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09 Jan 21 | ICCF Jubilee Events Reminder
A reminder to Scottish players, the closing date for entry into the various ICCF 70 Anniversary events is 15 January 2021. Players should enter in the usual way through the ICCF website. There is an entry fee of £9 for entry to ICCF Jubilee World Cup via your National Federation. All other Jubilee events are free. The following link will take you to the Tournament announcement page: ICCF 70.

08 Jan 21 | ICCF IM Norm for Bell
Falkirk-based Alan Bell has obtained his second International Master (IM) norm playing on Board 2 in the 22nd Olympiad Preliminaries. Alan reached the qualifying standard of 5 points when he drew has final game. Alan’s first norm was obtained in the 9th European Team Championship. To obtain the IM title Alan will require to obtain a further norm. Congratulations to Alan!

07 Jan 21 | ICCF Grading List 2021/1 Published
The first quarterly list of 2021 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 Alistair Maxwell.

07 Jan 21 | SCCA Magazine 152 Published
The last e-mag of the 2020 set is being distributed by email today. Printed copies are not available because of the closure of our printers due to Covid restrictions. We'll try to issue the print edition when things return to normal. 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 and I'll do what I can to help. Enjoy the read!

04 Jan 21 | ICCF European Championship-Candidates’ Tournament Announced
The Zone Director has written to announce the Candidates‘ Tournament of the European Championship 2021 will start on 20th March 2021 and be played on the ICCF Server.
The top two players from each Candidates section (tiebreaks will be used if required) will qualify for the Final.
All sections will normally consist of 13 players but, conditional upon the number of entries received, the Tournament Organiser shall have the authority to change the number of players in all sections to 11, 15 or 17.
If the number of the entries do not permit the formation of all sections of 13 (or 11, 15, 17) players, the entries of those players who have submitted entries under condition (d) below will, in ascending order from the lowest, be deferred to the next Candidates event.
Also conditional upon the number of entries, multiple entries submitted by those players holding more than one qualification may have only one entry accepted with other qualifications deferred to the next Candidates event.
The following players have the right to participate in the European Championship Candidates :
  1. players rated 2500 or over at the time of entry
  2. holders of the Grandmaster Title
  3. holders of the Senior International Master Title with a rating over 2400 at the time of entry
  4. holders of the International Master Title with a rating over 2450 at the time of entry
  5. those players who finished 1st or 2nd in a European Championship Semi-Final started after 1st January 2014
  6. participants of previous or running Finals who have scored at least 45% of the possible points, if they have not earned a higher qualification and have not already used this qualification right
  7. the participants of previous or running Candidates who have scored at least 55% of the possible points, if they have not earned a higher qualification and have not already used this qualification right
The ICCF European Championship is reserved only to those players from European countries.
Players may enter in the usual way through their National Federations or, where eligible, via the ICCF Direct Entry system.
It is also mandatory that the qualification right to participate in the event should be specified for each entry. Entry fee, if through National Federation, is £13.50. Closing date for entries is 15th February 2021.

04 Jan 21 | ICCF Zone 1 Europa 3rd EU Amateur Cup Announced
The Zone Director has written to announce a new multi-stage tournament for players rated not higher than 2000. It is expected that the tournament will be organised annually.
The tournament will be organised in three stages, played by server. Usually each group consists of 7-11 players in the preliminary round, 9-13 in the semi-final round and 11-15 in the final round. Each player plays one game with every opponent of his group simultaneously.

Entries
Only players rated 1000 to 2000 in current rating-list (2021/1) are eligible to play the tournament. Unrated players are not allowed to play. Only players from National Federations who are members of Zone 1 (Europe) are eligible to play the tournament. Players may enter in the usual way through their National Federations or, where eligible, via the ICCF Direct Entry system.
Entry fee is £4.50 when through the National Federation and €5 for a Direct Entry.
Registration will begin immediately and will close on 29 January, 2021 to allow for pairings.
Allocation of players to the preliminary and semi-final groups will be made as random as possible; however, geographical distribution as well as an achievement of reasonable equality of the average rating will be taken in consideration.

Tournament Organisation
The tournament starts on 20 February, 2021. Triple Block system for a 350 days event, with 75 days initial bank and 1 day increment for the first 50 moves is used, no leave. All groups will finish on 1st February, 2022 at the latest.
The semi-finals are expected to start on 1st March, 2022 at the latest. Triple Block system for a 350 days event, with 75 days initial bank and 1 day increment for the first 50 moves is used, no leave. All groups will finish on 15th February 2023 at the latest. The final is expected to start on 15th March, 2023 at the latest. Triple Block system for a 400 days event, with 50 days initial bank and 2 days increment for the first 50 moves is used, no leave. The tournament will finish on 1st May, 2024 at the latest.

Qualification
The number of promotions depends on total entries received, but it is initially assumed that the top two players of each preliminary section will qualify for the semi-final stage. The winner of each semi-final section will qualify for the final.
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.