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10 Jun 18 | ICCF Congress Title Awards
This year's ICCF Congress takes place at Llandudno, North Wales, from 19th to 24th August. At each Congress, medals and certificates are presented, usually to the National Delegate, where actual recipients are unable to attend. However, the organisers have extended an invitation to all players who are due to receive awards to attend the Titles and Awards Ceremony on Monday, 20th August. If you are due to receive an award and want to attend please advise Gordon Anderson as soon as possible. Players should note that, if they are unable to attend, Gordon will ensure that he collects all awards and arranges to post to recipients. It would be helpful if players due to receive an award inform Gordon to help ensure he collects appropriate awards for those not able to attend Congress.

06 Jun 18 | ICCF Entry Fees Revised
Following the AGM decision on May 27, treasurer Gordon Anderson has now updated ICCF entry fees to reflect currency fluctuations. You can view the changes on the Entry Fees page. About half remain unchanged, and half show small increases. The changes take effect from today.

28 May 18 | 2018 AGM Highlights
At the AGM in Perth on 27 May, the following items were noted:
  1. Full audited accounts showing a deficit of -£112 and net assets of £10,073.95 were produced by Gordon Anderson.
  2. Alan Hind was reappointed as auditor.
  3. The secretary post will be continue to be covered by Kevin Paine (enquiries and domestic events) and Iain Mackintosh (minutes and trophies).
  4. SCCA membership subscriptions remain unchanged.
  5. ICCF entry fees will show a small increase to cover currency fluctuations.
Members can download AGM and Executive Committee minutes from the members download page. Full financial details may be accessed from accounts page and its attached analysis sheets.

12 May 18 | ICCF CCE Norm for Paine
Kevin Paine of Frome has gained his first ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert (CCE) norm by scoring 4/7 on Board 8 in the 11th European Team Tournament Semi-Final. Congratulations to Kevin who still has three game to complete in this event!

12 May 18 | ICCF CCE Title for Anderson
Gordon Anderson of Nottingham has gained his second ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert (CCE) norm and thereby the CCE title by scoring 4/7 on Board 7 in the 11th European Team Tournament Semi-Final. Congratulations to Gordon who still has 3 games to complete in this event!

12 May 18 | AEAC XV Jubilee Open Semi-Finals Announced
The Spanish Correspondence Chess Association has announced a start date of 30th July 2018 for its International Open Tournament XV Jubilee AEAC Semi-Final. Players rated equal or greater than 2300 (ICCF) or rated equal or greater 2350 (FIDE) are allowed direct entry to the Semi-finals upon payment of an entry fee (£9.50 per section).
Semi-final groups will be composed of 11-13 players and the top 15-17 players from this stage (group winners and perhaps some best second placed players if necessary) will advance to the Final stage. Scottish players who wish to participate are requested to contact Gordon Anderson as soon as possible but no later than 20 June 2018.

12 May 18 | SCCA Friendly International Matches Player Pool
Following the death of George Pyrich there is a need to update the SCCA database of players who are willing to make themselves available to play in friendly matches. The only potential match at present being discussed is a 20/25 Board match against Belgium. To assist in the planning would all players who are willing to play please make contact with Gordon Anderson as soon as possible. The likely start date is 1st August 2018. Further matches are likely to be arranged after the upcoming ICCF Congress in Wales in August. It is hoped that as many players as possible will be available to participate.

12 May 18 | George Pyrich Memorial Tournaments Reminder
As members are aware, the SCCA is organising a rating-banded Memorial Tournament for our long standing member, George Pyrich who sadly passed away last December. The response from the ICCF community to play in the event is very encouraging. Scottish players who have not yet entered and wish to do so should contact Alan Borwell before the closing date for entries on 20th June 2018.

10 May 17 | SCCA AGM 2018
This will be held at 7 Tullylumb Terrace, Perth PH1 1BA at 4:00pm on Sunday, 27th May. Skype facilities can be made available for those unable to attend in person (please contact the president). The agenda is:
  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of Previous AGM and Matters Arising
  3. President's Remarks
  4. Secretary's Report
  5. Treasurer's Report
  6. International Secretary's Report
  7. Election of Office Bearers
  8. Appointment of Auditor
  9. Proposed Subscriptions and Fees
  10. AOCB

01 May 18 | GDPR Compliance Announced
In keeping with all UK government, commercial, charity and voluntary organisations, the SCCA will be fully compliant with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation which takes effect on 25th May. You can read our policy statement on our Policies page, where the basic GDPR principles are outlined; the data we keep is explained; and your rights are listed.
If you have any queries on the legislation, or you want to inspect, modify or delete any data we hold about you, please contact the webmaster for assistance.

17 Apr 18 | ICCF Tournament Registration Changes
Austin Lockwood, ICCF Services Director has written to confirm new arrangements for entering ICCF organised events. Please note that this procedure applies only to events listed on iccf.com under "New Events". National events and other events which are not listed under "New Events" are not affected by these arrangements.
The server will be updated with the new software on Thursday 19th April. After this date, there will be no need for National Delegates to send a list of entries to tournament organisers; players should register for these events directly on the server.
Players wanting to enter ICCF organised events should click on the New Events list. When tournament is selected and the player clicks on the ‘enter’ button, she or he will be given a choice between entering via Direct Entry or entering via their National Federation. If the player selects "Enter Via National Federation", National Delegates will be sent an e-mail asking them to confirm that they have received payment for the entry. Entry fees will need to be paid by cheque or electronically. In the event of the latter please contact Gordon Anderson for Bank details.

12 Apr 18 | Message from Catherine Pyrich
Catherine has asked me to send this message to all SCCA members:
I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond, but I’d like to thank you sincerely for the beautiful flowers and kind condolences you sent to George’s memorial service in January. We held a lovely gathering of family and friends in Kirkcaldy to celebrate George’s life and achievements, and everyone appreciated the many tributes and messages we received from around the world. It was a very sad occasion, but we took great comfort from the respect in which George was held. Thank you again for your generosity.

10 Apr 18 | ICCF Veterans World Cup 11 Announced
Ian M. Pheby, president of EFCC (the English CC Federation), writes to announce that VWC11 will start on 1st September, 2018, with the closing date for entries 1st August. As with previous VWCs, the event will be organised in three stages, which will allow several players from each group stage to advance to the Semi-finals and Final. The number of promotions will depend on total entries received, but it is envisaged that groups at each stage will comprise 11 players (10 games) or 13 players (12 games) played by webserver with a rate of play of 10 moves in 40 days. Playing time in each stage will be 18 months, with a fixed closing date specified at the outset. VWCs are open to all players who are 60 years old or more at the start date of the tournament. Although the number of preliminary groups which each player may enter is unlimited, no player will qualify for more than two Semi-final groups or more than one place in the Final. Players may enter through their National Federations (the SCCA entry fee per section is £8.50) or, where eligible, via the ICCF Direct Entry system, where the fee will be €14.04 per preliminary section. For further information and to register, please contact Gordon Anderson before mid-July.

06 Apr 18 | ICCF Grading List 2018/2 Published
The second quarterly list of 2018 is published on the website today. Look under publications/grading list to see the web page, or go to members/downloads for the pdf version. For further information, please contact Kevin Paine.

06 Apr 18 | Magazine 141 Published
The first e-mag of the 2018 set is being distributed by email today. Printed copies are in the post tonight. As usual, members will be asked to download their e-mags from the secure Members' page on the website, while complimentary e-mags will be attached to the email. Download times will be slightly shorter than last quarter. If you have any problems with this edition, please drop me an email at: webmaster@scottishcca.co.uk and I'll do what I can to help. Enjoy the read!

04 Apr 18 | ICCF CCE Norm for Lloyd
Geoff Lloyd of Prestatyn has gained his second ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert (CCE) norm by scoring 5/9 on Board 3 in the Esko Nuutilainen Memorial Team Tournament. Congratulations to Geoff who still has one game to complete in this event! Geoff obtained his first norm in the WCCF Congress Invitational in January 2017.

26 Mar 18 | RCCA 25 Years Open Tournament Announced
Andrey Pavlikov (Russia) has written to announce that in celebration of its 25th Anniversary the Russian Federation is to stage an Open Tournament in 3 stages:
  1. Preliminary stage: rated only; starts 15th May 2018; 11 players per group; 10 moves in 30 days with duplication after 20 days.
  2. Semi-final stage: norms possible; starts 15th December 2019; 13-15 players per group; 10 moves in 40 days with duplication after 20 days.
  3. Final stage: norms possible; starts 15th.May 2021; 13-17 players; 10 moves in 50 days with duplication after 20 days.
Winner and runner-up of each preliminary section will directly qualify for the semi-finals; winner of each semi-final section will directly qualify for the final, and several runners-up will be promoted to fill vacancies.
Entry fee will be £9 for Preliminary sections. SCCA Members interesting in playing in the Preliminary sections are requested to contact Gordon Anderson no later than 12th April 2018. Players rated 2400 or above or those holding GM or SIM title may enter at semi-final stage.

15 Mar 18 | George Pyrich Memorial Tournaments
Tournament Organiser Alan Borwell has today released the following announcement to ICCF Member Federations via the ICCF General Secretary.
The SCCA is organising some special tournaments in memory of our dear friend George Pyrich, who sadly died on 16th December 2017. To avoid clashing with other Memorial events, SCCA plans to start the tournaments on 9th September 2018 which will be the 67th anniversary of George's birthday. The planned structure of the Memorial Tournaments will be as follows:
  1. SCCA envisages Groups of 13 players each, arranged according to ICCF ratings as at 1st July 2018 but with balanced distribution of nationalities across groups. 20% of the places will be reserved for SCCA members.
  2. Being Memorial tournaments, there will be no entry fee and there will be engraved commemorative trophies (quaichs) for each of the Group winners.
  3. The envisaged provisional rating ranges of the groups are: below 2100; 2100-2199; 2200-2299; 2300-2399; 2400-2499 and 2500 and above. These groupings may be varied and there could be multiple groups within a range.
  4. All entries and enquiries should be sent to Alan Borwell as soon as possible and not later than 20th June 2018.
  5. Standard ICCF rate of play and leave allowances will be used.

07 Mar 18 | ICCF 2018 World Championship Semi-Finals
Gian-Maria Tani, ICCF Title Tournament Commissioner, writes to announce the start date of the Semi-Finals of the 42nd WCCC as June 20, 2018. Entries will be accepted according with ICCF Tournament Rules valid as from January 1st, 2018, to be received not later than May 13, 2018. Member Federations Nominations (MFN) for the Semi-Finals should also be submitted not later than May 13, 2018. MFN for 2017 cannot be used for 2018 WC Cycle. Scottish players who are eligible and who are interested in playing should contact Gordon Anderson as soon as possible and before 6th May 2018.

25 Jan 18 | ICCF Match Russia v Rest of World
ICCF has announced that a friendly match between Russia and the Rest of the World will start in February 2018 in honour of the late George Pyrich. The match will be rated and played on ICCF webserver, using the Triple Block System time control. Duration of the Match will be 15-months maximum. The number of boards will be 100 with pairings categorised as follows:
  • 2500+ (15 boards)
  • 2400-2499 (20 boards)
  • 2300-2399 (20 boards)
  • 2200-2299 (20 boards)
  • 2100-2199 (10 boards)
  • 2099- (15 boards)
Each National Federation may nominate 2 players (from different rating bands) and 2 back-up players. Due to an administrative mix-up, notice for this event has just been received and players interested in taking part should contact Gordon Anderson by 30th January 2018.
SCCA members should note that the SCCA Executive is developing plans to hold a Memorial Tournament for George Pyrich which will start after the upcoming ICCF Congress being held in Wales in August. This will be an open event to allow many more players to participate.

23 Jan 18 | ICCF CCM Title for Bell
Alan Bell of Falkirk, who was recently awarded the Correspondence Chess Expert (CCE) title has now achieved his second Correspondence Chess Master (CCM) norm having reached the qualifying standard of 4.5 points while playing Board 4 for Scotland in the 11th European Team Tournament. Securing his second norm has resulted in the ICCF Qualifications Commissioner confirming that Alan has been awarded the CCM title. Congratulations to Alan on his latest success!

18 Jan 18 | ICCF Congress 2018 Announced
ICCF President Eric Ruch has announced that this year's Congress will run be in Llandudno, North Wales, from 19th to 23rd August.
Austin Lockwood, on behalf of the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation, has written to invite all new British title holders to attend the Welcome Party at the Imperial Hotel on the evening of Sunday 19th August, and to receive their medals and certificates from the ICCF President at the official award ceremony on the morning of Monday 20th August.
Players who wish to attend should register their attendance through the official WCCF Congress website, as the Qualifications Commissioner will need to know the number of medals required, and the organisers will need numbers for ordering refreshments, etc. For further information, please contact Gordon Anderson.

18 Jan 18 | ICCF 3rd Inter-zonal Individual Tournament Announced
ICCF-Europa Zonal Director Andrey Pavlikov writes to announce the 3rd Inter-zonal Individual Tournament. Each ICCF Zone is allowed to nominate 36 players. As Zone 1 (Europe) consists of 40 countries and is greater than the quota, preference will be given to those Federations whose teams are playing in the current EU Team Championship (either Final or Semi-final). Each country may nominate 1 player rated 2200 to 2375. Entry fee for this event via National Federation is £4.50. Nominations require to be made by 29th January and any Scottish player who is interested in this event and meets the grading requirements should contact Gordon Anderson as soon as possible and before 28th January 2018.

18 Jan 18 | ICCF CCE Norm for Montgomery
Robert Montgomery of Livingston has obtained his first ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert (CCE) norm. Robert reached the qualifying standard of 4 points while playing in the North Atlantic Team Tournament VII on board 3. Congratulations to Robert!

15 Jan 17 | SCCA Committee Responsibilities
Following the death of George Pyrich, new committee responsibilities have been agreed as follows:
  • Iain Mackintosh: president, webmaster, magazine editor, minute secretary
  • Gordon Anderson: treasurer, ICCF delegate, international secretary
  • Kevin Paine: membership secretary, grader
  • Alastair Dawson: games editor
  • Alan Borwell: organiser of memorial events for George Live and George Pyrich
  • The post of vice-president will remain vacant until our AGM in May
  • Relevant email addresses are given on the officials webpage
Outside of committee, please note the following important roles:
  • Richard Beecham: selection committee chairman (Tom Matheis and Clive Murden will assist)
  • Peter Bennett: magazine reporting, including international events and other features

14 Jan 17 | SCCA 2018 Domestic Events Started
Many thanks again to Kevin Paine who has initiated all our major domestic events in early January this year! You can access the x-table links via the following pages: championship; premier; open; and leagues. The challengers fixtures will follow in February, in order to stagger the games load for players.

10 Jan 18 | ICCF Grading List 2018/1 Published
The first quarterly list of 2018 is published on the website today. Look under publications/grading list to see the web page, or go to members/downloads for the pdf version. For further information, please contact Kevin Paine.

10 Jan 18 | Magazine 140 Published
The fourth e-mag of the 2017 set is being distributed by email today. Printed copies are in the post tonight. As usual, members will be asked to download their e-mags from the secure Members' page on the website, while complimentary e-mags will be attached to the email. Download times will be about the same as last quarter. If you have any problems with this edition, please drop me an email at: webmaster@scottishcca.co.uk and I'll do what I can to help. Enjoy the read!

05 Jan 18 | Friendly Match Versus Scheming Mind Starts
Organisers George Pyrich and Austin Lockwood finalised their teams before Christmas and play has now started in a 18-board friendly match against Scheming Mind. This is the second time we've played the Schemers, with the 2010-11 match ending in an emphatic 29½-10½ victory for them. Some early results have already been recorded. As ever, best wishes to both teams for competitive chess plus new and old acquaintances!

01 Jan 18 | ICCF President's New Year Message
To all Correspondence Chess Friends,
As 2017 ends, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you and all those dear to you for a very healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year. I also want to extend my sincere thanks to all officials and delegates for their devoted work on behalf of ICCF during the last year.
A major upgrade of the server has been released in December, surely the most important in the last decade. It will ease the daily work for many officials with the introduction of the automated withdrawal process and the enhancement of the adjudication process (players will also take benefit of it). The players will now be able to test the new Triple Block time control system, and I invite all of them to give us their feedback after a few months of test. If adopted by a future Congress, it will be a major evolution for ICCF, alongside the already implemented norms, titles system, and the development of the rating system which is still under evaluation.
Players and officials will also appreciate the new “ICCF Rules Document” which compiles rules information previously listed in 8 separate documents!
The venue of the 2018 ICCF Congress will be decided in January after the review of the bids submitted by three Member Federations (Poland, South Africa and Wales).
Last month, we suffered the loss of two friends, ICCF Honorary Members Carlos Flores Gutiérrez and George Pyrich. Many of you have met them during the numerous congresses they have attended ? both taking care of the ICCF finances during the last two decades. Requiescat in pace, dear friends.
In closing, let me once again extend to you my best wishes for the New Year. I hope that 2018 will bring satisfaction in all your endeavors, personal, professional, and chess!
Amici Sumus,
Eric Ruch
ICCF President