Dear Chessfriends !
Following the tradition of my predecessors,
may I take the opportunity of
sending a message to wish you all a peaceful and
Of course, 2005 will remain a specific year in ICCF’s
history, with some good and some less
good things having occurred but, hopefully, all our actions
can now be oriented to the future.
During the last year, we lost several valuable officers like
Josef Mrkvička, World Tournament Director Chris Lüers,
Administrator John Knudsen, Finance Director Grayling Hill
Archivist Wes Green and I just would like to thank them for
their great efforts
and say they will all be welcome to rejoin the ICCF team, at
Most vacant positions were filled by the ICCF Congress in
Los Angostura and
I am confident about the abilities of the newly appointed
officers. All will
work very hard to improve ICCF standards and to offer, in
with National Federations, good service to all players.
Significant planning has been started this month to further
facilities of the ICCF Webserver and recently more than 2000
recorded as having used the webserver, which confirms the
correctness of the
decisions of my predecessors to invest in this modern
technology system. Playing
new forms of CC is growing permanently but postal players
can be assured that
ICCF will continue to serve those who enjoy playing their CC
games by post.
With this message, I address an appeal to all National
Delegates to encourage
volunteers to join ICCF Commissions. We need active
representation in the
Marketing and Webserver Commissions, including Help Desk,
and in Website tasks etc.
as well as in providing regular and interesting articles to
Raymond Boger, the editor
of “ICCF AMICI”. This publication (ICCF’s online magazine)
is yours and it
needs to be supported by all National Federations.
One of our major goals for 2006 is to have strong
relationships with FIDE and,
for the first time, an ICCF team will be playing in the FIDE
Olympiad in Torino (Italy).
We hope that ICCF will also be able to be represented by a
ladies team from 2008,
which would be a great stimulus for promoting women´s
in the future. We will also start to be more proactive in
and younger players to take up CC eg by webserver.
All pending issues will be considered actively in the coming
far reaching ideas and proposals will be prepared for
decision at the next ICCF Congress in Dresden (GER) from 14th
to 20th October 2006.
We are hoping for a great attendance at the 2006 Congress as
Dresden is ideally
situated and very well served in terms of transportation.
As we move towards 2006, it is a time to wish to all members
Executive Board and Management Committee, all members of
all National Delegates and all CC players and friends a
happy New Year with
lots of friendship, health, happiness and success.