Saturday 4 October 2014

2014 ICCF Congress

While the world of Correspondence Chess (CC) is a bit arcane for most of the younger generation it still forms an important part of the overall chess fabric. CC is a particularly important part of Australian chess history, as the 1st CC World Champion was CJS Purdy, one of this countries most significant chess personalities.
As part of the celebrations of the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Correspondence Chess League of Australia, the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) is holding its 2014 Congress in Parramatta in a weeks time. The congress runs from the 11th -18th of October, at the Parramatta Park Royal. At this stage around 30 delegates from across the world will be attending, and while it is smaller than the recent FIDE Congress in Norway, I am sure it will be both less fractious, and better run.
If you are interested in finding out more about the event you can visit the Congress website. As part of the congress there will be a couple of chess events (OTB!) with a blitz tournament on the 15th, and a match between the ICCF and Sydney on the 16th. Spectators to these events are more than welcome.
If you are interested in finding out about the Australia CC scene, you can visit the CCLA website. These days most CC is played by webserver, and the CCLA has just announced various championship events for 2015. New, or resurrected events for next year include a Women's Championship and a Junior (Under 21) Championship.

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