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29 Jan 24 | ICCF Qualifications from former Zones Championships
There have been enquiries from players about what will happen in the transition period with qualifications earned in former Zones Championships. This note confirms that:
  1. qualifications from the former EU Zone are transferred to the Super Regional EU Championships
  2. qualifications from the former World Zone are transferred to the Super Regional RoW Championships
In special cases qualifications from the former Zones Championships may be transferred crosswise, i. e. qualifications from the former RoW Championships may be transferred to the Super Regional EU Championships and vice versa. This is the case when a NF moved from the Rest of the World to Europe or vice versa.
  1. qualifications from the former EU Zone are transferred to the Super Regional EU Championships
  2. qualifications from the former World Zone are transferred to the Super Regional RoW Championships.
  3. In special cases qualifications from the former Zones Championships may be transferred crosswise, i. e. qualifications from the former RoW Championships may be transferred to the Super Regional EU Championships and vice versa. This is the case when a NF moved from the Rest of the World to Europe or vice versa.
All qualifications earned in the former Zones Championships will expire 3 years after the end of the tournament in which they were earned.
ICCF Officials:
Leonardo Madonia; Super-Regional Tournaments Commissioner
Alberto Martello; Super-Regional tournaments Commissioner - Deputy RoW
Austin Lockwood; Super-Regional tournaments Commissioner - Deputy Europe
Uwe Staroske; World Tournament Director

29 Jan 24 | SCCA Best Game Prize 2023 Reminder
Just to confirm that this year’s judge will be IM Valer Eugen Demian of Canada, and we’ll announce the winning entry by end-March. There are still a couple of days left for you to send your submissions, so please direct them to me at my president email address. The main stipulation is that games must have been completed in 2023. Multiple entries are allowed. If you do enter, good luck!

27 Jan 24 | Maigonis Avotinš Memorial Event
The well-known and much liked Latvian ICCF delegate Maigonis Avotinš who died shortly after the ICCF Amsterdam Congress in 2023, is to be commemorated in an event organised by fellow Latvian Artis Gaujens. The playing format will probably be the Silli system, 10 games/player, but the total number of players isn't yet known. It is hoped to start in early February. Please indicate your interest as soon as possible via David Kilgour.

25 Jan 24 | SCCA Magazine 164 Erratum
One of our sharp-eyed readers has pointed out a typo in the Hawkes File article of magazine 164. If you download mag164.pdf from the secure Members' page on the website at your convenience, all should be well. Apologies for the slip!/dd>

10 Jan 24 | ICCF Grading List 2024/1 Published
The first quarterly list of 2024 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.

10 Jan 24 | SCCA Magazine 164 Published
The fourth e-mag of the 2023 set is being distributed by email and post today. 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!

06 Jan 24 | ICCF President's New Year Message
To all Correspondence Chess Friends,
As 2023 has ended, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you and all those dear to you for an extremely healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year. I also sincerely thank all officials and delegates for their devoted work on behalf of ICCF during the last year.
The new rating system adopted by Congress has been implemented, and the first ratings using the new system have been published.
As for all other projects, ICCF needs more volunteers for our projects, and I ask all Member Federations to help us by relaying this message to their members, who will be ready to give some of their spare time.
Let me extend my best wishes for the New Year again. 2024 will bring satisfaction to all your personal and professional endeavours.
Amici Sumus,
Eric Ruch
ICCF President