Featured Player of World Zone

Pancho Amor Simplina ICCF 896207 Registered: 6/22/2020 ICCF Titles: CCM 2021, CCE 2021 Rating: 2337 Pancho Amor Simplina is my younger brother who learned to play chess during his childhood while watching my father play chess with his friends in the Philippines. He was the high school chess champion at his younger high school years … Continue Reading

Lock before start date rule

I wanted to make sure our players knew about the new ICCF rule, the lock before start date rule. In order to make sure that players participating in different events have the same amount of reflection time, starting in 2022, players will NOT be able to make moves before the tournament start date. Remember the … Continue Reading

New World Zone tournament entry fees

After ICCF Congress’ approval of proposal 2021-025, and the consequent overall reduction in ICCF entry fees, the World Zone delegates have decided that in order to simplify our finances and streamline the event entry process, we will be adopting a flat fee system for all of our tournaments effective January 1, 2022. Two tournament types … Continue Reading

WZ Norm tournaments

The World Zone delegates have approved a change in our tournament structure by creating the Norm tournaments. These are tournaments that provide ICCF norms and in some cases, WZ norms and titles. The Norm tournament cycle does not create any new events but rearranges events that have been in existence since the WZ was created … Continue Reading

Preliminaries of the 5th Interzonal individual tournament

Preliminary stage of 5th Interzonal individual tournament, ICCF event. 9-player sections, time control 10/50 standard, top three players in each section advance Rating requirement: 2200-2375 Multiple entries allowed CHANGE: Norms available in the semifinals and final only, NOT in the preliminaries Start date: 12/20/2021 Entries are closed Players from the following World Zone countries pay … Continue Reading

Thoughts on CC’s Community

This post explores the social and communications life of CC. Contrary to other types of chess there is not much news and sources that discuss correspondence chess. Blitz and rapid chess have seen enormous activity over the last 15 months during COVID. Online chess has clearly made these forms of chess popular. Problem chess and … Continue Reading

ICCF World Team Cup

ICCF has announced the World Team Cup: Announcement posted on the ICCF website Our zone will be able to submit a 20-player team of isolated players. What is an isolated player?. It is a player from a country that does not have a federation within the ICCF. This is a free rated event. A message … Continue Reading

WZ Individual Championship Final # 1

This post reviews the WZ Individual Championship Final #1 that ended on 4/30/2021. Cuban IM Alberto Pérez López won with a 8.5 score over 14. The Champion won with 3 wins, two of them with Black, with the following score of 7.5 shared by 3 players that each won 1 game. The table can be … Continue Reading

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.