ICCF Announces the 3rd WebChess Open Tournament

Sunday, March 30, 2008: Registration has started for the ICCF 3rd WebChess Open Tournament

March 29th, 2008






Dear Friends,


ICCF is delighted to announce the start of the 3rd WebChess Open tournament on the server.  This announcement will be posted at the ICCF website and distributed to all National Federations.  The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) clarifies all information applicable for this edition.


1. What is the WebChess Open Tournament?

It is a tournament open to all correspondence chess players around the World, with or without any previous ICCF experience.


2. Who is in charge?

Frank Geider (FRA), World Tournament Director (WTD) has appointed Valer-Eugen Demian (CAN), ICCF Non-Title Tournaments Commissioner (NTTC) as the responsible ICCF Officer for this tournament. Please direct all general inquiries to him at: vdemian@shaw.ca


Guido Bresadola (ITA) has been appointed Central Tournament Leader (CTL). He is in charge of registration, pairings and other tournament related issues. His email address is: guido.bresadola@tiscali.it


3. How and when to enter?

Multiple entries are allowed. Go to the ICCF Webserver main page www.iccf-webchess.com click on “New Events”, find the tournament in the main list and click “Enter”. It allows you to register with a click of a button using one of the three methods available:


a) Contact your National Federation (NF). Provide your ICCF-ID (if you have one) and a valid email address you will use for this tournament. Your National Federation will forward your entry to CTL Guido Bresadola (ITA)


b) Qualified players may use Direct Entry (DE)


Third method available for new players to ICCF:

c) New players to ICCF are allowed to enter 1 section for free. They should send their contact information: (a) given (first) name, (b) family (surname), (c) email address, (d) gender (male or female), and country to:  Valer Eugen Demian NTTC.


If you wish to enter more than one section, all extra entries should be paid for as described above.


4. When does the registration close?

Registration is open immediately and it closes at midnight GMT on April 30, 2008.


5. How much does it cost?

The payment is linked to the method of registration used:


a) Registering via your NF. Receiving payment of the event fee and confirmation of your registration are handled by your NF.


b) Registering via Direct Entry.  All information is provided through the DE registration process. Simply click the enter button and follow the prompts.


c) New players to ICCF play 1 section for free.


6. Who is considered a new player to ICCF?


a) Players without ICCF ID or,


b) Players with ICCF ID but who never played a rated game in the past.


7. What is the time frame?

The tournament will be played in three stages: preliminaries, semifinal and final.


Preliminaries will start in mid May 2008, with an approximate end date of Dec 15th, 2009. The other 2 stages will be scheduled accordingly at a later date. Reference information:


· 1st WebChess Open tournament - preliminaries started Feb 1st, 2005; semifinals started Nov 15th, 2006


· 2nd WebChess Open tournament - preliminaries started June 15th, 2006; semifinals pending as of Mar 2008


8. How will I play?

Preliminaries will consist of groups of 7 (seven) players each. All games will be rated. The latest ICCF Playing Rules Webserver will apply for all stages as applicable. You can read them online at www.iccf-webchess.com by clicking on “Online Help” ? “Server rules”.


9. How do I qualify from preliminaries?

Only the section winners will qualify for the semifinal stage. Ties will be broken according to the ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 5.


10. What are the prizes available?

The ICCF Executive will decide on the prizes available for the final stage at a later date.


We welcome with open arms regular ICCF players as well as new ones, eager to test their skills with us. It is our hope you will enjoy the experience on our server and will use this opportunity to make new friends around the World.


Play Webserver chess with ICCF! Join your National CC Federation and the ICCF community!




Frank Geider

World Tournament Director (WTD)


Valer-Eugen Demian

Non-Title Tournaments Commissioner (NTTC)

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