March 15, 2021
Announcing SEMI-FINALS – 45th WCCC
The announcement below is accompanied by the current list of qualifiers. Note that the list is of qualifiers by tournament achievement. Consult the rules below for other ways you may qualify to the Semi-Finals by rating or title.
WORLD CORRESPONDENCE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2021 CYCLE
SEMI-FINALS – 45th WCCC
Following the decisions of the ICCF Congress 2011, all Semi-Final Sections of the World Correspondence Chess Championship shall start on the same day and only once per year.
The start date of the Semi-Finals of the 45th WCCC is June 20, 2021.
All entries will be accepted according with ICCF Tournament Rules valid as from January 1, 2021, to be received not later than May 8, 2021.
Member Federations Nominations (MFN) for the Semi-Finals should also be submitted not later than May 8, 2021.
Rating numbers will be taken from the ICCF Rating List as at April 1, 2021 and/or from the current FIDE Rating List.
Semi-Finals Sections normally have 13 players with the possibility for the TTC to extend them to 15 or 17 players if appropriate in special situations.
Players entering more than one section will be accepted only to fill vacancies.
If the number of the entries won’t be a multiple of 13, 15 or 17, sections will be fullfilled with the players who ask to enter the Semi-Finals according Rule 184.108.40.206.3; if it would again impossible to fullfill a section, the players who have been entered according to points (i), (j), (k) and (l) and who have the lowest ICCF ELO rating in list 2021/2 won’t be admitted to the Semi-Finals.
Entries have to be sent through the „New events“ page of www.iccf.com. The entry fee can be paid via Direct Entry or via the player’s National Federation. Entries of „reserve players“ have to be sent by e-mail to the TTC via the player’s National Federation.
It is mandatory that the qualification right under ICCF Rule 220.127.116.11 should be specified for each entry.
The ICCF Executive Board asks that all ICCF Delegates ensure that this important information is made available in all national CC magazines and websites. It is the responsibilty of Delegates to ensure that all players are made aware of these arrangements.
Any questions and/or requests for clarification should be directed to the ICCF Title Tournaments Commissioner, Gian-Maria Tani firstname.lastname@example.org.
Torino, March 14, 2021
Appendix. Section 1 of ICCF Rules
18.104.22.168 Semi-Finals of the World CC Championship
1. The following will be entitled to enter a WCCC Semi-Final:
(a) the participants in one of the previous or running Finals if they have not earned a higher qualification.
(b) the participants in one of the previous or running Candidates' Tournaments who have scored at least
50% of the possible points if they have not earned a higher qualification.
(c) the participants in one of the previous or running Semi-Finals who finished in place 3 or 4 or scored
at least 60% of the possible points but did not qualify for the Candidates' Tournament.
(d) the first and second placed players from a Preliminary section.
(e) the participants in a Final of the ICCF World Cup Tournament who finished in place 3 or 4 or scored
at least 60% of the possible points (This does not include the ICCF Veterans World Cup, Chess 960 World Cup or World Team Tournaments).
(f) the participants in one of the previous or running acknowledged Zonal Championships of tournament
average rating at 2451 or higher who finished in place 3 or 4 or scored at least 60% of the possible
(g) the two top finishers from the acknowledged Zonal Championships of the tournament average rating
at 2450 or below.
(h) those players, who, at the time of nomination have ratings of 2400 and higher, are entered through
their own national organisation.
(i) the holders of the Correspondence Chess International Master title with fixed ratings above 2500. (*)
(j) the holders of the Correspondence Chess Senior International Master title with fixed ratings above
(k) the holders of the Grandmaster Title with ratings above 2400. (*)
(l) those players who have a fixed rating above 2550. (*)
(*) ELO ratings used in these Rules refer to any of those rating lists published in the preceding 12 months.
3. Any player with a fixed rating of 2450 or above can ask to enter a WCCC Semi-Final section. The highest
rated players will be accepted only to fill a section if the number of the entries will not be a multiple or 13, 15 or