Dear readers, dear ICCF friends,
Welcome to my column in ICCF AMICI!
this column, I will inform you regularly about the work
which was done in the ICCF Executive Board in the period
since the last ICCF AMICI issue.
1. News from the ICCF
Webserver Steering Group
a) The ChessMail ICCF-Webchess Inauguration
ChessMail ICCF-Webchess Inauguration tournament started on
15th July, 2004, in 13 sections with 7 players
each. At the date of this report, some games have already
participation in this tournament is free; however, the
participants committed themselves to give the Steering Group
their feedback, which will be very useful for the further
improvement of the system and its administration and playing
Feedback from players and officials has generally been very
positive so far, but the Steering Group is still collecting
contributions from players / Officials. Therefore, we
encourage all of you to visit the ICCF Webserver on
see most of the system facilities working, you need not to
be logged to the system. Moreover, you can see all games
played in the ChessMail ICCF-Webchess Inauguration
tournament on-line, with a 3-moves delay.
direct link to be found on the ICCF website
as the top item in the left column menu, including a
detailed instruction how to view the games on-line.
b) Additional volunteers wanted to help the Webserver team
please note and read the Announcement by the Steering Group
dated on 28th July, 2004.
will learn that shortly after the ICCF Congress in Mumbai,
we want to start the phase 2 of the ICCF Webserver project,
containing further functional and design improvements of the
existing system. The final outcome of these envisaged
improvements would enable ICCF to move much of the manual
administrative work to the Webserver system and to spare
much time for the responsible ICCF Officials, particularly
for both the Rating and Qualification Commissioners, for
Tournament Offices and Tournament Directors.
We have been successful recruiting several volunteers to
help with the development and testing work, which has
enabled us to save ICCF funds, budgeted for this project.
However, some of these volunteers will not be able to
continue for the duration of the project.
Therefore, the Steering Group is looking for additional
volunteers to join our project, test and administration
teams. The work is challenging, interesting and you will be
on the cutting edge of the ICCF’s future!
initial response from our recruitment announcement on the
ICCF website has been very good. However, we encourage each
national federation to actively promote the idea of
volunteering to work on the Webserver teams to their members
and current volunteers.
c) New composition of the ICCF Webserver
some withdrawals and new appointments, the ICCF Webserver
Steering Group has worked in the following composition,
since May 2004:
Chairman: Grayling V. Hill (USA)
Members: Raymond Boger (NOR), Pedro F. Hegoburu (ARG), Chris
Lüers (GER), Iain Mackintosh (SCO), Nol van’t Riet (NED).
ICCF President Josef Mrkvička
(CZE) has participated in the work of the Steering Group as
an ex-officio member who is consulted in all of the
important Webserver issues.
d) Meeting of the Steering Group in Dortmund,
Germany, 24-25th July, 2004-08-02
24-25th July, 2004 the Steering Group held a
two-day meeting in Dortmund, Germany. The meeting took place
in the Römischer Kaiser Hotel and was chaired by the Project
Manager Iain Mackintosh (SCO). Furthermore, the ICCF
President Josef Mrkvička (CZE), World Tournament Director
Chris Lüers (GER), Ratings Commissioner Gerhard Binder
(GER), Webserver Developer Martin Bennedik (GER) and Test
Team Manager Jens Lieberum (GER) were invited and
participated in this meeting.
comprehensive agenda of the meeting comprised i. a. the
phase 1 of the Webserver Project and early feedback from the
ChessMail ICCF-Webchess Inauguration Tournament
types for phase 2, particularly zonal and national,
of players via the Webserver, particularly where no national
federation is involved,
of rating system features and integration with the Webserver,
games between postal, email and Webserver modes,
administration of “non-Webserver” events on the Webserver,
of games archive with the Webserver,
support for German, Spanish and other languages,
many other items.
Minutes from this meeting will serve the Steering Group as a
background for the preparation for the phase 2 of the
Interesting interviews about the ICCF Webserver Project
Herewith I call your attention to the interview made by the
Editor of the AICCF Bulletin, Dr. Ambar Chatterjee (IND)
with the Webserver Project Manager, Iain Mackintosh (SCO)
and the Webserver Developer Martin Bennedik (GER).
To be viewed on
2. World Championship Finals
a) The Final of the 19th World
The Final of the 19th
Correspondence Chess World Championship
Email Chess World Championship, sponsored by New In Chess)
was started on
April 2004, with 13 players who qualified from the
Category 15, 8 GMs and 5 SIMs participating.
Tournament Director is IA Dr. Iain Brooks (ENG).
b) The Final of the 20th World
Championship planned for 15th October, 2004
The start of the Final of the 20th
Correspondence Chess World Championship is planned for 15th
October, 2004. In line with the decision of the ICCF
Congress 2003 in Ostrava, this Final should be started as a
postal tournament, with optional Email play. The Tournament
Director will be IA Witold Bielecki (POL).
All qualified players were invited directly
by the ICCF Title Tournaments Commissioner, Jose Daniel
Finkelstein (ARG), with a questionnaire re further Finals
included. The deadline for entries is 10th
All Delegates are kindly asked to remind
their qualified players that they should keep to this
3. CC Olympiads
a) The Final of the 13th
Correspondence Chess Olympiad (Postal) announced
following teams qualified for this Final:
Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Slovakia, Russia and USA
Final will start on November 1st, 2004.
Unfortunately, the originally planned start in June 2004 had
to be postponed, as the decisive games in the preliminary
section 4 (despite of being speeded up by email play)
finished much later than expected.
Final will be played normally by post, with an optional
Email play. The Tournament Director will be IA Roald
b) The preliminaries of the16th
Correspondence Chess Olympiad
(Postal) postponed to 2005
start of the preliminaries of the 16th CC
Olympiad has been postponed to May, 2005. The postponement
is a result of the delayed start of the Final of the
13th CC Olympiad (see above) and the Ostrava
Congress decision which required that the time
between the start of the Final of the 13th CC
Olympiad and the preliminaries of the 16th CC
Olympiad should be at least 6 months,
postal Olympiad 16 would be started on the condition that a
minimum participation of 27 teams was secured. The ICCF
Congress in Ostrava approved to reduce from 6 to 4 the
number of boards in all future postal Olympiad cycles,
including this Olympiad. TD still to be decided.
4. The start of the first
Champions League season announced
The first Regular Season
of the ICCF Champions League will start on 1st November,
As most of you know, the ICCF Champions League is a
continuous Email Team Tournament. It is played in seasons
and comprises several divisions with promotion and
relegation. All games are ICCF rated. Depending on the final
number of teams in each League, each player would normally
play 10 games.
Qualification season started in 2002. Teams in that season
have been divided into 4 Leagues with "A" being the highest.
Top scoring teams will move up a league in the following
season and the lowest scoring teams will move down.
season only, there will be a "Fast Track" open to any
returning team or new team (see also FAQ 31) who wishes to
enter here. The maximum number of Fast Track teams accepted
for the 2004-2006 season is 44. If there are more than 44
team requests, only the teams with the highest average
ratings will be included in the Fast Track. The rest of the
teams will be included as follows:
- returning teams will play in the leagues they qualified
- new teams will play in League D.
4 player team may consist of players from 1 or more
countries. A player can play only for one team in a season.
Players should be members of an ICCF
national federation member. The team must choose a name and
a Captain, preferably one familiar with ICCF email rules.
Entries are due by 15 September 2004. Fee for teams
entering via National Federations is CHF 40 or equivalent in
the national currency, for those entering via the Direct
Entry facility (see FAQ) is USD 50 per team. You must
include Team name, Captain’s name, players' names, their
countries and their email address with the entry fee. The
Team Captain is responsible for collecting the money and
sending in the entry form.
Prize Fund of approximately USD 5000 will be divided among
the top teams in each league, the best new players, and for
the best game.
Details in FAQ at:
Entry from at:
Rules and information about ICCF at
Franklin Campbell (USA) has created a very nice new
Champions League website which promises to be a model
website for team events.
any questions, please contact Eugen Demian (CAN) at
who will kindly answer them.
5. ICCF World Cups
a) The ICCF World Cup 14 announced
According to the decision
of the ICCF Congress in Ostrava, 2003, the Australian
Correspondence Chess Federation (CCLA) will be the main
organiser of the ICCF World Cup 14. The Central Tournament
Leader is George Stibal (AUS).
This tournament will be played in three
stages, with separate postal, Email and Webserver sections
in the preliminary stage, which will start in December 2004
at the latest.
Preliminary groups will all have 9-11 players, with the
winners of each group
qualifying for the Semifinal stage.
Other qualifications will depend on the number of entries
for the preliminary stage.
b) The ICCF World Cup 15 assigned to the
Slovak CC Federation
Executive Board considered the application of the Slovak CC
Federation and decided to assign the World Cup 15 (to be
started in 2006) to this Federation. This decision will have
to be formally approved by the ICCF Congress in Mumbai,
6. Other tournament matters
a) Temporary leave of the World Tournament Director
ICCF World Tournament Director, Chris Lüers (GER) has been
temporarily unavailable, because of his urgent studying
duties. He will resume his work from 10th
During his leave, the ICCF Membership & Services Director
Pedro F. Hegoburu (ARG) and the ICCF President Josef
Mrkvička (CZE) volunteered to cover his duties in the
planning area (Pedro for World Championships, Champions
League and invitational tournaments, Josef for Olympiads and
Title Tournaments and Non-Title Tournaments Commissioners
will execute the normal day-to-day operational work of the
WTD, until he resumes his work.
b) Invitational tournaments
ICCF Membership & Services Director, Pedro F. Hegoburu (ARG)
kindly asks all national Delegates to resend him any
requests for approvals of invitational tournaments, which
have not yet been confirmed by the World Tournament Director
because of his temporary leave.
c) Member Federation Nominations (MFN) for World
Unfortunately, there is still a lot of MFNs, which have not
yet been used for the Semifinal 28. Recently, all Delegates
involved received a detailed list of unused MFNs from the
Title Tournaments Commissioner.
ask all Delegates to review this list and submit their
nominations to the Title Tournaments Commissioner, Jose
Daniel Finkelstein (ARG)
7. New composition of the
ICCF Arbitration Commission
1st August, 2004 the ICCF Arbitration Commission
has worked in the following composition:
Chairman: Richard V. M. Hall (ENG)
Members: Nol van’t Riet (NED), J. Ken MacDonald (CAN)
Appeals to this Commission (with observation of the
procedure given by the Article 6 of the Code of Conduct
Guidelines) to be sent via the National Federations to the
Chairman Richard V.M. Hall, Email:
8. ICCF Congress 2004 in
deadline for applications elapsed on 30th July,
2004. As at 25th August, 2004 47 participants
submitted their applications to the AICCF organiser.
Unfortunately, some friends who regularly attended to
previous Congresses and originally, signalled their
participation changed their minds, so that the overall
participation probably will be slightly below our previous
Nevertheless, we are delighted to announce that the 16th
World Champion, Tunc Hamarat (AUT) confirmed his
participation at Congress, so that he will be able to
receive his award and trophy in person in Mumbai!
Anniversary of FIDE
Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) celebrated its
80th anniversary on 20th July, 2004.
the same day, and on behalf of the ICCF community, I
cordially congratulated the FIDE President Mr. Kirsan
Ilyumzhinov and all FIDE Officials and Member Federations on
this important milestone in the FIDE history.
wish very pleasant holidays to those that are just enjoying
them, or will be leaving for them soon. Because of the big
workload before the Mumbai Congress, I had to refrain from
my summer holidays this year; however, I hope to enjoy some
relaxing days after the Congress, when the main work has
my best regards,