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

Computers and Understanding in Today’s Correspondence Chess

This post examines the relation of computers and understanding in correspondence chess. “Chess Training for Candidate Masters” is a book by Grandmaster Kalinin aimed at addressing the fact that today’s aspiring chess masters have benefited greatly from working with chess computers.  Altough the book is aimed at over the board players, the book has great insights … Continue Reading

Sanakoev’s CC playing rules

This post reviews a book that is a treasure trove of insights into CC. Sanakoev is the 12th World Correspondence Champion, 1985-92. The book relates his three attempts to win the Championship. WORLD CHAMPION AT THE THIRD ATTEMPT (Grigory Sanakoev). GAMBIT PUBLICATIONS 256 pages (210 mm by 145 mm). £9.50/$14.95/€12,85  ISBN (10 digits): 1-901983-11-0 ISBN (13 … Continue Reading