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Last updated 19 January 2022

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19 Jan 22 | ICCF Events Start Date Changes
Players should note that the majority of events on the ICCF webserver now require that no move may be made prior to the official event start date. Players should receive a minimum of one week's notice prior to an event starting. This rule applies to all International tournaments, which include SCCA Webserver Team Leagues. Other SCCA Domestic tournaments are largely unaffected at present.

19 Jan 22 | ICCF Congress 2022 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 is now available for use. You can access it at: 2022 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.

17 Jan 22 | ICCF European Championship 2022 Candidates Tournament
The European Zone Director, Andrey Pavlikov has written to announce that the Candidates’ Tournament of the European Championship 2022 will start on 15th March 2022 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 does 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.
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
  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. Players from those countries not members of ICCF may submit entries only via the ICCF Direct Entry system. It is mandatory that the qualification right to participate in the event should be specified for each entry.
Eligible Scottish players who wish to participate should contact Gordon Anderson no later than 20th February 2022.
Entry fee will be £13.

16 Jan 22 | ICCF CCM Norm and Title for Beveridge
Cheltenham-based Colin Beveridge has achieved his 3rd Correspondence Chess Master (CCM) norm and the CCM Title whilst playing in the DE 15th Webserver Anniversary event scoring the required 6 points. Colin obtained his first CCM norm in the 5th Aniversario Fedapven IM Celso Sanchez Group 4 and his second on Board 1 in the Carlos Flores Gutierrez Team Tournament. Congratulations to Colin!

11 Jan 22 | ICCF Grading List 2022/1 Published
The first quarterly list of 2022 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.

11 Jan 22 | SCCA Magazine 156 Published
The fourth e-mag of the 2021 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 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!

03 Jan 20 | ICCF President's New Year Message
To all Correspondence Chess Friends,
As 2021 has ended, 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 has proved successful for ICCF even though we had to cancel the Congress once again.
Hopefully, this year the ICCF Congress will be held in Glasgow in August, and I hope that many delegates, officials, and correspondence chess players will join us.
In closing, let me once again extend to you my best wishes for the New Year. I hope that 2022 will bring satisfaction to all your endeavours, personal, professional, and chess!
Amici Sumus,
Eric Ruch
ICCF President