many years and till now , the postal service in Africa and
in the large part of Asia was and is always the major
handicap for correspondance chess development. The
apparaisal of the electronical mail in the mid 90´s ( the
fax was already out of fashion) and the advantages it offers
, gives to CC a new era . The games become faster and
cheaper . The duration of a tournament is reduced from 4-5
years (and sometimes more ) to less than 18 months . No more
postcards lost during the transmission or waiting one or
two months to receive the move.
email Afro-Asian championship 1998-2000
the first zonal championship started in 1998 , it was really
a curiosity , because it was the first internet´s steps in
the most african countries , nevertheless 26 players from 17
differents countries applied and the competition started
with 3 sections , the 3 top players will advance to the
section A the favorite Khalid Chorfi , the IM from
Morroco finished at 3rd place after suffering a
loss to K. Ching from Malaysia who was unknown .
won this section with 6,5 points/7 points, followed by H.
Onoda from Japan 6 points and K. Chorfi 5,5 points. V.
Pandit (IND) missed the qualification .
section B , 3 players emerged S. Simonenko from
Turkmenistan a FIDE IM with 7,5 points out 8, G. Altanoch
from Mongolia with 7 points and Dr A. Chatterjee from
India with 6,5 points
section C Mekki Samraoui from Algeria was the winner with 7
points , followed by Namdeo from India and Tjiptadi from
Indonesia both with 6,5 points.. R. Messerschmidt from
South Africa was unlucky with 6 points and missed the
final was dominated by the youngest player (13 years old)
conceding only one draw to the experienced IM K. Chorfi
(MRC) who finished unbeaten too. S. Simonenko not fortunate
in this final , the single loss costed him the final victory
. H. Onoda (JPN) took the 4th place with 5 points
and G. Altanoch with 3,5 points. The deception came from K.
Ching (MAS) and A. Chatterjee (IND) who did not play
EAAC 1998-2000 (26 players)
Samraoui (ALG) 7,5/8
Serguey Simonenko (TKM) 6,5/8
Khalid Chorfi (MRC) 6/8
Hirokaz Onoda (JPN) 5/8
Gendengin Altanoch (MGL) 3,5/8
game played by the winner .
Samraoui (ALG) – G. Altanoch (MGL) , 1st email
Afro-Asian ch, Final
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5
3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Nf3 Nf6
9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bd2 Nbd7 12.O-O-O Be7 13.Ne4 Nxe4
14.Qxe4 Nf6 15.Qe2 Qd5 16.c4 Qe4 17.Be3 O-O 18.Ne5 Rac8
19.f3 Qh7 20.g4 Nd5 21.Bd2 b5 22.Ng6 !! fxg6 23.Qxe6+ Kh8
24.hxg6 Qg8 25.Qe5 Bf6 26.Bxh6! gxh6 27.Rxh7+ Kg7 28.Qh5
Rfd8 29.Rh7+ Kf8 30.Qf5 bxc4 31.g5 c3 32.gxf6 cxb2+ 33.Kxb2
Rb8+ 34.Ka1 1-0.
email Afro-Asian championship 1999-2001
The success met
by the 1st email championship is repeated one
year later when 24 players from 12 different countries took
part to the new battle for the title of Zonal champion.
preliminaries all the favorites achieved the qualification
to the Final.
In section A ,
the title holder Mekki Samraoui is the runner up with 6
points behind K. Prabhakar from India who finished with 6,5
points . Akadegawa (Japan) hold the third qualificative
place with 5 points.
In section B ,
N.R Anilkumar (India) and E. Hojdahl (Japan) were the best
with 6 points and the IM K. Chorfi once again is third
after losing his game vs Hojdahl and will qualify only
thanks to the better SB. The unfortunate player was
D.Dempster from Australia .
In section C ,
Paul Santhosh (India) made a perfect score , winning all his
games , he was follwed by his countryman A. Chatterjee who
finished with 5,5 points . The third place was shared by
K.Tjiptadi from Indonesia and Kagiyama from Japan . Due to a
lack of times Dr Chatterjee was not able to attend the Final
, missing an absolut record of 4 indian players in the same
The Final was
very exciting with 4 candidates fighting for the victory
and finally Anilkumar emerged as the new champion with 6,5
point . K. Chorfi followed him with 6 points and Mekki
Samraoui took the third place with 5,5 points .
P. Santhosh ,
the star of the preliminaries met some difficulties during
this Final and was not able to reach the podium . One year
later he achieved the GM norm in the 1st ICCF
email Olympiad . That is relevant for the quality of top
zonal players .
N. R Anilkumar
(IND) – K. Johansson (SWE) : 1st email Olympiad
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3
Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nb6 7.a3 Be7 8.b4
Be6 9.Rb1 f6 10.00 00 11.d3 a5 12.b5 Nd4 13.Nd2 Bd5 14.Nxd5
Nxd5 15.Ne4 f5 16.e3 fxe4 17.exd4 exd4 18.Bb2 Nc3 19.Bxc3
dxc3 20.Bxe4 Qd4 21.Rc1 Bf6 22.Bxb7 Rad8 23.Be4 Qc5 24.Qb3+
Kh8 25.Kg2 Bd4 26.f4 Rb8 27.a4 c6 28.Qc4 cxb5 29.Qxc5 Bxc5
30.axb5 Bb4 31.Bc6 Rfd8 32.Rfd1 Rd4 33.Kf3 Rbd8 34.Be4 R4d6
35.d4 g6 36.Bc6 Rxd4 37.Rxd4 Rxd4 38.b6 Rc4 39.b7 Bd6 40.Bd5
Rc5 41.Ke4 Bb8 42.Kd4 Rc7 43.Rxc3 Rxc3 44.Kxc3 Kg7 45.Kc4
Kf6 46.Be4 a4 47.Kb4 a3 48.Kxa3 h6 49.Bxg6 Kxg6 50.Kb4 h5
51.Kc4 Kf6 52.Kd4 h4 53.Ke4 h3 54.Kf3 Kf5 55.g4+ Kf6 56.Kg3
Bd6 57.Kxh3 Bxf4 58.Kg2 Kg5 59.h3 Bb8 60.Kf3 Bc7 61.Ke4 Bb8
62.Kd5 Kf6 63.Kc6 Ke6 64.h4 1-0 .
email Afro-Asian championship 2000-2002
24 players from 10 countries have applied to this
winner and his runner up were the top favorites in section A
, but surprisingly Anilkumar did not defend his title . His
withdrawal let the competition very open and Ali Dikmen from
Turkey won convaincly the section with 7 points . K. Chorfi
, this time unbeaten , is qualified for the third time in
row with D.Knol from South Africa ,both achieved 5 points .
S.Terada (IM from Japan) missed the qualification with 4,5
section B two winners with 6 points and the same SB : L.
Ball from South Africa and G. Altanoch from Mongolia . With
5 points Yamaguchi was the 3rd qualifier . I.
Smuts (RSA) with 4,5 points and the former finalists
Kagiyama (JPN) and Tjiptadi (INA) have not been able to jump
to the Final.
section C was won by Mekki Samraoui and Arif Kucukali from
Turkey , both with 6 points , for the third qualificative
place P.Kemp won the tie over his countryman S. Stone ,
both with 4,5 points . K. Benbachir with 4 points , missed
again the qualification..
final was played with 11 players , the IM/FIDE S. Simonenko
(TKM) who finished second in the first edition and F.
Balabaev (KAZ) who reached in 2002 an ICCF rating of 2661
have been invited by the zonal director to strenght this
Final . Mekki Samraoui , who won the 1st zonal
championship and the section C has choosen to play for
Germany , he was replaced by S. Stone who finished 4th
in the same section .
Final was fantastic , with high level and interesting games
. After more than one year of play A. Kucukali emerged
unbeaten with 8 points , followed by D. Knol with 7 points
who would regret his single loss to Kucukali . 3 players
shared the “bronze” medal with 6,5 points S. Simonenko (TKM)
, L. Ball (RSA) and P. Kemp (RSA) . A wonderful results for
South African players who took , places 2, 4 and 5 in this
very strong Final . The new ICCF GM F. Balabaev finished
only at the 6th place with 5 points suffering 3
losses to Ball , Kucukali and Knol . 3 other players -K.
Chorfi , A. Dikmen and G. Altanoch - shared places 7 to 9
with 4 points . Ali Dikmen made a bad tournament and was
disturbed by a beautiful story : the birth of his child . He
will take his revenge one year later .
decisive game is :
A.Kucukali (TUR) – D. Knol (RSA) , 3rd email Afro-Asian
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3
d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2
Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Be2 Qa5 12.O-O Be7 13.Kh1 Nc6
14.Nxc6 bxc6 15.Bf3 Kf8 16.f5 h5 17.Rb3 exf5 18.exf5 d5
19.Qf4 Bd7 20.Na4 Bxf5 21.Nb6 Bxc2 22.Qc7 Kg7 23.Qxe7 Rae8
24.Qb4 Qxb4 25.Rxb4 a5 26.Rb2 Bd3 27.Rc1 Re6 28.Kg1 h4
29.Kf2 Rhe8 30.Nd7 Bc4 31.Rd2 Kg6 32.Nb6 Ba6 33.Rdc2 Bb7
34.Rc5 Ba6 35.Rxa5 Be2 36.Ra8 Rxa8 37.Nxa8 Bxf3 38.Kxf3 d4
39.a4 c5 40.Ra1 Re3+ 41.Kf4 c4 42.Nb6 c3 43.Nd5 1-0.
Kucukali (TUR) 8/10
Dinand Knol (RSA) 7/10
Serguey Simonenko (TKM) 6,5/10
Laurence Ball (RSA) 6,5/10
Kemp (RSA) 6,5/10
5pts , Dikmen 4 pts, Chorfi 4pts
4th email Afro-Asian championship 2001-2003
39 players from 16 countries a new record is broken , and
for the first time China is represented with 3 players . The
same profil like in the previous preliminaries was adopted .
section A , the former European champion F. Atakisi from
Turkey and K. Sakai from Japan finished with 10 points .
Thanks to his win over H. Odeev (TKM) , P. Kemp (RSA)
obtained 8,5 points to be alone at the 3rd place
, relegating his infortunated opponent and T. Balabaev (KAZ)
at the 4th place , each with 8 points .
section B , Ali Dikmen (TUR) emerged with 11 points as the
winner , behind him 3 players - K. Chorfi (MRC) , D. Knol
(RSA) and F. Balabaev (KAZ) shared the 2nd place
with a creditable result of 10 points . Baron (AUS) missed
the qualification to the Final with 8 points despite his win
over K. Chorfi .
section C , G. Altanoch from Mongolia realised a brillant
result with 11 points , just behind him with 10,5 points H.
Nechadi (ALG) who was unbeaten too .O. Pascual (PHI) with
9,5 points completed the trio of qualifiers . The battle
was very exciting and R. Laureles (RSA) with 9 points , D.
Hurd (RSA) with 8,5 points or Bin from China havethe
possibility to qualify until their last respective game .
final with 11 participants was the strongest one with high
level players . This tournament is almost over and the 3
still unfinished games have no incidency anymore , these
games are opposing O.Pascual (PHI) to H.Odeev (TKM),
D.Knol(RSA) and K. Somani (IND) who was qualified throught
his win in the AA open tournament .
this final started there were 8 potential candidates for the
title .The surprisr came from A. Dikmen (TUR) who after a
very bad start cocluded with 2 losses vs two favorites
K.Sakai and F. Balabaev , realised a fantastic 6 wins in all
remaining games , his last games vs SIM Atakisi which
reached 82 moves , was particularly crucial to determine
the new zonal champion.
half point behind the winner , the new GM F. Balabaev (the
only player unbeaten in this Final) and IM Kemp shared the
second step with 7 points , then the title defender A.
Kucukali with 6,5 points and with only 5,5 points K. Sakai
and F.Atakisi were not very lucky , particularly the
strong turkish players who made the illusion before he
crashed at the end with only one point out his 4 last
games . Surely both Sakai and Atakisi can do better and
Sakai is in the way to win the 5th zonal
championship , hoping that Atakisi will imitate him in the
future to be the first player in CC history to have won both
thr European and Afro-Asian title .
again the decisive game in this Final
A.Dikmen – F. Atakisi , 4th email Afro-Asian ch ,
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 Qb6
5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 e6 7.Nge2 Ne7 8.0-0 Nd7 9.a4 c5 10.a5 Qa6
11.b4 c4 12.Qd2 b5 13.Rb1 g6 14.Qe3 Nc6 15.Na2 Bg7 16.c3
Qc8 17.Bd2 Qd8 18.Qh3 h6 19.Nf4 Qe7 20.Rbd1 O-O-O 21.Rfe1
Kb7 22.Nc1 Rdg8 23.Qg3 Nf8 24.Nce2 Nh7 25.f3 Bf8 26.Kh1 h5
27.Ng1 Qd8 28.Rf1 Ne7 29.Qe1 Nf5 30.Nfe2 a6 31.Bc1 Be7
32.Nf4 Nf8 33.Nfe2 g5 34.Ng3 Nxg3 35.Qxg3 f5 36.exf6 Bd6
37.Qe1 Qxf6 38.Nh3 Rh7 39.Qe3 Rhg7 40.Rde1 Bf4 41.Qe2 Bc7
42.Qc2 Qe7 43.Qe2 Qd6 44.g3 Qd7 45.Kg2 h4 46.g4 Rg6 47.Kh1
Qg7 48.Bd2 Bd8 49.Bc1 Qd7 50.Bd2 R6g7 51.Rf2 Qc6 52.Rg2 Bf6
53.Bc1 Re7 54.Qc2 Nd7 55.Rge2 Rgg7 56.Bd2 Nf8 57.Qc1 Nh7
58.Qc2 Rg8 59.f4 gxf4 60.Nxf4 Nf8 61.h3 Ka8 62.Nh5 Bh8
63.Bf4 Nd7 64.Kh2 Nf8 65.Re3 Rf7 66.Kg1 Bf6 67.Bh6 Bg5
68.Bxg5 Rxg5 69.Qh2 Qd7 70.R1e2 Rg8 71.Qe5 Qd8 72.Rf2 Re7
73.Nf4 Ng6 74.Nxg6 Rxg6 75.Rf6 Qg8 76.Ref3 Rxf6 77.Qxf6 Qh7
78.g5 Rc7 79.g6 Qh5 80.Kf2 Kb7 81.Qxe6 Qh6 82.Ke2 1-0
Dikmen (TUR) 7,5/10
Balabaev (KAZ) 7/10
Kemp (RSA) 7/10
Kucukali (TUR) 6,5/10
Sakai (JPN) 6,5/10
Atakisi 5,5 , Odeev 5 , Knol 5 ..
email Afro-Asian championship 2002-2004
cycle started with only 30 players from 12 countries and of
course the same modus as before .With no real surprise S.
Ohtake from Japan won the section A beating A. Dikmen to
finish with 8 points . A. Dikmen who some months later
became zonal champion achieved 7,5 points to share the
second place with S. Kim from Kazakhstan .
Man from Malaysia with 6,5 points and L. Ball -who finished
at 3rd place in the 3rd edition – with
5 points missed the qualification to the final .
section B N. Ernazarov (KAZ) new Asian champion met no
problem to win his section with 8,5 points . He was followed
by the well known figures K. Sakai (JPN) with 8 points and
D. Knol (RSA) with 7 points . 6,5 points were not enough to
I.Smuts (RSA) to jump in the Final .
interesting is section C , if V. Annaev (TKM) was too
strong for his opponents , the qualification remaining
places have been very disputed and finally P. Sunao (JPN) ,
D. Dempster (AUS) and D. Pick (RSA) finished all three with
6,5 points . Unfortunatly the tie-break decided
unfortunatly for D. Pick . D. Dempster who was eliminated
throught a tie break in the 2nd edition was lucky
this time .
final which started with 9 players - A. Dikmen (TUR)
delayed his qualification and K. Hichem (ALG) was invited
through his win in the AA open tournament , but due to his
studies he withdrew in the beginning - is not yet finished
Sakai (JPN) with 5,5 points out 7 is sure to achieve the 1st
place . He can only be joined by S. Ohtake if he is able to
win his two remaining games vs D.Knol (RSA) and V. Annaev
(TKM) . so the title is moving to Japan this year after 2
years domination of turkish players .
No chance any more for S.Kim 4/6 ,
N. Ernazarov 4/7 , P. Sunao 2,5/6 ,
Annaev 2/5 or D. Knol
A selected game from the
future zonal champion
Annaev, Vladimir (TKM) -
Sakai, Kiyotaka (JPN)
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4
g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5
Ne7 9.b4 Nh5
10.Re1 f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.f3 Kh8 13.Rb1 h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6
fxe4 16.fxe4 Nc6 17.Nd5 Ng8 18.Be3 Nd4 19.Bxd4 exd4 20.g3
Re8 22.Rf1 c6
23.Nf4 Qg5 24.Qd3 Bxf4 25.Rxf4 Qe5 26.Bg4 Nf6 27.Bh3 Nh7
29.Bg2 Re7 30.h4 Nxe6 31.Rf6 Rg8 32.Bh3 c5 33.a3 Nc7 34.Rf7
Rg7 35.R7f4 Kh7
36.Kh2 Ne6 37.Rf6 Nd8 38.Rf8 Nf7 39.Rf4 h5 40.Qf3 Nh6 41.b5
Rg8 42.R8f6 Kg7 43.Kh1 Rd8 44.g4 hxg4 45.Bxg4 Nxg4 46.Qxg4
Qxf6 47.Rxf6 Kxf6 48.h5 gxh5 49.Qxh5 Rg7 50.Qh4+ Rg5 51.Qh6+
email Afro-Asian championship 2003-2005
Starting in January 2003 with 42 players representing 17
countries , the Final is expected for July 2004 as only
section B is completed , in section A 14 games are still
open and 8 in section C .
Nevertheless it is obvious that no players secured his
qualification in section A , even the current leader S.
Hayakawa (JPN) who finished all his games with 10 points /13
is not be sure to be qualified and can be overstepped by H.
Odeev (TKM) 8,5 points and 3 games still in progress , N.
Kamat (IND) 8 points (2 games unfinished) , I. Smuts (RSA)
7,5 points (4 games unfinished) , P. Dabholkar (IND) 7
points (4 unfinished) , K. Soen (INA) 7 points (3
unfinished) or Omarov (KAZ) 5 points (6 games unfinished) .
It is very hard to guess who will have the right to be
section B , the 3 qualifiers are known and again G. Altanoch
(MGL) was the dominator with 12,5 pointsout of 13 games . N.
Timkin (KAZ) with 11,5 points and O. Pascual (PHI) with 10,5
points joined the winner in the Final . D. Dempster (AUS)
with 10,5 points was for the third time concerned by a tie
and was unsuccessful .
section C , the situation is not complex , T. Goze (TUR)
with 11 points and N. Litvinenko (KAZ) with 10,5 points have
secured their qualification , but P. Sunao (JPN) with 10
points is threatened by A. Odeev (TKM) with 9,5 points and
2 remaining games and A. Fikry (MRC) who with 5points and 5
remaining games is not mathematically eliminated , while S.
Stone (RSA) a former finalist , has no chance to acceed to
the Final ..
famous story of the Africa/Asian championship is going on !
new article will be published in the future to report on
this competition and the 7th email Afro-Asian
championship which started earlier this year with 66 players
in 6 sections where only the two top players will qualify .