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Last updated 27 January 2020

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27 Jan 20 | SCCA Best Game Prize 2019
We are delighted to announce that GM Dadi Örn Jónsson, the Icelandic ICCF delegate, has kindly agreed to judge our Best Game entries for 2019.
Any games involving SCCA members which completed during 2019 are eligible, and entries will be accepted until the 31st of January 2020. Just a few days left now, so please feel free to send in the game scores of any tussles which gave you some satisfaction last year.
To enter your game please email Iain Mackintosh.

24 Jan 20 | ICCF Congress 2020 Website Launched
ICCF General Secretary Michael Millstone has now circulated all ICCF member nation delegates to announce that the website specially built for the upcoming Congress in Glasgow (Clydebank) is now available for use. You can access it at: congress website. Registration facilities are available for those wishing to attend, and there is plenty of information about hotels, local attractions and the planned programme of events. Further updates will be made between now and August. Our event organiser is Gordon Anderson, who can provide any further information you may need.

19 Jan 20 | Derek Coope RIP
Sad news from Oban where Derek Coope died suddenly at the local Chess Club on 15th January. He'd been teaching youngsters earlier in the day and was with his great friend Duncan Campbell later on when taken ill. Derek was 81 and is survived by his wife Joyce and their four children. Derek was a prolific player, both OTB and CC. He first appeared on the ICCF grading list in 1992 playing almost 1,000 games, with a highest rating of 2129 in 2012. We'll update this notice once we hear about funeral and/or memorial arrangements.

17 Jan 20 | SCCA Webserver League 2020 Entries
We are currently seeking entries for the Scottish Webserver League. The event is for teams of 4 players who take part in Divisions of up to 7 teams. Games are rated.
Entries will be accepted until the 31st of January 2020 with a start date of 7th February 2020. End date will be 31st December 2020.
Time control of 10 moves in 30 days with duplication after 20 days is used. 30 days of leave per year are available to each player. Full ICCF rules will apply. The cost is Ł2.50 per board for non-SCCA members.
To enter a team please contact Kevin Paine.

16 Jan 20 | ICCF Grading List 2020/1 Published
The first quarterly list of 2020 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.

16 Jan 20 | SCCA Magazine 148 Published
The fourth e-mag of the 2019 set is being distributed by email today. Printed copies are also in the post. 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: and I'll do what I can to help. Enjoy the read!

09 Jan 20 | WCCF 1st International Open Correspondence Chess Championship
The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation is pleased to announce the First Welsh International Open Correspondence Chess Championship. CC players of all levels from all countries of the world are warmly invited to participate.
The full announcement can be viewed on the ICCF News page, and players will also receive a personalised ICCF email.

07 Jan 20 | SCCA 2019 Results Summary
There was one Premier section last year, which finished in a triple tie between Jim Anderson, Ian Whittaker and Carlos Almarza Mato - all with identical points, Baumbach and SB scores.
We also had one Open section last year, won by Andrew MacMillen who came close to a 100% score with 7/8.
The Challengers 2019-20 Cycle was won by Colin Beveridge, who also just missed out on a 100% score with 7½/8. Full results for all players are now available on the website.
We organised four webserver Leagues for the first time in 2019. Winners were Hounds of Scheming Mind A (Div 1 - 4 in a row for them!); Hounds of the Scheming Mind C (Div 2); White Rose B (Div 3) and BCCA Amethysts (Div 4).
Well done to all competitors for another enjoyable year of CC!

06 Jan 20 | Mackintosh wins 2019-20 SCCA Championship
Iain Mackintosh has won the SCCA Championship for a record 10th time (5 outright; 5 shared), finishing with 9˝/12. There are unfinished games, but Iain can't be caught now. If Mickey Blake wins all his remaining games, he can reach 9 points and claim outright 2nd place. At present, Iain Sneddon and David Cumming are tied on 8˝ points. The top 4 players enjoyed a very tight contest, and the one decisive game between them decided the outcome. Congratulations once more to the man from Perth!

05 Jan 20 | ICCF President's New Year Message
To all Correspondence Chess Friends,
As 2019 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.
This last year has indeed been demanding for all ICCF officials and volunteers but nevertheless has proved to be successful for ICCF, which has achieved substantial progress and improvement, and most of the decisions made during the last congress in Vilnius have already been implemented in the ICCF bylaws and on the server.
The ICCF Congress 2020 will be held near Glasgow, Scotland, in August, and I hope that many delegates, officials and correspondence chess players will join us. More details about the venue will be published soon.
In closing, let me once again extend to you my best wishes for the New Year. I hope that 2020 will bring satisfaction in all your endeavours, personal, professional, and chess!
Amici Sumus,
Eric Ruch
ICCF President