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Archive of ICCF-U.S. News for 2004
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(December 23, 2004):

PLAYERS NEEDED!!

3rd E-mail U.S. Championship to be played on ICCF's Websever!!

The 3rd E-mail US Correspondence Chess Championship will be played on ICCF's Webserver. This will be an excellent opportunity for US players interested in trying out this new way of playing correspondence chess! If you are interested in knowing more about the ICCF server, please visit the ICCF web pages: www.iccf-webchess.com. Please note that you still must send your entry to ICCF-US.

 

(December 21, 2004):

FYI: International Arbiter and Tournament Director Allen Wright is moving! Please take a note of it - particularly if you are playing in one of the events in which he is the TD.

He is currently directing the finals of the 14th USCCC and 15th USCCC and the NAPZ Master Class events. His mailing address is now:

      Allen F. Wright
      8923 Shenandoah Run
      Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Please also note that his email address will not change.

(December 17, 2004):

ICCF-US is proud to announce the following new title holders awarded at the ICCF 2004 Congress in Mumbai, India:

Grand Master:  Robin Smith, John C. Timm
Senior International Master: Timothy J. Murray
International Master:  Timothy J. Murray, Robert Rizzo
International Arbiter:   J. Franklin Campbell

Additionally, Christopher T. Sergel earned his Senior International Master Title during the year and will receive the medal and certificate at the 2005 Congress in Villa la Angostura, Neuquen, Argentina.
 

Congratulations to our fellow players and all the best luck for many more achievements!

(December 14, 2004):

Join the Dream Team!

Join the Dream Team!
Is it your dream to play the reigning ICCF World Champion? Guess what? He wants to play you too! At the ICCF Congress in Mumbai, Tunc Hamarat volunteered to take on all comers. See the full announcement to fulfill your dream on the "Rest of the World" team. By the way, he's chosen the white pieces.

More Information here (Word Document) or RichText!

(November 29, 2004):

U.S. Correspondence Chess Championship Archive (USCCC) Update!

Franklin Campbell has just added a new database to the USCCC archive for the 15th USCCC Preliminary round. The old database had 179 games. The new version has 628 games. Many thanks to N. Eric Pedersen for his huge contribution by manually entering all the previously missing games, and to Franklin for all his effort to provide this valuable record of our games! The archive can be found at: http://www.iccfus.com/games/usccc.htm

Franklin also requests that if anyone has any information on the USCCC 5th Championship preliminary round, please contact him!

(November 17, 2004):

Photos from Congress!

Ruth Ann Fay has provided us with a glimpse of the ICCF Congress that was held in Mumbai, India (30 October until 5 November). Please take a look here: ICCF Congress 2004! Although a lot of hard work was done, it does appear that everyone enjoyed themselves very much!

(October 27, 2004):

Olympiad XIII - U.S.A. Team Announcement

The U.S. Team is announced for the upcoming Final for Olympiad XIII! The final is set to start on November 25th. We wish good luck and good chess to our team!!

1. GM Palciauskas, Victor Vytas
2. GM DeMauro, Joseph A.
3. SM Edwards, Jon
4. SM Duliba, Dr. Edward P.
5. IM Sergel, Christopher T.
6. IM Sunna, Hisham N.

Team Captain: Alex Dunne

(October 12, 2004):

3rd E-mail U.S. Championship to be played on ICCF's Websever!!

Just announced by Ruth Ann Fay - The 3rd E-mail US Correspondence Chess Championship will be played on ICCF's Webserver. This will be an excellent opportunity for US players interested in trying out this new way of playing correspondence chess! If you are interested in knowing more about the ICCF server, please visit the ICCF web pages: www.iccf-webchess.com. Please note that you still must send your entry to ICCF-US.

(October 3, 2004): NEWS!!

1st ICCF WEBCHESS OPEN TOURNAMENT!!

ICCF has announced the first Webchess (Webserver) Open tournament. This tournament is open to all correspondence chess players worldwide, also for those without any previous ICCF experience.

Interested? Please click here for the announcement, and contact ICCF-US office if you would like to participate!

(September 19, 2004):

The ICCF is delighted to announce the start of regular class tournaments on the ICCF Webserver. With immediate effect the ICCF is accepting entries for the Open Class, Higher Class and Master Class tournament sections to be played on the new ICCF Webserver located at www.iccf-webchess.com. Read all about it at the ICCF homepage!

ICCF-US Players: Please note that we have updated the ICCF-US order form.

(September 18, 2004): NOTICE! Deadline for entries to the ICCF Champion's League has been extended. Please see the note below as well as the information on ICCF Web page. Also, the ICCF-US order form has been updated.
Champions League - new deadline for entries!

Dear friends,

We have decided to extend the deadline for entries to be submitted for the new season of the Champions League! So far we have over 200 teams ready to play in this new season, but we would like new and old teams to have one last chance to submit their teams. Therefore, we will accept entries (via our Direct Entry facility, or through your National Federation) until September 30.

Please don't wait until the very last minute to submit your team! And don't forget that besides the glory in competing, we have secured a huge prize fund! You can read all you need about the Champions League in our special website (link).

Best regards & Amici Sumus,

The Champions League team
 

 

(September 9, 2004): Due to Hurricanes Charley and Frances and the possibility of Hurricane Ivan, the US has received extensions of the deadlines for both the World Cup XIV and the First Season of the Champions League. The new World Cup XIV deadline is 22 September. The new Champions League deadline is 30 September.

Max Zavanelli and Ruth Ann Fay are still without power and water at their home. The home also sustained some damage during Hurricane Charley. They are fine, but are not able to be in the ICCF-US office during normal hours. Please be patient if you do not receive a response to your entry or inquiry as quickly as normal.

Signed, "spoiled by the twentieth century"
Ruth Ann Fay

(August 23, 2004): ICCF Ratings Commissioner Gerhard Binder has posted the new rating list for second half of 2004. If you are interested in finding your rating, please download the Eloquery database program and supporting files from the ICCF Web Site.
(August 22 2004): The 17th US Championship Prelims are set to start September 7th, 2004 - 9 sections, 7 players each. The cross-tables are now available online - and will be updated after results have been submitted by the TD.
(August 21 2004): Dear Chessfriends: As of today SIM Jason Bokar (NAPZ Deputy Director) will take on the role of Webmaster for ICCF-US. After a long service, Franklin Campbell would like to take a well deserved rest from being the Webmaster. Thanks Franklin!! I hope I can fill your shoes, and I think we'll be seeing more of Franklin behind the chessboard in the near future! Franklin will remain the Archivist.
(18 August 2004): The ICCF team email tournament Champions League will be starting on 1 November 2004 (entries must be in by 15 September 2004). Read the full ICCF-U.S. CL Announcement. There is also information on the ICCF World Cup XIV. Also see the announcement on 16 July 2004 below.
(2 August 2004): The Games Archive has been updated with over 350 games from USCCC finals (3rd through the 13th). See USCCC Games Archive. This is all the USCCC Final games collected from various published databases (some preliminary round games have not yet been processed). If you have additional games please send them to the ICCF-U.S. Games/Crosstables Archivist/webmaster. In particular, crosstable information and games are needed for the 5th USCCC Preliminary round.
(27 July 2004): The Games Archive has been divided into two pages to separate the USA events from the NAPZ events. Eventually, the NAPZ Games Archive, along with other NAPZ information, will be moved to a special NAPZ web site, separate from the USA. Till then, the ICCF-U.S. web site will continue to host the NAPZ pages. The USCCC Games Archive has been given a new format. Games will be added to individual databases as they become available. For some events only a few games will be available. Hopefully, the databases will continue to expand over time and many of the historic USA championship games will be preserved.
(16 July 2004): Today the ICCF web site announced World Cup XIV, which is being organized by Australia. See the ICCF Announcement in a popup window, or go to the ICCF web site.
Entries close September 15, 2004.
USA participants may enter using the ICCF-U.S. Order Form and sending the entry fee to ICCF-U.S.
Entries for the 17th USCCC have been extended for an additional ten days. For full information about this event see 17th Postal and 3rd Email USCCC Announcement. If you want to play in the USA championship postal event (email may also be used) please send your entry in immediately.
(15 July 2004): ICCF-U.S. Secretary Max Zavanelli released his announcement today that the USA Olympiad team has advanced to the final for Olympiad XIII by placing second in Qualifying group 4. The Final will start 1 November 2004.

Congratulations to our outstanding team of GM Joseph M. DeMauro, SIM Jon Edwards, SIM Gary L. Kubach, IM William E. Maillard, GM-elect John C. Timm, and SIM Daniel M. Fleetwood and Olympiad Team Captain Alex Dunne. Read the full announcement.

(11 June 2004): Joan DuBois, Director of the US Chess Website and USCF Correspondence Chess, has announced that over 500 games from the USCF Absolute Championship events have been added to the site, thanks to the work of Bob Rizzo. Joan says all the games are from Master and Senior CC Master players.

You can check out the Absolute Championship Review page for a link to the games and player profiles, or you can go directly to the Game Page. Games are in replay format and are from events covering the years 1976 through 2002.

(26 May 2004): Here is a repeat of the 10 Feb 2004 announcement.
The 17th Postal and 3rd Email USA Correspondence Chess Championships have been announced. The postal event will start August 15, 2004 (entries close July 15, 2004) while the email event starts January 15, 2005 (entries close December 15, 2004). For complete information see 17th Postal and 3rd Email USCCC Announcement.
(23 May 2004): NAPZ and USA Players' Path to World Championship

Frank Goebert and Ruth Ann Fay have worked together to create an update to the old USA Ascension Chart and included the NAPZ activities in it. It is available here as a GIF image or as a downloadable Power Point page. (25-May Update: Another useful chart is available in the ICCF Brochure.)

GM V. V. Palciauskas of the USA has written of making the world championship his goal when he started playing correspondence chess. He went on to climb the ladder and gain the 10th world championship! Who will be the next USA player to take on this challenge and gain the ultimate cc title? Why not you?


GM-elect
John C.
Timm

(27 April 2004): Congratulations to John C. Timm on earning his second GM norm and qualifying for the GM title. The Title will be presented at the 2004 ICCF Congress in Mumbai, India.

John C. Timm earned the IM title in 1998 and the SIM in 2001. He won the Second NAPZ Championship in 1998 with a 12.5/14. Since then, he scored a 10.5/12 in the XIII Olympiad Preliminary, earned his first GM norm with 12.5/16 in the World Championship XIX Candidates section 3, and has just earned his 8th point in the Itzhak Veinger Memorial section A. This is an extremely strong tournament, Category XIII with 3 GM's and 6 SIM's. John is the second highest rated player on the USA list.

Congratulations to GM-Elect John C. Timm! (see John Timm's Player Profile)

(8 April 2004): New USA Top 50 List.
Congratulations to Tim Murray, 11th USA co-champion, who has entered the top 50 list at number 5 with his first fixed rating of 2595. Also, IA Grayling Hill has entered the list for the first time. IM Allan Savage and IM Michael Millstone are back on the list again. See Player Ranks.
(5 April 2004): The USA cc community mourns the recent death of International Arbiter Dr. G. S. (Jerry) Benner (USA). Dr. Benner directed many of the most prestigious USA and ICCF tournaments, including the 1st USCCC (USA Championship Final 1974-6), NTC-1 (the First National Team Championship of the USA), ICCF Master Class sections from 1968 to 1989, World Cup V, USA-Soviet match, and the USA-Peru match. He received his IA title in 1975.
(29 March 2004): Irish postal strike. Those who deal by post with Ireland should be aware of the current postal strike. For more information read the announcement at the Chess Mail site.
(24 March 2004): ICCF has announced their "Corporate Patron of ICCF Programme" to match the individual patron program listed below on 7 March 2004. For the full announcement go to the ICCF web site for the 23.3.2004 announcement, or read the full text here at full announcement.
(12 March 2004): The ICCF-U.S. Secretary, in his role as ICCF Deputy President, has issued the following statement:
Dear Chessfriends,

ICCF joins in mourning with our Spanish Friends over the terrorist attack in Madrid on 11 March 2004. In respect for their grief, ICCF grants a Special Leave during which no time will be charged for Spanish players for one week, 12 to 18 March.

Please join with us in offering our condolences to Spain for their losses.

I am making this announcement on behalf of the Executive Board and President, Josef Mrkvicka, who is traveling this week.

Amici sumus,
Max Zavanelli
ICCF Deputy President

(7 March 2004): ICCF has announced a new "Patron of ICCF" Program. For the full announcement go to the ICCF web site for the 25.2.2004 announcement, or read the full text here at full announcement.
(28 February 2004): The ICCF European Zone has just launched its own web site ICCF Europa. Congratulations to Zonal Director Gian-Maria Tani, Deputy Zonal Director Sergej Jakovlevic Grodzenskij, Webmasters Giorgio Ruggeri Laderchi and Maurizio Sampieri and all the others who made this site possible. You won't want to miss their ICCF Photo Album!

GM-elect
Robin Smith

(26 February 2004): Congratulations to Robin Smith (USA)! Only last year he received his SIM title at the 2003 ICCF Congress. Now he has qualified for the Grandmaster title, which he will receive at the 2004 ICCF Congress in Mumbai, India!

Robin Smith won the 13th USA championship Final (1999-2002) and also shared the 11th USA championship (1995-1998). He fulfilled the requirements for the GM title by obtaining GM norms in WC24sf sec 8 with a 9/10, GM norm 7.5 over 10 games, start 30 March 2000, Category 8; and in Veinger Memorial, Section A, currently 8/13, GM norm 8/14, Category XIII, start 1 June 2002. The Veninger Memorial included 3 GM's and 6 SIM's per the QC report.

Congratulations to GM-elect Robin Smith!

(10 February 2004): The 17th Postal and 3rd Email USA Correspondence Chess Championships have been announced. The postal event will start August 15, 2004 (entries close July 15, 2004) while the email event starts January 15, 2005 (entries close December 15, 2004). For complete information see 17th Postal and 3rd Email USCCC Announcement.
(7 January 2004): A new Player Ranks list (ICCF-US Top 50 Rated Players) has been posted based on the October 2003 ICCF list. You can still find the previous list by following the link at the bottom of that page. Also, the List of USA Titleholders has been updated to include the IM titles for players with higher titles (many of these were left out in the previous list). 13-Jan-04: missing player added to Player Ranks list.

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