North America/Pacific Zone History and Events
North America/Pacific Zone, originally known as the
Anglo-Pacific Tournament Bureau, was formally licensed by
ICCF in 1984. This allowed Robert A. Karch, the first
Director, to organize promotional tournaments using the
Europe Correspondence Tournaments as a model. The Zone
included Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand,
Philippines, Singapore, and the United States of America.
Mexico was moved to the Zone in 2000.
to that time, the only tournament that provided advancement
to the World Championships was the North American
Invitational CCC which included only Canada and the USA.
This event goes back to 1971 when John F. Cleeve and Walter
Muir with the help of Eric Larsen were able to organize a
Continental Championship that would seed its Champion into
the ICCF World Championship Final. This was Victor
Palciauskas' route to the World Championship.
Canada hosted the first 8 NAICCC’s. The USA hosted the 9th
tournament and also added Mexico since it was necessary to
have a 3rd country to obtain a higher category.
The 10th NAICCC is scheduled to start on 1 July
and will be played on the WebServer.
first Zonal Championship started in 1989. Interest in the
Zonal promotional tournaments was not as strong as hoped,
perhaps because about 75% of the players are from the USA.
The 2nd Championship was not begun until 1994.
The 3rd started in 1998, and the 4th
is underway now. R. Anthony Cayford won the First
Championship, John C. Timm won the 2nd, and René
duCret won the 3rd. John Timm has provided
analysis for one of his games.
attempt to stimulate more interest in the Zone, Max
Zavanelli, NAPZ Director from
1987-1999, also held two Prize Tournaments. The Prizes
totaled $6625. Jon Edwards won
1st Place in the 1995 Master Class Prize
Promotional Tournament. Ceasar Posylek won
1st Place in the 1997 Master Class Prize
Zone also has a Team Tournament, the Pacific Area Team
There have been four tournaments to date. We will start
organizing the 5th one shortly.
NAPZ is the first zone to hold all its promotional
tournaments on the ICCF WebServer.
Information (crosstables, winner’s lists, and archives) on
the NAPZ is online through
the ICCF-US website. It has been assembled with the much
valued help of
Ralph Marconi, NAPZ Director from 1999-2003, and Franklin
Both still help in maintaining the information. Please