Announcement of Semi-Finals

Wednesday, March 30, 2011: 35th World Correspondence Chess Championship

Following the decisions of the ICCF Congress 2010, all Semi-Final Sections of the 35th World Correspondence Chess Championship shall start on the same day and only once per year.

All entries will be accepted according with ICCF Tournament Rules valid as from 1.1.2011, to be received not later than 30 April 2011.

The start date is 10 June  2011

Semi-Finals normally have 13 players with the possibility for the TTC to extend them to 15 or 17 players if appropriate in special situations.

If the number of the entries won’t be a multiple of 13, the players who have been entered according to points 1.2.1.(j) and (k) and who have the lowest ICCF ELO rating won’t be admitted to the Semi-Finals.

Players entering more than one section will be accepted only to fill vacancies. 

Entries may be sent through National federations ov via Direct Entry with a fee of € 47,10.

All entries must include the following:

Name of the player, ICCF ID number, Address (email and/or postal where relevant), Country Code.

It is also mandatory that the qualification right under Tournament Rules 1.2 should be specified for each entry!

Any questions and/or requests for clarification  should be directed to the ICCF Title Tournaments Commissioner, Marco Caressa mcaressa@iccf.com.


Amici sumus!

Marco Caressa

ICCF Title Tournaments Commissioner


Appendix. Section 1.2 of the Tournament Rules


1.2 Semi-Finals of the World Correspondence Chess Championship 

 1.2.1 The following will be entitled to enter a Semi-Final: 

(a)  the participants in one of the previous or running Finals if they have not earned a higher qualification 

(b)  the  participants  in  one  of  the  previous  or  running  Candidates'  Tournaments  who have scored at least 50%  of the possible  points if they have not earned  a higher qualification 

(c)  the participants in the previous or running Semi-Finals who scored at least 60% of the possible points but did not qualify for the Candidates' Tournament 

(d)  the first and second placed players from a Preliminary section 

(e)  the participants in a Final of the ICCF World Cup Tournament who achieved at least 60% of the possible points


(h)  those players, who, at the time of nomination have ratings of 2400 and higher, are entered through their own national organisation 

(i)  the holders of the Correspondence Chess International Master title with fixed ratings above 2500 (*)

(j)  the holders of the Correspondence Chess Senior International Master title with fixed ratings above 2450 (*)

(k) the holders of the Grandmaster Title with ratings above 2400 (*)

(l)  those players who have a fixed rating above 2550. 


                (*)  ELO ratings used in these Rules refer to any of those rating lists published in the preceding 12  months when submitting 

                       the entry to the TTC.

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