preliminary rounds, the final will also use the Silli system and consist of between 80 and 100 players depending on the size of the qualifying groups. Each player will play 12 games against different opponents. Games will be rated, and depending on the ratings of players, title norms may be available in the final.

10 May 20 | SCCA AGM 2020 Notice
This will nominally be held at 7 Tullylumb Terrace, Perth PH1 1BA at 4:00pm on Sunday, 24th May, but will be a Skype conference due to the Coronovirus restrictions. Please contact the president for Skype details. 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

06 May 20 | Friendly Versus England (Under 1800) Starts
Team captains Gordon Anderson and Phillip Beckett have finalised their teams and play will officially start on 15th May in our friendly match against England (Under 1800) (pairings have been issued and moves are possible now). The match comprises 10 boards and will take place on the webserver. Surprisingly, This is our first encounter with England at any level since our friendly calendar was compiled, so we look forward to a somewhat overdue encounter with our neighbours! As usual, best wishes to both teams for competitive chess and the forging of new friendships!

05 May 20 | ICCF 70th Jubilee Events Announced
The ICCF General Secretary, Michael Millstone has written to announce events to celebrate the above Jubilee. Details of the various events can be found on the ICCF Website on a posting dated 5th May 2020. Players wishing to enter any of the proposed events require to do so through the usual practice of going into their ICCF account. A link to the announcement can be found here.

21 Apr 20 | EFCC Brian Jones Celebration Event Announced
The English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC) has written to advise that they are planning to hold a Celebration Event for Brian Jones, a Yorkshireman now living in Australia. Brian has had a long chess career and for a period was Australia’s National Delegate to ICCF before illness forced him to relinquish that responsibility. Brian has recently decided to retire from all chess activities and EFCC in collaboration with the Yorkshire Chess Association are planning an event starting in late June 2020.
The event is primarily for friends of Brian’s, both his children are intending to play. However, Scotland has been invited to nominate 2 Scottish players. The aim is for players in the rating range 1900 to 2100, although some flexibility is available. While knowing Brian is important this is not essential.
Would any Scottish players wishing to participate contact Gordon Anderson as soon as possible, but no later than 7th May 2020.

20 Apr 20 | ICCF III Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament Announced
The ICCF Non-title Tournament Commissioner has written to announce the III. ICCF Team Tournament for players rated <2300 – in memoriam Carlos Flores Gutiérrez. All ICCF member federations (that are not currently suspended) are invited to enter their teams to this event, which will be played on the ICCF web-server on two rounds: preliminaries and final.
Each federation may enter two teams. All players on the team must be rated at <2300 on the ICCF rating list 2020/2 or on the current FIDE list. In addition all players must be full members of the federation they represent or be registered on the ICCF server for the county of the federation they represent for the duration of the tournament.
The preliminaries will start on July 1st, 2020. There will be 6 players in each team. A maximum of 3 players may be replaced during the tournament.
The right to be promoted from the preliminaries shall be determined by the ICCF Non-Title Tournaments Commissioner and approved by the Executive Board at the start of the tournament. The intention will be for a 13 Team final.
The entry fee will be at the rate of €5 per player, i.e. €30 per team. There will be no further entry fee for the final. Time control will be Triple Block (Duration of Tournament: 700 days; Initial Clock: 50 days; Initial Bank: 50 days; Increment: 5 days).
FIDE Ratings will be treated as “unfixed” for title norm purposes. Players who have no ICCF fixed rating nor FIDE rating will be allocated with a provisional rating of 2100.
Scottish players who wish to be considered for selection should contact Gordon Anderson as soon as possible, but no later than 24th May 2020.

11 Apr 20 | ICCF CCM Norm for Sneddon
Iain Sneddon from Irvine has achieved his first Correspondence Chess Master (CCM) norm whilst participating in CELSO SANCHEZ POUSO IM y V11 FEDAPVEN Group B4. Iain reached the qualifying standard of 6.5 points with 1 game still to complete. Congratulations to Iain!

06 Apr 20 | ICCF Grading List 2020/2 Published
The second quarterly list of 2020 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 Kevin Paine.

06 Apr 20 | SCCA Magazine 149 Published
The first e-mag of the 2020 set is being distributed by email today. Printed copies are not available because of the closure of our printers during the Coronavirus Pandemic. We'll try to issue the print edition when things return to normal. 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 about the same as 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!

23 Mar 20 | ICCF Congress 2020 Glasgow Cancelled
The Congress venue, the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Glasgow (Clydebank), is owned by NHS Scotland. On Friday, March 20, we were contacted by the venue and advised that the Scottish Government had instructed the venue to close its commercial operations with immediate effect until, at least, October 1, 2020. The venue’s website contains the following message:
“The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel is an important part of NHS Scotland. During the current challenges to our health service, the Hotel will be offering our resources to support the wider NHS effort. Therefore, we will only be accepting NHS priority-based activity until further notice. This is a challenging time for everyone, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Consequently, the 2020 ICCF Congress cannot now be hosted by the SCCA. This news is extremely frustrating; however, we are all aware of the worldwide pandemic and the uncertainty which exists. The ICCF Executive Board (EB) is considering alternative arrangements and further communication will be released on behalf of ICCF in due course.

15 Mar 20 | ICCF Individual Zonal Tournament Announced
Dinand Knol, the organizer of Individual Zonal Tournament (IZT), has announced the 4th edition of IZT. There will be 12 groups of 9 players each, so the Europa Zone is expected to have 40 entries. Each National Federation is guaranteed to have one participant and may nominate a few additional players to fill vacancies.
Entry fee is £4.50 per player. This event will start with a preliminary stage consisting of groups of 9 players each in categories 1-3. Players can qualify for CCE, CCM and IM title norms. The top three finishers of each group will qualify for the semi -final stage in at least category 4. Participants must have a fixed ICCF rating of between 2200 and 2375. Start date is 31st March 2020.
Any Scottish player who is interested in participation should contact Gordon Anderson by 19th March 2020.

09 Mar 20 | 6th British Webserver Team Tournament Entries Open
The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) is pleased to announce that entries for the 6th British Webserver Team Tournament are now open; this tournament will start on 12th April 2020. The entry fee remains £20.00 per team. Entries should be sent to Russell Sherwood and include the team name and the names, board numbers, and ICCF ID numbers of the team captain and each of the four players. The closing date for entries is Friday 10th April 2020, and the WCCF will inform you of payment arrangements on receipt of your entry. The full rules of the tournament are available on the WCCF website.
There are two significant changes from the 5th season:
  1. Guaranteed time of 3 days per move will be utilised. (In simple terms this means that a player cannot be “timed out” as long as they make a move within the increment window).
  2. Only 1 player in the team is required to be British registered (Welsh, Scottish or English).
WCCF will be operating a Player-Team matching service, so any team looking for player or players for a team should make contact on the address above.
Please note that each team should include at least one player playing under the flags of Wales, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, or a British crown dependency or overseas territory; there are no restrictions on the nationalities of the other two players. Returning teams should include at least two members from Season Five, or they will be considered as a new team. New teams are very welcome, and will normally start in the lowest division, however the WCCF Executive Committee reserve the right to allocate teams to higher divisions should it be merited.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Russell Sherwood.

09 Mar 20 | Friendly Versus Netherlands Starts
Team captains Gordon Anderson and Jan van Daatselaar have finalised their teams and play will officially start on 31st March in our friendly match against Netherlands (pairings have been issued and moves are possible now). The match comprises 20 boards and will take place on the webserver. This is our fifth encounter with the Dutch and we boast a perfect score of zero from previous matches! The 1996 Postal match finished 16-34; the 2005 postal/email event ended 16½-25½; the 2012 webserver/postal fixture resulted in 23-37; and the 2015 webserver challenge ended up 18½-31½. If we get within 10 points, we'll be doing all right! As ever, best wishes to both teams for competitive chess and friendships old and new!

09 Mar 20 | ICCF 2020 World Championship Semi-Finals Announced
Gian-Maria Tani, ICCF Title Tournament Commissioner, writes to announce the start date of the Semi-Finals of the 44th WCCC as June 20, 2020. Entries will be accepted according to ICCF Tournament Rules valid as from January 1st, 2020, to be received not later than 10th May 2020. Member Federations Nominations (MFN) for the Semi-Finals should also be submitted not later than 10th May 2020. MFN for 2019 cannot be used for 2020 WC Cycle. Scottish players who are eligible and who are interested in playing should contact Gordon Anderson as soon as possible and before 30th April 2020.

22 Feb 20 | SCCA 2020 Domestic Events Started
Many thanks to Kevin Paine and Iain Sneddon who have initiated all our major domestic events for this year. You can access the x-table links via the following pages: championship; premier; open; and leagues. The leagues are back to three divisions this season, largely because of BCCA being unable to field any teams. Challengers fixtures will follow in March, in order to stagger the games load for players.

27 Jan 20 | SCCA Best Game Prize 2019
We are delighted to announce that GM Dadi Örn Jónsson, the Icelandic ICCF delegate, has kindly agreed to judge our Best Game entries for 2019.
Any games involving SCCA members which completed during 2019 are eligible, and entries will be accepted until the 31st of January 2020. Just a few days left now, so please feel free to send in the game scores of any tussles which gave you some satisfaction last year.
To enter your game please email Iain Mackintosh.

24 Jan 20 | ICCF Congress 2020 Website Launched
ICCF General Secretary Michael Millstone has now circulated all ICCF member nation delegates to announce that the website specially built for the upcoming Congress in Glasgow (Clydebank) is now available for use. You can access it at: congress website. Registration facilities are available for those wishing to attend, and there is plenty of information about hotels, local attractions and the planned programme of events. Further updates will be made between now and August. Our event organiser is Gordon Anderson, who can provide any further information you may need.

19 Jan 20 | Derek Coope RIP
Sad news from Oban where Derek Coope died suddenly at the local Chess Club on 15th January. He'd been teaching youngsters earlier in the day and was with his great friend Duncan Campbell later on when taken ill. Derek was 81 and is survived by his wife Joyce and their four children. Derek was a prolific player, both OTB and CC. He first appeared on the ICCF grading list in 1992 playing almost 1,000 games, with a highest rating of 2129 in 2012. We'll update this notice once we hear about funeral and/or memorial arrangements.

17 Jan 20 | SCCA Webserver League 2020 Entries
We are currently seeking entries for the Scottish Webserver League. The event is for teams of 4 players who take part in Divisions of up to 7 teams. Games are rated.
Entries will be accepted until the 31st of January 2020 with a start date of 7th February 2020. End date will be 31st December 2020.
Time control of 10 moves in 30 days with duplication after 20 days is used. 30 days of leave per year are available to each player. Full ICCF rules will apply. The cost is £2.50 per board for non-SCCA members.
To enter a team please contact Kevin Paine.

16 Jan 20 | ICCF Grading List 2020/1 Published
The first quarterly list of 2020 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 Kevin Paine.

16 Jan 20 | SCCA Magazine 148 Published
The fourth e-mag of the 2019 set is being distributed by email today. Printed copies are also in the post. 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 about the same as 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!

09 Jan 20 | WCCF 1st International Open Correspondence Chess Championship
The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation is pleased to announce the First Welsh International Open Correspondence Chess Championship. CC players of all levels from all countries of the world are warmly invited to participate.
The full announcement can be viewed on the ICCF News page, and players will also receive a personalised ICCF email.

07 Jan 20 | SCCA 2019 Results Summary
There was one Premier section last year, which finished in a triple tie between Jim Anderson, Ian Whittaker and Carlos Almarza Mato - all with identical points, Baumbach and SB scores.
We also had one Open section last year, won by Andrew MacMillen who came close to a 100% score with 7/8.
The Challengers 2019-20 Cycle was won by Colin Beveridge, who also just missed out on a 100% score with 7½/8. Full results for all players are now available on the website.
We organised four webserver Leagues for the first time in 2019. Winners were Hounds of Scheming Mind A (Div 1 - 4 in a row for them!); Hounds of the Scheming Mind C (Div 2); White Rose B (Div 3) and BCCA Amethysts (Div 4).
Well done to all competitors for another enjoyable year of CC!

06 Jan 20 | Mackintosh wins 2019-20 SCCA Championship
Iain Mackintosh has won the SCCA Championship for a record 10th time (5 outright; 5 shared), finishing with 9½/12. There are unfinished games, but Iain can't be caught now. If Mickey Blake wins all his remaining games, he can reach 9 points and claim outright 2nd place. At present, Iain Sneddon and David Cumming are tied on 8½ points. The top 4 players enjoyed a very tight contest, and the one decisive game between them decided the outcome. Congratulations once more to the man from Perth!

05 Jan 20 | ICCF President's New Year Message
To all Correspondence Chess Friends,
As 2019 ends, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you and all those dear to you for a very healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year. I also want to extend my sincere thanks to all officials and delegates for their devoted work on behalf of ICCF during the last year.
This last year has indeed been demanding for all ICCF officials and volunteers but nevertheless has proved to be successful for ICCF, which has achieved substantial progress and improvement, and most of the decisions made during the last congress in Vilnius have already been implemented in the ICCF bylaws and on the server.
The ICCF Congress 2020 will be held near Glasgow, Scotland, in August, and I hope that many delegates, officials and correspondence chess players will join us. More details about the venue will be published soon.
In closing, let me once again extend to you my best wishes for the New Year. I hope that 2020 will bring satisfaction in all your endeavours, personal, professional, and chess!
Amici Sumus,
Eric Ruch
ICCF President