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05 Mar 21 | ICCF Interzonal Team Tournament (IZTT)
IZTTs are held every two years as a team event among the different geographical zones of ICCF. Each team consists of eight players playing at least eight games to make it possible to qualify for title norms. The purpose of these events is to play in the spirit of "amici sumus" (we are friends) and to give players in remote and less developed regions more exposure to competitive correspondence chess. The start date is March 31, 2021.
Zone 1 (Europa) is allowed to play with 4 teams. With 8 players per team, 32 players need to be nominated to complete the Europa entry. Each Zone 1 member federation may nominate 1 player plus 1 reserve player. Note that reserve players will only play if some federations do not send their nominees.
All players will be ordered by boards according to the TO rating requirements (see below). In case there are more players than required in one rating band, those entries which were sent first would be accepted. The ratings for each board are as follows:
  1. 2400+
  2. 2350-2399
  3. 2300-2349
  4. 2250-2299
  5. 2200-2249
  6. 2150-2199
  7. 2100-2149
  8. <2100
Any Scottish player wishing to be considered for selection should contact Gordon Anderson not later than 11 March 2021.

22 Feb 21 | ICCF IM Norm for Anderson
Nottingham-based Gordon Anderson has obtained his first International Master (IM) norm playing on Board 6 in the 22nd Olympiad Preliminaries. Gordon reached the qualifying standard of 5½ points when he won has final game. Congratulations to Gordon!

11 Feb 21 | SCCA Website Outage
Apologies for the unavailability of the SCCA website yesterday. The problem occurred during our domain renewal process, with admin errors resulting in non-payment of fees because of an expired credit card. All now happily sorted.

11 Feb 21 | SCCA 2021 Domestic Events Started
Many thanks to Iain Sneddon who has initiated all our major domestic individual events for this year. You can access the x-table links via the following pages: championship; premier; and open. The leagues are taking a bit longer to organise. Challengers fixtures have also begun for those indicating this preference.

08 Feb 21 | Canadian CCA 100th Anniversary Tournament
The Canadian Correspondence Chess Association has announced the CCCA-100 International Open Tournament to celebrate the event. Details of the event, how to enter and the entry fees can be found on the ICCF website by clicking CCCA-100.

26 Jan 21 | SCCA Best Game Prize 2020 Reminder
I'm delighted to announce that SIM Per Söderberg, Sweden's ICCF delegate, has kindly agreed to be our judge this year. Per has been a good friend to the SCCA over many years, and he's looking forward to assessing our efforts. There are still 5 days left for you to submit your entries, so please send them to me at my: president email address. The main stipulation is that games must have been completed in 2020. Multiple entries are allowed. If you do enter, good luck!

23 Jan 21 | ICCF North Sea Team Tournament
The English Federation for Correspondence Chess has agreed to organize the next edition of the North Sea Team Tournament. The event has been authorised by the ICCF World Tournament Director and the plan is to start the event on 1 September 2021.
The basic details as agreed are:
  • The event will consist of teams with a coastline on the North Sea (eleven teams).
  • The event will use all appropriate ICCF rules including tie breaks, adjudications procedures, if any disputes arise they will be referred to the ICCF appeals panel.
  • The event will be classed as an Invitation event according to ICCF rules.
  • International ICCF norms will be available where the individual boards allow this.
  • The event will consist of six boards per team with the following grade restrictions. The grades will be those at the official start date of the event.
    1. 2400>
    2. 2300-2400
    3. 2200-2300
    4. 2100-2200
    5. 2000-2100
    6. <2000
It is envisaged that Scotland will participate and Scottish players who wish to be considered for selection should contact Gordon Anderson by the end of February 2021.

20 Jan 21 | SCCA Magazine Archive Work Completed
Grader Alistair Maxwell has now finished his archiving work on our members downloads page. Alistair scanned editions 10-72 and created pdf files for each issue. That means every SCCA magazine ever published can now be accessed online. It's been a huge exercise, and many congratulations to Alistair for having the resolve to take it on!

18 Jan 21 | ICCF CCE Norm for Whittaker
Lauder-based Ian Whittaker has obtained his first Correspondence Chess Expert (CCE) norm playing on Board 4 in the Carlos Flores Gutierrez Team event. Ian has reached the qualifying standard of 4 points with one game still to be completed. Congratulations to Ian!

09 Jan 21 | ICCF Jubilee Events Reminder
A reminder to Scottish players, the closing date for entry into the various ICCF 70 Anniversary events is 15 January 2021. Players should enter in the usual way through the ICCF website. There is an entry fee of £9 for entry to ICCF Jubilee World Cup via your National Federation. All other Jubilee events are free. The following link will take you to the Tournament announcement page: ICCF 70.

08 Jan 21 | ICCF IM Norm for Bell
Falkirk-based Alan Bell has obtained his second International Master (IM) norm playing on Board 2 in the 22nd Olympiad Preliminaries. Alan reached the qualifying standard of 5 points when he drew has final game. Alan’s first norm was obtained in the 9th European Team Championship. To obtain the IM title Alan will require to obtain a further norm. Congratulations to Alan!

07 Jan 21 | ICCF Grading List 2021/1 Published
The first quarterly list of 2021 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 Alistair Maxwell.

07 Jan 21 | SCCA Magazine 152 Published
The last e-mag of the 2020 set is being distributed by email today. Printed copies are not available because of the closure of our printers due to Covid restrictions. 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: webmaster and I'll do what I can to help. Enjoy the read!

04 Jan 21 | ICCF European Championship-Candidates’ Tournament Announced
The Zone Director has written to announce the Candidates‘ Tournament of the European Championship 2021 will start on 20th March 2021 and be played on the ICCF Server.
The top two players from each Candidates section (tiebreaks will be used if required) will qualify for the Final.
All sections will normally consist of 13 players but, conditional upon the number of entries received, the Tournament Organiser shall have the authority to change the number of players in all sections to 11, 15 or 17.
If the number of the entries do not permit the formation of all sections of 13 (or 11, 15, 17) players, the entries of those players who have submitted entries under condition (d) below will, in ascending order from the lowest, be deferred to the next Candidates event.
Also conditional upon the number of entries, multiple entries submitted by those players holding more than one qualification may have only one entry accepted with other qualifications deferred to the next Candidates event.
The following players have the right to participate in the European Championship Candidates :
  1. players rated 2500 or over at the time of entry
  2. holders of the Grandmaster Title
  3. holders of the Senior International Master Title with a rating over 2400 at the time of entry
  4. holders of the International Master Title with a rating over 2450 at the time of entry
  5. those players who finished 1st or 2nd in a European Championship Semi-Final started after 1st January 2014
  6. participants of previous or running Finals who have scored at least 45% of the possible points, if they have not earned a higher qualification and have not already used this qualification right
  7. the participants of previous or running Candidates who have scored at least 55% of the possible points, if they have not earned a higher qualification and have not already used this qualification right
The ICCF European Championship is reserved only to those players from European countries.
Players may enter in the usual way through their National Federations or, where eligible, via the ICCF Direct Entry system.
It is also mandatory that the qualification right to participate in the event should be specified for each entry. Entry fee, if through National Federation, is £13.50. Closing date for entries is 15th February 2021.

04 Jan 21 | ICCF Zone 1 Europa 3rd EU Amateur Cup Announced
The Zone Director has written to announce a new multi-stage tournament for players rated not higher than 2000. It is expected that the tournament will be organised annually.
The tournament will be organised in three stages, played by server. Usually each group consists of 7-11 players in the preliminary round, 9-13 in the semi-final round and 11-15 in the final round. Each player plays one game with every opponent of his group simultaneously.

Entries
Only players rated 1000 to 2000 in current rating-list (2021/1) are eligible to play the tournament. Unrated players are not allowed to play. Only players from National Federations who are members of Zone 1 (Europe) are eligible to play the tournament. Players may enter in the usual way through their National Federations or, where eligible, via the ICCF Direct Entry system.
Entry fee is £4.50 when through the National Federation and €5 for a Direct Entry.
Registration will begin immediately and will close on 29 January, 2021 to allow for pairings.
Allocation of players to the preliminary and semi-final groups 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 in consideration.

Tournament Organisation
The tournament starts on 20 February, 2021. Triple Block system for a 350 days event, with 75 days initial bank and 1 day increment for the first 50 moves is used, no leave. All groups will finish on 1st February, 2022 at the latest.
The semi-finals are expected to start on 1st March, 2022 at the latest. Triple Block system for a 350 days event, with 75 days initial bank and 1 day increment for the first 50 moves is used, no leave. All groups will finish on 15th February 2023 at the latest. The final is expected to start on 15th March, 2023 at the latest. Triple Block system for a 400 days event, with 50 days initial bank and 2 days increment for the first 50 moves is used, no leave. The tournament will finish on 1st May, 2024 at the latest.

Qualification
The number of promotions depends on total entries received, but it is initially assumed that the top two players of each preliminary section will qualify for the semi-final stage. The winner of each semi-final section will qualify for the final.
Although the number of preliminary groups which each player may enter is unlimited, no player will qualify for more than two semi-final groups or more than one place in the final.