ICCF CONGRESS 2004
REPORT OF THE ZONAL DIRECTOR FOR EUROPE
The European Zone had -as you certainly
know- a lot of problems in year 2003.
Therefore my primary task was to
re-organize the Zone and to
assemble a staff of capable helpers.
After 9 months, I can say that many
things have been done; now many
volunteers are working in the European Zone, the tournaments
are going on,
we’ve a web site and so on. The only problem (a big
is the European Individual Championship.Let me check with
you, now, the single items.
I appointed S. Ja. Grodzensky (RUS) and
I’ve a good collaboration from him.
My friend Carlos Flores Gutiérrez (ESP)
accepted to act as European Treasurer: everybody knows him
and therefore we’re sure that Zone 1’s money is in the best
It has been one of my first tasks,
because it’s impossible to keep the contacts with the
players without an “always updated” Internet page.
The European web site,
has been built by
Maurizio Sampieri (ITA) and Giorgio Ruggeri Laderchi (ITA)
now organized by Giorgio, who’s doing a very good work.
Jurai Václav (SVK) is helping him for the tournament tables.
The ICCF Archivist,
Laurent Tinture (FRA), agreed to act as European archivist,
A lot of games are now on our web pages.
European Team Championships
The 5.th European Team Championship ended
on 6.06.2004 with the victory of Germany.
The runner-up was Lithuania; third place to Czech Republic.
The Final of the 6.th E.T.C. is now
starting with 13 teams (Austria, Czech Rep.,
England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Latvia,
Spain and Slovakia; T.D. Joachim Walther -GER-). It will be,
the last E.T.C. played by post.
The Preliminary of 7.th E.T.C. will start
in early 2005 and it will be played by e-mail,
unless the most of European Federation disagree with my
European Individual Championships
The “black hole” of my
first year as European Zonal Director...
The Preliminaries of
63.rd E.I.C. were played by post and ended a lot of time
I tried to organize the Final by post, but many players
refused to play.
Many groups (but not all
groups!) of the Preliminaries of 64.th E.I.C. have already
ended and also a few groups of the Preliminaries of 65.th
E.I.C. have already its winner.
I propose to the European
Delegates to start the (postal) Final of 63.rd E.T.C.
as soon as possible, inserting all the qualified players
from 63.rd, 64.th and 65.th
preliminaries who accept to play by post. I’ll discuss
with the Delegates “how”
to organize the 64.th and 65.th Finals and, finally, I’ll
propose new rules for the
66.th E.I.C. (Preliminaries to start on spring 2005 -?-; by
e-mail, by post or both?).
Many thanks to T.D.
Jørgen Axel Nielsen (DEN) who is conducting the E.I.C.s and
who informed me of his willingness to stop his work as T.D.
when these Preliminaries will be closed.
One of my hardest
problems, indeed! A lot of players were waiting for their
start-list and many National Associations didn’t send any
more their entries.
I appointed two Tournament Commissioners: Leonardo Madonia (ITA),
collects the entries and arranges the new groups and Rubens
who collects the results and keeps the contacts with the
Thanks to Leonardo and Rubens for their excellent work: now
Promotional Tournaments are going on without problems!
In the first 9 months of
this year 26 postal groups (8 M, 9 H and 9 O; 214 players)
and 17 e-mail groups (6 M, 5 H and 6 O; 143 players) have
been started and the
waiting lists are now quite empty.
I had a few problems, because many T.D.s
resigned from their office for personal reasons. I want to
thank especially Harro Otte (GER) for his valuable work for
many and many years; he was compelled to resign from his
office for very important health problems. Thanks to Frank
Riva (LUX), too, who left his office for professional
reasons. The new European T.D.s are Laurent Tinture (FRA),
Tomas Silfver (SWE) and Enzo Neri (ITA), while Klaus
Metelmann (GER) and Marco Caressa (ITA) are still working on
their “old” groups.
A European team is playing in the “15.th
Anniversary Rochade Club” tournament
(Team Captain: Frank Geider -FRA-), with 10 players from 10
A European team will of course play in
the Interzonal 2004.
European Zone Statutes
My mind was to propose a draft for the
Zone 1 Statutes to the European Delegates,
to discuss at Mumbai Congress. Both me and the Chairman of
the Statutes Commission,
Eric Ruch (FRA), have been too much involved in other works
and therefore I decided
to postpone this (not urgent) matter to next year.
Once again, many thanks to all the
friends, the volunteers, the officials
and the delegates who have helped me in the first year of my
It has been a hard year for me and I’m sorry I couldn’t do
I’m quite satisfied of the results I obtained and I do hope
the European Delegates are too.
Report of European Zone’s Delegates
meeting of the European Delegates during the 2004 ICCF
was held on Wednesday, November 4.th, at Retreat Hotel,
Mumbai, after the
ICCF Congress’s official closing.
following Delegates attended the meeting: G. Radosztics (AUT),
M. Michálek (CZE), S. Peschardt (DEN), A. Rawlings (ENG), C.
Flores Gutiérrez (ESP),
E. Liebert (EST), H. Brusila (FIN), E. Ruch (FRA), F.
Baumbach (GER), G. Mastrojeni (ITA),
A. Gaujens (LAT), M. Rocius (LTU), A.A. van ’t Riet (NED),
W. Bielecki (POL),
S. Ja. Grodzensky (RUS), G. Pyrich (SCO), P. Søderberg (SWE).
Zonal Director, G-M Tani, took the chair; the Deputy Z.D.,
S. Ja. Grodzensky,
and the Treasurer, C. Flores Gutiérrez, set near him.
Zonal Director’s report was distributed to the Delegates
Congress and explained to the Congress on Nov. 2nd; G-M Tani
Delegates if they had any comment about it, but no one had
objection and/or requests.
most important item to be discussed was the organization of
European Championships, both individual and by team.
7th European Team Championship, Preliminaries.
The Z.D. emphasised
that it was very difficult for him to organize the Final of
the 6.th European
Championship by post, because a lot of players refused to
play by post and
many Federations had difficulties to find enough postal
players to arrange a
strong team. Therefore he proposed to play the 7.th E.T.C.
The Delegates agreed. After a short discussion, it was
proposed to have 8 players
for each team; this proposal was approved by substantial
The Preliminaries of the 7.th E.T.C. will start on
Individual Championships, Finals. The Preliminaries of the
ended a lot of time ago, but the previous Z.D. didn’t
organize the Final.
G-M Tani told that he tried to arrange the Final, but a
large part of the qualified
players refused to play by post. Many preliminary groups of
the 64.th E.I.C.
have already ended and some player has already got a
qualification in the
Preliminaries of the 65.th E.I.C. The Zonal Director
therefore proposed to
arrange as soon as possible two Finals, one by post and the
second one by e-mail,
both of them with 15 players. The finalists will be the
in the 63.rd, 64.th and 65.th E.I.C. Preliminaries, with
priority to the ones
who qualified in the 63.rd, then in the 64.th, finally in
the 65.th E.I.C..
The Delegates agreed with this proposal. The Final of the
63.rd E.I.C. will be
played by e-mail and will start on 15.04.2005; the Final of
the 64.th E.I.C. will be
played by post and will also start on 15.04.2005. A.
Rawlings (ENG) offered
to organise both Finals, working with the ZD, and his offer
66.th European Individual Championships, Preliminaries.
A lot of players
has already got the right to enter the Preliminaries of
the previous Z.D. didn’t provide any list of qualified
players and it’s very
difficult to arrange a complete list. The National Delegates
will be asked to
help the Z.D., providing him with information about the
from their own country. The Z.D. proposed to have, in the
future, only e-mail E.I.C.,
but P. Søderberg (SWE) strongly opposed, because many
players would no l
onger have any possibility to run for the title of European
It was agreed to ask the qualified players for which way of
they like better and to organize both e-mail and postal
To avoid having too many players in the Preliminaries (and
two stages of preliminaries), the Z.D. proposed to allow
each National Association
to nominate only one player (and no more two players); the
unanimously. Each preliminary group will have 13 players,
maximum of 6 groups, i.e. 78 players. The Preliminaries of
and 67.th E.I.C. will start as soon as possible, i.e. when a
complete list of the
qualified players will be arranged. The aim is to start
them on 15.03.2005.
The Treasurer proposed to equate the entry fees for
European Promotional Tournaments to the fees for the similar
World Promotional Tournaments from 1.01.2005. It was
After a short discussion, it was unanimously voted that the
entry fee for the
7.th E.T.C. will be 100 Swiss Francs for each team.
The Z.D. informed the Delegates that European
will have two teams (16 players) in the Interzonal 2004
He will send an urgent e-mail circular to the National
Associations as soon as
he returns home from the Congress.
It was agreed that the next e-mail European Championships
(Preliminaries and Finals, both individual and by team) will
be played on the
ICCF Webserver if possible.
ICCF Zonal Director for Europe