By Raymond Boger


Dear Chessfriends,

First of all;  I must apologize for the magazine being a
little bit late. this due to some late received supplies - today !,
but better late than never.

I must thank those of you who took the time to
contribute to this number of ICCF AMICI,
in particular George Pyrich and Eric Ruch.
Nor must I forget to thank the newcomer
Corky Schakel.

There is a President’s Column this time. Since we have a new president in Med  Samraoui. Who also contribute with a zonal report from the Africa / Asia zone. Thank you Med !.

In this number we also have a interview with Ivar Bern who have the possibility to become the new CC Worldchamp.
interview was first printed in 2004 in NSB.
(Norsk Sjakkblad – Norwegian Chess Magazine)

We hope to have a new interview with Ivar Bern when he have become the new world champion in CC. !

Raymond Boger


I have seen our new ICCF-president is writing in his zone-report
that Japan is the new CC-dominator in the zone Africa/Asia.
I will accordance to this have to say a few words: Norway is the leading
Chess Nation of the World!  An I will argue in this way ......

I will garantuee for 96% for security that Norway will have the next CC Worldchamp.
He is interviewed in this number of ICCF AMICI and his name is Ivar Bern.
 He is first in the ongoing 
WC XVII,  and
only one draw for his
opponent Borioslav Vukcevic is probably enough for Bern to win

A little bit history........  I remember a cold afternoon in September 2003
at the Prague Airport I was waiting for the check-in to Ostrava,
eastern in the Czech Republic, the place for the ICCF Congress this year.
I saw a typical Englishman walking ( sorry Iain! ) around in the waitinghall
with his suitcase. He must be more than a chessplayer,  a CC-player!,  I thought.
I took contact and we gave each other a short presentation. And quite true I was right:
We had just played against each other in the First North Sea Team Tournament.

My new friend was Scotsman Iain Mackintosh and he told me he was on his
way to Ostrava too. His was heading for this year ICCF congress to try to rerise
his ICCF webserver Project. Which nothing had been done with since Rimini 2001.
Sitting at the airport in amusing friendlyship we caught sight of a ( new )
man stressing at both sides. I thought he was not a typical Englishman!,
but he has to be a chessplayer, I was sure.

We took contact and sure I was right, he was a chessplayer, and also the
editor of the CC-magazine Chess Mail. his name was Tim Harding.
He took place by our table and we where talking about much, most chess.

After a while I mentioned we in Norway has a very great talent
named Magnus Carlsen 12 yaers old. I don’t know if Iain and Tim did
believe me?! Perhaps my both friends thought I was a bit out of mind telling
them about a little young boy from Norway.

The rest is history. Magnus has showed his great talent: He was the
youngest GM at a time when he was 13. Nobody has reached so long in
World Cup as him, both Fisher and Kasparov was elder.

Magnus is now back from the World Cup in Sibir being number 10, and among
the qualified in the candidates matches 2006. Magnus can perhaps be the next
World Champ. Perhaps then Norway will have two maestros!

Albeit we aren't the best chess nation in the world;
then we have to be better than Sweden !!

One last thing; Magnus have now started to play CC.
He is now playing for Norway in our celebration / friendly match against Sweden

- See :  ICCF AMICI n°5
- See :  NPSF


Anyway I will use the opportunity to wish you all a Happy new year!


Enjoy the reading !.........



Best wishes & Amici Sumus!
Raymond Boger





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