WZ Players by Country, April 2021

This post lists the number of players by country in the ICCF World Zone for the 2021/2 rating list, valid from 4/1/2021 to 6/30/2021. There were 1,055 players in the WZ in the period, with an average rating of 2100, and an average of 261 games per player.

CC Origins and First Games

This post outlines the origins of CC and presents what we know of the first games played by correspondence before actual records exist. The quotes in this post are from the book “Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland, 1824-1987” by the renowned historian Tim Harding giving the page number. The first instance of CC being … Continue Reading

Thoughts on Postal Chess and Modern CC

This post discusses postal chess as precursor to modern CC. Up to the turn of the century postal was still the main way of playing CC. With the advent of email and servers CC has become digital although postal chess is still played. What can we learn from this type of chess? First is how … Continue Reading

Chess Engines’ Parameters and Correspondence Chess

This post explores the need to adjust default parameters of chess engines to play correspondence chess. As part of playing CC the need to understand and control chess engines is necessary. Familiarizing yourself with available parameters for engines you use is important. Some engines default options are to play against humans without their full strength … Continue Reading

Opening Preparation in Correspondence Chess

This post discusses opening preparation in CC. What are key activities to do with ongoing games that run months? What should be the focus of preparation for correspondence chess? Preparation in OTB chess takes place usually before every tournament or game, providing an opportunity to prepare openings and other improvements or to tailor them to … Continue Reading

CC, anti-computer and centaur chess

With computer use now an essential skill in correspondence chess, studying past computer chess trends can strenghten CC playing. I look here at anti-computer and centaur chess. Just as we have to study openings, endgame theory, and all aspects of chess to guide engines’ analysis or use databases, studying computer chess is an essential part … Continue Reading

WZ and ICCF TD2, IA and Players Comparison

This post compares the WZ and ICCF number and share of Tournament Directors Level 2 and International Arbiters. For comparison the count and share of players is provided. There is no data available for Level 1 TDs. The comparison shows that the share of WZ TD Level 2 and International Arbiters is comparable to the … Continue Reading

Correspondence Chess as Scientific Contest

This post considers why Correspondence Chess is thought as the scientific side of chess, while Over-The-Board Chess the sportive side of the game, and Chess Problems its artistic side. Over-The-Board Chess is considered a sport since players fight in matches in which they rely on their memory, physical and mental strength, while Chess Problems explore … Continue Reading

WZ Championship Finished Tournaments Statistics

This post describes the statistics of WZ Championship (WZ CH) tournaments that have finished up to date (April 28, 2020). This includes 16 tournaments and 597 games, with 78 candidates games, 330 semifinals games and 189 preliminaries games. To provide a reference, these WZ CH finished games are compared to the Chessbase 2020 Correspondence Database … Continue Reading