Featured player of the World Zone

Ozen, Bahadir TURICCF ID: 490789ICCF Titles: CCE, 2022Rating: 2318 For the featured player of the World Zone, I have selected Mr. Bahadır Ozen of Turkey as Ithought he is a good material being a FIDE International Master and relatively new tocorrespondence chess. The selection is at random as currently I don’t have any criteria ofselection … Continue Reading

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

3rd Interzonal Individual semifinals

The semifinal stage of the 3rd. Interzonal Individual tournament will start by the end of this month and we need 8 players from the world zone rated 2400 or higher, to join other players in the tournament. There will be four 13-player sections, category 5. Norms available. If you would like to take this opportunity … Continue Reading