2005 ICCF Congress Summary from Ruth Ann Fey (November 3, 2005)
One great thing about the internet is that so many participants have already
posted reports and pictures at various Congress sites. Therefore, I do not have
to write so many details to you.
The fun session is always the Tuesday morning Title Awards ceremony. Our Zone
has done very well this year. I had thought my suitcase would be lighter on the
way home, but it is filled with medals now.
Our first congratulations are for Santiago Cardosa Contreras, Mexico, for
being honored with both the Silver and Gold Bertl von Massow Medals for 10 and
15 years meritorious service. We also wish him a speedy recovery. He reported to
us that he had broken his leg last month.
Mexico’s team in the VII Pananerican Team Championship was awarded Silver Medals
for their fine performance: Jorge Aldrete Lobo, Team Captain and Board 1; Dr.
Clemente Guizar, Board 2; Kenneth Frey, Board 3; and Santiago Cardoso Contreras,
Our Zone has 1 new Grandmaster: Alexander Ugge, Canada. Bravo!
Our new Senior International Correspondence Chess Masters are:
Gary S. Benson, Australia
Stephen Kerr, Australia,
Sakae Ohtake, Japan
Gary Ruben, Canada
Christopher Sergel, USA
Our new International Masters are:
John M. Barrance, New Zealand
Bruce Oates, Australia
Gary Ruben, Canada
The overall number of titles was less than in prior years, perhaps due to the
strengthening of the IM award in Seixal. Congress increased the requirement for
the IM to 2 norms over 24 games that year.
The Zone also has 3 new International Arbiters: Valer Eugen Demian,
Canada; and Keith Rodriguez, James B. Skeels, and Wesley K.
Underwood, all from the USA.
The International Correspondence Chess Arbiter Title has taken on new meaning
and responsibility this year. Congress created a new Arbiter Committee. Ragnar
Wikman volunteered to be the Chairman for the first year as there were not as
many delegates as normal at Congress this year. Two of the other 4 positions
were filled by Daniel Finkelstein and Eric Ruch. The “ACO” Rules provide that
certain levels of tournaments have an IA as TD, whereas lower level tournaments
do not require that the TD be an IA. New TD´s will be paired with “mentor” IA’s.
This will provide training and continuity of decisions made by ICCF’s TD’s.
Formation of the Arbiter Committee was proposed in Seixal. The proposals had
been carried over for further discussion and redrafting for 3 years. Although
the document is probably not perfect, it will be a great help to all TD’s.
The structure of the World Championship Cycle was changed to include a
Preliminary level. New requirements were added for ratings levels in order to
insure that the higher rounds and titles would not be diluted.
Many changes were made to the Tournament Rules to make them consistent with
today’s webserver environment and new tournament structure.
Time controls, a constant source of discussion, were changed to a 10/50
standard. Please note that the Tournament Organizer may still choose a different
control in the announcement, as before. Note also that the upcoming Olympiad
will presumably retain the 10/60 as that was the rule when the tournament was
New Adjudication Rules were also passed. Note that these are intended to help
TD´s and Tournament Organizers, especially in situations in which the start of
the next round of a tournament is being delayed by the number of adjudications.
If I recall correctly, exceptions are permitted so that the rules will not harm
players. It does put a burden on (living) players to do some sort of analysis,
even if it´s just, I'm a piece up and should be able to make use of it!
The Webserver has proven to be a great success in its first year. Congress has
allocated additional funds for new features.
Ruth Ann Fay
NAPZ Zonal Director