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.

Zvonko Juras 1948-2021

Croatian GM Leonardo Ljubicic reports that Mr. Zvonko Juras (CRO) has passed away. Zvonko’s Correspondence Chess career, he joined ICCF/CCCA in Feb 2015, and has played almost 400 games since. He earned his IM title in 2018, and has played on numerous occasions for Croatian team in various competitions. He won several tournaments – he … Continue Reading

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

11th Interzonal team tournament-update

The World Zone has been invited by the tournament organizer Yosua Sitorus (INA) to submit 3 8-board teams. The tournament will start on March 31, 2021. Each player will have 8 opponents per board in order to allow norms. Time control is 10/50 with duplication after 20 days, single round robin, 45 days of leave … 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

I Open Tournament Capablanca IM

  • January 14, 2021
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  • Giraldo Menendez Rodriguez

I OPEN TOURNAMENT Capablanca IM To honor José Raúl Capablanca Graupera in the centenary of his successful getting the title of World Champion of Chess. Game platform: ICCF web server International Open divided into two sections (classification list 2021-1) • Main Section: For players with a rating higher than 2250, without categories. Players will be … Continue Reading

I Open Tournament Capablanca IM

  • January 5, 2021
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  • Giraldo Menendez Rodriguez

I OPEN TOURNAMENT Capablanca IM To honor José Raúl Capablanca Graupera in the centenary of his successful getting the title of World Champion of Chess. Game platform: ICCF web server International Open divided into two sections (classification list 2021-1) • Main Section: For players with a rating higher than 2250, without categories. Players will be … Continue Reading

I Open Tournament Capablanca IM

  • December 25, 2020
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  • Giraldo Menendez Rodriguez

I OPEN TOURNAMENT Capablanca IM To honor José Raúl Capablanca Graupera in the centenary of his successful getting the title of World Champion of Chess. Game platform: ICCF web server International Open divided into two sections (classification list 2021-1) • Main Section: For players with a rating higher than 2250, without categories. Players will grouped … Continue Reading