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The World of Correspondence Chess

The fascination of correspondence chess attracts hundreds of thousands of chess players world-wide. For many, it is their principal, or only, way of actively participating in the game they love. Although most keen over-the-board (OTB) players have tried a few games of postal chess at some time or other, surprisingly few of them know much about CC. The names of top correspondence players are hardly known to them and few postal games are published in mainstream chess books and magazines for example, out of 677 principal games annotated in lnformator 61, only one was a postal game, and not a particularly brilliant or representative one either. The attitude of some OTB players to CC is sometimes little better than mild amusement, while to others it is a mystery, which is a great pity as these are exciting times in the correspondence game. Roughly speaking, CC is chess played against an invisible opponent over a duration of weeks or months. It requires some means whereby you send your...

International Correspondence Chess Federation

In association with the SCOTTISH CORRESPONDENCE CHESS ASSOCIATION CHECK OUT USCF'S CORRESPONDENCE CHESS RATED EVENTS USCF's 62nd ANNUAL 2009 Open Correspondence Chess Golden Knights Championship 1,000 First Prize These USCF Correspondence Chess events are rated and open to all USCF members who reside on the North American continent, islands, or Hawaii, as well as those USCF members with an APO or FPO address. USCF members who reside outside of the North American continent are welcome to participate in e mail events. Your USCF membership must remain current for the duration of the event, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Those new to USCF Correspondence Chess, please estimate your strength Class A 1800 1999 (very strong) Class B 1600 1799 (strong) Class C 1400 1599 (intermediate) Class D 1399 and below (beginner level). Note Prize fund based on 300 entries and may be decreased proportion ately per number of entries assigned. USCF's 6th ANNUAL 2009 E-mail Correspondence Chess...

Correspondence Chess

A great many players are active in tournaments run and rated by USCF Most popular is the annual Golden Knights Championship, a three-stage event, although USCF offers several other options You'll find advertisements for these events in every issue of Chess Life Many over-the-board players find that correspondence chess improves their play, and correspondence also appeals to those who for various reasons cannot play in over-the-board tournaments There is no limit to the number of games one can have going at once For further information, contact Correspondence Chess Dept at the U S Chess Federation, PO Box 367, Sayre, PA 18840 The correspondence rating system is similar to the OTB system, and a written explanation is free on request (a stamped, self-addressed envelope is appreciated) Players who earn ratings over 2000 and have 25 or more games rated are issued special certificates If you qualify and haven't received one, please write to us International correspondence chess titles are...

Abe Wilson Golden Knights Champion

In 1987 his wife Chie encouraged him to get involved with USCF correspondence chess (CC), and he did. After carefully studying Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, Abe enrolled in the 1987 Golden Knights. Despite a few losses, he continued to play, enrolling in one section of each year's Golden Knights tournament. Continually progressing, he finished fifth in the 1995 Golden Knights, and fifth again in the 1996 tournament, and became a correspondence master in 1999.

Are Golden for CC Players

The latest Golden Knights winners include a man who has now won both premier USCF correspondence chess (CC) events and a retired Hawaiian who only picked up Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess a mere 13 years before the event started The winner of the 1998 Golden Knights has now won both of the USCF's most prestigious CC titles, the Golden Knights and the Absolute Championship. Corky Schakel, of Lakeland, Minnesota, born June 30, 1944, finished third in the 1992 Golden Knights, and tied for first in the 2003 Absolute (with Wesley Brandhorst). He has received his International Corre spondence Chess Master (ICCM) title, and has become the U.S. secretary for the International Correspondence Chess Fed eration. After these successes, Corky just went on to score more He finished first all alone in the 2004 Absolute and now first place in the 1998 Golden Knights. Congratulations, Corky Starting in the 2000 Golden Knights was also a 1600 player, William Jempty, Jr. William would be the first player...

USCF Affairs February

We also received a bequest from the Herbert W. Gustafson (from California) estate in the amount of 24,625.77. Pre viously, we had received 23,055.55 for a total of 47,681.32. This bequest did have a request that a portion of it be used in support of correspondence chess. The office is working on some ideas to present to the executive board. We plan to similarly memorialize Mr. Gustafson.

Thoughts about a Book

In all my life I have only played two games by correspondence, and I am unlikely to play any more. Despite this, when I heard about the publication of Third Attempt, a collection of games by Grigory Sanakoev, the twelfth World Correspondence Chess Champion, I immediately acquired a copy. There were several reasons why. Secondly, as a chess trainer, I am in constant need of fresh, high-quality material. There is no lack of interesting games played in the chess world, but once published in magazines or Informator they become familiar not only to a coach but also to his students. However, the world of correspondence chess is almost entirely ignored by over-the-board players unjustly, for plenty of ideas can be gleaned from it, striking and profound ones, diligently worked out in home analysis. Contrary to the author's conviction, I am sceptical about the prospects for correspondence chess. The appearance of computers capable of analysing at grandmaster level will inevitably tempt players...

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'The dean of chess in America for several generations', writes the American Chess Bulletin of Shipley, on the sad occasion of his death in 1942. He promoted correspondence chess in USA, often acted as arbiter for chess disputes, being noted for his impartial judgments, actively assisted Pillsbury, Capablanca, and others in their chess

Continental Chess Association Schedule

CHECK OUT USCF'S CORRESPONDENCE CHESS RATED EVENTS USCF's 62nd ANNUAL 2009 Open Correspondence Chess Golden Knights Championship 1,000 First Prize These USCF Correspondence Chess events are rated and open to all USCF members who reside on the North American continent, islands, or Hawaii, as well as those USCF members with an APO or FPO address. USCF members who reside outside of the North American continent are welcome to participate in e-mail events. Your USCF membership must remain current for the duration of the event, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Those new to USCF Correspondence Chess, please estimate your strength Class A 1800-1999 (very strong) Class B 1600-1799 (strong) Class C 1400-1599 (intermediate) Class D 1399 and below (beginner level). Note Prize fund based on 300 entries and may be decreased proportionately per number of entries assigned. USCF's 6th ANNUAL 2009 E-mail Correspondence Chess Electronic Knights Championship These USCF Correspondence Chess...

From The Golden Age Of

CORRESPONDENCE CHESS 1. d4 )f6 2. c4 g6 3. > c3 & g7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 c6 6. & e3 a6 7. d2 b5 8. 0-0-0 . A very aggressive attempt to annilhate Black with h2-h4 and jj.h6 to follow shortly. One only has to recall Spassky-Evans Varna ol 1962. However, if Black delays castling and develops his queenside play first, then 8. 0-0-0 starts to look rather dubious. Berliner's play is impeccable. 8 a5 9. bl )bd7 10. g4. White can choose either 10. i.h6 Lxh6 or 10. d5 b4 , but in view of Black's already well-developed counterplay, they both lead to nothing. The moral is clear In the Byrne Variation c6, a6. Black should not castle too soon. 10 Sb8 11.h4h5 12. g5 )h7 13. 2h2 . Berliner criticizes this as passive, preferring 13. f4, although one can understand White's nervousness because Black is about to open the b-file. Of course it's a human reaction. a refreshing reaction we see why he is nervous. Perhaps some unscrupulous fellow using Fritz, Hiarcs or any of the other computer playing...

Silver

CHECK OUT USCF'S CORRESPONDENCE CHESS RATED EVENTS USCF's 63rd ANNUAL 2010 Open Correspondence Chess Golden Knights Championship 1,000 First Prize These USCF Correspondence Chess events are rated and open to all USCF members who reside on the North American continent, islands, or Hawaii, as well as those USCF members with an APO or FPO address. USCF members who reside outside of the North American continent are welcome to participate in e-mail events. Your USCF membership must remain current for the duration of the event, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Those new to USCF Correspondence Chess, please estimate your strength Class A 1800-1999 (very strong) Class B 1600-1799 (strong) Class C 1400-1599 (intermediate) Class D 1399 and below (beginner level). Note Prize fund based on 300 entries and may be decreased proportionately per number of entries assigned. USCF's 7th ANNUAL 2010 E-mail Correspondence Chess Electronic Knights Championship These USCF Correspondence Chess...

Electronic Knights

Gillmore Hoefdraad

The hottest player in the 2005 Elec tronic Knights Championship has to be Gillmore Hoefdraad. From sunny Suri name where he was born in 1962, won several junior championships, and repre sented his home country at the Luzerne Olympiads, to Mexico where he was an economist for the Center of Monetary Studies for Latin America and the Caribbean, then to the U.S. in 1999 where he discovered correspondence chess, and finally to Beirut, Lebanon where he worked for the International Monetary Fund. Gillmore has annexed the second annual Electronic Knights Championship. Gillmore had played an earlier Interna tional Correspondence Chess Federation correspondence event, and he liked the taste. His second tournament was the 2005 Electronic Knights and notes that e mail has made correspondence chess much more interesting. It is quick, effi cient, and helps you stay on top on current chess developments. Gillmore has had to juggle chess with his world travel. He writes, I have met, through the USCF...

Batford Chess

Robert Karch served as the editor of Northwest Chess several times in the 1970s and 1980s (second only to Dan Wade in longevity in the over 60-year run of this publication). He was also the editor of the correspondence chess magazine Chess International for several years in the late 1980s. Correspondence chess was a life-long interest for Karch who served five years as the U.S. secretary to the ICCF. He also served in various administrative posts for the Washington Chess Federation and as USCF secretary for a short time. Throughout his life Karch taught classes teaching thousands of people how to play chess.

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CHECK OUT USCF'S CORRESPONDENCE CHESS RATED EVENTS USCF's 62st ANNUAL 2009 Open Correspondence Chess Golden Knights Championship 1,000 First Prize These USCF Correspondence Chess events are rated and open to all USCF members who reside on the North American continent, islands, or Hawaii, as well as those USCF members with an APO or FPO address. USCF members who reside outside of the North American continent are welcome to participate in e mail events. Your USCF membership must remain current for the duration of the event, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Those new to USCF Correspondence Chess, please estimate your strength Class A 1800 1999 (very strong) Class B 1600 1799 (strong) Class C 1400 1599 (intermediate) Class D 1399 and below (beginner level). Note Prize fund based on 300 entries and may be decreased proportion ately per number of entries assigned. USCF's 6th ANNUAL 2009 E-mail Correspondence Chess Electronic Knights Championship These USCF Correspondence Chess...

Ron Hames

In fact, for the past 15 years or so, Dr. Hames has sponsored correspondence chess awards for beauty. He has also sponsored brilliancy prizes at the National Open and U.S. Amateur Team East. Correspondence chess became an important part of Ron's chess life. He played in the Golden Knights through the '80s and '90s. He's a lover of beau-

Battle Of Analysts

Over-the-board champions are seldom willing to take on acknowledged correspondence cracks at their own game and risk their reputations for the sake of a lot of hard work. Interesting, therefore, is the following struggle in the current correspondence championship of Australia. Purdy being the national over-the-board champion, and Hall man n the champion of the Australian Correspondence Chess League, which has over 200 members. (How to utilize small positional advantages.) European Correspondence Chess Olympics

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CHECK OUT USCF'S CORRESPONDENCE CHESS RATED EV ENTS 2010 Open Correspondence Chess Golden Knights Championship These USCF Correspondence Chess events are rated and open to all USCF members who reside on the North American continent, islands, or Hawaii, as well as those USCF members with an APO or FPO address. USCF members who reside outside of the North American continent arewelcome to participate in e-mail events. YourUSCF membership must remain current forthe duration of the event, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Those new to USCF Correspondence Chess, please estimate your strength Class A 1800-1999 (very strong) Class B 1600-1799 (strong) Class C 1400-1599 (intermediate) Class D 1399 and below (beginner level). Note Prize fund based on 300 entries and may be decreased proportionately per number of entries assigned. 2010 E-mail Correspondence Chess Electronic Knights Championship These USCF Correspondence Chess events are rated and open to all USCF members with e-mail...

By Fm Alex Dunne

Edward Duliba has attained the title of CC (correspondence chess) grandmaster (GM). He will be awarded the title at the next International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) Congress in Leeds, England, becoming one of only nine Americans who have ever achieved this title. Here, then, is the recipe for gaining the international correspondence grandmaster (ICGM) title First, experience. Ed Duliba began playing correspondence chess during the Fischer boom (1973) shortly after he learned to play chess. In the 1974 Postal Rating List, the name Ed Duliba can be found at 1058 (approximately 1558 in today's ELO rating system ). Experience is the first step. Over the years Ed gained that experience. He played in the Golden Knights, eventually winning the 1992 event and finished fourth in the 1994. Ed played and won in two Absolutes, tying for first in 1998 and winning the 2007 contest. He played in five U.S. correspondence championships (the 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, and 17th) winning the...

Counterplay

I especially want to add that the article on correspondence chess by Alex Dunne (1998 and 2000 are Golden for CC Play ers, December) is one of the best articles that I have read for a long time in Chess Life. The writing made the two tourna ments come alive as each round was explained and the top personalities and performers were given credit for their accomplishments. This was a fairly long article and to me well worth the space in the magazine.

Knights

THE 2006 ELECTRONIC KNIGHTS, the third in the series so far, reflects some of the changes that have swept over the world of correspondence chess. The games are finishing faster than ever before, some of them actually finishing the day they were assigned. Remember, this is correspondence chess which historically and traditionally means using much more time than OTB (over-the-board) chess. Even some strong, gifted players feel the change and finish their games with large chunks of time remaining on their clocks. And yet the quality of the games does not seem to suffer. Some might think that quality is demonstrated in the games of the 2006 Electronic Knights. But it was by e-mail that readers will best know Cesar. A grandmaster of ICCF, he has twice been e-mail champion of Latin America. Cesar represented Guatemala in the 1984 chess Olympiads in Moscow. He won the XIII and XIV CADAP zonal championships becoming a correspondence chess master in 1985, an international correspondence chess...

What is The System

This book is based upon the experiences of almost 50 years of studying, playing (over-the-board and in correspondence chess), and programming computers to play chess. We here present a theory that fulfils the scientific ideal of having principles based on experience. These principles have evolved slowly, as in the beginning there was nothing to build on.

Solutions On Page

The 25th Special Tourney of the Illinois Correspondence Chess Ass'n, will start the first week in January. This special tourney attracts some of the strongest correspondence players in the country. Fee is 5.00 and prizes are 15.00, 10.00, 5.00. Seven players in a section. Single round. If interested, write to Roy Wakefield, Tournament Director, Waterman, 111.

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